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SCORE will host a seminar on business creation on Tuesday

Louisiana SCORE will host a free virtual seminar on how to start a small business from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday.

The event covers topics such as entrepreneurship myths and realities, critical success factors, components of business ownership, legal issues and business plan basics.

To register, go to

Lamar officials to discuss ad campaigns

Officials from Lamar Advertising will address the Public Relations Association of Louisiana-Baton Rouge Chapter at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 5252 Corporate Blvd.

Austin Jackson and Thorne Warner will discuss incorporating outdoor advertising into public relations campaigns. They will also talk about the most effective messages on billboards and how to measure success through advertising.

Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for guests. To register online, go to RSVPs are encouraged.

First Startup Northshore Neighborhood Event

Empowering Northshore Entrepreneurs, Startup Northshore’s first New Orleans Entrepreneur Week event in your neighborhood, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on March 27 at Palmettos on the Bayou in Slidell.

The free event will bring together local entrepreneurs, innovative startups and investors.

The program will include a panel discussion on scaling your business from the North Shore, where entrepreneurs will share their own stories and insights into what it takes to grow a successful business in the local ecosystem.

Following the panel, there will be a CEO roundtable where attendees will have the chance to speak to some of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs.

To register, go to

Troyer Builders enters the Baton Rouge market

Troyer Builders, a Metairie builder of luxury custom homes, has expanded to Baton Rouge.

Troyer built over 400 homes in New Orleans and on the North Shore.

The company provides its clients with a full team of architects, designers and contractors in a centralized camp.

Pennington professor gets $1.8 million grant

David McDougal, an assistant professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has received a $1.8 million federal grant to study why type 1 diabetics develop hypoglycemia and find better ways to treat the condition.

McDougal, an assistant professor in the Neurobiology of Metabolic Dysfunction Laboratory, recently won the five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Hypoglycemia is a life-threatening period of low blood sugar that can complicate the clinical management of diabetic patients.

McDougal said there are no approved therapies aimed at preventing hypoglycemia in people with diabetes, so the only way to reduce the condition is with short-term adjustments in insulin doses. This can lead to undesirable increases in blood sugar.

The study will examine the role leptin plays in regulating hypoglycemia. Leptin is a hormone released by body fat, and McDougal suggests that stimuli that lower levels in the body, such as exercise and alcohol consumption, make people more susceptible to hypoglycemia.

The Backpacker opens a location on the North Shore

The Backpacker, an outdoor store based in Baton Rouge, has opened a location on the North Shore.

The store is at 3908 La. 22 in Mandeville.

The company, which sells clothing, shoes, gear and kayaks, was founded in Baton Rouge in 1974. The Backpacker also has a Lafayette store.

MR Engineering acquires Tatum Engineering

MR Engineering & Surveying’s Baton Rouge Company has acquired Tatum Engineering & Surveying.

Tatum has been operating in the Greater Baton Rouge real estate development market since 1988. MR Engineering was established in 2009.

Mickey Robertson, owner of MR Engineering, worked for Tatum for six years after graduating from LSU. He said it was an honor to be approached by Jim Tatum about a merger.

The agreement establishes a team of five professional engineers, three professional land surveyors and support staff. Tatum will remain with MR Engineering as a consultant.

Hammonds Sills acquires Monroe law firm

Hammonds, Sills, Adkins, Guice, Noah & Perkins acquired the Monroe law firm of Hayes Harkey, Smith, & Cascio.

The combined firm has nearly 30 attorneys with offices in Baton Rouge, Bossier City and Monroe. It will operate as Hammonds Sills and be led by managing partner Alejandro “Al” Raeshod Perkins. Monroe-based attorneys John Saye and Thomas Hayes IV will become special advocates for Hammonds Sills.

Baton Rouge-based Hammonds Sills represents more than 60 school districts across the state.

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