Business Person of the Month: Elizabeth “Liz” Walker

Elizabeth “Liz” Walker¬
Owner/Operator

Elizabethan Gallery

680 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225.924.6437
www.elizabethangallery.com

Elizabeth Walker - Owner & Manager of the Elizabethan GalleryElizabeth “Liz” Walker¬†is the¬†owner and manager¬†of the¬†Elizabethan Gallery, which is located in Mid City at 680 Jefferson Highway, between Goodwood Boulevard and Government Street.

The Gallery is dedicated to promoting the works of established and emerging artists in the area and is recognized for its collection of original art and custom framing. It is home to an impressive collection of watercolors, acrylic and oil paintings, professional photography, antique prints, lithographs, serigraphs, and graphic posters.

Walker attended Louisiana State University and Nichols State University and majored in marketing. She began working in Thibodaux as a marketing director for a family owned office supply business that had a small merchandising section of art supplies and ready made frames. When she returned to Baton Rouge in 1988, it was a natural fit for her to open a gallery and frame shop.

Walker’s community involvement includes:

  • Mid City Merchants Association
  • Professional Picture Framers Association
  • Photo Marketing Association
  • Associated Women in the Arts
  • Greater Baton Rouge Area Chamber
  • Louisiana Arts Science Museum
  • Baton Rouge Little Theatre
  • Baton Rouge Gallery
  • Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Baton Rouge Irish Club

Business Person of the Month Archive

Discover Federated Searching

Search All Statewide Databases — Simultaneously!

Federated searching enables you to search any or all of the library’s databases simultaneously through one simple interface and with only one search query. What’s the advantage? This process removes some of the complexities you might have encountered with searching a variety of databases, i.e., being bombarded with altogether different interfaces and search commands.

So the next time you need results and don’t know which database to select, just do a federated search! In return, you’ll be presented with integrated results from a range of collected sources.

  • From the EBRP Library home page (URL: http://www.ebr.lib.la.us/), click Online Databases on the left navigation menu.
  • Click Enter on the next screen (remote user authentication is required).
  • Under the Statewide Databases heading, click Search All Statewide Databases.
  • From the main search page, enter or select the following search criteria:
    • [keyword] type “festival
    • [select the Boolean] “AND
    • [keyword] type “B&W photo
    • [publication date] click “all dates
    • [search by category] check “Louisiana
  • Click Search.
  • We get 65 hits from the LOUISiana Digital Library Collections Online.
  • To view the first set of results, scroll down.
  • Click the View button beneath result #1: “Acadian buggy parade at the International Rice Festival in Crowley Louisiana in 1950”

Note: Federated searching also provides room for serendipitous discovery of the cornucopia of online databases available to you. In case you didn’t know about the digital library collection and do want to know more about what it has to offer…

  • Click browse on the top menu bar above the Rice Festival photo.
  • This will enable you to browse the LOUIS digital collection of collections.

Acadian – Cajun Genealogy and History

http://www.acadian-cajun.com/index.htm

Digging for your ancestral bones? Dig deep at Tim Hebert’s site for Acadian-Cajun Genealogy and History.

Hebert posts lots of data to assist with research with¬†less clicking to other sites. His focus is on pre-1900 materials including pre-deportation materials and Acadians who settled in Louisiana. Get an overview of what the site offers by going to the Main page message board and clicking on “What is Acadian-Cajun?”. Start learning how-to with his step-by-step guide involving a brand new chapter not yet released in print.


Learning Express Library

Learning Express

http://www.ebr.lib.la.us/onlinedatabases.htm

Do you or your children have to take tests for school or employment? Is test anxiety a problem? LearningExpress Library provides practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help you succeed on any academic or employment tests you may have to take. You’ll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

So don’t worry! Be active! Take a practice test and improve your score!

Hurricane Season (Internal Revenue Service publications)

The 2006 hurricane season starts June 1 and ends November 30. The Internal Revenue Service has prepared publications with useful information in the event a hurricane or other natural disaster affects your business.

Publication 2194B has a checklist of important documents needed when requesting IRS assistance after a natural disaster. Publications 547 outlines special IRS rules that apply when reporting a loss in a ‚ÄúPresidentially‚ÄĚ declared disaster area, and Publication 584B contains worksheets to calculate business losses resulting from a disaster.

The publications are available as free downloads from the IRS website, www.irs.gov.

Publication 2194BDisaster Losses Kit For Businesses

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p2194b.pdf

Publication 547Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p547.pdf

Publication 584BBusiness Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Loss Workbook

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p584b.pdf

Form 4684Casualty and Theft

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4684.pdf

All forms and publications are in the PDF format and should be compatible with the latest version of the Adobe Reader.

NOAA Hurricanes

NOAA Hurricanes

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2006 took place last month (May 21-27) – like sands of the hourglass, so are the days leading to the next tropical storm. Recent history has confirmed what we already knew about hurricanes: that hurricane hazards do come in many forms – storm, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. Do you have an adequate plan that includes all of these hazards?

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) teamed up with the U.S. Department of Commerce to bring you timely, accurate storm information, forecasting, as well as images, a history of previous hurricanes, dangers during a hurricane, and how a prepare. Let’s try a couple of searches:

Search #1

  • Logon to the ‘Hurricanes’ website at http://hurricanes.noaa.gov.
  • Click Search on the top menu bar.
  • Type your search term – “hurricane preparedness”; click Search.
  • You’ll retrieve many results; to shorten this list, click Hurricane Preparedness Week on the left-hand menu.
  • Click the result – Hurricane Preparedness Week on the right-hand list.
  • Voila! – feast your eyes on how you can secure your home, create a family disaster plan, pet plan, and compile a disaster supply kit.

Search #2 – En Espa√Īol

  • On the ‘NOAA’ search page (URL: http://www.noaa.gov/search.html), click Advanced Search.
  • To find information in Spanish on the Saffir-Simpson Hurrican Scale, type the phrase “saffir-simpson” under ‘This exact phrase’; choose Spanish from the language drop-down menu; click Search.
  • Click the result – La Escala Saffir/Simpson para Huracanes to read the description of a categoria cinco.

Note, to a specific phrase, use quotation marks around the phrase. For example: “atlantic hurricane tracking chart”. Notice also that NOAA search ignores capital letters. Saffir-Simpson produces the same result as saffir-simpson or SafFir-SimpSOn.

FEMA Emergency Preparedness Training Course

http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/downloads/IS22/Unit1.pdf

FEMA, for all its failings, does provide good information to the public about emergency preparedness. If you’re anxious about this year’s hurricane season and feel you were woefully unprepared for last year’s, here’s an online class you can take to get you, and your family, up to speed.

Taking this test will get you prepared for any emergency and teach you how to:

  • Get informed about hazards and emergencies that may affect you and your family
  • Develop an emergency plan
  • Collect and assemble disaster supplies kit
  • Learn where to seek shelter from all types of hazards
  • Identify the community warning systems and evacuation routes
  • Include in your plan required information from community and school plans
  • Learn what to do for specific hazards
  • Practice and maintain your plan

Take the course in your spare time and at your own speed. It may save your life!

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Information Pathfinder

 

Hurricane and Tropical Storms Pathfinder

http://www.ebr.lib.la.us/reference/pathfinder/hurricanes.htm 

It’s hurricane season again!! Don’t get caught unprepared this year — bookmark this pathfinder in your browser, or print it out, and have the best local hurricane information pathfinder at your fingertips.

This pathfinder lists a number of books available at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library that define the nature and danger of hurricanes and tropical storms. It also identifies web sites containing current advisories, forecasts, storm tracks, checklists of storm preparedness procedures, and places to contact in the event a hurricane or severe weather affects this area.

The Hurricane & Tropical Storm Information Pathfinder is a must-have resource for hurricane season, so make sure you have it on hand!!


Starting a New Business

Business establishments that serve food, beverages, and/or alcohol must file certain documents with local government agencies in East Baton Rouge Parish. Some of the frequently asked questions when opening a new business that sells food or alcohol are:

Where do I pay local and state sales taxes?

Who do I contact for occupational license information?

Which office do I contact for information on zoning?

Where can I get a license to serve alcohol?

The Baton Rouge Parish Government Website’s “Checklist for Starting a New Business” has the answers to these questions and more. The list is a directory of federal, state and local government agency contacts that collect required fees for licenses, permits, sales taxes and unemployment compensations taxes. Along with address, phone and fax number, a useful “What You Will Need” list is provided for each agency listing.

How do I find this useful checklist?

Point your Internet browser to the following link: http://brgov.com/Dept/finance/checklist.htm

Novelist Database

Novelist Database

Got barbeque? While many of us see barbeque as an emblem of Southern history, some archaeologists regard it as the most ancient cooking technique on earth, citing evidence of barbeque pits found at sites dating back to 25,000 B.C. Throughout the U.S. it is considered a mainstay at church picnics, political rallies and private parties. Hundreds of thousands of variations on an authentic recipe are cleverly clipped for keeps or encrypted on index cards and tucked away in virtually every American kitchen. Survey the 50 states and you’ll soon discover a cornucopia of finger-licking festivals, each boasting its own local, no-nonsense competition aiming to pin a ribbon on the ideal expression of what has become an American art form.

Want to know how you can add an item to your May reading list that features barbeque in the plot? Check out Novelist — a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. Here’s how it works:

  • From the EBR Library home page (URL: http://www.ebr.lib.la.us), click Online Databases on the left navigation menu.
  • Click Enter on the next screen (Patrons outside the library must enter your full library card number first.).
  • Under¬†My Library’s¬†Databases, click Novelist.
  • On the Novelist home page, notice the various tabs; click Search our Database.
  • Scan the list that appears; click Describe a Plot.
  • In the blank text box, type Barbeque.
  • Check the box labeled Adult; then type publication date: 2001 – 2006.
  • Click Search; this search yields 19 results.
  • Click Item #1, “Secrets of the wholly grill: a novel about cravings, barbeque, and software” (2002).
  • Read the reviews provided for this title to decide if this is one you’ll add to your reading list!