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MANNING-PASSINGToday's Louisiana Business and organization news highlights:  Manning Passing Academy, Farm to Table, Lafayette Chamber and BRAC


Nicholls State University is celebrating its 10th year of hosting Super Bowl champions Peyton and Eli Manning and some of the nation’s top football talent during the Manning Passing Academy, from Thursday, July 10, through Sunday, July 13.

Now in its 19th overall year, the four-day Manning Passing Academy employs top professional and collegiate coaches and players as counselors, and has attracted more than 9,000 young athletes and 1,100 football mentors to campus during its time at Nicholls. This year’s camp will draw more than 1,200 high school players from around the nation. Campers are accompanied by family members who stay in Thibodaux and patronize local businesses, resulting in an annual economic impact of $1.8 million, according to the South Louisiana Economic Council.

"What is most rewarding is the economic impact that the Manning Passing Academy has on our entire community,” said Nicholls Athletic Director Rob Bernardi. “Universities have an obligation to assist with the economic development of their region, and this camp demonstrates our commitment to that end. For our campus and our community, the Manning Passing Academy has become more than a sports camp — it’s an annual event."

Hosting the powerhouse football program has also brought improvements to the Nicholls campus. In 2007, the university installed a new AstroTurf field donated by turf company General Sports Venue and former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning.

The university also received $1.2 million in state funding to make drainage improvements to the campus’ practice fields used by Manning Passing Academy campers. Work on the three-month improvement project is due to begin after the camp wraps up this summer.

In addition, proceeds from the annual Iberia Bank Air-It-Out and Papa John’s Quarterback Challenge benefit Nicholls’ athletics program. This year’s event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 in John L. Guidry Stadium at Nicholls. Tickets for the Air-It-Out competition are available at the Nicholls athletics website, geauxcolonels.com, for $12 until midnight on Friday, July 11, and for $15 afterward.

For more information on the Manning Passing Academy, visit manningpassingacademy.com.


Lunch will be available on Saturday, August 2 & Sunday, August 3

Please join us at the Farm to Table Bistro, located in Meeting Room 277, near the New Orleans Theater at the Convention Center, directly above Hall I.

***Cost is $25 per meal. Purchase online by
Friday, July 25.***
(Registration discounts do not apply to lunch.)


Mix&Mentor is a series of small group sessions with community leaders and experts from around the Acadiana region, who will network with members in a relaxed conversation setting, providing a unique chance for discussion.

The Mix&Mentor series has no formal agendas, no sales, and no promotions--it is strictly an opportunity for seasoned leaders to connect with future leaders, and share what is important to them. This event is intended to forge long-lasting professional bonds and strengthen the leadership of our community.

The upcoming session is focused on Entrepreneurship and will take place on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Southern Social Table & Bar from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

This event is an exclusive member-only opportunity limited to 40 participants. Placement will be determined on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information on this Chamber event, contact Nicole DesOrmeaux at [email protected] or click here. Registration is $40 for members, which includes breakfast and beverages.


The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced that it will host the second of its semiannual Signature Speaker events on August 12 featuring The Energy Project’s Andrew Deutscher and presented by Taylor Porter and BancorpSouth Insurance Services/Wright and Percy. The Energy Project is a specialty consulting firm that helps organizations fuel sustainable high performance by more effectively meeting employee energy needs. According to Deutscher, “we are living and operating in the most complex era in our history.”

“Employee engagement and productivity are global business issues confronting employers of every size. Technological advances, constant connectivity, and the mandate to do more with less leave employees feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and distracted,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “The Energy Project has worked with several companies, including Baton Rouge-based Albemarle Corporation, to help assess the needs of employees, examine how those needs are being met, and instill a culture that supports and enhances employee engagement and productivity. BRAC is excited to be able to share the collective experience of these companies with other organizations throughout the Baton Rouge Area, as well as employees looking for a way to reengage.”

Research conducted by The Energy Project, in partnership with the Harvard Business Review, revealed that 70 percent of workers are not engaged in their work, or actively disengaged. In its “State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders,” The Energy Project found that workers today are “exhausted, emotionally depleted, unfocused, and lacking in purpose”. By focusing on meeting four energy needs – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual – employees can systematically build their capacity, in order to get more done, in less time, at a higher level of quality. Attendees will leave the event freed, fueled, and inspired to bring the best of themselves to their work.

Registration for the event, held at Manship Theatre, will begin at 10:30, lunch will be served at 11:00, and the presentation will run from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $35 for BRAC investors and $45 for non-investors. Details and registration are available atwww.brac.org/signaturespeaker. Space is limited, so please register early.

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