Baton Rouge, New Orleans area business briefings for August 22, 2021.

The program helps new farmers at risk

LSU AgCenter has received federal support for a series of webinars, workshops and field visits to help new farmers become more vulnerable, especially in the financial and marketing sectors.

The Southern Extension Risk Management Education Gift was from the United States Department of Agriculture. Amount not specified.

The finance department focuses on financial knowledge; Accurate and informative financial statements; Use of corporate budgets and partial budgets; Ag-lenders and non-traditional lenders; And land rent and land access. Workshops focus on computer enrollment programs, writing and loan applications.

Market diversity and horticulture and direct market opportunities such as farmers’ markets, community-supported agricultural programs, from farming to restaurants and online forums to raise awareness of local market opportunities.

Project Partners: Local Farmers Allison Hydroz, Fullness Farm and Madeleine Yoste, from Compostla Farm; Representatives of the State Agency from the Natural Resources Protection Service and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; Also First South Farm Credit, SPROUT NOLA and LSU AgCenter Vegetation Extension Agents.

b1Bank launches Business Foundation

As part of the community’s promotion efforts, b1Bank has set up a foundation, led by Will M. Campbell Jr., to support entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Campbell has more than 27 years of experience in the financial services industry, including Vice President of Business Loan and Small Business Administration Credit Manager and has served as Director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University.

The B1 Foundation provides one-on-one counseling and in-person and virtual training to help small business owners gain the knowledge they need to gain capital. Training includes breach of lending code, business plan, growth plan, loan readiness and understanding of financial statements and legal structures. The Foundation supports financial knowledge and education in the B1 Bank markets.

Business First Bankshares Inc. , Through b1Bank, operates 42 banking centers and two credit processing offices in markets in Louisiana and Dallas.

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“The main focus of b1Bank is to support local businesses and job creation,” said Jude Melville, president and CEO of b1Bank. “The launch of the B1 Foundation is the next step in the successful implementation of 1 business development and community engagement efforts.”

Suela opens Oakdale welding facilities

Sowela Technical Community College has opened a welding education and renovation workshop at the college’s Oakdele campus in Alan Deber.

Welding lessons are available at all three locations in Suela.

The renovated 2,242-square-foot Oakdale Workshop has 24 booths and can accommodate 24 students in a double workspace. The new 777-square-foot classroom can accommodate 20 students. Along with the booth and classroom, new technology is available to market students, including plasma cutters, promoter boards and computers.

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The CIS subdivision enters into a management agreement

A subsidiary of the Cardiovascular Institute in Homa is owned by 20 Chicago physicians and is part of a management partnership with the Midwest Cardiovascular Institute in Naperville and Elmuth, Illinois.

The Chicago Administration Agreement includes Cardiovascular Logistics, Strategic Planning, Quality Improvement, and Performance Efficiency at Edward Hospital and Cardiovascular Services in Naperville, part of the Edward-Elmherst Health System. The CIS also commands cardiac catheterization laboratories at the two hospitals. In addition, a virtual care center designed from the CIS center in Lafayette will be built in Naperville.

In addition to the Edward-Elmherst Health Agreement, CIS has 11 hospital partnership agreements throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.


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