Week in Review: August 6, 2012

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:

Green Seminar to Introduce the New Benefit Corporation Legislation

On Thursday, August 9th, the Green Committee will host a Seminar to introduce the new Benefit Corporation legislation that was passed on Wednesday and give attendees a, “step-by-step” primer on becoming a B Corporation in Louisiana.” Registration and networking will begin at approximately 11:30am and the program will begin at 12:00pm and run until 1:00pm at the Jones Lang LaSalle Building in the 5th floor conference room.

Webinar: Bringing the Art of Performance to Online Teaching

The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is hosting a webinar on August 23, 2012 called Bringing the Art of Performance to Online Teaching. The purpose of the webinar is to show online teachers the simple strategies for presenting material and engaging audiences by using the art of performance. Attendees will learn the best practices for bringing a classroom persona to an online environment, as well as learning proper delivery of ideas through expression, symbols, and pictures.

LTC Director Mark Lewis Steps Down, To Work for Simmons & White

Mark Lewis, Director of the Louisiana Technology Council, sent an email out to members of the technology and business community last week sharing the news that he has stepped down. Lewis said he will still active in the LTC post departure and will be a partner at business consulting firm Simmons & White. This move will allow him to enhance his career in terms of entrepreneurship and business development.

Louisiana Becomes 9th State to Pass Benefit Corporation Legislation

As of August 1st, companies throughout the state can incorporate as benefit corporations. If you have a C-Corp, LLC or L3C, businesses can likely be transitioned into a B-Corp in a few easy steps. This new class of corporations allows businesses to me more socially conscious and to consider society and the environment through business practices. Louisiana is now the 9th state in the country to have passed this legislation.

Site Seeks New Orleans Entrepreneurs for Under30CEO Contest

Under30CEO.com is searching for the next top entrepreneurs and business owners. They are holding a contest open to all industries in 10 cities including New Orleans. The company is set to discover the next generation of entrepreneurs across the nation. The top 30 entrepreneurs from the cities will be announced this fall, after the closing of the awards process on September 15th.

Hurricane App for Smart Phones Launches Just in Time for Hurricane Season

After the successful release of the Red Cross First Aid App not long ago, the American Red Cross launched the official Hurricane App last week, just in time for hurricane season. The app is designed for real life situations, providing access to information before, during, and after a hurricane. The Hurricane App is free and will increase preparedness for both iPhone and Android platform users. It also allows for users to create personalized weather alerts, depending on location, and share information with others in their social networks.

All About You: Chris Boyd

As many of you already know, Chris Boyd has moved to New Orleans after this year’s NOLAbound program. After moving here, he started his own development firmApptitude. The company is geared towards the iPhone and iPad. He has extensive experience in enterprise level programming through working as lead developer on several global projects. If your company needs an app, check out hissite.