BREW 2014 is a week-long series of events to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in the Baton Rouge Area.  Entrepreneurs in the region and state are encouraged to come together to work, learn, play, teach, and show off. Registration is now open. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Jump to >>    Mon (11/17/14)  |  Tue (11/18/14)  |  Wed (11/19/14)  |  Thurs (11/20/14)  |  Fri (11/21/14)

Monday (11/17/14)

Creating Your Business Plan Workshop
This six-hour workshop will help you quickly create an effective business plan, including cash flow projections.
Location: University of Phoenix, 4th Floor, 2431 South Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $99 per person, which includes online software and a workbook
Hosted by: SCORE Baton Rouge
Register online here >>

Tues (11/18/14)

BRAC's Economic Outlook
BRAC will present a Capital Region economic outlook of the next one to three years.
Location: City Club, Baton Rouge
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Contact Dorothy to register

The Business of Social Innovation
Join Solid Ground Innovations for a panel discussion designed to explore ways organizations and businesses are infusing social innovation into their business model that not only impacts the way they do business, but also the communities around them.
Location: Solid Ground Innovations, 4242 Government Street, Baton Rouge
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: Solid Ground Innovations, LLC
Register online here >>

What Big Brands Know: Simple, Powerful Strategies to Ignite Growth in Your Business
A one-time marketing executive at four billion-dollar brands, nationally recognized speaker Gerry O’Brion talks big marketing for ALL businesses. Guests will learn simple, powerful strategies to increase sales and ignite word of mouth for their products and services, along with five critical steps to attracting more of their ideal customers.
Location: The L'Auberge Casino and Hotel's Grand Ballroom, Baton Rouge
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $40 in advance, $50 at the door
Hosted by: Manuel F. Valencia of The CONNECTIVE Agency
Register online here >>

Junior Achievement Pitch Event: A Youth Entrepreneurial Program & Competition
An innovative youth entrepreneurial program teaching high school students entrepreneurial skills.
Location: LABI Office, 3113 Valley Creek Dr, Baton Rouge
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon
Food: Lunch provided
Cost: Free - donations to support JA programs appreciated
Hosted by: Junior Achievement of Baton Rouge
Register online here >>

LSU's Annual 90-Second Student Pitch Competition
Students pitch their business ideas to local entrepreneurs and faculty judges. The top three contestants qualify for a chance to win an iPad Mini and other great prizes. Open to current LSU students only.
Location: Business Education Complex, Louisiana State University, Nicholson Extension, Classroom 1420, Baton Rouge
Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by: LSU’s Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization and the LBTC Student Incubator
Contact Kenny Anderson for more information
Current LSU Students: Register online here >>
Download flyer here>>

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business
Learn and review the basics of what is necessary to start your own business. Learn from the experts-- those who have the experience and knowledge to help you quick-start your business.
Location: East Baton Rouge Main Branch Library, Goodwood Boulevard, Baton Rouge
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: SCORE Baton Rouge
Register online here >>

Wed (11/19/14)

BRAC's Big Think
This event will showcase and celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship in the Capital Region. The day-long program, filled with a variety of activities, will culminate with an awards ceremony called Companies to Watch, modeled after the nationally recognized program by the Edward Lowe Foundation, through which stage-two companies from the nine-parish region will be honored.
Location: Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by: Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Register online here >>

Companies to Watch
Big Think will conclude with a celebration and awards ceremony focusing on second-stage companies. One second-stage company from each of the nine parishes within the region will be recognized through the Edward Lowe Foundation Companies to Watch Award.
Location: Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by: Baton Rouge Area Chamber
More Information>>

BREW Pitch Night
Selected start-up companies will have two minutes to pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of experts.
Location: Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by: BREW Pitch Night Planning Committee
Register online here>>

Thurs (11/20/14)

The Positively Powerful Women’s Morning
A morning dedicated to inspiring the greatness within you. Three internationally experienced speakers will engage, educate, and energize you through the positive approach.
Location: Lod Cook Alumni Center at LSU, Baton Rouge
Time: 8:00 a.m. to noon
Cost: Single ticket - $65, Table of 10 - $550, Student ticket - $25
Hosted by: Melinda Stallings
Download flyer here>>
Register online here >>

Entrepreneurs' Organization Louisiana's EO24 Luncheon
Join EO Louisiana and listen to Louisiana-based entrepreneurs, Laurie Aronson, President and CEO of Lipsey’s and Haspel Clothing; Tom Martin, Executive VP and COO of Pod Pack International; and Erik Frank, CEO of Your Nutrition Delivered.
Location: Lipsey's, 7277 Exchequer Drive, Baton Rouge
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for EO Louisiana Members. $25 for guests.
Hosted by: EO Louisiana
Contact Mary to register and RSVP

What To Do When the Bank Tells You No
A round table discussion featuring Chris Reid.
Location: The Lyceum Ballroom, Baton Rouge
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: Chris Reid

Successful Media for the Entrepreneur
Location: East Baton Rouge Main Branch Library, Goodwood Boulevard, Baton Rouge
Join us to learn how to embark on social media. The content is targeted at beginner-to-comfortable small-business marketers who are looking to build their marketing knowledge, or to reinforce what it is they already know.
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: SCORE Baton Rouge
Register online here >>

Fri (11/21/14)

LSU's Breakfast to Business: My Entrepreneurship Journey
Featuring Monique Breaux, Principal Designer with POSH Exclusive Interiors, William McGehee, Founder of Tin Roof Brewing Co., Caryn W. Roland, Owner of Heirloom Cuisine, LLC, and Kolby Tullier, Owner of Body Mechanics Training.
Location: LSU Business Education Complex, Room 1420, Baton Rouge
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Hosted by: Louisiana State University
Register online here >>

Creative Louisiana
Join us for a special entrepreneurship edition of Creative Louisiana, featuring Jim Odom, founder and chief strategy officer of PreSonus.
Location: Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: Wendy Overton
Register online here >>

2nd Annual Mission Possible Leadership Conference
This year's conference will focus on "Battle Tested Leadership," and will feature pancreatic cancer survivor, Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards; John C. Maxwell speaker, Tronn Moller; Vistage coach and accountant, Meredith Eicher; publicity guru, Havilah Malone; business coach and author, Howard White and several other thought leaders
Location: Southern University Global Conference Center, T.T. Allain Hall, Baton Rouge
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the door
Hosted by: Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards, Good Work Network, Banks Consulting, and Southern University College of Business
Register online here >>