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R&P wins top advertising awards

Romph Pou Agency won Best of Show at the annual American Advertising Federation of Shreveport-Bossier awards banquet for its creative work on a partnership campaign between ICEE® and the 2022 film Nope. The campaign focused on the ICEE® Bear’s abduction by aliens. The campaign won a gold Addy in the cross-platform integrated campaigns in the [...]

NSU gets $2.1M for Entrepreneurial Innovation Center project

Northwestern State University has received $2.1 million in federal funds for renovations and additions to the property located at 520 University Parkway to facilitate the development of the NSU Entrepreneurial Innovation Center (NEIC).   The NEIC will serve as a business incubator for northwest Louisiana, fostering economic growth and development in the region.   When complete, the [...]

Southwood High School alumnus returns home to give back

Robert Atkins, CEO of BALANCED Media | Technology, a video game and purpose-driven technology company in McKinney, Texas, came back to his roots in February to speak to students in Shreveport. Atkins’ inspirational message to students was, “If I can do it, so can you.”  Atkins, who is promoting a new afterschool partnership with BRF’s Digital [...]

Data shows Louisiana casino gaming revenues still lag behind pre-COVID numbers

Louisiana casino gaming revenues in the last half of 2022 continued to lag behind pre-pandemic numbers, with revenues down more than $43 million and remitted fees down $5 million. Total revenues for land and riverboat casinos from July through December 2022 was $992 million, generating $216 million in remitted fees to the state. During the same [...]

Legislators, business leaders join United Way of NWLA to celebrate Louisiana Early Ed Month

On Feb. 7, 2023 local legislators and business leaders attended Early Learning Day or Early Ed Month Leadership Convening for Northwest Louisiana hosted by the United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA), The Arc Caddo-Bossier’s Goldman School & Child Development Center, and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce as part of the annual 2023 Louisiana Early [...]

LA New Product Development Team launches sustainable products

Louisiana New Product Development Company, has launched a new game-changing product for the feminine hygiene market.  The newly launched Leia Sustainable Menstrual Cup was designed by OBGYN Lena Dolgan specifically for those with low cervix and weakened pelvic floor muscles.  LA New Product Development is an international product development company founded and run by Konstantin [...]

Edwards unveils state budget proposal

Gov. John Bel Edwards proposed a budget Feb. 17 that includes a $2,000 pay raise for K-12 teachers that could climb to $3,000 if more money becomes available.  He also called for a $1,000 pay raise for support workers at schools. Those basic raises would cost the state about $200 million each year. Teachers could [...]

Bossier Chamber hosts community focus group in Plain Dealing

Plain Dealing residents recently had a hand in deciding the future of their community with a focus group session on Feb. 21, 2023, at the Plain Dealing Community Center. The event was hosted by the Bossier Chamber of Commerce to seek input from town residents on ways to improve the quality of life for residents, [...]

Ribbon cutting held for long awaited I-20/220 Barksdale AFB Interchange

Feb. 8 marked a milestone in the long awaited I-20 and I-220 Barksdale Air Force Base Interchange in Bossier City.  Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD), Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB) and local government officials celebrated the completion of the I-20/I-220 BAFB Interchange project with a ribbon cutting ceremony [...]

Haynes: Balancing Leadership

The leadership dynamic was out of balance. When someone omitted data on a report, the Director fixed it.  When junior leaders failed to meet their responsibilities, he handled them.  When staff people came to him with questions, he answered them.   Junior leaders felt they had titles in name only because both employees and the [...]

Shreveport Next: Spreading good news about Northwest Louisiana

To fulfill its mission to diversify and grow our region’s economy, BRF is focused on starting, recruiting, and retaining businesses and their economic impact in Northwest Louisiana. In 2020, BRF founded Shreveport Next to focus on recruiting small to mid-sized companies from across the country to relocate or build new facilities in the Shreveport-Bossier area. [...]

Hemingway: Plain Dealing and proactive community development

For more than 75 years, the Bossier Chamber has been working to build this community. An additional focus in 2023 is to be more proactive in the realm of community development work we do for our region. What is community development you might ask? While most people can easily define economic development – focusing on [...]

Specht: Everyone needs a coach in life

I am so excited to finally unveil “Old Dogs, New Tricks 2.0” — my book dedicated to helping those who feel lost, like they’re past their prime, or like they don’t have anything new to offer. This book gives the tools to lead, grow your team, and grow yourself. This book represents 30-plus years of [...]

March 2023 Digital Edition

The exclusive electronic version of the March 2023 BIZ. Magazine.

Leaderboard: Independence Bowl awards schools, Busada named chair of national association, Thornton joins Centenary Board

Independence Bowl presents $5K to Fairfield Elementary Magnet and Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl completed its nearly $56,000 in education funding on Monday – presenting $5,000 checks each to Fairfield Elementary Magnet and Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning. The $5,000 grant was awarded to [...]

Brookshire hosts grand opening for new store in Bossier City

Representatives from Brookshire Grocery Company and the City of Bossier City gathered for a grand opening ceremony for the new Brookshire’s Food Store at 4860 Airline Dr., Bossier City, on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023.  “We look forward to serving the good folks of Bossier City and the community for years to come. I’m proud that [...]

Providence House appoints 2023 Youth Advisory Board of Directors

Seven energetic, service-minded area high school students have been selected to serve on the Youth Advisory Board of Directors (YAB) at Providence House. These student leaders represent the best of Caddo and Bossier Parish schools and were selected for their commitment to service in their schools as well as the community. The 2023 Providence House [...]

Shreveport Chamber announces 2023 Greater Shreveport Leadership Program Class

For more than 45 years, the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce has been identifying and preparing future community leaders through its Leadership Program.  The program expands the leadership abilities of participants through educational programs, exposure to existing leadership and civic organizations, and in-depth discussions of relevant issues. It also provides a channel for participants to [...]

BOM Bank commemorates its 120th Anniversary

BOM Bank has deep roots throughout Louisiana that are growing into Texas. 2023 marks BOM’s 120th anniversary.  Bank of Montgomery opened its doors with $15,000 in capital in 1903.  President and CEO, Ken Hale, said, “My great grandfather and other businessmen in Grant Parish came together to start a bank that would help their community [...]