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Louisiana Business: Site Selection, SBIR, Cheniere, VoiceHit, SPCA

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VoiceHIT, a New Orleans-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) company, will host a private event in partnership with Isabel Healthcare, a leading diagnosis decision support and knowledge management provider, to preview VoiceHIT’s first product, Better Day EHR & Documentation Solution. The Better Day EHR combines speech-to-text, mobile devices and web-based technologies in novel ways to streamline clinical documentation and coding and improve care efficiency with the incorporation of the Isabel suite. The two companies will hold the private event for local and visiting physicians in New Orleans during the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Interim meeting on Saturday, November 12th, at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center.

 Site Selection

Site Selection magazine on Tuesday ranked Louisiana the No. 7 business climate in the country -- the state's highest ranking ever. The overall business climate ranking improves Louisiana's standing from No. 9 in 2010 and No. 25 in 2009.

In the half-dozen categories used to generate the business climate rankings, Louisiana ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for per capita project expansions, No. 1 in competitiveness, and No. 3 in new projects attracted so far in 2011.

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SBIR In New Orleans 

Business professionals across the country are invited to register now for the 2011 National SBIR/STTR Fall Conference. The event is being hosted by the Louisiana Technology Council and Louisiana Economic Development partners in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 6 - 9, 2011. The conference will help small businesses learn how to compete for SBIR/STTR grants and contracts, which amount to approximately $2.5 billion in funding annually.

SBIR is a competitive federal government grant program that funds small businesses in developing innovative, high-risk technologies with the goal of increasing private sector commercialization into the marketplace. SBIR is a highly specialized form of funding for small firms to perform cutting-edge research and development that addresses the nation's most critical scientific, engineering and technology needs. 

The conference includes:

One-on-one meetings with multiple federal agencies

Training sessions on how to apply for, write and obtain SBIR grants

Specialty workshops

Nationally recognized keynote speakers

Federal agency overview sessions

Conference attendees can also register for one-on-one meetings to:

Network and find new partners to develop business ideas

Identify new technologies or promote their own technology

Identify new collaborative partners for R&D proposals

Meet companies and organizations from across the nation

Promote their know-how and expertise

To learn more or register now, please visit

New Orleans entrepreuneurs

This October New Orleans was designated the "Top City for Young Entrepreneurs."'s 2011 poll determined that New Orleans' outstanding access to entrepreneurial resources, including numerous business incubators, and unique culture make New Orleans a prime destination for launching new ventures.  

As a technology business incubator based in Louisiana, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center is dedicated to continuing this rate of growth by assisting life science based startups. Through NOBIC's unparalleled programming to assist start-ups commercialize new technologies, the Center is introducing next generation companies that will change the future and quality of our health care.

To learn more about the center's clients and tenants, visit  

Cheniere and LNG

Waterborne, a company involved in monitoring and analyzing LNG markets, believes that the recent deal struck by Cheniere/BG sets into motion a global LNG industry game-changer.

“Will domestically produced LNG be precluded from accessing the U.S. LNG terminals”

Waterborne consultant, Lafayette Herring, notes that the publicly disclosed LNG Supply and Purchase Agreement (SPA) between Cheniere and BG offers a remarkable amount of detail of the scope and scale of the economics between the parties, and also reveals vast implications as to the potential impact this and other similar deals will likely have on global energy markets.

“This deal should move the U.S. LNG export debate to a more pragmatic discourse,” says Herring. “One deal signed means reality has arrived and we can assume other similar deals are in the works. Cheniere is authorized by the DOE to export up to 16 mtpa from its Sabine Pass terminal on the Texas/Louisiana border to countries with whom trade is permissible, including non-FTA nations. So, who is next to sign up and when?”

35th Annual CCAA Event comes to the Crescent City for the First Time

After taking place for more than three decades in Miami, the World Trade Center is proud to be a partner with Caribbean-Central American Action in bringing the 35th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America to New Orleans, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2.  The CCAA Conference is the most-recognized forum focusing solely on the economies of the Caribbean Basin, and each year it brings together the key regional and international parties who are making a difference in the economic development of the Caribbean and Central America.  "New Orleans' long history as a gateway to the Caribbean and Central America make it a natural destination for the CCAA Conference," said WTC CEO Dominik Knoll. "Our ports and many businesses have very strong ties to the region - bringing in commodities, shipping and receiving goods, as well as partnering on energy exploration worth approximately $4 billion. This is also a great opportunity to show that, in addition to our tourism industry, Louisiana is one of the hemisphere's best destinations for international business, trade, and investment."

For an updated conference agenda and speakers list, please visit:

LSU-Alabama Howling Success

With the most important game in LSU’s season (until next week) approaching the Louisiana SPCA is offering Tiger fans a creative and fun way to catch the game at their annual Howling Success Patron Party and Gala.

This is a viewing party like no other. Thirty restaurants will be serving signature dishes, beer, wine, and cocktails available throughout the night, and live entertainment for the commercial breaks. Football fans won’t miss a play with the game playing on two televisions and they won’t miss a dance with Wanda Rouzan and the Big Easy Groovers entertaining.

Additionally, Chef John Besh, Actor/Director Jonathan Silverman, and Actress Jennifer Finnigan will be mingling among the crowd and ready to cheer on the Tigers to victory. Join the excitement of Tiger football at Howling Success Patron Party and Gala held at the new Hyatt Regency, just steps away from Champions Square, but a haven from outside elements.

Howling Success is Saturday, November 5 at the new Hyatt Regency. The Louisiana SPCA hopes to raise $220,000 at this annual event. The Patron party begins at 7pm and the Gala kicks off at 8:30pm. Tickets are now on sale at Prices start at $125. Live music, a silent auction, food from a variety of restaurants, and premium drinks will be offered.

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