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City of Shreveport and Private Partners Launch in Support of Struggling Local Businesses

A partnership including the City of Shreveport, SUSLA, Cohab, The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, and the Shreveport-Bossier African American Chamber announced today the launch of, a helpdesk for Shreveport and Caddo area businesses navigating the economic strains imposed by the COVID-19 crisis.  The website, which is now live, contains useful information about [...]

David Specht: More entitlements mean more political power over the electorate

I am not a conspiracy theorist. I leave that up to those who have the time to do such things. However, I am an observer of trends. What we all have witnessed during this pandemic have been behavioral and political changes of epic proportions. As the outbreak spurred a government-led shutdown of the economy, many [...]

Shreveport-Bossier area chambers to collaborate to address opportunities and challenges of our region

Executives from all three local chambers convene for joint meeting of the boards Leaders of the Bossier Chamber, Greater Shreveport Chamber, and Shreveport-Bossier African Chamber of Commerce convened on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, for a special joint meeting of the boards. Over 35 directors from the boards of all three local Chambers met to explore [...]

Emergency rental assistance in Louisiana has paid $26.4M out of $161M

By William Patrick | The Center Square Louisiana has paid $26.4 million out of $161 million in federally allocated Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds for 57 parishes since the program was launched in March. The ERA program was created to help residents “who are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability due to the COVID-19 [...]

Bossier Chamber representatives graduate from Community Development Institute

Jessica Hemingway, Vice President of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, and Charley Kingery, Bossier Chamber Board Member and Sr. Business Development Manager at Weiland Corporation, was among the 28 individuals who were awarded graduation certificates during the 34th annual Community Development Institute - Central (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas on August 6, 2021. [...]

Passenger boarding bridge installed at Shreveport Regional Airport

Special to BIZ. Magazine In efforts to improve the customer experience at the airport, the passenger boarding  bridges at the American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Allegiant gates are being replaced. Over the weekend, crews from AERO Bridgeworks, Shaw Equipment Service  and Barnhart Crane Company removed the existing passenger boarding bridge from the American Airlines [...]

Helping businesses navigate uncharted waters

Chambers of Commerce, agencies set up weekly call for latest info By Sean Green | Special to BIZ. Magazine Area, regional, and state organizations are keeping local businesses informed of how they can survive the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  In the wake of many local businesses shutting down, reducing hours, and/or cutting staff, the first of [...]

U.S. Chamber creates CARES guide

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a guide to help small businesses, independent contractors, and gig economy workers prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES) Act. The U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Small Business Guide (available at outlines the steps small businesses should take [...]

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport increases adult ICU capacity

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport has increased adult ICU capacity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to CEO Chuck Daigle, the increased capacity requires multiple moves and expansion. “Working together with Governor John Bel Edwards and following the guidance of state public officials that we improve surge capacity for COVID-19 patients, we are rapidly modifying [...]

YPI names 2020 40 Under Forty class

SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER CITY, La. – 8/21/20 – The Young Professionals Initiative, the young professionals program of the Greater Shreveport Chamber in Northwest Louisiana, debuted its 2020 40 Under Forty class on Friday, August 21. YPI enlisted a special committee to select 40 young professionals under the age of forty who are making a significant impact in [...]

Congressman Johnson responds to passage of CARES act

BOSSIER CITY, La. – U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04) today released the following statement regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: “In this unprecedented national emergency, Congress has a responsibility to help protect the health and safety of the American people and to preserve our economy, which is the key to sustaining [...]

Are you essential?

Federal government issues guidelines in downloadable document As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical [...]

Bossier Chamber is still working for you

No matter the day or circumstances, the focus of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce is always and remains on our members and supporting business growth in our community. Right now we all face a trying time as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak within our community, state and nation.  As in most trying times, we [...]

Disruptions remind us of region’s assets

Disruptions can be a good reminder of the region’s assets How many of us in the business community would have ever imagined that that wrapping up the first quarter of 2020 would entail adjusting to a new, and hopefully very temporary normal?  For me, this new normal has been felt not only on a professional [...]

Downtown Shreveport navigates the ‘new normal’

If you had asked me two months ago what business ‘normal’ was, I would have considered it a no-brainer. Normal was businesses open and humming, with employees at their desks at 8 a.m. (or close to it) and multiple daily meetings. Normal was coffee at Rhino downtown with potential developers and investors, dozens of quick [...]

Responding to the challenge

LSU-S expands remote learning, services Louisiana State University Shreveport has made several operational changes in the wake of statewide efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Like other campuses in the LSU system, LSUS is preparing for students to return to their classes after spring break on March 30th. However, due to the [...]

The challenge will continue

COVID-19 forces more classes online Dr. Les Guice Just about a month ago – Feb. 28, to be exact – Louisiana Tech University sent out its first message to our campus community related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The past month has brought many changes to our campus, state, and nation. As of this writing, [...]

COVID-19 and #TheBPCCWay

School steps up to serve students Dr. Rick Bateman Like everyone else, Bossier Parish Community College is dealing with the unprecedented global challenge that is COVID-19, and we know that the impact of the time we are living now will bring consequences for our students and our community well into the future.  I am confident [...]

Change is the new norm for NLTCC

Inspired, equipped and ready to work Dr. Earl Meador Over the last few years, there have been a lot of changes at Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College (NLTCC), some of which include reorganization to  8-week terms.  The changes at the college over the last few weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic make those changes look [...]

CHRISTUS Physician Group and CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Dramatically Expand Telehealth Services and Online Screening

CHRISTUS Physician Group and CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System is drastically expanding telehealth services and online screening tools with the launch of secure video and telephone visits and an online COVID-19 screening tool. Beginning now, telehealth services are expanding to offer secure, HIPAA-compliant video visits with primary care providers at CHRISTUS Physician Group locations in Shreveport-Bossier. [...]

April 2020 BIZ. Magazine e-edition

The electronic edition of the April 2020 BIZ. Magazine. Read about how the business community is combatting the effects of COVID-19, along with updates from higher education.