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Two Louisiana insurance companies acquired

Marsh McLennan Agency has signed agreements to acquire two longstanding Louisiana-based middle-market insurance agencies, Querbes & Nelson and Louisiana Cos.

Q&N, based in Shreveport, was founded in 1914. The company offers business insurance, employee benefits and alternative risk financing consulting to businesses in energy services, commercial contractors and transportation sectors.

Louisiana Cos., based in Baton Rouge, was founded in 1890. The company provides insurance to businesses and individuals with specific expertise serving the construction, manufacturing, distributor, health care and hospitality industries.

The deal is set to close by the end of the first quarter. Financial terms were not disclosed.

All Q&N and Louisiana Cos. will join Marsh McLennan and the businesses will operate all of their offices across the state. Kevin Briggs, president and COO of Louisiana Cos., will become CEO of both Q&N and Louisiana Cos. George Nelson, managing director and co-owner of Louisiana Cos. and Q&N, will become a senior adviser with Marsh McLennan.

Baton Rouge firm to serve as architect for Caribbean airport project

DNA Workshop, of Baton Rouge, is serving as the architects for the redevelopment of the Clifford Gardiner International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The team will be led by J. Dyke Nelson and Bryce Risher, who have a history of sustainable building projects as well as experience in the aviation sector. Kenneth Brown, the Baton Rouge interior designer whose celebrity clients include Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, is also on the project team.

The redevelopment will create new opportunities for the island of North Caicos, which is accessible only by small utility aircraft or boat.

Applications being accepted for free SBA executive training program

The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting applications for its small business executive training program.

The T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined Program gives business owners a chance to accelerate growth through the six-month training classes. The free program combines online classes with in-person sessions. 

To be eligible, a business must have annual revenues of at least $250,000, been in operation for at least three years and have at least one full-time employee, other than the owner.

Classes start on June 18 and continue through Dec. 10. The deadline to apply is April 28.

For information or an application, go to sbathrive.smapply.io.

Rouses, Dairy MAX team up to address student food insecurity

Rouses Markets and Dairy MAX have teamed up to support student food pantries at Southern University and SOWELA Technical Community College.

Dairy MAX, a regional dairy council that includes Louisiana, has donated coolers to the pantries at both schools. Rouses will stock the coolers by donating $8,000 in dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt.

According to Donny Rouse, CEO of Rouses, it is estimated that 40% of college students are food insecure. This can impact their academic performance and ability to stay in school. 

Southern and SOWELA are the third schools to be selected for the program. A donation was made to Nicholls State University previously.

The schools will work with local Rouses supermarkets to ensure a constant supply of products for the coolers.  

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