Innovation, growth two marquees of Chamber’s top business awards

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Nominations now open for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Business & Business Person of the Year awards.
Each year, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce awards its coveted Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year awards at our Annual Gala.
What makes a business or person a great candidate for these awards? We will highlight some of these attributes in the coming weeks with examples from past winners.
Our region is thriving through innovation. And, some of our past winners have shown they offer innovative products or services. The 2015 Business Person of the Year Mike McSwain is an architect changing the landscape of our region. Boasting a resume of work from China, Bali, Japan, Croatia and beyond, McSwain has brought his energy and vision to Bossier City’s new landmark projects – CSRA and the East Bank District.
Praeses, the 2016 Business of the Year, has a 30-year commitment in our area as they continue to innovate and evolve in their breadth of work to provide meaningful work to the top talent in our region. Praeses has excelled in another category – growth, either through revenue or the creation of jobs – as they grew their body of public sector endeavors in 2016, notably with the Department of Defense and the Air Force.
Valveworks, the 2015 Business of the Year, is another example of continued growth spurring their claim to our top award. That year, Valveworks announced a partnership with a Middle Eastern company to open a Valveworks-managed repair and distribution facility in Oman, a great accomplishment for this local oil and gas company.
As you see from reading these stories, there are many great attributes to our ever-deserving award winners. Who has excelled in 2017 that needs to be recognized? You need to let us know! Click here to nominate a Business of the Year or a Business Person of the Year!
Lisa Johnson is Director of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce
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