Current Issue

Teri Haynes: What You Tolerate

This Spring, my clients want customer service, not business attire classes as usual.  How odd, until I place the requests in context.  We do not see other people’s clothes, or most of them, via Zoom or the telephone. Here are some of my clients’ pressing concerns along with ideas that may help you. SENSITIVITY & [...]

Rick Bateman: Flexible. Transferable. Affordable…The BPCC Way!

Flexible.  Transferable.  Affordable. These three words have been used to describe the BPCC experience.  Over the last year, I’ve written about BPCC’s ability to be flexible.  Covid-19 taught us that our flexibility to move to the online environment and maintain quality programming has never been more important for our students.  This month, I want to [...]

Larry Clark: As we march on…

As we round the corner of the Covid-19 crisis, the international conversation has shifted towards a safe and steady economic recovery, buttressed by the global effort to vaccinate billions of people. While countless experts in the business, political, and scientific communities will continue to weigh in on these issues, I think it is important for [...]

Les Guice: La. Tech making tremendous strides amid pandemic

Our area – along with our state and nation – continues to make strides in the battle against COVID-19. From moving classes online to holding meetings and events on Zoom, our Louisiana Tech University students, faculty, and staff have faced a year full of challenges. We’ve learned how to maneuver and thrive, offering a mix [...]

Locals encouraged to celebrate people, businesses that make tourism work

Brandy Evans | Special to BIZ. Magazine Tourism is unlike any other industry. It isn’t a behemoth of a factory cranking out widgets or oil derricks dredging up oil. Tourism is a clean industry that brings people in and out of Shreveport-Bossier. These visitors come for a good time and leave a trail of sales [...]

Lisa Johnson: Let’s go “back to the future” in 2021

While there are many aspects of 2020 that we would all like to put behind us, we all know that there are lessons we can take away from the past, even the not-so-distant past.   It is always important not to forget where we came from on the way to where we need to go. [...]

David Rockett: Setting priorities for economic development

Locally, there are many factors which can impact the further growth and success of our community and surrounding areas. Business leaders are not the only ones taking note of the importance of economic priorities.  Citizens are seemingly paying close attention as this year’s early voting period for the municipal election showed a record setting voter [...]

David Specht: What is a “Money Maker” anyway?

In 2019, I saw an edition of New Orleans CityBusiness and they were touting their "Money Makers" honorees. I'm always looking for interesting things to feature in BIZ, so I "borrowed" the idea with plans to start it in 2020. Then, COVID-19 put the brakes on so much in our world.  As we entered 2021, [...]

Leading in the Unknown

Business leaders across northwest Louisiana were recently given a chance to pause, reflect, and shift their mindset on overcoming 2020 The Bossier Chamber of Commerce, The Committee of 100 and Citizens National Bank presented Leading in the Unknown back in March. This virtual, interactive webinar had participants interact as they learned to become better leaders [...]

April 2021 e-Edition

The electronic, page-turn version of the April 2021 BIZ. Magazine.

Money Makers Class of 2021

BIZ. Magazine announces it's inaugural class of Money Makers, as honored in the print edition. BANKING Jana Freeman Forrest BOM Bank Jana Freeman Forrest is a Vice President and Commercial Lender at BOM Bank.  She is a proud community banker, serving 20 years in the financial services industry. Jana received her degree from Northwestern State [...]