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Caddo Commission approves resolution to designate local entities to help process $7.1 million in emergency rental assistance

Angel Albring | BIZ. Magazine On Thursday, Caddo Parish Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to designate local entities to help process applications for $7.1 million in federal emergency rental assistance that the parish expects to receive through the federal pandemic relief package that was passed in December. The commission’s vote on the resolution only authorizes [...]

Arena celebrating 20 years as one of Bossier City’s landmarks

Since opening its doors in the late fall of 2000, the Brookshire Grocery Arena, formerly CenturyLink Center, CenturyTel Center, and Bossier City Arena, has been on the map as one of the top entertainment destinations in the south. Due to the vision, careful planning and coordination by former Bossier City Mayor George Dement, Bossier City [...]

February 2021 e-Edition

The electronic edition of the February 2021 BIZ Magazine, in page-turn format.

LSUS: A new way to look at the new year

By Dr. Larry Clark We often treat the transition from one year to the next as a time for change; a time to reset our goals, renew our ambitions, and move on from the challenges we faced in the previous year. In any given January, most of us take great care to develop and nurture [...]

Virtual panel forecasts Louisiana’s economic future

By Angel Albring | BIZ. Magazine The Louisiana economy was undeniably devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, however Don Pierson, Louisiana Economic Development secretary, said late last month that the 2021 forecast is “cautiously optimistic.”  “While we are up against these headwinds, we still maintain a lot of economic strength that we can build [...]

What is the ‘new normal’ for commercial real estate?

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many things over the past year, but perhaps none of them more than where and how employees work. Shutdowns and shifting to remote work to avoid exposure to the disease has accelerated some technology trends that are making work from home the new normal. The current work atmosphere is that some [...]

EntreLeadership: This ship won’t sail

By Dave Ramsey Small-business partnerships usually develop in one of two ways. In one scenario, two friends share energy, passion, and an idea. They want to live the dream together, but they don’t have much money. The second scenario occurs when you have two partners, one with the money, and one with an idea and [...]

Technology: COVID shutdowns a challenge for businesses and customers

By Mack Slaughter Technology is constantly innovating, upgrading, and adapting. One of the greatest innovations are the options to work from anywhere.  With local shut downs and stay at home policies, businesses had to adapt and find ways to keep working.  Some businesses had adopted work from anywhere strategies pre-COVID such like remote desktop access, [...]

Bossier Chamber: Let’s lead in the unknown, together

By Lisa Johnson During the height of the stay-at-home orders and restrictions, I participated in what I would call THE BEST WEBINAR I have ever been a part of – Leading in a Crisis, and a crisis it definitely was. This interactive webinar focused on the tsunami of issues that we are facing in today’s [...]

From The Publisher: Leaders need to let go

As John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing Less.” We all have some form of influence over another. Therefore by definition, we are all leaders. Follower types cringe at the idea of leading. The word “lead” to them has the same emotional connotation as the word “sales” has to people who think they [...]

Louisiana Targets Growth of Rural Small Businesses

Twelve Louisiana companies are the inaugural participants in a program targeting business growth for rural Louisiana. The LED Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative launched this week via a partnership of Louisiana Economic Development and the Michigan-based Edward Lowe Foundation. “Rural communities and businesses are critical to Louisiana’s economic recovery and resiliency in 2021 and beyond,” LED Secretary Don [...]

College of Business to Host Virtual Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Forum

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business will host Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The virtual forum includes five sessions featuring an array of speakers who are diversity, equity, and inclusion thought-leaders from top global corporations. This free event is open to the public, and registration is required for each session. [...]

Global Strike partnership delivers multi-million-dollar impact in 2020

While 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, the Collaborative Environment (CE), an Air Force Global  Strike Command (AFGSC) partner, persevered to deliver results with a multi-million-dollar impact.   This Air Force partnership, while a recent development, is producing results on par with similar existing  organizations that have a significant amount of experience. Air Force [...]

Area Contractors Needed for BAFB Project

Angel Albring | BIZ. Magazine Missouri-based construction company, JE Dunn Construction, is looking for area subcontractors for a construction project at Barksdale Air-Force Base.The project will provide a new Entry Control Facility (ECF) that provides a point of entry for personnel, visitors and deliveries to BAFB directly from Interstates I-20 and I-220. The ECF will [...]