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BREW 2015 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.

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Pre-BREW 2015 Events


10th Annual Louisiana Smart Growth Summit
Center for Planning Excellence will host the 2015 Louisiana Smart Growth Summit, the Southeast’s premier event promoting innovative planning and models for creating healthier, more resilient communities. World-renowned experts and visionaries will discuss safer streets, transportation options, the real estate market and development trends along with policymaking and leadership.

Location: Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts
Date: November 3-4, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $150 for full conference registration, with day options, reduced costs for students and professors, and scholarships available
Hosted by: Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX)
Register and learn more here >>

LSU & LBTC's 90-Second Pitch Night
Are you an LSU Student with a business idea? If so, we invite you to our annual 90-Second pitch night where all LSU students have an opportunity to pitch their idea for a chance at some great prizes including an Apple Watch! LSU Innovation Park staff are available to coach students on “elevator pitch” guidelines. Please register or email the contact below, we’d love to see you there!

Location: Room 1420 at the LSU Business Education Complex
Date: November 11, 2015
Time: 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to only LSU students
Hosted by: The LBTC Student Incubator, the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI), and LSU's chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO)
For more information, visit here or contact kande55@lsu.edu >>
Register here >>

The Rocky Road to a Successful Startup
Q&A Panel with 4 startup founders followed by luncheon catered by Dinner Lab. Today there are unprecedented opportunities for high-tech startups in Baton Rouge. What is your big idea and how can you make it work? Learn what it takes to launch a thriving business from some of the region's most successful entrepreneurs and innovators as they share their personal inspirations, insights, and experiences.

Location: Capitol Park Welcome Center
Date: November 13, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free; RSVP required
Hosted by: Innovation Catalyst
Register and learn more here >>

Melinda Stallings Presents Passion, Purpose and Power: How to Transform Your Dreams Into Reality
Join us as 3 powerful women CEO's share how they dreamed big and made it happen! Let them inspire you to take your passion to find your purpose and fuel your power. Join in discussions with other women to fuel your passion and possibilities to claim your positive power.

Location: East Baton Rouge Public Library on Goodwood, Large Conference Room
Date: November 15, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Coming soon
Hosted by: Melinda Stallings International
Register now >>

Monday (11/16/15)


Teen BREW
Students are Scotlandville High School and Northdale Superintendent’s Academy will exhibit small business concepts and will be selling items created under their small business concepts as part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy. In addition to the business exhibits, workshops will be hosted to educate students on the opportunities available to entrepreneurs and the pathways to a successful business start-up. Guest panelists will include alumni of the schools, small business coaches and consultants, and representatives from local small business resource organizations including Junior Achievement, MBECA, SCORE, and LiftFund.

Location: Scotlandville High School and Northdale Superintendent’s Academy
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to students and parents of Scotlandville High School and Northdale Superintendent’s Academy
Hosted by: Microbusiness Network of Louisiana, Scotlandville High School, Northdale Superintendent’s Academy, Pi Sigma Epsilon LSU Beta Xi Chapter, and Pi Sigma Epsilon Southern University Epsilon Rho Chapter
For more information, contact mbeca@mbeca.org >>

University of Phoenix E2 Education to Entrepreneurship Event
Learn about small business resources available to start and grow your business. The workshop will include a panel discussion including topics such as business planning, funding, sales and marketing.

Location: University of Phoenix Baton Rouge Campus, 2431 South Acadian Thruway
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: University of Phoenix Baton Rouge Campus (for more information, contact judi.villa@phoenix.edu >>)
Register now >>

Tuesday (11/17/15)


Junior Achievement High School Pitch Event
This is an innovative youth entrepreneurial program teaching high school students entrepreneurial skills sets. Students, prior to this event participated in a 7 week in-class entrepreneurial curriculum called “Be Entrepreneurial” to prepare for today’s “pitch event”. Four teams will pitch to a panel of “investors” today. Team pitches, chosen in a random order, will consist of a Powerpoint presentation, a 30 second commercial video and a 5 min Live team Pitch.

Location: LABI Office (Louisiana Association of Business & Industry) 3113 Valley Creek Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free Registration and Admission – donations to support JA programs appreciated
Hosted by: Junior Achievement of Greater of Baton Rouge & Acadiana
Learn more and register now >>

Understanding Your Workforce
Understanding Your Workforce is a six-hour professional development training for employers, managers, and supervisors who work with low-to-moderate income employees. Often upper level managers struggle with behaviors and issues their employees face, not knowing how to manage certain circumstances or challenges in the work place. This training is designed to help them better understand these barriers and find solutions to increase employee retention.

Location: Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, 9625 Fenway Avenue, Suite A
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $225 Early Bird Registration until Nov 10; after Nov 10, the fee is $250
Hosted by: The Way to Work: Sustainable Workforce Solutions©
Learn more and register now >>

Small Business Workshop with Ameen Walker
Ameen Walker, CEO of First Financial of Baton Rouge, will lead an Operations Workshop for small businesses. His goal is to help small business owners use their time and resources efficiently to increase profitability. Walker is a business consultant who works with both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies designing and implementing systems and controls to manage everyday problems.

Location: First Financial of Baton Rouge
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: First Financial of Baton Rouge
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Mini-BREW@BRCC
BRCC, with the student group KBD, will host a “Simple Steps to Starting A Business” for current BRCC students and Alumni, presented in conjunction with SCORE. This will be 2 hour event with a presentation by Bob Breaux of SCORE, to be followed by a Q&A session. Local high school students may attend.

Location: BRCC Mid-City Campus, The Louisiana Board Room in the Louisiana Building
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: There is no cost, but this event is only available to students
Hosted by: BRCC Business Department and KBD, in partnership with SCORE

Tech Tuesday Presented by Louisiana Technology Park
In the spirit of Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week (BREW), celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship, we’ll convene at The Creative Bloc, a collaborative work environment for creative industries. Join us for networking and check out Creative Bloc’s creative brainstorm spaces, work and office spaces, conference rooms, and the technology that fuels the fully equipped video and sound studio, post-production suites, and media servers.

Location: Creative Bloc
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Register now >>

Louisiana Business & Technology Center’s 27th Anniversary and Graduation Ceremony
A celebration of 27 years of business incubation and entrepreneurship training. The LBTC at LSU, one of the nation’s top ranked business incubator, was founded in 1988 and has documented the creation or retention of over 10,000 jobs for the region. Come celebrate and meet the outstanding incubator companies, graduate companies, innovators and entrepreneurs participating in this award winning program.

Location: L’Auberge Conference Center
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: LSU Innovation Park and the Louisiana Business & Technology Center at LSU
RSVP to Margaret at msmi196@lsu.edu >>

Entrepreneur’s Rapid Rounds
Business Report and the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute have teamed up to offer you a seat at the table with successful entrepreneurs who will share their insight, experiences and lessons learned – in rapid fire. Every 12 minutes the speakers rotate to the next table and share their secrets of success with you. Hear from all eight in just 90 minutes.
Where did they get their ideas to start? What was their biggest mistake? What is their best advice? How did they get funded? Their industries range from technology and industrial construction to retail and restaurants. It’s new for BREW and seating is limited.


Location: LSU Business Education Complex – Rotunda
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 per person
Hosted by: LSU SEI and the Baton Rouge Business Report
Note: Limited space available (first 44 registrants)
Register now >>

Wednesday (11/18/15)


BRAC's 2016 Economic Outlook
Each year BRAC completes an Economic Outlook to help regional business leaders plan for the coming year through intensive analysis of a broad array of economic indicators.

Location: City Club of Baton Rouge
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: Baton Rouge Area Chamber
RSVP to Dorothy Stillson at dorothy@brac.org >>

MetroMorphosis' Failure Fest
Creating a space for entrepreneurs to talk openly about their failures has become a trend around the country. Failure Fest, a concept that emerged from the 2014 MetroMorphosis Social Innovation Summit, will provide an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to learn from failed projects and to increase risk-taking by reducing the stigma around failure.

Location: East Baton Rouge Parish Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: MetroMorphosis
Register here >>

Happy Hour Hosted by Cardinal Capital
Happy Hour for all BREW participants.

Location: Boudreaux & Thibodeaux's
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by: Cardinal Capital
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Small Business Power Up
Meet local small business development organizations including MBECA, SCORE, The Goodwork Network Southeast Louisiana Women’s Business Center, and LiftFund that offer services to help entrepreneurs start and grow a business. The event will include a small business resource power expo and two workshops; Small Business Start Up Power; a workshop designed to explore pre-venture feasibility testing and business planning, resources to get assistance & Money Power, a workshop that will feature methods of capitalizing small firms from traditional and micro lenders.

Location: University of Phoenix Baton Rouge Campus, 2431 South Acadian Thruway
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: Microbusiness Network of Louisiana (for more information, contact lee@lamicrobusiness.org >>)
Register now >>

Thursday (11/19/15)


BRAC's Big Think Presented by Louisiana Technology Park
This half-day event will include business success stories, tips for navigating regulatory hurdles, brand innovation, funding options to start or grow a business, and more. Business owners and professionals alike can gain knowledge and insights for business growth at BRAC’s Big Think. Are you thinking big?

Location: Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $45.00 BRAC investors / $55.00 Non-investors
Hosted by: Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC)
Register now >>

Mini-BREW@BRCC
BRCC, with the student group KBD, will host a “Entrepreneurship Round Table” for current BRCC students and Alumni. This will be 2 hour event with participant members (local entrepreneurs in the GBR and Mid-City region) providing a brief bio, and a presentation of a problem or barrier to being a successful entrepreneur. There will be a Q&A session on the back end for audience members.

Location: BRCC Mid-City Campus, The Louisiana Board Room in the Louisiana Building
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: There is no cost, but this event is only available to students
Hosted by: BRCC Business Department and KBD

Louisiana Looking Up
The 12th annual Louisiana Looking Up (LLU) will bring together 5 prominent business executives to discuss their business journeys and the outlook for business in the region. The event also provides an excellent networking opportunity and learning opportunity for employees. Proceeds from LLU will benefit student scholarships for LSU Flores MBA students.

Location: LSU Business Education Complex
Time: Registration 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Program 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Reception 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $100 individuals, $50 LSU Flores MBA Alumni Association Members; Tables also available
Hosted by: LSU Flores MBA Alumni Association
Register now >>

Small Business Power Up
Meet local small business development organizations including MBECA, SCORE, The Goodwork Network Southeast Louisiana Women’s Business Center, and LiftFund that offer services to help entrepreneurs start and grow a business. The event will include a small business resource power expo and two workshops; Small Business Start Up Power; a workshop designed to explore pre-venture feasibility testing and business planning, resources to get assistance & Money Power, a workshop that will feature methods of capitalizing small firms from traditional and micro lenders.

Location: University of Phoenix Baton Rouge Campus, 2431 South Acadian Thruway
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: Microbusiness Network of Louisiana (for more information, contact lee@lamicrobusiness.org >>)
Register now >>

2015 BREW Pitch Night, Presented by SeNSE
The event is designed to provide a platform for local entrepreneurs to vet their concepts in front of the public and potential investors; however, for audience attendees it’s a high-energy peek into the future of Baton Rouge’s business scene, with the opportunity to help select the winners. Area entrepreneurs ready to kick-start their business concepts will present one-minute pitches. Following their pitch, presenters will receive audience feedback and will be judged by a panel of local and national investor judges which will determine advancement to semi-final and final rounds of the competition. The winning business will receive $1,000, along with a package of services from local businesses, including start-up consulting provided by Louisiana Tech Park, financial consulting courtesy of Horne LLP, presentation coaching provided by Emergent Method, and legal consulting courtesy of Kean Miller.

Location: Creative Bloc
Time: Happy Hour at 5:30 p.m., Pitch Competition at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $10
Hosted by: SeNSE, in collaboration with Louisiana Technology Park, Research Park Corporation, Ogwyn Law Firm, MESH Integrated Marketing and Advertising, and Catalyst Event Solutions
Register now >>

Friday (11/20/15)


Teen BREW
Students are Scotlandville High School and Northdale Superintendent’s Academy will exhibit small business concepts and will be selling items created under their small business concepts as part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy. In addition to the business exhibits, workshops will be hosted to educate students on the opportunities available to entrepreneurs and the pathways to a successful business start-up. Guest panelists will include alumni of the schools, small business coaches and consultants, and representatives from local small business resource organizations including Junior Achievement, MBECA, SCORE, and LiftFund.

Location: Scotlandville High School and Northdale Superintendent’s Academy
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to students and parents of Scotlandville High School and Northdale Superintendent’s Academy
Hosted by: Microbusiness Network of Louisiana, Scotlandville High School, Northdale Superintendent’s Academy, Pi Sigma Epsilon LSU Beta Xi Chapter, and Pi Sigma Epsilon Southern University Epsilon Rho Chapter
For more information, contact mbeca@mbeca.org >>