Johnson: What we’re thankful for

November is a month we give thanks, particularly on social media as many take part in the #30daysof thanks. As a Chamber, we have much to be thankful for – our members, our community, our region. Here are a few things we are thankful for and we think they are pretty good things you should be thankful for, too!

We are thankful for small business. Businesses with less than 50 employees make up more than 80 percent of the members we have at the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. This is great for our community because it shows that we have multiple people who have started a business here and succeeded. And don’t forget your small businesses when you are out shopping for the holidays. #ShopSmall is Saturday, November 24 – a day designated for shopping at local retailers. Let’s show our local small businesses how much we appreciate their commitment to our area and #ShopSmall for the holidays. Check out our social media channels this month as we highlight many of those small businesses.

We are thankful for great schools. Bossier Parish Schools consistently rank in the top of the state and this year has been no exception. As the state’s standards continue to increase, our Bossier Schools continue to reach for the higher bar also, working hard and continually improving. Bossier boasts the fastest growing public school system in north Louisiana, the 2019 Louisiana Teacher of the Year Spencer Kiper and the sixth highest ACT scores in the state. Having a strong education system is vital to the future of our community and economy.

We are thankful for our veterans! The Bossier Chamber is proud of our partnership with our military branches in Bossier and Shreveport. This month, we focus on honoring those who have served our country as we celebrate Veterans Day. As a Military Friendly Chamber in a Top 20 Military Community, we know that our veterans are all around us, though they may not be as easily recognizable once they have retired their uniforms. Take the chance to thank a veteran, this month in particular.

We are thankful for innovation. Bossier is known for its go-get ‘em, business friendly attitude. We are thankful to have leaders whose first inclination to new projects is to say YES as they figure out how to make it happen. To showcase our region’s innovative prowess, the Bossier Innovates Foundation has partnered with our regional economic development and business entities to host Innovation North Louisiana to show JUST HOW INNOVATIVE our region is! Did you know you can start a business here WAY easier and cheaper than in Silicon Valley for instance? There are NUMEROUS resources – funding, mentors and the like – for entrepreneurs. THIS is the way our region will continue to grow and stay relevant, with homegrown innovation.

Find us on social media to share how you are thankful this month.

Lisa Johnson is president and CEO of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce