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Business Briefs for Sunday, August 29 | Business | – The Advocate

Manufacturing group partners with Louisiana community colleges

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana announced an enhanced integration and branding initiative with Louisiana’s Community and Technical College System. LCTCS began hosting the group in 2016 and has developed an expanded integration bringing comprehensive, proven solutions to Louisiana manufacturers on a local level.

Through the years, manufacturing group has developed a wide range of services and initiatives to enable manufacturers to identify opportunities that will accelerate and strengthen growth and competitiveness in the global marketplace. Now, more than half of the community colleges serve as a local MEP center.

The announcement includes the unveiling of a new logo and brand identity for MEP of LA, which incorporates elements of the LCTCS brand. The logo rebrand symbolizes this new and successful working relationship in support of the manufacturing industry across our state.

Manufacturers who are interested in manufacturing group services should contact (337) 394-2763 to be put in touch with a local college region MEP representative.

Jewish Federation sponsoring trip to Israel

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is offering a mission to Israel from July 12-18, with the opportunity to also visit the United Arab Emirates from July 18-22. By expanding its traditional cultural exchange mission to include a multisector trade and business development mission, the 2022 Federation Mission will strengthen Louisiana’s economic ties with Israel by helping to increase exports to the country, build strategic relationships and explore new business opportunities. Registration will open in the fall.

The trade mission will include a lineup of partners including: Jones Walker, the World Trade Center New Orleans, the New Orleans Business Alliance, GNO Inc., Louisiana Economic Development and Ochsner Health. The mission will feature a traditional “Explore Israel” track, as well as four industry tracks in sectors for which Israel is among the world leaders in business and innovation:

  • Medicine/biotechnology/health care
  • Energy/water management/engineering
  • Transportation/port/maritime
  • Cybersecurity/innovation

The mission will include visits to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and industry specific places of interest for each of the four business tracks. The delegation will  comprise about 200 business, community, educational and government leaders. Participants will also enjoy an exclusive opportunity to take part in the opening ceremonies of the Maccabiah Games, the third largest sporting event in the world.

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For information, visit or contact Aaron Bloch at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, [email protected] or (504) 780-5608.

Handyman Connection opens Baton Rouge franchise

Handyman Connection, a home repair company in operation for 30 years, has opened its newest franchise in Louisiana. Handyman Connection of Baton Rouge provides home renovation and restoration services throughout the area, including Denham Springs, Prairieville and Central. It is owned and operated by Shane Mouton.

Mouton is a native of Baton Rouge and an LSU graduate.

Handyman Connection of Baton Rouge has job opportunities in several areas, including carpenter, contractor and drywall finisher. For information and to apply, visit

To request a free, no-obligation project estimate, call or text (225) 432-1777 or visit

Accounting firm opens permanent Albany location

Hebert, Johnson and Associates, a full-service accounting firm serving business, individuals, nonprofits and governmental entities, has opened a permanent location in Albany.

The business is now located at 18890 Florida Blvd. The company also has a location in Ponchatoula.