Congressman wins small business award

The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation's leading small-business association, has presented its Guardian of Small Business Award to U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-La.

The award is the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows on members of Congress in recognition of their efforts to support small business issues, the group said in a news release.

Louisiana State Director Dawn Starns presented the award to Graves following an NFIB Small Business Roundtable with the congressman at Mestizo restaurant, an NFIB member business in Baton Rouge.

Graves, who represents northern Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, earned a 100 percent voting record with NFIB in the 2017-18 Congress, siding with small businesses on regularity and legal reform, the NFIB said. He also supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.


TGMC names Employee of the Month

Terrebonne General Medical Center has chosen clinical pharmacist Lacey Baudoin as its August Employee of the Month.

Baudoin, a TGMC employee for 19 years, provides pharmacist support to patients on the 5 North floor by attending staffing and physician rounds, offering medication dosing support, providing renal dosing adjustments and changing medication regimens to decrease antibiotic resistance, the hospital said in a news release.

She also trains many rotating pharmacy students and is an active member of numerous TGMC internal committees, the hospital said.

"Baudoin is recognized by her coworkers for her proactive work ethic, positive attitude and capacity to effectively manage a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities in a fast-pace environment. Most notable, Baudoin recently helped launch an Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee designed to help the organization decrease antimicrobial resistance, decrease inappropriate antimicrobial use and improve patient care," TGMC said.


Water institute head to address SCIA

Justin Ehrenwerth, president and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf, is the guest speaker for the South Central Industrial Association general membership luncheon on Aug. 21.

The luncheon will be at the Courtyard by Marriott, 142 Library Drive, Houma. Fellowship begins at 11 a.m. and the meeting runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cost is $25 and registration is required by Aug. 16. Call 851-2201 or email


Sign-up open for contractor's class

Aug. 27 is the deadline for registering for the state contractor's licensing exam class at Fletcher Technical Community College.

The six-week course helps entrepreneurs and small companies to prepare for the business portion of the state licensing exam.

For program information and to register, visit

Tuition scholarships may be available; call the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority at 873-6890 to inquire.


Seminar to focus on business planning

A free seminar sponsored by the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 at Fletcher Technical Community College.

The seminar covers the detailed parts of a business plan, such as how a business plan is used, discovering your mission statement and purpose, and defining your target market, TEDA said in a news release.

Register at


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