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Harlem Globetrotters

Known as innovators of the game of basketball for decades, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters are again introducing something unparalleled in the history of sports and family entertainment, taking kid participation and fun to a whole new level when the Globetrotters come to Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.

For the first time ever, during the Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour, your family’s smiles will begin before you even get to the show. Fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. This could be anything from playing with two basketballs at once, to getting double the points for each basket made.

Go online with your kids to to vote for which ground-breaking rule you want to see implemented in the game.  Then, get your tickets, and see the winning rules in live action at the Globetrotters’ world championship game.

Tickets, starting at $15.00, are on sale now at,, the Lakefront Arena box office, or by phone at 800-345-7000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at

Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you get to actually spend time on the court with the Globetrotters one-on-one – shooting, trying out ball tricks, autographs and photos.  The unique 30-minute pre-show, “Magic Pass,” will create memories of a lifetime.#  After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.*

This year's Globetrotters roster features stars such as Special K Daley and Flight Time Lang.  They will join many other fan favorites, including 7-foot-8 Tiny Sturgess (the Guinness World Record holder as the World’s Tallest Professional Basketball Player), 5-foot-2 Too Tall Hall (the shortest Globetrotter ever), and female star T-Time Brawner.**

The North American leg of the 2013 “Your Write the Rules” World Tour will tip-off on December 26, 2012, and will run through April 2013.  The team will play over 270 games in nearly 240 cities in 45 states and nine Canadian provinces.

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 87th consecutive year in 2013, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site:

* Subject to availability.

** Rosters may vary in each city and are subject to change.

# All customers must have a game ticket AND Magic Pass for entry. Magic Pass sold separately. Soft/rubber soled shoes must be worn on court.

Lafayette Chamber

                2013 Save the Dates:  

Annual Banquet - February 20, 2013

LABI Luncheon - March 6, 2013

Building Community Conference - April 3-5, 2013 

Business Over Breakfast - June 25, 2013

Chamber Golf Classic - October 7, 2013 

Louisiana Citiens Property Insurance Corporation

Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has received 17,059 claims from Hurricane Isaac. Ninety-seven percent of those claims have been inspected by company adjusters and 85 percent have been settled.

Loss payments through the second week of October totaled $57.8 million. Citizens expects the ultimate loss and adjustment expense from Isaac to reach $75 - $100 million. The company will be able to manage the storm’s financial impact through current cash reserves and reinsurance that covers the losses in excess of $75 million.

The quick response was due to enhanced capabilities instituted by the company. “Since hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, we have significantly enhanced our catastrophe claims adjusting capabilities,” said Quin Netzel, chief claims officer for Louisiana Citizens. “As a result, we have been able to respond to claims from Hurricane Isaac faster than at any time in our history.”

Louisiana Citizens utilized a network of more than 400 adjusters. Claims have generally been inspected within seven days of the report date and closed within 25 days. “Adjusters are working 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for seven days a week to handle all the claims,” said Netzel.

The most common claim has been for wind damage to exterior roofing and corresponding interior water leakage.  A significant number of claims (40 percent) have been closed because the damage was less than the special two percent or five percent hurricane deductibles. 

LA Citizens policyholders, who sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Isaac and have not yet filed a claim, may do so by contacting their agent or the company at 1-888-568-6455.

More about Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation is a non-profit insurance corporation created to provide insurance products for residential and commercial property applicants who are in good faith entitled, but unable, to procure insurance through the voluntary insurance marketplace.


Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, presented GE Lighting with the Graybar Supplier Excellence Award on Oct. 11. The award was presented at Graybar’s national training conference in San Antonio, Texas. 

The Graybar Supplier Excellence Award is presented semi-annually to recognize a product supplier that has collaborated with Graybar in an exceptional manner to successfully grow profitable business together. 

GE Lighting was presented with Graybar’s Supplier Excellence Award at Graybar’s national training conference in San Antonio, Texas. From left: GE Lighting GM, Professional Sales Dan Jenkins, GE Lighting President and CEO Maryrose Sylvester, Graybar President and CEO Kathy Mazzarella and Graybar Vice President, Marketing Bill Mansfield.

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“We’re delighted to present GE Lighting with this award,” said Kathy Mazzarella, Graybar president and chief executive officer. “The relationship between our two companies spans more than a century, and GE Lighting continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to growing its business with Graybar.”

“The world of commercial and industrial lighting is experiencing unprecedented change," noted Maryrose Sylvester, president and chief executive officer of GE Lighting. “Graybar and GE have worked together for more than 100 years and right now—through technology leadership, product quality and knowledgeable service—we’re leading a lighting transformation that’s producing significant benefits and strategic advantages for our mutual customers. We appreciate this recognition and look forward to our future together."

About Graybar

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of nearly 240 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

About GE Lighting

GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business employs 16,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and Evolve™, GTx™, Immersion™, Infusion™, Lumination™ and Tetra® commercial brands, all trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information, visit .

– The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) has announced that the lineup of events for Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week (BREW) has been finalized and registration is now open.  Anyone interested in attending one or all of the week’s activities should visit  The week will feature a variety of events including pitch competitions, educational lunches, panel discussions, networking, new product demonstrations, and opportunities for angel investors to see new businesses.  In addition to previously announced events, the following events have been recently added to the lineup:

-              a presentation by Jason Lucash, winner of ABC’s Shark Tank, to kick off the High-stakes Pitch Night;

-              a lunch featuring Bruno Matzdorf, Resource Development Program Manager, SONY Computer Entertainment Media;

-              Women Business Leaders breakfast featuring Martha Stuart Williams, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Amedisys; Rhonda Binda, Deputy Director, Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Jen Bilik, Founder and Owner, Knock Knock;

-              Baton Rouge Food Truck Wroundup BREW Edition with Tony Chachere's; and

-              DEMO: Cutting Edge Ideas from the Fields of Engineering and Health.

“We’re very excited about the quality of speakers and events during Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week.  We encourage everyone to register on the BREW website to secure their participation,” said Adam Knapp, President and CEO of BRAC.  “The national-caliber agenda is one of the best we’ve ever seen for business and entrepreneurship content.”

Previously announced events include the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s breakfast and keynote speaker featuring Josh Linkner and the High-stakes Pitch Night presented by Whitney Bank and General Informatics and supported by SeNSE.  BREW is presented by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report and Louisiana Technology Park and supported by BRAC.  Learn more about BREW 2012 at 

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area, the Creative Capital of the South.  Serving as the voice of the business community, BRAC’s investors includes more than 1,200 organizations whose employees represent over a third of the workforce.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week

More than just seven days, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a rapidly emerging movement of creative and innovative individuals and organizations—all unleashing new ideas.  To learn how you can get involved—and to see if your country is already participating—visit

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