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Smith: A reflective look at 2022, and ahead to 2023

The beginning of this new year is the perfect time to reflect upon the successes of BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) in 2022, as well as look forward to what 2023 may hold.   The number of businesses seeking assistance from EAP in 2022 was almost the same number as we were seeing prior to [...]

Johnson: Looking back at the progress from 2022

2022 was an exciting year of growth and prosperity for the Bossier Chamber! We had many wonderful accomplishments.  Here are the things we’re most proud of from 2022: Launched Military Community Champions Program: This new program showcases our community’s support for our military, spouses, and veterans by creating military and business partnerships.  Convened decision makers: [...]

Guice: La. Tech sees successful 2022 As we close out the 2022 calendar year, I always take time to reflect on Louisiana Tech University’s accomplishments as well as prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the coming year. We also have the chance to remember all the hard work that our students, faculty, and staff have put into making this [...]

Haynes: I scream, you scream, we all scream, but not for ice cream

“Anyone who supports {whoever} is an idiot and I could never be friends with them.”  “Did you see her latest post?  She’s a flaming {whatever}.  I’ll make sure everyone knows!”  “You know he’s a {whatever}. They are devil worshipers.”  I overhear these types of comments regularly. Let’s switch to ice cream for a moment.  What [...]

Bossier, Shreveport Chambers to honor business community with annual meetings in January 2023

On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce will honor top business and community leaders as the organization celebrates 75 years of excellence in business. The event kicks off with a networking cocktail hour at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m., as the Chamber hosts approximately 400 business professionals at [...]

Donelon: Workers’ comp. rates down by more than 12% in 2023

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has approved the annual loss cost filing of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) for a -12.2% reduction in workers’ compensation rates. The decrease, which takes effect May 1, 2023, continues the downward trend experienced in nine of the last 10 years. Workers’ compensation rates have dipped dramatically over the [...]

Entergy proposes 10-year, $9.6B plan to harden its Louisiana electrical grid

(The Center Square) — Entergy Louisiana is proposing a 10-year, $9.6 billion plan to harden the electrical grid in Louisiana, and is seeking approval for the first five years from the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Entergy filed a Phase I Entergy Future Ready resilience plan with the commission on Monday to propose “a comprehensive set [...]

Specht: Applied knowledge is power

Here are some books you may never have heard of, but should read anyway Have you ever walked into Barnes & Noble, with every intention of buying a business or personal development book, only to be overwhelmed by the choices? Me too. The crazy thing about traditional book stores, they rarely carry independently published books, [...]

A new start for an old casino

Former DiamondJacks to be rebranded, rebuilt, and reborn A shuttered casino in Bossier City will soon find life again, thanks to a Mississippi gaming company. Foundation Gaming & Entertainment, LLC announced the completion of the acquisition of the Diamond Jacks Casino & Hotel after receiving the requisite approval from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board at its [...]

01-2023 BIZ Magazine e-Edition

The electronic edition of the Digital BIZ Magazine, as published Dec. 29, 2022.

Bossier Chamber Annual Meeting 2023: Wilhite looks ahead to the promise of a new year

The Bossier Chamber is one of the places where I got my start in community involvement. I began by serving on a Bossier Chamber committee years ago then began volunteering for other areas within the Chamber to fully understand the opportunities it provides our community. I made some great connections and friends but I also [...]