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Breakfast to Business

Breakfast to Business is a quarterly program presented by LSU Executive Education, which is housed in the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute. The aim of the program is to provide timely, practical information and solutions regarding current business topics that affect the Baton Rouge community from a local, regional, and national perspective.

Upcoming Program

Disaster-Proof Your Business with a Continuity Plan
December 8, 2015
LSU Business Education Complex, Room 1420
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Doors Open at 7 a.m.
Register Now

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and are particularly at risk when it comes to a major disaster or disruption. Over 40% of businesses affected by a major incident never reopen. Of those that do reopen, only 29% were still operating after two years. The goal of this presentation is to provide business owners and employees information about creating and implementing a business continuity plan for their organization and to create a culture of preparedness amongst the business community. Presenter Ed Leachman will inform about potential hazards businesses are susceptible to, and how to protect business from those hazards.

This Breakfast to Business is being co-hosted by the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI). SDMI is currently being funded by the Pennington Foundation to conduct these workshops.

About Ed Leachman

Mr. Leachman was Interim Head of the Emergency Management Department at Arkansas Tech University from July 2007 until his retirement in December 2011. He continues as adjunct faculty in the Arkansas Tech program. He has over 30 years of program experience in application of geospatial technologies. Mr. Leachman received his B.S. and M.S. in engineering from Louisiana Tech and has done additional graduate work at Clemson University and Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Leachman joined Arkansas Tech in October 2004 from Baton Rouge where he was Director of Louisiana's Office of Electronic Services and was responsible for development of the state's enterprise web portal,, and Louisiana MAP, which addresses the state's needs for geographic information. Previously, he worked at Hughes Aircraft and PRC Inc. in development of imagery and mapping systems for U.S. intelligence agencies. His corporate experience includes systems engineering, planning, training, and program management.


Standard Registration: $25 per person*

* LSU Students, staff, and faculty, members of SCORE, LTP, LBTC, BRAC, and the Center for Emerging Technology may register at a reduced rate of $20.

Past Programs

Michelle Boullion, Building Self-Awareness with the DISC Behaviors Assessment

Entrepreneurship panel, Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week

Lisa Traina, Cyber Security: Minimizing your Risk

Heather Esposito, Are you LinkedIn?

John Georges, Tales From a Serial Entrepreneur

F. King Alexander, Looking Beyond My First 30 Days at LSU

Aaron Dirks, Train to be a World Class Entrepreneur

Karleen Green, The Affordable Healthcare Act 


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