Periodically, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce will highlight some of its members that are engaging in interesting or innovative endeavors. BIZ. Magazine is pleased to publish these spotlights in partnership with the Bossier Chamber.
Bossier Parish Schools has three schools – Airline, Benton and Parkway high schools – recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its “Best High Schools 2020” edition.
In order for a school to be awarded the “Best Schools” designation, it must fall within the top 50-percent across the board of all ranked schools to be eligible. Criteria includes performance on state-required tests, graduation rate and how well schools prepare students for college.
Benton High ranked No. 1 in Bossier Parish and No. 2 in the Shreveport-Bossier metro area among all high schools and was singled out for its high Advanced Placement (AP) participation rate of 54 percent.
SRP Environmental is comprised of a team of environmental scientists, certified industrial hygienists, certified safety professionals, toxicologists, and professional engineers. As we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19 in the workplace, questions often come up about infection control and how to prevent employee exposure to infectious diseases. SRP is offering services related to the development and implementation of infection prevention, control, and response plans, including:
- Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols
- Surface Testing
- Project Oversight
- Site Safety Audits
- Immunoglobulin Testing
- Safety Products
The Home Builders Association of Northwest Louisiana hosted its annual Parade of Homes on June 20-21 and June 27-28 from 1-6 pm daily. Participants toured new construction or remodeled homes, as well as new outdoor living areas to throughout Caddo, Bossier, and DeSoto parishes. Thirteen of the homes on the parade are in Bossier City, Benton, Haughton and Princeton. See the full list/map here!
Get your tickets online at POHtickets.com, including a contact-free ticket option. In response to guidelines due to COVID-19 and the phased reopening, there will be hand sanitizer available at all homes and the Home Builders Association is asking people to adhere to social distancing guidelines while touring homes.
The team at the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) wants to give $2,500 CASH and billboard advertising to the MOST INNOVATIVE small business in North Louisiana, CHOSEN by YOU! You will be able to nominate any business(es) that you believe to have been the most innovative through the COVID-19 lockdown, now through July 4. Once nominations close, a TOP 5 will be selected for the public to VOTE on.
- · June 1 – July 4: Submit Nominations
- · July 15: Announce Top 5 businesses who will be voted on by the public
- · July 15 – August 1: Online Public Voting
For more information, visit www.EapLA.com/HERO
Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) is extending their discount programs through July 7, 2020 for senior citizens and critical and emergency service providers in all four of its banners – Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Spring Market and FRESH by Brookshire’s. BGC has offered both discount programs for more than nine weeks and has been able to save discount recipients more than $7.1 million during this difficult time.
“We are grateful to be able to continue to give back to those who are serving on the front lines as well as those who are at high risk,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “As we deal with this pandemic, we will continue to give back to our customers and communities. BGC is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve.”
In addition, BGC has waived fees for all customers on Curbside orders, where available, as another way to help those who are depending on the company for this service.
The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau launched a new advertising campaign called “Press Play” to attract visitors back to our community this summer. Their priority is to help tourism partners recover from their financial losses during the stay at home order.
SBCTB hosted a “Press Play” webinar for industry partners to update partners about the new “Press Play” campaign, provide some social media tips during the re-opening of their businesses, and to educate partners on how to participate in the campaign.
Whataburger has delivered made-to-order burgers since opening in 1950, and now they’re taking delicious favorites just a little further – right to your front door!
The fast-food chain is proud to offer another way to satisfy your cravings. Delivery is now available to select as a pickup method when you order through the Whataburger App and at Whataburger.com! By using their app, you can start earning rewards AND gain access to amazing Whataburger deals and offers – some available EXCLUSIVELY to Online Ordering Account Holders!
Businesses pivot to change delivery, services offered
Many Bossier City businesses have made changes to their services and methods of delivering those services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the end of social distancing being uncertain, outdoor activities like drive-in movies are getting lots of attention. Risen Rock Climbing Gym began offering drive-in movies at their location a few weeks ago, providing the service by donation only. You can complete the movie experience with refreshments or utilizing the gym’s portable climbing wall outside.
Silver Star Smokehouse made a Facebook announcement and has hung signs on their location in North Bossier about their upcoming drive-in movie venture – The Grove.
Read more about the revival of this trend in Bossier on our Be Bossier blog!
BeauxJax Crafthouse, including 2019 Bossier Chamber Business Person of the Year and co-owner Beau Hays, have taken hard circumstances and turned them into an opportunity to serve the community, raising $22,000 to feed 200+ hospital wings, creating king cake grams to deliver king cake and words of encouragement to people during the Stay-at-Home orders as well as feeding 1,520 healthcare workers during their Feed the Frontline campaign. BeauxJax is currently also feeding the activated National Guardsmen activated within our community.
Now, the business is “adopting” other small businesses to help them stay alive and pay their bills during the pandemic. If that wasn’t enough, BeauxJax will begin offering watch parties for Simple Church services.
Read more on BeauxJax and other businesses who pivoted quickly during crisis on our partner Be Bossier blog!
Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission is launching a new campaign to bring businesses or private donors together with local restaurants to help people who are experiencing homelessness.
Director of Development Sarah Ardis says the goal is to create a great partnership that will not only help people who desperately need food right now, but at the same time will help one of the hardest hit industries during the pandemic – restaurants and the people who work there.
The Sponsor a Meal Restaurant Program will allow our area businesses and private donors to connect with the local restaurants, commissioning them to prepare delicious meals to be served at the Mission. The program is meant to cover one or more complete meal needs (feeding between 75-120 guests).