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Mike Johnson announces $500K FAA grant for Southern University to spur aviation jobs

WASHINGTON — United States Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04) today announced that Southern University at Shreveport received a $500,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to generate interest in and prepare students to pursue aviation maintenance careers. “It’s imperative that we have a dynamic workforce available to meet the demands of our rapidly evolving economy,” [...]

Striker Airmen Coder program builds Global Strike Command’s future

The Striker Airmen Coder program is giving Airmen real-world experience in coding and app development. AFGSC developed the SAC program as an effort to develop Air Force coders who can create innovative and efficient technical solutions in their local units. Six Airmen and three students developed three separate projects. These projects are Microm, a commercial [...]

State Superintendent of Education speaks to Bossier City Rotary Club

The Bossier City Rotary Club heard about the state of education in Louisiana from Louisiana Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley for their weekly meeting on Thursday, January 13. In his opening remarks, Dr. Brumley gave praise to the education community for the trials that they had to overcome over the past few years. “Whenever [...]

Leaderboard: State PR association honors two local members

The Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL) Northwest Chapter recently honored two of its members at its annual Awards and Member Social in December. Tina Callecod, MBA, was named PRAL Northwest Communicator of the Year, and Erin Smith was named PRAL Northwest Member of the Year. Callecod is Regional Director of Communications, North La. at [...]

Leaderboard: New businesses, Port commissioners, more

318 Climb makes Shreveport debut with new name, vision 318 Climb, a local indoor rock climbing gym in Shreveport, La., is introducing itself with a new name and a new vision – to take the sport of indoor rock climbing to new heights.  Formerly known as G-Rock Climbing, the gym, now under new owners, Sarah [...]

Leaderboard: Nominations now open for Minority Business Opportunity Awards

The Business Development Connection (BDC) of the Greater Shreveport Chamber recognizes outstanding minority individuals or businesses who are making a difference in our community. We are now accepting nominations for the Annual Minority Business Opportunity Awards.  As defined by BDC, a minority for the purposes of these categories includes not only racial minorities, but also [...]

Business Leaders give $1.2M to LSU Health Shreveport for viral threats

Dewey and Gigi Corley through their Chaparral Foundation, together with Margaret Place Properties, Inc., Frances and William Comegys, III, and the Family of Aaron and Peggy Selber, have committed a combined $1.2 million to establish the first endowment for LSU Health Shreveport’s Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats (CEVT). This is the largest private [...]

AEP to invest $100M in new Shreveport center

American Electric Power, the parent company of SWEPCO, will invest $100 million to build a new transmission control center in Shreveport (STCC). The announcement was made Thursday, Jan. 20, by Governor John Bel Edwards and AEP President and CEO Nicholas Akins. The 77,000-square-foot facility will be built on 30 acres in the northwestern quadrant of [...]

Greater Shreveport Chamber honors Glenn and Chris Kinsey as 2021 Business Leaders of the Year

The Greater Shreveport Chamber on Jan. 19 honored long standing businessmen and philanthropists Glenn and Chris Kinsey as the Chamber’s Business Leaders of the Year for 2021 at its 112th Annual Banquet, presented by Willis Knighton Health System. Each year since 1978, the Chamber has recognized local business leaders who bring together superior business acumen with [...]

Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce announces 2022 board of directors

The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce has announced the team of local business professionals who will be lead the organization in 2022.  “We are delighted that Francesca Benton Moreland of Williams Creative Group will be serving as Chair of the Board this coming year. Francesca brings a passion for our community, a wealth of leadership [...]

Bossier Chamber vice president earns PCED certification

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Jessica Hemingway, Vice President of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, has earned the certification of Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED).  “This is an important milestone in Jessica’s career and yet another benefit she provides to the membership of the Bossier Chamber,” said Bossier Chamber [...]

Bossier Chamber of Commerce President to chair state association

The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Executives (LACCE) officially announced its 2022 Board Officers and Directors, with Bossier Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Johnson to serve as its Chair, during its 2021 Annual Conference Awards Ceremony held Nov. 8, 2021 at The Cook Hotel & Conference Center in Baton Rouge, La.  LACCE and its Board Members [...]

Barkley: Looking forward to 2022

As we embark on 2022 together, I know we still have many obstacles to overcome, but this great community will also have opportunities to grow and prosper. As the incoming Chairman of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I assure you the Chamber will be right there on this journey with you.  The [...]

Regula: Looking back on 2021

It’s been a great honor serving as chairman of the board for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce for the past two years. Coming into my first term in 2020, I could never have anticipated the challenges our business and Chamber community would face, effectively becoming the “Chamber of No Commerce” in the first few months [...]

2022 Bossier Chamber Board of Directors

2022 Executive Committee Eric Barkley – Chairman  CenterPoint Energy  Nicole Wilhite – Chair Elect   Citizens National Bank  Jonathan Reynolds – Finance Chair  Carter Credit Union  Barry Regula – Past Chair  Margaritaville Resort Casino   Jerome DuBose – Gov Relations Chair  LA Tech Research Institute  Kathy French – Business/Workforce Dev Chair  Port of Caddo-Bossier  West [...]

Meet the Bossier Chamber’s Business of the Year honorees

Cyber Innovation Center has been called an “economic gem” of northwest Louisiana by in Dr. Loren Scott in his economic impact report. Combined with their tenants in the National Cyber Research Park, CIC has helped secure $154.5 million in new business sales for the region, $148.2 million in new household earnings in the two-parish region, [...]

Who is the top Business Person of the Year?

Adam Bass is a lifelong resident of Bossier City where he owns and operates his Adam Bass Agency, as well as three other businesses, including an additional Allstate location in Ruston.  Adam previously served on the Financial Services Committee for Allstate’s National Advisory Board where he helped make decisions for the company on a national [...]

Ramsey: Developing a strategy for new leadership

If your company lacks a clear strategy for moving talented employees into leadership, now’s the perfect time to establish one. As Baby Boomers retire, employers are busy grooming younger employees to become new leaders. Companies are spending thousands (some tens, and even hundreds of thousands) annually on the task of growing talent strategically. One way [...]

Permenter: Have You Had a Change of Heart?

Have You Had a Change of Heart? A fitting and timely question as we journey through this month of love. February is American Heart Month and also a great time to remind you to love yourself from the inside out! Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans and being aware of this troubling [...]

Rozeman: Why some healthcare workers say ‘no’

My parents taught me not to cast judgment unless I first walk in the shoes of the person I am judging. When I learned the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Government vaccine mandate, I knew there were going to be many working within my hospital who would lose their job. The issue of government ordered [...]

There’s nothing small about ‘Small Business’

Any business owner will tell you there is nothing small about owning a small business.  In fact, the name “small business” has become more of a misnomer in the years since it was coined by the federal government to try and establish categories for different business types.  BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) prefers to think [...]

Specht: Embracing the new normal

“I just want things to go back to normal.” How many times have you heard, or uttered, those words during the past two years?  When COVID-19 first arrived, the nation was shut down for what many thought would be just a couple of weeks to “flatten the curve.” The move was to protect health care [...]

BIZ. February 2022 e-Edition

The electronic page-turn version of the February 2022 BIZ. Magazine.