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New year, better you

Local business leader partners to create course designed to help others find purpose in business and life “During the past two years, a lot of people have been searching for a new purpose as a result of market shifts during the pandemic, and I saw folks who did not know how to pursue that purpose. [...]

Bossier City hears YMCA proposal

The City of Bossier City is investigating whether to fund a new multi-million dollar fitness facility in north Bossier. The council heard a proposal from the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana on Dec. 7 for a new $35-40 million building in north Bossier.  However, there’s some debate over whether the funds needed to do this should [...]

Changing the insurance game in the SBC

Mark Squire worked for large insurance corporations for 17 years and he wasn’t impressed. “You know, over the years, I’ve realized a lot of things that I didn’t like about them, and I wanted to end up doing my own thing with doing insurance the right way; educating people the right way,” he said.  That [...]

Ternium USA to invest $98 Million in Shreveport facility expansion

Ternium USA Inc. is planning to expand its facility at the Port of Caddo-Bossier with an investment of $98 million. The company is retaining 157 jobs, and the project will create 35 new direct jobs with an average salary of $69,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 98 indirect jobs, [...]

Specht: Finding your purpose in 2022

It may seem odd to you that I am on the cover of this month’s BIZ. Magazine. I know it is odd to me. It is also that this “January” edition is on the streets before January begins. Both of these things are odd to me. Allow me to explain the reasoning behind both. First, [...]

Johnson: Don’t stop shopping local just because the holidays are over

The holidays are over and the last thing you want to think about is shopping and reading another #ShopSmall or #ShopLocal column. But I’m going to give you one anyone. As we start our year, the economic impact of utilizing local companies when we make business decisions has a much greater reach than shopping local [...]

Bateman: BPCC’s N.O.W. College

Making College Work for Working Adults A new initiative at Bossier Parish Community College is aimed at meeting the education and training needs of the region’s working adults.  The Nights, Online, and Weekend College (NOW) will be launched in the summer of 2022 and provide an expanded menu of certificate and degree offerings in a [...]

Specht: DiamondJacks returning is a marriage of convenience at best

When voters in St. Tammany Parish rejected the idea of locating a casino there, it set into motion the possibility of DiamondJacks, or whatever it is called now, to reopen in Bossier City.  Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, a California-based developer, was waiting for voter approval to build a $325 million, 120-acre hotel and casino near Slidell. [...]

Tynes: A realistic resolution

You can’t make a serious resolution to be healthier in the new year without making your overall health and wellness a priority. Knowing how to determine health goals and understanding health risks can better align your progress in creating a new you in 2022. The most realistic way to prioritize health and keep a resolution [...]

BIZ. January 2022 e-Edition

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