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SWEPCO wins Trade Partner of the Year for involvement with St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway  Tracing its partnership to the first St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway, Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has helped power a fundraising campaign that today is part of one of the largest fundraising programs for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. American [...]

United Way of NWLA collects $18K worth of supplies for Caddo and Bossier students

United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) partnered with Bossier Parish Schools and Caddo Parish Public Schools for its annual Fill the Bus school supply drive, sponsored by Aetna. Within three weeks, the organization collected 18,250 school supplies with an impact value of $26,900 for students and teachers within the school districts. Monetary donations resulted in [...]

Startup Prize: Focus on Health 2023 announces competition winners

After the Startup Prize’s record-breaking year, attracting their largest number of health startups, Vivifi Medical and SteadiSpoon were named the winners of this year’s Startup Prize: Focus on Health.  The award-winning startup competition, hosted by the Prize Foundation, continued its focus on innovative health and medical startups, offering two tracks to compete within for 2023. [...]

National recognition for tech talent pipeline proves CIC, NWLA partnership value

Northwestern Louisiana is garnering national attention for its technology workforce, with the Cyber Innovation Center poised as a leader helping develop this pipeline. Business Facilities ranked Louisiana as the top state for the Tech Talent Pipeline category in its 19th Annual Rankings Report. “Investment into the Cyber Corridor in the northern part of the state [...]

Shreveport Chamber recognizes Querbes & Nelson with J. Pat Beaird Industry of the Year Award

The Greater Shreveport Chamber hosted this year’s J. Pat Beaird Industry of the Year Awards Luncheon, with the support of the J. Pat Beaird Memorial Fund. “The Querbes & Nelson families have been a fixture in Shreveport for generations, and together they have been stalwart members of the business community for over a century,” said [...]

GBEDF Economic Indicators Q2 2023


LSUS responds to audit finidng issues with bank reconciliations, payroll

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has found issues with bank reconciliations and weak controls over payroll at LSU Shreveport. Auditor Mike Waguespack issued a procedural report in late August that found an issue with LSUS' failure to ensure bank reconciliations are correctly prepared and to accurately and timely record the transactions in its accounting systems. A [...]

Alexander: America’s economic strength derives from its work ethic

I know the temptation for many of us to view Labor Day as a three-day weekend after the oppressive heat and multiple other weather events we have endured this year.  We’re simply happy to turn the corner and turn the page as we greet the Fall.  However, Labor Day deserves our acknowledgement.    The holiday [...]

Johnson: It’s never been more important to love where we live

This is your chance to make a difference.  Outmigration. Population loss. Redistricting. Negativity. Crime. Workforce shortages.   We’ve all heard the negative news about Louisiana and particularly North Louisiana lately.  That’s why it’s never been more important for our residents and business leaders to step up and lay claim to the future you want our [...]

Specht: Shifting your tax mindset

As the host of the podcast "Keep This in Mind," I share valuable insights and engage in captivating conversations with a variety of experts. In a recent episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with tax strategist Dwight Dye. Together, we explored a fascinating topic: how you can shift your mindset when it comes to [...]

Best Places to Work 2023: Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. We invest both time and money in the health and wellbeing of Louisiana communities by supporting more than 200 charitable organizations through volunteer service, board participation, employee giving and focused grantmaking.  Our commitment to corporate [...]

Best Places to Work 2023: Carter Credit Union

The credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” is one that Carter Credit Union has stood proudly on since 1954.  From our beginnings in Springhill, Louisiana to our newest state of the art location on Ellerbe Road in Shreveport, this philosophy has not changed but our products and technology has.  Carter Credit Union does everything [...]

Best Places to Work 2023: Citizens National Bank

Citizens National Bank has been serving the Northwest Louisiana area for the past 38 years. In 2021, CNB expanded into South Louisiana adding branch locations in Metairie and Mandeville.  Citizens National Bank is currently located in 7 parishes and looks forward to continued growth throughout the state. CNB is committed to the development and financial [...]

Best Places to Work 2023: Goodwill Industries

When most people think of Goodwill Industries, they think thrift stores.  But what most people don’t know about Goodwill’s social enterprise, it actually supports a very specific vital mission for our community.  The Goodwill movement was founded in 1902 in Boston, Massachusetts by the Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a married missionary, who began collecting clothing [...]

Best Places to Work 2023: Community Bank of Louisiana

What the employees have to say: “The thing that I most like about working at Community Bank of Louisiana is the feel of family pitching in to help each other with anything that we can help each other with. I have worked for Community Bank of Louisiana for 1g years.” — Denica McIntyre, Branch Manager, [...]

Best Places to Work 2023: Kean Miller LLP

Kean Miller serves as legal counsel to the people and industries that drive the regional economy. From Fortune 500 companies to local and regional businesses, we provide efficient and effective legal services in a cost-efficient manner. In the courtroom and the boardroom, Kean Miller attorneys create unique solutions, practical strategies, and unparalleled value that allow [...]

Best Places to Work 2023: Red River Chevrolet

This dealership was actually built as a Ford Dealership in 1922 by two gentlemen that were not related to my family – Dr. Eichel Berger and Hardy Hearne. They operated it until about 1926. At that time my great grandfather, John Sentel, whom was a planner up in Dixie, had 5 children – three boys [...]

Best Places to Work 2023: Peg & Co. Fine Jewelers

September of 2022 Peggy Parker began a new adventure with her granddaughter Kennedy Elkins in a luxurious and woman’s field and opened Peg & Co Fine Jewelry. She kept her true beliefs and principles with our Lord leading.  She learned as a very young woman, excellent customer service, attention to detail and quality products is [...]

Best Places to Work 2023: Providence House

Providence House is on a mission to break the homeless cycle in Northwest Louisiana one family at a time. The organization opened its doors in 1988 when two members of First Presbyterian Church, Mary Anne Selber and Jean Sayres, recognized a need for shelter services for homeless families with children. In 2015, Verni Howard brought [...]

Best Places to Work 2023: Volunteers for Youth Justice

Working at VYJ extends beyond the boundaries of monetary reward with a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment, knowing that every effort contributes to the betterment of the Shreveport Bossier community. Our staff consists of passionate advocates, dedicated mentors, skilled trainers, and compassionate mental health providers, all united in their commitment to making a meaningful [...]

Best Places to Work 2023: Willis-Knighton Health System

As a health system that is headquartered in north Louisiana, Willis-Knighton Health System has deep ties to this region and has since 1924. Willis-Knighton traces its roots to Tri-State Sanitarium, founded in that year and to early doctors J.E. Knighton and J.C. Willis. Today, as a not-for-profit healthcare organization, Willis-Knighton includes Willis-Knighton Medical Center on [...]

September 2023 Digital Edition

The electronic, page-turn edition of the September 2023 BIZ. Magazine for Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. This digital-only edition features the BIZ. 2023 Best Places to Work awards.