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Barksdale Air Force Base gate project in line for $48 Million in funding

Stacey Tinsley | BIZ. Magazine Congressman Ralph Abraham announced Monday that the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act will include $48 million for a new entrance and gate complex at Barksdale Air Force Base. Abraham says that the project will allow access to BAFB from the I-220 interchange and pave the way for the [...]

David Specht: Green’s security camera ordinance is the wrong idea at the wrong time

The problem with legislation is that the intent of a law is often at odds with the execution of said law. Such is the case with a proposed ordinance from Shreveport City Councilman James Green. According to an article in Tuesday’s Shreveport Times, Green has proposed an ordinance requiring businesses to install and maintain digital [...]

Eldorado Resorts announces FTC clearance for pending merger with Caesars

Eldorado Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERI) (“Eldorado,” “Eldorado Resorts” or the “Company”) announced today that the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) has accepted a proposed consent order, which concludes the FTC’s Hart-Scott-Rodino review of Eldorado’s pending merger (the “Merger”) with Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR) (“Caesars”). The FTC’s acceptance of the consent order satisfies all required [...]

July 2020 BIZ. E-edition

The electronic edition of the July 2020 BIZ. Magazine. Features include: An update on air travel in Shreveport, The outlook for tourism in northwest Louisiana, plus columns from some of the area's best businesses influencers.

National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center Unveils Rebrand to CYBER.ORG

The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) has announced the organization’s rebrand to CYBER.ORG, unveiling a new website, logo and plans to reach even more K-12 students and teachers across the country with cyber education content, career awareness and teacher professional development. “The rebrand reflects a significant step forward in our mission to ensure [...]

Teri Haynes: What’s a Gentleman to Do?

There is a dichotomy with the traditional gestures by which women are shown respect in the United States.  These gestures include opening doors, ladies first, pulling out chairs, walking on the street side of the sidewalk, paying for meals, standing when a woman stands at dinner, helping women into their coats, etc. In social situations, [...]

Luke Whetstone: Working from home: Is it here to stay?

Over the past few months, many employers and employees have swapped out their cubicles and desktop computers for coffee tables and laptops and have been working from home. According to a recent study, the average American working remotely has actually been working more hours from home than they were at the office, as the line [...]

Angie White: Industry Based Credentials: What Are They and Why Should You Care?

As defined on the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) website, an Industry-Based Credential or Certification (IBC) is an independent third party credential that is industry-accepted and results from a process whereby an individual’s knowledge and/or skill in a particular area is verified against a set of pre-determined standards. It has been suggested that IBCs are an [...]

Dave Ramsey: Businesses (and leaders) grow in stages

A lot goes into running your own business. The seemingly endless hustle can leave business owners burned out, discouraged, and disconnected from the dream that got them started in the first place. It can be overwhelming. But you can build a successful business that lasts, makes a difference, and have a blast doing it.  Start [...]

Lisa Johnson: New patriots emerge during pandemic

No part of this community, state, country or world was left untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the realm of our daily lives and in our jobs and businesses. But as we dealt with this unprecedented time, leaders and heroes emerged who helped us all get through this trying time, in both small and [...]

Stacy Brown: Local tourism is slowly improving

The local tourism market has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but is seeing slow gains returning towards normalcy. Stacy Brown, president of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, joined Bossier Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Lisa Johnson for the digital Chamber Chat to talk about the visitor and gaming markets in early [...]

Nungesser: Tourism outlook is grim but not dire

Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser painted a positive, but stark picture for tourism in Louisiana late last month. Nungesser addressed constituents and tourism partners across the state June 24 via “Louisiana Travel Talks,” a bi-monthly Facebook Live event.  Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser He began the broadcast by telling residents to be vigilant in social distancing [...]

Opening Up: Shreveport Regional Airport sees uptick in travel

Things are slowly improving for air service in Shreveport, according to numbers shared during the June 18 Shreveport Airport Authority Board meeting. Fears over and shutdowns caused by COVID-19 have caused a massive decline in traffic at Shreveport’s airports. However, things seem to be on the uptick. Numbers for 2021 are estimated to total 60% [...]