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.

Business Person of the Month: Charles Elliot

Charles Elliot
Owner/Operator

Little Wars, Inc.

7517 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225.924.6304
www.littlewars.com

Charles Elliot - President of Little Wars, Inc.

“Don’t tell me about the law. I have a sword.” – Lucius Cornelius Sulla. 

Charles N. Elliot is president of Little Wars, Inc., a nationally recognized premiere game shop since 1988. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University, as well as took graduate studies in English Literature, and later, received his Master’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. Elliot belongs to the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and professional historical organizations.

Little Wars offers historical, fantasy and board gaming in a bright, clean, pleasant and safe environment. The business keeps in-stock a broad, deep and rich array of books, games, miniatures, paints and dice, while providing free in-store and late-night table-top gaming. Little Wars hosts the Baton Rouge Society of Ancients as well as a varied and constant cycle of war gaming campaigns and tournaments.

In 1972, Elliot’s Book Shop, the parent company of Little Wars, began selling war games and military miniatures as a profitable sideline at its initial South Baton Rouge location in Southdowns Shopping Center on Perkins Road. Moving to Village Square on College Drive in 1976, Elliot’s linked this war gaming sideline to an extensive science fiction and fantasy book section. Building on the incredible popularity of early Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons fantasy role-playing, Elliot’s reputedly became the first store nationally to sell individual gaming figures broken out of the standard multi-packs. For the Christmas Season of 1988, Elliot’s spun off an independent full-service game shop, Little Wars, named after H.G. Wells’ classic war gaming book of 1913 and managed by long-time employee Shane Petersen. With the ‘Wal-marting’ of Village Square, Little Wars moved to Jefferson Plaza Shopping Center in 2003, right across from the new and spectacularly successful Whole Foods extravaganza at Cedar Lodge Shopping Center at Jefferson Highway and Corporate Boulevard.

Elliot has been a military history enthusiast since childhood. “I’ve always wanted to know how generals and soldiers thought and fought, how battles, campaigns and wars really worked. Replicating and re-enacting battles in miniature can get you in the shield-wall or front-rank without the bother of personally charging about and getting wounded or killed. You can certainly recreate particular campaigns to see if your favorite general can actually win Hastings, Waterloo or Gettysburg, but you can also see the curious strategical, logistical, and tactical glitches leading to glorious victory or tragic defeat. You can also take some measure of yourself, seeing if you keep your head under stress, can respond quickly to a sudden change of fate (or dice roll) and if you really can play well with others! You can be, for an evening or a weekend, Caesar, Napoleon, Bedford Forest or Gandalf the Gray. And if your army or player-character loses, you can paint up a replacement and soldier on,” says Elliot.

Elliot believes that the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system opened up the world of history and military history to him. “I can well remember checking out Little Wars, Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World, and that wonderful Confederate Arms, as well as a host of others, from the old downtown library when I was a kid. I used the Middleton Library when I was an undergraduate, Hill Memorial as a graduate student, and now Simms Library at Southeastern where I teach Louisiana History, but I still am a fan of the parish library system and I do have a library card (and paid all fines). I use the Main Library as my local, even teach LEA Louisiana History programs out of it as well as the Bluebonnet and Jones Creek branches. Public libraries provide a grand public service of offering such a selection of books, for every age, taste and interest, under the guidance of professional and personable librarians.

I read extensively and selectively for my academic life and eclectically for my private. I read multiples of books at one time, just finished books on pirates, Palestinian poetry, birch bark canoes, and North Renaissance art. Favorites are hard to call; I’d have to say Tolkien’s Hobbit, Dumas’ Three Musketeers, Renault’s The King Must Die, Feuchtwanger’s Power, Dickens’ Christmas Carol (the best book in the world), all the Flashman novels, and my childhood favorite, Bailey’s Old Man Rabbit’s Dinner Party. Of course, there’s Jane Austen and Thackeray, Ernst Juenger, Hans Christian Anderson, Tony Hillerman. Ah! So many books, so little time! I’ve read most of Shogun over the last three nights and eyeing this new biography of Louis XIV.”

I’m a National Geographic, Chronicles, and Vanity Fair kind-a-guy,” says Elliot.

Besides reading, Elliot’s hobbies include “trying to watch each and every segment of Law and Order, traveling to Munich (my favorite place in the world) and Northern Italy, and people-watching at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning.” 

Eliott sees the future of Baton Rouge as “continuing to grow at the expense of New Orleans, keeping the best, enduring the worst, while (hopefully) remaining the friendly small southern town it is underneath all our big city pretenses.” 

I’d like to see more trees, more statues, some memorial to the late Emerson Bell, and the simultaneous commemoration of Iberville’s landing here in 1699 that’s not drowned in all that green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. Throughout its history, Baton Rouge has always been described as green (as in trees, not beer) and I fear we are losing our sublime natural setting.” 

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EBSCO Newspaper Source

Ever hopped into your car and turned on the radio only to catch the last 30 seconds of a stunning radio segment on Louisiana hurricanes? Then you need Newspaper Source. Don’t let a name like Newspaper Source fool you into thinking its just about daily tabloids; it also serves up tens of thousands of full-text, noncommercial radio news transcripts!

Internationally acclaimed National Public Radio (NPR) has provided coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s effects on Gulf Coast communities for the past year; and a Newspaper Source search under “NPR” and “Hurricane Katrina” uncovers almost 1,000 full-text transcripts. So now you can print, email, or save full-text radio transcripts of what you halfway heard (or missed altogether) on your a.m. drive yesterday.

  • Click “Online Databases” on the left navigation menu of our home page.
  • Click “Enter” (remote users will be asked to enter library card number).
  • From the Statewide Databases list, click “EBSCO”; select “EBSCOhost Web”.
  • Scroll through the alphabetical list and check “Newspaper Source”; click Continue.
  • To find the NPR Day to Day segment that discusses the loss of magnolia trees after Katrina (broadcast just last month), try this search:  “NPR” and “Magnolia Trees
  • Read the transcript “New Orleans Stands to Lose Many Magnolia Trees” by clicking either HTML Full Text or the title provided in the citation.

In addition to radio, EBSCO gives you the full-text for television news transcripts and 20 national and international papers plus over 230 regional U.S. papers!

Weather Underground Tropical

Weather Underground Tropical is a great place to keep up with all the tropical weather during hurricane season. It links to the National Hurricane Center, has great graphics for storm tracking, and includes Dr. Jeff Masters’ very educational hurricane blog. It will also keep you current on storms in the Pacific Ocean if you have interests there. If you haven’t already, check out this informative site.

StartupNation.com

Start, Grow and Discuss your business ventures with StartupNation.com.

Learn from experts how to transform your business idea into a commercial reality with the free resources at StartupNation.

StartupNation users can:

  • Follow 10 easy steps to starting a business.
  • Watch and listen to on demand seminars on growing your business.
  • Join online forums and discuss small business topics.
  • Download and print sample business plans.
  • Subscribe to a free weekly email newsletter.

Tune up your PC with the latest version of Real Player and point your browser to

www.startupnation.com

Business Person of the Month:Brad Pope

Brad Pope
Owner/Operator

The Compact Disc Store

684 Jefferson Hwy

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

225.928.5706

Brad Pope - Owner of the Compact Disc StoreBrad Pope is the owner of The Compact Disc Store located at 684 Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge. The store specializes in compact discs from all musical fields: pop, jazz, blues, classical, country, kids, Cajun, alternative, folk, soundtracks, shows, world music, etc. and music DVDs.

Pope graduated from Louisiana State University in 1969 with a degree in Speech Corrections. He went back to do graduate work in Fine Arts with an emphasis on painting, though he never completed the degree. In 1984, he visited a friend who managed the classical record room of the Metronome, a record store in New Orleans. Besides traditional albums and singles, the store carried Compact Discs – the newest technology in musical recording at that time.  The difference in sound was so startling; he knew there would be a great market for this product.

Determined to open a CD shop in Baton Rouge, Pope started in 1985 with 2 or 3 bins of CDs in a small space in Goodwood Village. The industry was so new; he had trouble getting suppliers at first and CDs were mostly jazz and classical.  In the same shopping center was Art Colley’s Audio Specialties. Colley loaned him equipment that allowed people to listen to CDs and appreciate the huge difference in sound. Many who purchased CDs went next door to buy Colley’s CD players.

Pope opened the Compact Disc Store in 1985 with a simple business philosophy — “getting the art to the people“.  Still in business 21 years later, he credits his success to giving his customers something they do not get at other places: the assistance of people who know music. His staff consists of music lovers with a willingness to find answers for customers. “There is so little personal interaction in the acquisition of stuff nowadays; people are used to just walking up to the counter and paying for it”, Pope says. He considers the human connection with his customers one of his shop’s distinguishing features.

Having a musical family background – he began playing the organ at the age of 12 and has been the organist at St Alban’s Chapel on LSU’s campus since 1970 – Pope claims he cannot think of a more interesting retail business.

He believes in libraries and remembers fondly of the library in the town where he grew up. He feels the best part of his education at LSU was wandering through the library, pulling books from the shelves, and sitting on the floor to read what interested him.

After being in the business several years, Pope remembered that he had daydreamed as a teenager of opening a record store. “I’m doing what I always wanted to do,” he says, “Not many people have that satisfaction.”

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Back-to-School, World Book Online Reference Center

World Book Online Reference Center

Looking for online learning essentials for this school year?  Set aside a quick moment to find out just why you are going to make room for World Book Online (WBO) on your top 3 list of learning “e”-ssentials this school year.  

Going beyond the scope of its renown, carefully-edited articles and colorful atlases, WBO delivers a ton of ultra cool interactive stuff for students, teachers, and parents alike.  In fact, there’s so much more to mention than we have room for that we’ve decided to begin this field trip with a little window shopping.  So, go ahead, take a look; but first, pump of the volume on your computer for this back-to-school search hint.

  • On the left navigation menu, click Online Databases.  
  • Click Enter [remote users need a library card to access all online databases].
  • Under the Statewide Databases list, click World Book Online Encyclopedia.
  • Scan the top right of the page; click Site Contents.
  • As you scan the list of contents, you’ll see a heading for Sounds; click search sounds.  [Note:  if you do not already have the plug-in RealOne Player®, click the link for a free download; you’ll want it for future use of WBO.]
  • On the search page, click uncheck all; check sounds.
  • Type the word “balalaika” [Russian stringed-instrument]; click GO.
  • You’ll retrieve two (2) results that contain an audio sample of the instrument; listen for fun!
  • To view photos of a balalaika, conduct a pictures search just as you did a sounds search.

WBO also provides Spanish speakers and students of Spanish with information in Estudiantil Hallazgos, World Book’s intermediate Spanish-language encyclopedia.  ¿Impresionate,eh?

Back to School @ Firstgov.gov

http://www.firstgov.gov/Topics/Back_to_School.shtml#vgn-for-students-vgn

August is “Back to School” month for Louisiana students.  Make your child’s return to the classroom as painless as possible — bookmark this site from the Federal Government.

Back to School @ Firstgov.gov provides your child with lots of information useful to a young scholar of any age.  There are links to free Federal resources in all subjects, a grade point calculator (for your overachiever), and a college search.  You’ll find links to free maps and images, historical documents, and statistics — all designed to make that term paper or semester project stand out.  For younger students, there’s a link to Firstgov for Kids, a site with fun and interesting information for those in the lower grades.

Back to school doesn’t have to mean “back to the grind!”  Visit Back to School at Firstgov.gov, get prepared, and have smooth sailing throughout the year.

Student Research Center

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

Was you school life last year some thing like this?

Got homework due tomorrow! Need to finish that paper YESTERDAY!  I have one week for that social studies project?!?!?

This school year doesn’t have to be like that.  There’s a new one-stop-shop for information at the Library and it’s Student Research Center – one of the awesome databases provided by the Library and Ebsco Publishing!

This site has it all — film & video, biographies, newspapers & magazines, reference sources, and primary source documents.  It even has TV news transcripts!  I bet you’ve never been able to quote Anderson Cooper before!

So don’t freak out this year – be prepared for any schoolwork emergency.  Use Student Research Center for all your homework and project needs.

Ready.gov Emergency Planning Preparedness Tips

Disasters can strike your business any time. A sound emergency preparedness plan can help protect assets, diminish damage, and put your business on the road to recovery.

Ready.gov, the official website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is a one-stop source for emergency preparedness planning tips.

At Ready.gov users can follow step-by-step suggestions to create a sound emergency plan. The following materials can be downloaded, printed and made available to employees.

  • Brochures
  • Posters
  • Checklists

All materials are FREE!

Where to find it on the Internet: point your browser to www.ready.gov and click on “Ready Business“.


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