MEDIA ADVISORY: LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business and b1BANK to Hold Partnership Celebration on May 17

May 13, 2022

BATON ROUGE - On May 17, 2022, LSU's E. J. Ourso College of Business will unveil the LSU-b1BANK stock ticker in the LSU Business Education Complex Rotunda, 501 S. Quad Drive. This naming recognizes b1BANK's recent partnership with the E. J. Ourso College.

Earlier this year, b1BANK committed support for students interested in commercial banking by establishing an endowed scholarship and increasing resources for the college's Commercial Banking Initiative. Housed in the Department of Finance, this academic program prepares students for the workforce through classroom instruction and experiential learning.

b1BANK also pledged to support the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans, which is a program offered by LSU Executive Education to equip military veterans with the tools needed to be successful entrepreneurs. 

WHAT: LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business and b1BANK Partnership Celebration

WHEN: May 17, 2022

1:30 p.m. – Event begins 

1:45 p.m. – Brief remarks 
Dean Jared J. Llorens, E. J. Ourso College of Business
Jude Melville, CEO of b1BANK
Matt Lee, LSU Interim Executive Vice President & Provost
David Miller, LSU finance student 

2:10 p.m.- Celebratory photo opportunity 

WHERE:  LSU Business Education Complex Rotunda- 501 S. Quad Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70803


About Business First Bancshares, Inc.

Business First Bancshares, Inc., (Nasdaq: BFST) through its banking subsidiary b1BANK, has $5.4 billion in assets, $5.7 billion in assets under management through b1BANK’s affiliate Smith Shellnut Wilson, LLC (SSW) (excludes $1.0 billion of b1BANK assets managed by SSW) and operates Banking Centers and Loan Production Offices in markets across Louisiana and the Dallas and Houston, Texas areas, providing commercial and personal banking products and services. Commercial banking services include commercial loans and letters of credit, working capital lines and equipment financing, and treasury management services. b1BANK was awarded #1 Best-In-State Bank, Louisiana, by Forbes and Statista, and is a three-time recipient of Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge.” Visit for more information.  

About the E. J. Ourso College of Business

Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for a global work environment. For more news and information about the E. J. Ourso College, visit

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