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Bossier Chamber Annual Meeting 2023: Board Members, chamber presidents and charter members

2022 Board: Eric Barkley,CenterPoint Energy - Chair Nicole Wilhite, Citizens National Bank - Chair Elect Jonathan Reynolds, Carter Credit Union - Finance Chair Barry Regula, Margaritaville Resort and Casino - Past Chair Jerome DuBose, Louisiana Tech Research Institute - Government Relations Chair Kathy French, Port of Caddo Bossier/Vita Riner, 318 Latino Radio/Magazine - Business Workforce Chair  Col. West [...]

Bossier Chamber Annual Meeting 2023: 2022 Annual Report

A look at the Bossier Chamber of Commerce's 2022 in numbers:

Bossier Chamber Annual Meeting 2023: Bossier Chamber history

Bossier Chamber Makes History The United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Bossier Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation in 2019 for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement.  In order to receive [...]

Bossier Chamber Annual Meeting 2023: Shehee, Dr. Lang, Tubbs, and CNB recognized

On Tuesday, January 10, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce honored top business and community leaders at the 75th Annual Gala, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Bossier Chamber. The event kicked off with a cocktail hour prior to the program and hosted hundreds of business professionals at the Bossier Civic Center for their largest networking [...]

February 2023 Digital Edition

The exclusive electronic version of the February 2023 BIZ. Magazine.

Specht: Chamber membership matters

I recently visited with a former employee who not only left my company but changed industries. Our discussion was lively and informative as we talked about everything from the good old days and how the newspaper market is changing to the importance of branding and graphic design. As the discussion went along, we came to [...]

Rozeman: We are better together

After attending the inauguration of Mayor Tom Arceneaux and our new City Council on the last day of 2022, my optimism grows for Shreveport.  Early last year, some concepts in this column were shared in BIZ Magazine and the 318 Forum.  This seems like a good time at the start of a New Year and [...]

PAR: Budget bonanza continues as money pours into Louisiana’s treasury but future problems loom

Federal pandemic aid is disappearing, but state tax collections continue to surge, giving Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Legislature $1.6 billion in unspent cash from the last and current budget years and further boosting the money available for next year’s spending plan.  But while they’ll wrap up this term with the budget boom, [...]

Shreveport Chamber: Help save us the chamber building

In 1920, the citizens of Shreveport came together to raise funds to build the Shreve Memorial Library on the corner of Edwards and Travis Streets. On December 6, 1923, the building was first opened to the public at a ceremony attended by 1000 people. Sixty years later, also at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet, the Chamber [...]

Port of Caddo-Bossier executive director speaks to North Bossier Lunch Group

By Stacey Tinsley, BIZ. Magazine The North Bossier Lunch Group met for the first time this year on Wednesday January 25, 2023, with guest speaker Eric England, executive director of The Port of Caddo-Bossier. England briefly discussed the history of the port and what it brings to NWLA in terms of the area's local economy.  [...]

Path cleared for DiamondJacks redevelopment

By Stacey Tinsley, BIZ. Magazine The Louisiana Gaming Control Board approved the sale of DiamondJacks Casino in Bossier City to Foundation Gaming on Jan. 19. The new owners will demolish the existing facility before beginning a nearly $200 million property renovation and construction project consisting of a new land-based casino and a fully renovated hotel. [...]

Pump the brakes: Discussion of SporTran service in Bossier City to continue

By Stacey Tinsley, BIZ. Magazine The Bossier City Council has voted to continue discussions on the ordinance that would reduce SporTran’s budget. The vote on the ordinance came at the Tuesday, January 25, 2023 meeting. That agenda item has been continued until February 21. “While I am open to renegotiating this contract that has been [...]

CIC, Global Strike partnership exceeds $248M impact

A continued partnership between the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) in Bossier City, Louisiana, and the AFGSC Office of the Chief Scientist at Barksdale Air Force Base generated several new innovative projects over the past year. The CIC and STRIKEWERX innovation hub, through a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) with AFGSC, connects business, industry, higher education, and [...]

Ochsner LSU Health St. Mary Medical Center Gets national recognition

Ochsner LSU Health is pleased to announce its St. Mary Medical Center has been named a 2022 Human Experience (HX) Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey, the global leader in healthcare experience solutions and services. This award is part of Press Ganey’s annual ranking of the top hospitals and health systems in the [...]

New Dawn Energy makes donations in Benton

Houston based company, New Dawn Energy, L.L.C. (“NDE”), recently had the opportunity to visit the town of Benton, Louisiana on December 15, 2022.. As a community partner and neighbor, NDE proudly made monetary donations to Benton Elementary School, the Benton Police Department and the Benton Fire Department. NDE currently owns approximately 23,000 mineral acres in [...]

Bossier Chamber Annual Meeting 2023: Johnson celebrates 75 years of the chamber

I am extremely honored to be helping lead the Bossier Chamber through its 75th year serving Bossier Parish by advancing the economic interests of this great and growing parish.  While many membership organizations struggle to retain members, engagement and participation, the Bossier Chamber has remained a successful entity through the years.  As we have been [...]

Leaderboard: Brown named president of board, LSUS faculty journal co-editor, Argent grows & more

SBCTB’s Stacy Brown named president of state convention and visitors bureaus board Stacy Brown, president and CEO of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau (SBCTB) was installed as immediate past chairman of the Louisiana Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (LACVB) Board of Directors during the association’s January meeting. “I am so honored to serve [...]

Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2023

The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the team of local business professionals who will be leading the organization in 2023. “We are delighted to welcome Roy Prestwood of Heard, McElroy & Vestal to the role of Chairman of the Board for 2023. Roy brings a passion for our community, a wealth of leadership [...]

Shreveport Chamber honors LSUS Chancellor as business Leader of the Year

The Greater Shreveport Chamber honored Thursday, Jan. 19  long standing business and higher education leader Louisiana State University Shreveport Chancellor Larry Clark as the Chamber’s 2022 Business Leader of the Year at its 113th Annual Banquet, presented by Willis-Knighton Health System. Each year since 1978, the Chamber has recognized a local business leader who brings [...]

Bossier Chamber Annual Meeting 2023: Business Person of the Year nominees

Dianne Clark Dianne Clark has worked as the Executive Director for Sci-Port Discovery Center for the last four years. She has spent countless hours working to obtain funding and support to revolutionize Sci-Port so that it features up-to-date exhibits, numerous learning opportunities and a wealth of enjoyment for all visitors. Her greatest accomplishment at Sci-Port [...]

Bossier Chamber Annual Meeting 2023: Business of the Year nominees

Citizens National Bank Citizens National Bank started in 1985 at 2005 Benton Road in Bossier City, the only bank headquartered, managed, and operated in Bossier Parish. Since then, Citizens has opened more than 12 locations in Caddo, Bossier, Claiborne, Webster, and Orleans parishes. Citizens is constantly enhancing their culture to provide the best service for [...]

Bossier Chamber Annual Meeting 2023: Barkley takes a look back at the accomplishments of the past year

2022 was an exciting year for the Bossier Chamber! I was honored to serve in the role as Chairman of the Board in a year when we were able to accomplish so much. And, this was an extra special year as we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Chamber and threw a rousing 40s birthday [...]