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Bollinger Delivers USCGC William Sparling to Coast Guard

Bollinger Shipyards successfully handed over the USCGC William Sparling to the Coast Guard in Key West, Florida. The delivery marks the 180th vessel provided to the Coast Guard in a remarkable 35-year period and the 54th fast response cutter delivered under the ongoing program. The USCGC Sparling, named after a heroic World War II veteran, William Sparling, will be stationed at Sector Boston, responsible for coastal safety, security, and environmental protection along the Massachusetts coast.

West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce to Host Small Business Summit

The West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its second annual Small Business Summit, set to take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Addis Community Center on La. Highway 1. The event will offer local small business owners a platform to engage in a panel discussion and receive updates on the State Small Business Credit Initiative from Louisiana Economic Development. Tax strategies will also be discussed, and attendees will hear a small business update from the candidates running for governor. Notably, Paul Mainieri, the former LSU Baseball Coach, will deliver the keynote speech.

BRAC Plans Second Annual Economic Inclusion Symposium

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is gearing up to host its second annual Economic Inclusion Symposium, scheduled for August 30 at the Renaissance Baton Rouge on Bluebonnet Blvd. The symposium aims to foster inclusion, empowering a diverse workforce and incorporating diversity and inclusion in strategic planning. Additionally, there will be discussions on communication and inclusion strategies. A highlight of the event will be a showcase, connecting minority business owners with valuable contracting opportunities. BRAC will also present its annual Diversity Star Awards during the symposium.

LSU Executive Education Offers Crisis Leadership Program

LSU Executive Education is launching a new certificate program titled “Crisis Leadership: From Cyber Breaches to Natural Disasters.” The program, to be held on September 12 at the LSU Business Education Complex, will equip participants with practical skills to address incidents or disaster situations. The course format comprises interactive classroom discussions, and attendees will receive a sample business continuity, disaster recovery, and incident response plan tailored for implementation in their respective organizations in rouge business.

Melara Enterprises Acquires Launch Media

Melara Enterprises, the renowned multimedia publishing company responsible for producing the Baton Rouge Business Report, 225, and inRegister, has acquired Launch Media, a prominent video and motion media production company. The acquisition enhances Melara’s service portfolio, allowing for large-scale video projects, and expands the creative team available to clients. The synergy between the two companies promises to result in improved client experiences and an expansion of production services.

Upcoming Events and Business Developments in Baton Rouge

This roundup features a variety of events and business developments in Baton Rouge, highlighting the city’s dynamic economic landscape. From shipyard deliveries and small business summits to inclusion symposiums and crisis leadership programs, the region is brimming with opportunities for growth and innovation.


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