'Business Report' Weekly Planner
The Business Report planner is open to events of general interest to the Capital Region business community. Items must be submitted no later than noon the Friday before the event occurs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with information.
Tuesday — The 2013 Business Awards & Hall of Fame Banquet, presented by Business Report and Junior Achievement, will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Crowne Plaza, 4728 Constitution Ave. Tickets are $80 each, or $750 for a table of 10. This year's winners are:
• Hall of Fame Laureate: James "Jim" Bernhard, founder, chairman and CEO of The Shaw Group
• Businessperson of the Year: Teri Fontenot, president and CEO of Woman's Hospital
• Young Businesspersons of the Year: Brandon Landry and Jack Warner, owners of Last in Concepts Inc., which includes Walk-On's, Roux House, Schlittz & Giggles, and Happy's
• Company of the Year (100 or more employees): Sparkhound
• Company of the Year (fewer than 100 employees): GoTech Inc.
The winners have been profiled in the March 5 issue of Business Report in addition to being honorees at the banquet. Complete details on the event, including ticket information, are available here.
Tuesday — BRAC's monthly investor luncheon features Brian Keane of Ameritas Technologies, who will discuss his decision to start his company in the Baton Rouge area. The luncheon will be held at the offices of Kean Miller on the seventh floor of II City Plaza, 400 Convention St. Cost is $15 for investors, $20 for guests, and includes lunch. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.; the program runs from noon to 1 p.m. More details and registration are online here.
Wednesday — The Louisiana Business & Technology Center at LSU hosts a workshop "BP Claim Process: Do You Qualify?" in building 3000 at the LBTC, 8000 GSRI Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free. Complete details and registration are available here.
Thursday — PAR and the LSU Public Administration Institute are hosting a public event featuring Tax Foundation members from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the LSU Business Education Complex. This event is meant to give the public an opportunity to receive information and ask questions of the Tax Foundation, specifically as it relates to Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed overhaul of the state tax code. More details can be found here.
March 25 — Google hosts a "Get Your Business Online" workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Turner Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The workshop provides small businesses free online tools to create their own website and provides training to entrepreneurs about the process. Participants will be given a domain name free for one year. There is no charge to attend. More details and registration are available here or by calling 800-986-6958.
March 26 — Clint Willson, LSU professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the university's River and Coastal Hydraulics Lab, is the guest speaker of LSU's Science Cafe meeting at Chelsea's, 2857 Perkins Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. for free food, networking and giveaways, with Willson's address slated to begin at 6. Willson will discuss the Mississippi River and how sediment flow through the waterway affects everything from industry and economics to the way people live along the river.
April 4 — The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will hold its annual "Connecting Businesses with Contracts" procurement conference, beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m. in the Smith-Brown Student Union on campus, 500 Jesse N. Stone Ave. The event, which ends at 3 p.m., is free and open to all small business owners, contractors and the public; pre-registration is required. Get more details and register here.
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