Wednesday, June 19, 2024

David Specht: Progress: The good, the bad, and the future

by David Specht

As the premier outlet for business news in Shreveport-Bossier, BIZ Magazine is all about profiling the health, stability and wins of our local business leaders, owners, entrepreneurs and solopreneurs.

It’s with that in mind that BIZ Magazine has once again produced its annual Shreveport-Bossier Progress edition.

However, we would be remiss if we didn’t give the total picture of the challenges and obstacles our economy faces due to a variety of factors.

On the following pages, you will read stories about successes, failures, and those who have emerged from some of the most trying times in recent history.

One of our features outlines the current reality most of us face as we serve the community each and every day through our businesses. We must acknowledge this current reality if we are to truly succeed in the long term.

In addition, experts in a variety of fields give their viewpoints on the economy and the outlook for Caddo-Bossier.

We wanted to produce a well-rounded snapshot of the great happenings in northwest Louisiana as well. Therefore we have capsuled some of the biggest business stories of the past 12 months. 

To say the past several months have been “tough” would be a gross understatement. However, tough times don’t last, tough people do.

We truly believe in the potential of Shreveport-Bossier, especially its business community. 

And, we want this to not only tout that potential, but pat our local industries on the back for years and years of a job well done.

So, allow yourself to have an open mind as you read the pages that follow. It certainly isn’t all “doom and gloom.” 

There is a saying that I use in my health coaching business. “It is about progress, not perfection.” That statement certainly rings true for the business climate in Caddo-Bossier. We are making progress. That is a win in and of itself.

David Specht | President of Specht Newspapers, Inc.

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