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ABOUT ANNUAL REPORT
The Baton Rouge civic and business community is fortunate to have so many outstanding organizations, and we are proud to celebrate these “profiles of success” in our Annual Report special advertising edition. We hope you enjoy learning about this year’s participants—their history, their company cultures, their innovative ideas, and the impact they have on our community and on the future of Baton Rouge.

Brown Eagle: Helping Louisiana chemical manufacturers soar

Today, most people think of logistics as sending an envelope from one place to another or having a package that was ordered online delivered to their home or business.  To industrial and manufacturing sites, finished products logistics starts at the packaging line and ends with the customer. Plus, what’s being sent from one place to another usually weighs hundreds or...

First South Farm Credit: Expertise in financing rural land

First South Farm Credit has supported farmers and agriculture since the early 1900s, but the financial institution also has a track record that goes back decades of helping people who want to purchase hunting property and other rural land for recreational purposes. When buying a piece of rural property, it’s important to work with a lender who understands the specific...

Gulf Coast Office Products: Company positions businesses to remain competitive, successful

The past year has highlighted the importance of having reliable, efficient office equipment that allows businesses and their employees to work productively and collaboratively, whether in the office or working from home. Gulf Coast Office Products understands this. The company sells and services multifunction office machines that copy, scan, print, fax and move documents. As such, Gulf Coast has helped...

Louisiana Public Facilities Authority: Helping to support health care and education in Louisiana

With a continued commitment to making Louisiana a better place to work, live and raise a family, the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority (LPFA) persevered through a difficult 2020. Through longstanding local partnerships in business and industry, LPFA is proud to be a part of Louisiana’s growth and economic resilience.  Health care and education led the way for this statewide public...

LandSource: Clients benefit from LandSource’s expertise and experience

When LandSource was founded in 1996, the equipment used in land surveying looked considerably different than it does today. For one thing, “there was no such thing as GPS,” says David Patterson, LandSource’s president. Twenty-five years later, constantly evolving technology has transformed the surveying profession. “GPS has become an indispensable tool in surveying, and we use robotic total stations as...

Link Integration Group: Fresh perspectives, sophisticated technology, and a focus on service

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the need for quality audio visual experiences. Link Integration Group has been in operation since 2013, and with the expertise of business partners Brad Rojas and Kyle Williams, the company is able to assist businesses with improving the experience for both employees and clients. Williams, chief operations officer for Link Integration Group, has...

Goodwood Hardware & Outdoors: A ‘big box-style’ store with family atmosphere

Goodwood Hardware and Outdoors purposefully listens to its customers and that has made all the difference over the years. While originally founded as a small, nuts-and-bolts hardware store in 1996, they’ve evolved into a regionally recognized, uniquely tailored store with a personal touch.   The company began operations in a small 8,000-square-foot building at 1575 Lobdell Boulevard, then later grew into its current...

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo: Zoo transformation creates joy, excitement, new memories

Ask anyone who grew up in or around Baton Rouge about some of their favorite childhood memories, and they might tell you a story about a class field trip or a family outing to BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. They also might tell you the zoo today still looks a lot like what they remember from years ago. But that is...

The Life House, supported by Smith Tank & Steel: A structured environment rooted in Christian principles

The Life House, a nonprofit transitional housing facility located at the foot of the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish, offers a new way of life for men seeking to overcome addiction, homelessness or recent incarceration. The property previously served as the St. James Youth Detention Center, and was purchased from the parish in 2018 by a local businessman (and...

Transformyx: A company where ‘security is non-negotiable’

When the coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020, many workplaces had to make a sudden shift to remote operations—presenting them with technological hurdles they’d never faced before. This increase in demand for reliable, safe ways to conduct business virtually has resulted in a busy—and profitable—year for Transformyx, a company based in Baton Rouge that serves clients ranging from small businesses and...

OpenEyes: Family tragedy motivated LeDuffs to focus on security and safety technology

Kelly LeDuff established OpenEyes in 2011 to help people avoid scenarios like one that touched his family a year earlier—the murder of his uncle near the railroad tracks that LeDuff had managed for years. That motivation has guided his company, OpenEyes, through many changes in the past decade. It all began with offering personal safety and self defense training locally....

Capital Area Transit System: Even during challenging times, CATS kept community connected

The past year has brought a global pandemic and extreme weather events to Baton Rouge, but that hasn’t stopped the Capital Area Transit System from getting riders where they need to go. In fact, CATS employees such as Olive Spears and Carl George know they have riders who depend on them and CATS to get to work every day. “Our...

Firequest: Ensuring the safety, security and success of local businesses

As a provider of life safety alarms and communication systems, Firequest is familiar with the demands associated with being an essential business. But the term “essential” has taken on a whole new meaning in the past year, and with it has come new challenges. Firequest designs, installs and services fire and security systems, voice data communication systems and similar products....

Ammon Staffing: Even a tornado can’t stop this team

As a temporary staffing agency, AMMON Staffing is adept at helping companies with their workforce needs through fluctuating business conditions. As such, the Baton Rouge-based company has been well-positioned to work with area businesses as they faced unprecedented challenges over the past year. Founded in 1984, AMMON Staffing has traditionally worked with industrial, oil and light-industrial companies. However, when demands...

Forte & Tablada: Transitions for Tomorrow

At 60 years of age, Forte & Tablada Inc. of Baton Rouge is in the middle of a transformation. The ownership of the consulting, engineering and land surveying firm changed hands in fall 2020 in a move that will position it for growth—even while it remains anchored to the past.  President Ann Forte Trappey named Joey Coco as chief executive...

Exit Momentum: Talley’s strategic methods lead clients to success and positive results

Baton Rouge native Cullen Talley has decades of experience not only in helping business owners discover how to most efficiently run their companies, but also how to increase their organizations’ value over time.  “I don’t believe in so-called business secrets. In fact, I think most who claim them—well, you won’t be able to print what I think about that,” says...

West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce: Positioned well for new growth, exciting opportunities

Even a pandemic couldn’t slow down growth in West Baton Rouge. With access to two major interstates, a metropolitan airport and big industrial announcements from the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge is preparing for the future.  “Our economic development projects did not slow down at all,” says Chamber Executive Director Jamie Hanks. “Last year was the most...

I CARE: It’s hard work, but also ‘heart’ work

Like so many other programs, I CARE has spent the past year adapting to changing needs brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. For I CARE—which teaches alcohol and drug abuse and violence prevention in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools—those changes have gone beyond shifting from in-person to virtual programming. The program is now placing a greater focus on helping youth cope with...

SSA Consultants: Developing the next generation of business leaders

There are powerful trends in the marketplace today that are having enormous impact on business and industry. Recognizing them in their early stages and seizing or even capitalizing on these opportunities allows businesses to enjoy early wins and profitable growth. SSA Consultants, a Baton Rouge-based organizational development and management consulting firm, works with clients across many sectors. Much more than...

McGlinchey Stafford: A national network of expertise with deep roots in Baton Rouge

McGlinchey Stafford may have offices around the country, but its commitment to Baton Rouge is strong. Along with local service, McGlinchey’s Baton Rouge clients also gain access to the law firm’s national network of expertise. Founded in New Orleans in 1974, McGlinchey opened its Baton Rouge office in 1993. Today, the firm has 15 offices across the United States and...

Pinnacle Exterior Construction: We build the spaces. You build the memories.

Imagine spending your days lounging by a custom, beach-entry pool, surrounded by beautiful landscaping, and your evenings cooking in an outdoor kitchen or having a drink by a crackling fireplace under the stars. This is the type of experience Pinnacle Exterior Construction can create for its clients, no matter the size of their outdoor space.  “We do everything in-house,” says...

BBR Creative: BBR helps solve marketers’ biggest challenges

As a creative marketing partner, BBR Creative helps businesses achieve their marketing and branding goals by serving as an extension of a company’s in-house marketing team. “Most marketers are overwhelmed because they don’t have the time and resources to accomplish their marketing goals and they want a trusted advisor to help them,” says CEO Cherie Hebert. “As an extension of...

Sage Money Radio: Talk radio host offers alternative financial strategies

A few years ago, Hollis Day walked through the doors of a local radio station to pitch an idea for a show about personal finance. It was a little after 6 a.m. and he didn’t have an appointment. “They thought I was crazy,” he says. But Day was determined. Hours before arriving at WJBO’s offices in Baton Rouge, Day had been...

West Baton Rouge Convention and Visitors Bureau: 8 reasons to meet in West Baton Rouge

You’ve heard of Southern hospitality. Add some Cajun seasoning and you are on your way to discovering West Baton Rouge’s secret sauce. Warm welcomes are nice, but that’s nothing compared to West Baton Rouge rolling out the red carpet. Family-friendly enough for famous festivals and professional enough for board meetings and large business gatherings, West Baton Rouge hits that...