Insurance 101

  • Do I have enough coverage for my small business?
  • How do I insure my home-based business?
  • Does my home owner’s policy cover business losses?
  • Can I get disaster coverage?

Good questions; where can you find answers? The Insurance Information Institute’s website, www.iii.org has answers to these questions and more. Check out the Business page and find a list of informative topics. Use the find a company feature to locate companies in a particular state and by type of insurance coverage.

A Spanish version of the site is available.

Small Business Workshops – Summer 2007

Looking for small business workshops to attend in the Baton Rouge area? The Louisiana Small Business Development Center may have just the one for you. Here is a list of workshops being offered in Baton Rouge.

Business Boot Camp for Startups-The Basics
Saturday, June 2, 2007
8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
1109 CEBA Building
1200 Nicholson Dr. Ext.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

“Basics of starting a small businesses, exploring entrepreneurship, researching and analyzing the market, setting financial goals, building the organization and team, local resources and assistance for entrepreneurs, and war stories from entrepreneurs who starting businesses and survived the process to tell about it.”

Patent & Trademark Workshop
Saturday, June 9, 2007
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Louisiana State University
Middleton Library
Dalrymple Dr. and Tower Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

“Basic information on patent and trademarks, Search techniques, General interest information useful to inventors and researchers, and Patent Attorney will be on hand to answer questions concerning patents and trademarks.”

Additional workshops will be held in New Orleans, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles and Monroe. Click here to view the complete schedule, details, and registration info.

New Business Titles

April 15 – 21 is National Library Week, time to roundup and list the latest small business titles in our collection.

Titles listed above are linked to the Library’s online catalog so you can see title locations and status. Once you’re in the catalog, click on the picture of the book cover for a synopsis and other information.

Workplace Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

Workplace Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month


March 1 – 31 is Workplace Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, a good time to check the workplace for hazards and obstacles that could cause eye injury.

Need help finding literature on workplace safety?

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has many posters and brochures on safety in the workplace. You can contact the Baton Rouge area office at,

9100 Bluebonnet Centre Blvd, Suite 201
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone 225 298-5458

Need more info?

The Wise Owl program is “a safety education program designed to promote the widespread use of approved protective eyewear that meets ANSI Z87 industrial or ASTM sports standards.” Wise Owl is a fee based membership service of Prevent Blindness America.

Wise Owl on the Internet

Links
Workplace Eye Safety

First Aid For Eye Emergencies

Official Guide to Doing Business in Louisiana


Official Guide To Doing Business In Louisiana
Is there one website that has information you need to start a business in Louisiana? Yes! The Official Guide To Doing Business In Louisiana has it all, and more. The guide is available on the Internet at www.businessguidela.com

Useful features are;

  • Louisiana Overview – a snapshot of Louisiana’s economy and employment picture.
  • Help At A Glace – a one page list of contacts for everything from filing articles of incorporation to requesting wetlands determination.
  • Maps – showing major highways, airports, seaports, and areas of broadband Internet access.
  • Go Zone Information – Links to Gulf Opportunity Zone, (GO Zone) info including a GO Zone guide, and map of Louisiana GO Zone areas.
  • Links – a list of state agency and parish government websites.

Tax Strategy Booklist

It’s a good time to plan business tax strategies for the new year. Here is a list of new titles in the library’s collection on the subject of small business taxation.
422 Tax Deductions For Business & Self Employed Individuals /
Bell Springs Pub., c2003.
Deduct it! : Lower Your Small Business Taxes, 2nd Edition
NOLO Press, c2005.
Tax Accounting For Small Business: How To Prepare A 1040C
Small Business Advisors, Inc., c1996.
Tax Savvy For Small Business: Year-Round Tax Advice For Small Businesses, 10th Edition
NOLO Press, c2006.
Tax Smarts For Small Business
Sphinx Pub., c2004.

Titles listed above are linked to the Library’s online catalog so you can see title locations and status. Once you’re in the catalog, click on the picture of the book cover for a synopsis and other information.

Holiday Party Tips

Looking for holiday party tips for a diverse workforce? Heidi LaFleche, a contributing writer for Monster.com has put together a list of useful tips for a successful holiday business party.
Her list of tips include:

  • Accommodate Diverse Palettes
  • Invite The Family
  • Don’t Mix Religion With Business Celebrations
  • Allow employees To Opt out of Company Holiday Events

Read the entire article.

Want more tips, read Emily Post’s etiquette for the New Office Party online.

Retired Execs Can SCORE Big For Your Business

The Baton Rouge chapter of S.C.O.R.E., Service Corps of Retired Executives, has over 35 years of experience assisting small businesses in the Baton Rouge area.

65 retired Executives offer FREE counseling to start-up businesses on subject such as:

  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Human Resources
  • Webpage Design
  • Accounting Basics

Visit their website at www.scorebr.org and

  • Learn about upcoming business seminars
  • Print FREE financial planning documents

Baton Rouge SCORE Chapter 141
7117 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone 225-381-7130
FAX 225-815-0082

Going Global!

Do you want to conduct business in foreign countries and have questions such as:

  • What are the procedures?
  • What documents and/or licenses will I need?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?

Doing Business.org has answers. Direct your browser to the Starting A Business section, select a country, and discover the steps required to start a business there. Use other buttons and the provided list of countries to learn procedures for:

  • Hiring employees
  • Obtaining licenses
  • Paying taxes
  • Dealing with property

Notice each procedure is described with a statistic showing the amount of time required and approximate dollar cost.

Be Prepared, Stay Ready, Have A Plan!

The tropics are alive. Hurricane season 2005 taught us the value of having a workable emergency plan. Use www.ready.gov. to create an emergency plan for your business.

Need additional tips?

  • Sign up for email, pager, and cell phone emergency alerts.
  • Create a Business To Go Box which includes:
    • Insurance information.
    • Bank information, checkbooks, and account numbers.
    • Client contact list.
    • Employee contact list.
    • Vendor contact list..
    • Computer back-up files..

In a July 11, 2006 press release, the Louisiana Department of Economic Development outlined steps to develop a business emergency preparedness plan. One of the steps is to create a Business To Go Box. Read the complete press release.