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Reference Outreach

April 14, 2014

Let’s visit! The Reference team at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library would love to come visit your local business or civic group to give a presentation on the Library’s wealth of resources available to best suit your organization’s information needs. Whether your group focuses on health, technology, culture, literacy, art – you name it – the Library has something for you. Give us a call at 231-3750, send a message to, and check out our Community Librarians InfoGuide for more information.



ReferenceUSA: Historical Business Data Reports

April 7, 2014

ReferenceUSA now offers Historical Data Reports for U. S. businesses! This new module delivers incomparable access to anyone wanting to have a historical reference for their city, an industry, or even an individual business.  This powerful insight will be beneficial in recognizing trends and opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs, and community planners.

ReferenceUSA is offering a series of free webinars that will teach you how to get the most out of this great database, including a new webinar that covers the Historical Business Data module. Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate.


ReferenceUSA Search Essentials

Most Fridays (April, May, June)
April 4, April 11, May 2, May 9, May 16, June 13, June 20, June 27
Time: 11:00 AM Central (1 hour)

This session is designed for anyone new to ReferenceUSA. We will cover the Four Essentials anyone will want to know in order to be successful using the resource. This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques. Click here to register.

ReferenceUSA Historical Business Data

Day/Date: select Tuesdays (April, May, June)
April 1, April 29, May 20, June 10
Time: 2:00 PM Central (1 hour)

One of the essential requirements for planning for the future is to understand the past. ReferenceUSA has been compiling Business and Consumer data for many years and this data has been available in file format for advanced research projects.

In response to the increased interest in accessing historical business information, ReferenceUSA has developed an innovative online tool for librarians, research professionals, and library patrons to connect to powerful information that presents a vivid picture of what the business landscape looked like in a given area at a given point in time.

As with all of the ReferenceUSA products, the Historical Data module has simple to navigate interface
that is your entrée to an immense universe of interesting business information. Click here to register.

Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business Using ReferenceUSA 

Day/Date: Most Mondays (April, May, June)
April 7, April 14, May 5, May 12, May 19, June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30
Time: 2:00 PM Central (1 hour)

Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the mission critical
information necessary to start, manage and grow a business. Topics include:

• name Search for Business
• locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally
• locate subject manager experts and professional services
• find investors, venture capitalists and angels
• network with other businesses in your area or in your industry
• develop relationships with related business for co-branding opportunities
• understand community demographics
• survey locations for expansion
• conduct competitive analysis
• plan delivery routes and service areas
• source new employees

Click here to register.

Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies using ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Most Wednesdays (April, May, June)
April 2, April 9, April 16, April 30, May 7, May 14, June 11, June 18, June 25
Time: 2:00 PM Central (1 hour)

Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy. This webinar will cover the importance of having accurate information for applications and résumés, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history, and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research. We will also explore the new Jobs & Internship module which adds a new dimension to job searching. Click here to register.

ReferenceUSA Consumer & Lifestyle Data

Day/Date: select Tuesdays (April, May, June)
April 8, May 6, June 17
Time: 2:00 PM Central (1 hour)

Ever wonder how marketers and advertisers ‘target’ specific messages to you? Find out how you access
the same type of data for your neighborhood or city. Anyone who is interested in understanding the purchase preferences of a community will find this data both interesting and informative. Learn how to navigate this section of ReferenceUSA and then apply the data to your needs. Click here to register.

ReferenceUSA Big Data & Mapping

Day/Date: select Tuesdays (April, May, June)
April 15, May 13, June 24
Time: 2:00 PM Central (1 hour)

Data Visualization is the next BIG thing in data. Going beyond static lists of information, ReferenceUSA can help you ‘visualize’ data elements on a map. Great for understanding how locations relate to each other or seeing densities within a specific area, the ReferenceUSA mapping tools give you a new and powerful way to better understand the landscape. Learn how to build a map to display results and how to manipulate the mapping tools to your advantage. Click here to register.


Business Person of the Month: Anne Milneck

April 2, 2014

­Red Stick Spice Co.
Anne Milneck, Owner
7970 Jefferson Hwy.
Baton Rouge, LA


Monday through Friday, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”

 – Julia Child

Red Stick Spice Company gives its customers the personal attention they expect and deserve and offers products ranging from spices to blends and rubs, from olive oils and vinegars to high-quality loose tea.  They sell the best spice blends from local chefs, award-winning grill masters, regional farmers, and they even blend some of their own. Red Stick Spice Company captures the delicious, unique flavors of our region. “Food is our passion,” says owner Anne Milneck. “In South Louisiana, we’re lucky enough to enjoy the benefits of bountiful produce and fresh seafood, and it’s important that it’s seasoned to perfection.”

Milneck is originally from LaPlace, Louisiana, and has made Baton Rouge her home for more than 20 years. She studied journalism at LSU and earned a culinary degree from the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University in 2010. While her children were still at home, Anne launched a small catering business called “Lunch Lady” that specialized in gourmet boxed lunches. When the opportunity arose to purchase the Red Stick Spice Co., it was a no-brainer. “I’m a trained chef, but working in a restaurant wasn’t a good fit for my family. I work around the things I love (food) but in a less stressful environment.”

Red Stick Spice Company already had a reputation for offering a variety of high-quality spices, teas, oils, and vinegars. Anne says one of the most appealing features of the store is its ability to provide the exact amount of spice that a customer wants. And she’ll let you taste it, too. To ensure the freshness and quality of the products she sells, she doesn’t keep large amounts in stock. For the most part, what you see on the shelf is what is available.

Since buying the store, Milneck has added more spice mixes, including a few she combines on-site. Her Bayou Lafourche blend combines bay leaf and filé along with salt, garlic, granulated onion, and other dry spices. She also prepares classic French herb blends, herbes de Provence, bouquets garnis and fines herbes. She has increased the number of chili offerings for fans of spicy food, and she has a revolving list of barbecue rubs that complement seasonal foods.  Anne is also looking to add more organic spice offerings as they come available. The store also stocks award-winning loose teas along with 15 new varieties.

Red Stick Spice Company sells infused olive oils from small family farms in California, including garlic and jalapeno. The herb or vegetable is pressed in the same press as the olives, resulting in a deeper and richer flavor than simply letting a garlic clove float around in a bottle. “The difference between olive oil here and olive oil from a grocery store is huge.  A lot of olive oils are actually oil blends, not 100 percent olive.” The store also carries extra virgin olive oils, flavored oils, and avocado oil.

Anne sees small business as the key to securing the lost art of close, personal attention while shopping. “My business doesn’t move at warp speed nor is high volume a priority. For every customer to receive the attention they need, it takes time.  We spend that time with each customer.  Small businesses also play a role in helping each other. We recommend other small business to our customers – and other small businesses do the same. In this way, we create a supportive web encouraging customers to shop local.” Milneck would love to see more movement of small business into Mid-City and Downtown. “Those are areas that I’d love to see grow into communities where residents can shop, eat, and play without leaving their neighborhood and I would love to be a part of that.”

For Anne, it’s important that owners participate in every aspect of the business – sales, purchasing, stocking, and even janitorial work. “When you’re willing to do any task, you learn more about your business – and it shows.  Customers can tell if you’re fully committed. One challenge Milneck encountered was finding the right people to work in the store. However, she now has a great group of people who love working with customers. Helping customers make the most of their purchases and their time in the kitchen is Anne’s main goal. For Anne, cooking represents happiness and family and comfort and joy. She wants everyone to feel the same way when they step up to the stove.


Free Film Industry Workforce Training

March 3, 2014


In partnership with Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden, the Mayor’s Office of Community Development, and the Baton Rouge Film Commission, the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) will provide two days of free in-depth film industry training for Production Assistants to locals looking to enter Louisiana’s booming film industry.

Through an $80,000 grant from the Mayor’s Office of Community Development, this training will be offered free to residents of East Baton Rouge Parish, selected through a competitive application process.

These intensive classes will take place March 22 – 23 at Celtic Media Centre, where participants will gain the hands-on experience they need to prepare them for their first job on a feature film, television, or commercial set. Topics will include production paperwork, terminology, and protocol as well as hands-on short radio training, crew departments, and how and where to find work upon class completion.

Seasoned instructors from Quixote Studios’s renowned film-industry training academy, P.A. Bootcamp, include professionals ranging from executive and line producers to First and Second Assistant Directors.

“As we continue to grow the film industry in Baton Rouge, it is important that we provide a trained workforce,” said Mayor Holden.  “These jobs require expertise that can only be gained by training with industry professionals, and we are excited to offer this program at no cost to East Baton Rouge Parish residents.”

Any resident of Baton Rouge Parish is welcome to apply for the program produced by NOVAC, the South’s oldest film and media arts nonprofit.

“For years NOVAC has and continues to offer Production Assistant Training and job placement in New Orleans because it is the entry point for many wishing to begin careers in the film industry,” says NOVAC Director of Programs, Ashley Charbonnet. “Growing the workforce from the ground up is one of the ways that that we will continue to cultivate a local film industry that is a sustainable part of our cultural economy.”

The P.A. Boot Camp training is the launch of a series of film industry trainings that NOVAC will be bringing to Baton Rouge in 2014, signifying a commitment from the parish, city, and the nonprofit to extend job opportunities in the film industry across the state. Residents should look for additional training in film industry trades, including production accounting, grip & electric and more to be announced in the upcoming months.

“For seven years, NOVAC has been providing leading-edge film industry training to residents of the Greater New Orleans area, and we are looking forward to NOVAC adding “BROVAC” to its programmatic offerings,” said NOVAC Executive Director Darcy McKinnon.

The March P.A. Training will be open to 30 participants. Interested applicants should email résumés and cover letters to

For more information about the training, visit or call (504) 940-5780.

ABOUT NOVAC: The oldest media-arts nonprofit in the south, NOVAC has a mission to cultivate a sustainable film community by providing access to resources education and locally generated content. NOVAC fulfills this mission through film industry training, filmmaker services, special events and in house productions.


Business with Baton Rouge Free Educational Workshop

January 25, 2014

Business with Baton Rouge, Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden’s Small Business Opportunity Program, will kick off its 2014 Next Level Training Education series with a free workshop on legal strategies this coming Monday, January 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the new Main Library at Goodwood. The program, entitled “Legal Strategies for Business Success,” will be hosted by Monique Edwards, a veteran attorney with the Edwards Law Group.

The program is the first of five “training education programs” designed to help local established entrepreneurs take their businesses to the “next level.” Other programs in the Next Level Training Education Series, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE, a nonprofit organization that mentors small businesses, are:

  • Monday, Feb. 24, “Community Collaboration – From a Business Perspective,” featuring Gail Grover, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the City-Parish.
  • Monday, March 31, “OSHA Compliance for the Construction Industry – Writing Safety Plans,” featuring Corey S. Gaines, OSHA Consultation Supervisor, Louisiana Workforce Commission.
  • Monday, April 28, “EBR’s Small Business Loan Fund,” featuring TruFund Financial.
  • Monday, May 19, “Emergency Business Preparedness and Business Continuity,” featuring the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

There will also be a Google “Getting your Business Online” event at the River Center on Friday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Google event will be part of the Mayor’s first “Start your Business, Grow your Business, Finance your Business” Expo. This Expo will highlight technical assistance and financial resources for budding and existing entrepreneurs. 

To register online for this free workshop on January 27, and future workshops, visit 

Business with Baton Rouge is part of the Mayor’s Small Business Investment Initiative to stimulate the local economy through small business growth. The program is funded by an SBA grant obtained by the Mayor for supporting entrepreneurship, creating jobs, and stimulating local economic recovery and growth.


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