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Resilient Restart program aims to provide grants to businesses impacted by COVID

The Urban League of Louisiana will host webinars for small businesses interested in applying to the Resilient Restart EBR program, which offers $2,500 grants to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The first session will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by sessions on May 5, May 12, May 24 and May 26. All sessions will take place from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., except for the one on May 24, which is from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Grant recipients can use the one-time money for rent, utilities, inventory, accounts payable, fixed costs, salaries, and employee benefits. The money is being administered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program with additional funding from Investor Bank, GMFS, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge and Postlethwaite & Netterville.

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Association for Corporate Growth to honor top companies and business leaders

The Association for Corporate Growth Louisiana will present its annual awards at 7 p.m. May 12 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

The awards recognize growing businesses, professionals, and outstanding transactions across the state. Honorees include Marucci Sports, Turner Industries, Joanna McCay, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Ochsner Health, and Alden McDonald Jr., President and CEO of Liberty Bank.

Tickets are $150 for CAE members and $200 for non-members. To register, go to

LSU researchers receive $500,000 grant to improve underwater robot vision

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to two LSU engineering professors who are working to improve the vision of underwater robots.

Jinwei Ye, adjunct faculty member in the Division of Computer Science and Engineering, and Corina Barbalata, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, received the three-year grant.

The project will benefit the oil and gas industry, which can use robots to inspect underwater pipelines; the military, which may be able to use their detection technology for submarines; and for researchers who study marine life and coral reefs.

The hardest part of developing an underwater imaging system is the low visibility in murky waters. LSU officials are designing smart light sources that work with cameras to “dodge” scattering particles in the water.

uBreakiFix is ​​now open in Denham Springs

uBreakiFix opened a franchise at 240 Range 12 Blvd. in Denham Springs.

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The store offers professional repair services for a range of electronic devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, game consoles, smart speakers and drones. Common repairs include cracked screens, battery issues, and water damage. Most basic repairs can be done in two hours or less.

uBreakiFix Denham Springs is owned by MeSha Prejean, which also owns uBreakiFix stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Leadership St. Tammany alumni to discuss comprehensive plan

The St. Tammany Alumni Leadership Foundation will host a breakfast on Wednesday to discuss the comprehensive long-term plan for the parish – New Directions 2040.

The meeting will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Benedicts Plantation, 1144 N. Causeway Blvd. in Mandville. Attendees include Parish President Mike Cooper, School Superintendent Frank Jabbia and St. Tammany Health System President and CEO Joan Coffman.

Admission is $35 for Leadership Alumni, Leadership Class of 2021-2022 members, and guests. Registration is required at

Lakeview Regional Medical Center Begins Renovation of Labor and Delivery Rooms

Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, announced plans for a $1.8 million renovation of its labor and delivery suites and mother-child unit at Covington Hospital. .

The remodel is expected to begin this month and be completed by fall 2022. It will include all labor and delivery rooms, triage area and common areas supporting these services.

The space will provide a calm, spa-like environment. There will be private work suites and a dedicated unit equipped with two operating theaters and a triage area, a level III ICU and a nursery. A postpartum wing will offer luxury suites.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Wins Award for Sustainability Commitments

LifeCity, which supports economic development in key areas such as housing, food and stormwater management, presented the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with a “Love Your City Award” in the Best Overall category during its a recent awards ceremony.

The awards recognize individuals and organizations that assess, improve, and address their impact in their communities through reductions in energy use, contributions to the local economy, and commitments to providing equitable opportunities for all.

The Best Overall Award was given to the convention center for improving its energy use, waste reduction efforts and new green infrastructure.

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