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Louisiana Business: Rehabilitation Services, New Orleans Jazz Fest Grants, Hub International

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Louisiana Rehab Services

The Louisiana Rehabilitation Council (LRC) and the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) will hold a two-day meeting focusing on Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) on Thursday, July 21, from 12:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday, July 22, from 8:30 a.m. - noon.

The joint meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Shell Room of the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators, 5550 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The councils will discuss suggestions and ways to improve consumer engagement, ensure the services provided by LRS meet the needs of Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities and hear success stories. The 25-member LRC and the 21-member SILC, appointed by the Governor, represent a cross section of stakeholders who meet quarterly to provide advice and guidance to LRS leadership.

LRS, an agency within the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), helps people with disabilities obtain or maintain employment through its flagship program, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). The VR program offers individuals with disabilities services designed to provide them with skills, resources, attitudes and expectations needed to find employment and develop lifelong careers. In 2010, LRS served more than 29,000 Louisiana citizens with disabilities through the VR program.

July marks the one-year anniversary of the integration of LRS into LWC’s Office of Workforce Development. Guest speaker at the meeting will be LWC Chief of Financial Officer, Renee Ellender Roberie.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is now accepting applications in three categories of the Community Partnership Grants program.

The application deadline for all three categories is Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Grant awards will be announced by October 31.

The three categories are:

  • Jazz & Heritage In-School Educational Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This grant supports arts education in New Orleans area K-12 public schools, by assisting with the purchase of equipment and supplies, or to help pay arts educators' salaries or fees.
  • Jazz & Heritage After-School and Summer Educational Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This grant supports organizations that provide after-school and summer programs in music and other arts disciplines.
  • Jazz Journey Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts. This grant supports nonprofit organizations that employ local musicians and other performing artists at cultural events.

Complete details, including downloads of the guidelines and application forms for all three categories, are online at the Community Partnership Grants program web page.

The available grants cover activities that occur between September 1, 2011, and August 31, 2012.

Grants will be awarded at a media event on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.

Applicants will have until Sept. 1, 2012, to submit a final report. Failure to submit a final report will bar grant recipients from seeking Community Partnership Grants in the future.

Hub International

Hub International Limited (Hub), an insurance brokerage firm, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Strategic Employee Benefit Services of Louisiana, LLC (SEBS of Louisiana), a Metairie, Louisiana-based benefit consulting and service firm. Terms of the acquisition agreement were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in early August and is subject to certain closing conditions.

Upon the closing of the acquisition, SEBS of Louisiana will become part of Hub International Gulf South (Hub Gulf South). Key executives of SEBS of Louisiana, Kevin Gardner, President and Employee Benefit Specialist, and Mike Ford, Vice President and Employee Benefit Specialist, will join Hub Gulf South as part of this transaction, and lead the employee benefits division of Hub Gulf South, reporting to Steve Terry, President, Hub Gulf South. SEBS of Louisiana is headquartered in Metairie, and operates from additional offices across Louisiana including Baton Rouge and Lafayette, all of which are areas where Hub Gulf South has existing offices, and Covington and Houma. Hub Gulf South’s headquarters will continue to operate out of Metairie.

Founded in 1991, SEBS of Louisiana is one of the largest independent benefit consulting organizations in the region, providing a wide range of customized employee benefit programs and services including Group Medical, Consumer Driven Benefit Plans, Disability Insurance Plans, Voluntary Benefit Plans, Individual Benefit Plans, Long Term Care Plans, and Worksite Benefit Plans, through leading insurance carriers. By joining forces with Hub, SEBS of Louisiana will now have the ability to offer property & casualty products and expanded risk services to their clients.

“The combination of these two great companies will enable us to offer SEBS of Louisiana clients additional products and services that will help reduce their total cost of risk and grow their business,” said Kevin Gardner, president and founder of SEBS of Louisiana. “In addition to Hub’s robust employee benefits products and services, we will also have access to greater financial resources, additional markets, and expanded solutions for our business clients.”

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