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Teri Haynes: Discipline…

If the thought of a disciplinary meeting for one of your employees causes a knot to form in the pit of your stomach, you are not alone.  Many leaders dread and sometimes stall these meetings as long as possible.  We often equate discipline to punishment.  Punishment feels negative, confrontational, and uncomfortable.  The word discipline has [...]

McNew: “Shopping local” impacts community for years to come

As distancing guidelines from federal and state officials loosen and more of our economy begins to reopen, now is one of the most critical times to support our local and small businesses.  For many consumers, staying home or social distancing during the pandemic meant shopping online and cooking at home.  As the economy reopens, and [...]

David Rockett: Response to pandemic spurs economic growth and investment

The Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation has served as a liaison to business and industry and invested in areas of the community that support and encourage economic development. Throughout our history, varying market fluctuations have been observed as the economy responds to the ever changing political and business climates. The pandemic brought on its own [...]

David Specht: Everyone needs a coach in life

As the old saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” In order to coach others well, we often need coaching ourselves. Finding a coach is essential to reaching your goals because he or she holds you accountable and makes you better. However coaching may take many different forms. The three types of coaching [...]

Amazon robotics facility coming to Shreveport

Northwest Louisiana project will create over 1,000 new full-time jobs SHREVEPORT, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Amazon announced the company’s first robotics fulfillment center in Louisiana, with over 1,000 jobs and a $200 million capital investment coming to an LED Certified Site in north Shreveport. Located in the Hunter Industrial Park, the [...]

Red River Chevy celebrating 90 years of business

Red River Chevrolet, a multigenerational family-owned, full service  dealership headquartered at 221 Traffic Street is celebrating their 90th anniversary. The  dealership is operating in its original location at the intersection of I-20 and the Red  River in Bossier City, LA.  Founded as a Ford dealership in 1922 named Bossier Motor Company, the dealership  later changed [...]

Deep South Equipment recognized as Hyster Dealer of Distinction

Deep South Equipment is pleased to announce its recognition by Hyster Company with the 2020 Dealer of Distinction award. This annual award recognizes top-performing dealers across the country that drives their organizations to the highest level of sales and service performance. To be named a Hyster Dealer of Distinction, Hyster dealers must meet defined business [...]

BRF announces new members, officer to board of directors

BRF is pleased to announce the addition of four new members and one officer to the  BRF Board of Directors. The all-volunteer board of key local civic leaders and  experienced professionals oversees BRF’s vision to be a catalyst for positive economic  change in North Louisiana.  The new members include:  ∙ Lindora Baker – Statewide Training [...]

Community Foundation of North Louisiana names two new board members

Thomas Community Foundation of North Louisiana is excited to announce Wanda H. Thomas and Witt Caruthers  as the most recent additions to CFNLA’s seven-member Board of Directors. Thomas and Caruthers are  succeeding longtime board members Rand Falbaum and Margaret Thompson.  Dr. Wanda H. Thomas, M.D., FAAP is a graduate of Yale University and is currently [...]

Mark McCrocklin achieves Circle of Success recognition at Ameriprise Financial

Mark McCrocklin, MBA, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, BFA™, a Private Wealth Advisor with Cardinaux Wealth Advisors, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. in Shreveport, has qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement. To earn this achievement, McCrocklin established himself as one of [...]

LSU AgCenter: Lumber prices to remain high for a while

If you have started construction on a new home or want to update a room in your house, you probably have experienced sticker shock when it comes to the price of building materials, especially lumber. Last year, the price was $354 per thousand foot of lumber. By the first week of May, the price had [...]

Mark your calendar for a free business forum with Steve Cannon

Steve Cannon—former Mercedes Benz USA top exec and current CEO of AMB—talks leadership and a culture of excellence on BIZ Magazine & Bossier Chamber of Commerce’s Business Forum June 9 Former Mercedes Benz USA President and CEO Steve Cannon—now the top exec at AMB Sports & Entertainment—will share his insights on leadership and building a [...]

Back at it downtown

Shreveport Common projects moving forward post pandemic shutdown When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, entire industries like hospitality and aviation shut down, forcing people to stay home in order to help slow the spread of the disease. Fortunately, most states and local jurisdictions declared construction an essential service, so many contractors were able to [...]

New podcast launches in the SBC

A new podcast had launched in the market, and this one promises to be a little different from the norm. Enter the 2 Per-Specht-ives Podcast with David and Joshua Specht. Together, the two will offer differing viewpoints on timeless lessons ranging from leadership to health and life in general, with the goal of finding a [...]

BIZ. Magazine June 2021 e-Edition

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