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Finding employees as you reopen

Lisa Johnson: Improving economy means more jobs

Northwest Louisiana is hiring. Everywhere I go lately I see a sign for a hiring event. When I come to work, I have employers calling me to tell me they need more employees and they are operating with a skeleton crew because they can’t find enough workers for the openings they have. As we sit [...]

United Way receives grant from Kansas City Southern

United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) has been awarded an $80,000 grant from Kansas City Southern to support the organization’s COVID-19 emergency response. The funds from Kansas City Southern will be split across UWNWLA’s emergency response efforts. $20,000 will go to the United for NWLA Fund, which provides direct financial assistance to ALICE (Asset Limited, [...]

BPCC offers Google IT Support Professional certificate training

Bossier Parish Community College’s Division for Economic & Workforce Development launched Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate training this month (May 2020). This course will be offered for $55 for a limited time and scholarships may be awarded. BPCC’s Google IT Support Professional Certificate brings together Google’s curriculum on the Coursera platform with live support from [...]

Foster Campbell: $600 million coming to Louisiana for broadband expansion

The big shift to home-based work and schooling during the coronavirus means Louisiana more than ever needs to bring internet service to all parts of the state, according to Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell. “Nothing is more important for rural parts of our state than high-speed internet,” Campbell said. “It’s just like the telephone used [...]

Business Interactions: Teamwork = Synchronicity

Several years ago, the Rotary Club of Shreveport held dragon boat races on the Red River.  My business friend, Tom Arceneaux, a Director of the Blanchard, Walker, O’Quinn & Roberts law firm, writes a business development article.  In a recent post, Tom mentions the dragon boats.  Following is an excerpt from his article. “…Admiral McRaven [...]

Guice: Louisiana Tech moving through Phase 1 and beyond

As the State of Louisiana moves through Phase One of its reopening plan, Louisiana Tech University is continuing its work to provide unparalleled educational opportunities for the people of our region, state, and nation. COVID-19 has changed things for many of us, and higher education is no different.  In accordance with our state’s plan, Louisiana [...]

Bateman: BPCC This Fall: On-campus, Online, & On Pace

Henry Ford once said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”  The COVID-19 pandemic may have challenged us, but it has not distracted us from our vision or our strategic goals.  BPCC continues to strive to be America’s premier two-year college committed to excellence in service to [...]

White: Finding employees as you reopen

Are you a business owner trying to ramp up operations after the statewide shut-down, or adding jobs due to new business created by COVID-19? You could get your jobs in front 326,504 Louisiana residents by posting your jobs on the HIRE website. Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HIRE) is the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s database of available [...]

Ramsey: Characteristics of a transformational leader

Have you ever heard of transformational leadership? Simply put, it’s a style of leadership where the person in charge motivates their team to come together and work toward a common goal through their own actions and by being an example. It’s a lot more than just barking orders, and when done well it inspires and [...]

Johnson: New partnerships, new opportunities

Partnerships are the cornerstone of our work at the Bossier Chamber. We partner with our members, to anticipate and find solutions for the needs of our industries. We partner with our education institutions to make sure the business community and educational entities are connected to build our workforce. We partner with our elected officials to [...]

Louisiana Public Service Commission approves SWEPCO wind project

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, has received Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) approval of its request to add 810 megawatts (MW) of wind energy. The LPSC today approved the terms of a settlement agreement reached in March 2020 by all parties in the proceeding, including the LPSC Staff, [...]

STRIKEWERX virtually cuts the ribbon to open

By Stacey Tinsley | BIZ. Magazine Air Force Global Strike Command officially opened its new innovation center, STRIKEWERX, during a virtual ribbon cutting event May 28 at the Cyber Innovation Center. STRIKEWERX is the command’s official storefront to traditional and non-traditional industry partners, to include small businesses, start-ups, and academia.  The innovation center will provide [...]

June 2020 BIZ Magazine E-edition

The electronic edition of the June 2020 BIZ. Magazine printed edition. As published, June 1, 2020.