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Haynes: Now, more than ever, employees need your leadership
Slaughter: The Computer Recycling Program works to get computers in the hands of students and residents of Northwest Louisiana.
Maggio: It is a tribute to the students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and supporters of the university that Northwestern has been able to adapt effectively

Business Interactions: Leading during uncertain times

We nervously looked around the metro station.  No one else was there.  We were all alone and it was getting late.  The train had dropped us off at a closed station by the Lincoln Memorial.  Rushing through the station we finally saw a brighter area and found the attendant locking the gates to the stairs [...]

Bit by Bit: Donation is an option for some unwanted tech items

Have you ever found yourself with old computers or accessories you do not want or need? Some people simply dispose of them, others try and sell them, but most just let them collect dust not knowing what to do. Amy Vu and Demetrius Norman of the NWLA Makerspace saw this as an opportunity to give [...]

Higher Education: NSU innovates in wake of pandemic challenges

Northwestern State University has served this region of Louisiana since 1884, and it is not likely that any of those 136 years were more challenging than 2020. It is a tribute to the students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and supporters of the university that Northwestern has been able to adapt so effectively to the difficult [...]

Higher Education: New initiative to benefit K-12 schools throughout Louisiana

As battle against COVID-19 continues, the importance of online teaching and learning will grow. Anyone who leads in a classroom setting must develop specialized skills to help all our children learn effectively in any setting. In mid-November, Louisiana Tech’s College of Education launched four new courses designed to lead to a graduate certificate in online [...]

Higher Education: It’s Giving Season – Give The BPCC Way!

Bold.  Purposeful.  Committed.  Cavaliers. At Bossier Parish Community College, we live our values The BPCC Way.  Our values of Innovation, Success, Partnership, Integrity, Respect, and Excellence InSPIRE our college community to serve one another and our students at a world class level.  As 2020 comes to a close, it has been a year unlike any [...]

Entreleadership: Being a servant leader doesn’t mean being subservient

What do successful companies like Southwest Airlines and Chick-fil-A have in common? The answer is servant leadership. And based on the unprecedented growth and stellar reputations of both over the years, the approach has paid off big time. The benefits of servant leadership go beyond growth, higher profits, and great reputations. These benefits include a [...]

GBEDF: Economic insight from the Dallas Federal Reserve

Last month, the GBEDF had the opportunity to join with Louisiana State University – Shreveport, Bossier Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce to host a virtual economic update with the Dallas Federal Reserve President and CEO, Robert Kaplan. Kaplan provided an overview of the state of the current economy and shared [...]

From the Publisher: Six ‘rights’ leaders give up

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from David Specht’s book, “Old Dogs, New Tricks” available on Amazon. I once heard a sermon on the rights of a Christian. The preacher spoke about how we lose some of our perceived rights the more we try to live the Christian life.  Be kind and compassionate to [...]

BRF releases Economic Impact Study for 2018-2019

Angel Albring | BIZ. Magazine Economist Dr. Loren Scott has released a comprehensive economic impact study of Building Our Region’s Future (BRF) and its associated entities. The study analyzes the 2018 and 2019 economic impacts of BRF, as well as its associated entities, in the Shreveport-Bossier metropolitan statistical area (MSA), which includes Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto, [...]

Launch Network debuts

A new website is available as an all-encompassing resource to help small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive in north Louisiana. The Launch Network debuted earlier this week as an online collaborative tool with the mission to help small businesses and entrepreneurs across north Louisiana thrive by providing free, easy access to assistance, resources, and information. Dave Smith, [...]

Giving Back: How to give safely during the pandemic

Donations are the lifeblood of many charitable organizations. Unfortunately, donations also can be the lifeblood of criminal operations designed to scam would-be donors. The potential for charity scams could be even greater in 2020. Charities accept donations year-round, but the spirit of giving that prevails during the holiday season makes the weeks between Thanksgiving and [...]

Giving Back: Nonprofits count on business donations to make ends meet, and 2020 is no different

‘Tis the season for giving, and as 2020 nears its end, the needs in Shreveport-Bossier are greater than ever.  Currently, 6.9 percent, or around 11 million, US citizens are unemployed or underemployed, which is double what it was in December 2019. That means that the need for assistance has increased, and nonprofits in the area [...]

December 2020 BIZ. Magazine e-edition

The electronic page-turn edition of the December 2020 BIZ. Magazine. As published Dec. 1, 2020.