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BIZ. Magazine July 2021 e-Edition

The electronic page-turn edition of the July 2021 BIZ. Magazine.

Johnson lauds funding for Barksdale gate

United States Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04) commended the introduction and subcommittee passage of House appropriations legislation which includes funding for construction of a new entrance gate to Barksdale Air Force Base. “This is a monumental step forward in the process of securing funding for this crucial project, which will increase safety and efficiency of movement [...]

Minority Businesses and Individuals, Business of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Recipients, Honored by Greater Shreveport Chamber

Chamber Announces recipients of 2021 Minority Business Opportunity Awards The Business Development Connection (BDC) of the Greater Shreveport Chamber honored outstanding business owners and professionals who are making a difference in our community at the Minority Business Opportunity Awards (MBOA) Dinner, presented by Willis Knighton Health System. The event was held on June 17, 2021, [...]

Dave Ramsey: Rising above some of the most common small business challenges

What are some of the biggest challenges small business owners face? Money? Time? If you asked the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, they’d probably say they face those concerns, too. But the truth is this: Small businesses face obstacles daily that don’t usually plague big companies. Don’t worry, you can still help your organization [...]

Teri Haynes: Get out of meeting ‘hell’

We have all been there – meetings from hell.  We know the signs – fighting drowsiness, fidgeting, yawning, reading phone messages, doodling, and of course, the facepalm.  Many meetings are undeniably miserable.  When meetings are run poorly, they are a waste of time and an energy drainer.  Meetings shouldn’t be that way.   Draining energy [...]

Edwards signs legislation enabling sports betting in Louisiana

By Ted O'Neil | The Center Square Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards this week signed legislation allowing sports betting after voters in 55 of the state’s 64 parishes cast ballots in favor of it in a referendum last fall. The laws take effect July 1 with the expectation that everything will be in place by [...]

Larry Clark: LSUS Athletics showing success on and off the field

Last week at the Louisiana Board of Regents meeting, we discussed many of the matters brought forward in the recently concluded 2021 Louisiana Legislative Session. However, one important topic at the meeting was LSUS Athletics. I talked about the recent success of the LSUS athletic programs, steered by our current Athletic Director, Lucas Morgan. The [...]

Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau lands Travel Writers Conference

Brandy Evans | Special to BIZ. Magazine The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau bid on the 2022 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Central States Chapter Conference – and won.  About 40 travel media and other travel professionals are expected to attend the conference Feb. 23-27, 2022 at Sam’s Town Casino and Hotel. Conference attendees [...]

BIZ Magazine/Bossier Chamber Business Forum: How your company can thrive in a digital economy

Join us in July, when renowned digital anthropologist and futurist Brian Solis joins Business Forum USA. This webcast, hosted by best-selling author Jon Gordon, will broadcast at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 14. Registration is free. Brian is the Global Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce and an eight-time bestselling author and international keynote speaker. Forbes has called [...]

Lisa Johnson: Coming together to bring about positive change

At a recent meeting with our regional chambers of commerce – the Shreveport-Bossier African-American Chamber, Greater Shreveport Chamber and Bossier Chamber - the common conversation centered around collaboration. In fact, that is the SB African-American Chamber’s theme for 2021, Chairwoman Brittney Dunn told those gathered for the joint meeting in June. Another thing that was [...]

Interim Director lays out priorities for Shreveport airports

Interim Airport Director Stephanie Tucker laid out her four focus areas for the Shreveport Regional and Downtown Airports during the Shreveport Airport Authority June meeting that was held Thursday, June 17. Tucker, who replaced the previous director of airports Wade Davis after he resigned the position May 27, was selected as interim director of airports [...]

Chambers of commerce to collaborate to address opportunities and challenges of our region

Leaders of the Bossier Chamber, Greater Shreveport Chamber, and Shreveport-Bossier African Chamber of Commerce convened on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, for a special joint meeting of the boards. Over 35 directors from the boards of all three local Chambers met to explore ways to collaborate to address the opportunities and challenges of our region. The [...]

Help (desperately) Wanted

Lack of available workforce causing difficulty with post-pandemic rebound The American job market is in an interesting place for employers and employees, alike. One way to look at just where it stands involves reading data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which suggests that there is currently plenty of workers to go around- and they should [...]

David Specht: Inflation is partially our own fault

Each morning, I peruse our news sources for items for the BIZ. Daily Report. Toward the end of each week, I can usually find unemployment news, consumer price reports, etc. This morning (Friday) was no different, except the sounding of the alarms. National news outlets report inflation has made its biggest jump since the recession [...]