SMALL-BUSINESS STARTUP SEMINAR: The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting a free seminar on starting and financing a business from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center, 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville.

“This workshop is highly recommended for anyone interested in determining the feasibility of their business idea and those planning to start or who have recently started a small business,” said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the Small Business Development Center. “It also would help those who are seeking a small-business loan or wanting to learn more about business planning.”

Topics to be covered include entrepreneurship readiness, writing a business plan, sources of funds for startup and expansion, small-business resources and required licenses.

Although there is no cost to attend, seating is only guaranteed for preregistered attendees. To register or for more information, email or call (985) 549-3831. Online registration is available at

MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES: Glenn Shepard will speak on ways to hire with confidence, fire without fear, tame toxic employees and put a business team on the fast track to success during a seminar from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 26 at the Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell.

Tuition for the seminar is $129 for members of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce and $149 for others. To register, visit or call (985) 643-5678.

VAN SANT RECEIVES LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP: Elizabeth Van Sant, an owner of Campbell’s Coffee & Tea on South Tyler Street in Covington, has been named recipient of a scholarship awarded by the St. Tammany Democratic Parish Executive Committee enabling her to attend the 2015 class of Leadership St. Tammany.

The 19-member committee unanimously selected Van Sant at its March meeting. Keith Villere, chairman of the Democratic committee, praised Van Sant and said she is a potential future political leader in Covington.

The organization decided last year to establish the $400 scholarship for an applicant to attend the $1,000, nine-month leadership training program.

Van Sant will be in the 2015 class that will conclude with graduation in June 2016.

MAIN STREET MARKETPLACE: Main Street Marketplace at the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce in Olde Town Slidell is looking for artists to showcase their work there. The market at 1808 Front St., Slidell, will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Artists must be members of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. The artist investment level is $175 a year, including all Chamber benefits. Start-up rental rates are 60 cents per square foot quarterly.

The Marketplace collects a 25 percent commission on all sales made in, or referred by, the gallery or its website.

For information, call (985) 643-5678.