Sunday, March 3, 2019

Baton Rouge, New Orleans area Business Briefs for March 3, 2019 - The Advocate

CEO Roundtable applicants sought

Louisiana Economic Development is accepting applications through March 31 for its CEO Roundtables program for small-business executives. 

Meeting 10 times within a year in half-day sessions, the state agency's program encourages 15 to 18 business leaders to explore professional challenges with one anouther under the guidance of a facilitator. Regional roundtables start in July.

LED has hosted CEO Roundtables in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans, Ruston, Schriever and Shreveport. Depending on demand, LED hopes to expand the program in July to include Lake Charles and Monroe.

CEO Roundtable participants operate high-growth companies with yearly revenue of $600,000 to $50 million and staffs of five to 99 people.

Sessions include peer-to-peer learning, business networking and support an environment in which executives explore business and personal solutions that spur business growth. Participants from a range of industries come together for each monthly session to discuss a designated topic determined by the interests of the group. Topics in current and past roundtables have included marketing; strategic planning; operational efficiency; organizational structure; delegation; cybersecurity; finding and maintaining top talent; and business continuity.

For information, visit or contact Darrell L. Johnson Jr. at or (225) 342-4680.

Small farm conference set at Southern

Small farmers from throughout the state will gather at Southern University’s Felton G. Clark Activity Center from March 14-16 for the ninth annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference.

The theme is “Louisiana Small Family Farms: Unlocking Your Potential.” The conference is designed to expand the awareness of educational opportunities, U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, services and resources to help small farmers stay in business. This event targets new and beginning farmers, small and urban farmers, agricultural business owners, community leaders, community-based organizations, urban agriculturalists, government agencies and anyone interested in learning about agriculture.

The conference will start at 10 a.m. March 14 with a grant-writing session. Additional session topics are farmer’s income tax, hydroponics and aquaponics systems, soil health for better crops and livestock, self-sufficient farming practices, apps and staying connected, raised beds and vertical gardening, and value-added products.

The conference also will include a USDA Round Table Discussion on small farmer needs, an exhibit hall and the Louisiana Living Legends Banquet.

Conference registration is $100 for agricultural professionals and $75 for small farmers. Registration and exhibitor space reservations are at

Event covers re-entry from incarceration

A conference aimed at enhancing training, education and jobs for people re-entering the community and the workforce following incarceration is scheduled 11:30 a.m. March 8 at the L'Auberge Event Center in Baton Rouge.

The event is designed for business executives and human relations managers; workforce development professions in private, government, commercial and industrial sectors; statewide elected officials; nonprofit organizations; and faith-based entities involved in any facet of Louisiana's prison system.

Legal scholar and prison reform advocate Shon Hopwood, who had been a bank robber and then a jailhouse lawyer, will share his story of rehabilitation as well as re-entry incarceration system advances at a seminar titled "Unlocking Employment Opportunities." Hopwood is now an associate professor at Georgetown University Law School. His story has been featured in national media for legal advocacy both while in prison and outside of the penal system.

A panel discussion will address training, education and employment opportunities. Panelists include Chris Broadwater, vice president of workforce policy for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System; John Easley, education coordinator for Louisiana State Prison at Angola; Natalie Laborde, deputy assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Safety and Corrections; Lisa D. Lavergne, faculty director of the Residential Reentry Center; and Stephen Toups, president of Turner Industries Group.

Proceeds benefit Connections for Life, a nonprofit organization dedicated to re-entry housing and transition services. Information is at

Entrepreneur, small business series starts

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is launching a series of informational workshops and training aimed at helping local small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Small Business Series will feature eight sessions throughout the year at BRAC's headquarters, the David E. Roberts Center for Economic Development downtown. The events will feature presentations by small business resource organizations.

The first is set for from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. March 7. Tamara Sabine, of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, will discuss the agency's Small Business Employee Training program. It is free and open to the public.

Nominations sought for diversity awards

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is accepting nominations until March 15 for its Diversity Star Award, which honors regional businesses that champion inclusion.

The nominations are open to all businesses in the nine-parish capital region. A winner will be selected in both a small and large business category.

Nominees will be judged based on their local operations and activities, including demonstrated track record of support for diversity in the community, in management structure, in the workforce and in the marketplace.

Applications and information are at

Tulane multidisclipline prostate clinic launched

Tulane Health System has launched the Tulane Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic, which brings patients and family members together with medical oncologists, urologic surgeons and radiation treatment specialists to discuss all possible treatment options in one visit.

The physicians from all three disciplines meet with patients and also monitor and discuss all cases in weekly reviews. A patient navigator coordinates any needed follow-up appointments or tests, as well as coordinate any education and support group needs.

The Tulane Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic is located within the Tulane Cancer Center. Information is available at or (504) 988-2342.

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