Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette area Business Briefs for Jan. 28, 2017

The Advocate

Summit speaker discussing transportation

Transportation and infrastructure will be addressed by the keynote speaker at the 2018 Statewide Economic Development Summit being held Feb. 27 in Baton Rouge.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor, is the author of the 2015 book “MOVE: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead.”

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber said other presentations from national and local speakers will spotlight best practices and ideas for the future of economic development.

Kanter will discuss the roots of America’s infrastructure issues and explain how civic leaders, app-creating technology entrepreneurs and established companies can use “Big Data” to bring infrastructure into the 21st century.

Named by the Times of London as among the 50 most powerful women in the world, Kanter is a social scientist, educator and author, inspiring corporations such as IBM, Proctor & Gamble and Verizon to adopt her business strategies.

The third annual summit, presented by Entergy, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at L’Auberge Casino Hotel, 777 L’Auberge Ave., in Baton Rouge.

Registration is $90 for an individual ticket and $900 for a reserved table of 10. Attendees also can get a $10 ticket for a networking reception the night before. Information is available at

Workshop addresses forestry tax rules

A workshop focusing on tax rules and issues affecting forest landowners is set for Feb. 9 at Lomax Hall on the Louisiana Tech University campus in Ruston.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the program from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Tech are coordinating the workshop, which is designed to help foresters, landowners, accountants and tax preparers gain a better understanding of tax issues unique to timber and timberland. Topics will cover tax rules, cost deduction, timber basis, timber income accountability, casualty loss and expense management.

Preregistration is due Feb. 1, with a fee of $40 per person and $60 per couple. Late registration increases to $50 per person and $70 per couple. Lunch will be provided.

Registration details and forms are available from LSU AgCenter area forester Ricky Kilpatrick at (318) 965-2326 or

Lane opens audiology clinic in Zachary

Lane Audiology Clinic has opened at 6110 Main St., Suite D, in Zachary.

Services include hearing evaluations for patients of all ages, as well as comprehensive audiometric tests; tympanometry testing for middle ear function; otoacoustic emissions testing for cochlear function; auditory brainstem response testing; industrial hearing evaluations and reporting; and patient and parental counseling. It also provides hearing aid services, including selection, fitting, adjustments, cleaning, batteries and repairs; assistive devices for TV, telephone, classroom and sound alerts; cochlear implant programming for MED-EL audio processors; and custom ear molds, swimmers plugs and musician’s monitors.

The phone number is (225) 658-4154.

SCORE schedules business workshop

A workshop on starting and managing a business is being held by the Baton Rouge SCORE chapter from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Bon Carre Executive Conference Center, 7249 Florida Blvd., in Baton Rouge.

Topics include business plans, business taxes, legal aspects of business, technology, advertising and marketing, insurance, and banking requirements.

Preregistration at is $50 for registrants and $40 for guests. Payment at the door is $50.

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