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Coleman: What’s your personal brand?

What exactly is a personal brand? I’m glad you asked. Simply put, your personal brand is how others perceive you. It’s an outside snapshot of what you value on the inside. A personal brand isn’t a mask you wear around others, and it’s not something that’s created overnight. It takes consistency and time to make [...]

Ramsey: Get up and change the channel!

When I was a little kid, all the TVs in our neighborhood had a remote channel changer. I remember the three channels on the TV—ABC, NBC and CBS ruled the world. Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley were the deliverers of all truth on the nightly news, be it good or bad. Shortly before my fifth [...]

Betzing: Men, this month is for you

We know scheduling a prostate cancer screening isn’t on the top of your “to-do” list today, but now is the perfect opportunity to share why a conversation with your primary care physician is a task to check off the list this month. June is Men’s Health Month; a great time to advocate for men to [...]

How to pursue your product ideas

Successful entrepreneurs are strategic businesspeople. It is one thing to conceive an idea and another to know how to bring it to the market. In a competitive world, you must learn to think ahead of other entrepreneurs. This is the only way to stay on top of your game.  Not every product developer or inventor [...]

Louisiana Legislature passes $39 billion budget

The House gave final legislative approval to a bundle of budget bills on May 19 that include funds for $1,500 pay raises for K-12 teachers and $300 million for a new Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge.  The Legislature found itself in a unique position this year. For years, the state faced budget problems, at [...]

Forecast says Louisiana’s job growth to be less than expected

Federal efforts to slow inflation are taking a toll on Louisiana’s economy, with job growth now projected to be much less than previously anticipated and full recovery from the pandemic delayed by years. The Louisiana Economic Activity Forecast for the second quarter of 2022, published by University of Louisiana economist Gary A. Wagner last week, [...]

Manufacturing apprenticeship program to launch in fall

T he NWLA FAME chapter is made up of six local manufacturers, Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and NLEP. Paul Spivey, Assistant Dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, says “The new FAME program seamlessly combines hands-on education at BPCC with on-sight training at local manufacturing partners’ facilities. This coordinated combination leads to enhanced learning opportunities [...]

Leaderboard: CIC awarded for economic impact of events

Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) has been recognized for the regional economic impact created by its events. CIC was selected as the 2022 Conventions Department awardee during the Excellence in Hospitality Awards, an annual awards program hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. The ceremony was held Monday, May 9, 2022, at Sam’s Town Hotel [...]

Leaderboard: LSUS names new director of Alumni Development, HFB names risk officer, Akins Tower Medallion recipient

LSUS names new director of Alumni Development Jazmin Jernigan, MBA, was recently selected as the new Director of Alumni Development at LSU Shreveport.   Along with over a decade of nonprofit board service and community volunteerism, Jernigan brings her knowledge of marketing and public relations to the Alumni office. She earned two degrees from LSU [...]

Leaderboard: Junior Achievement of North Louisiana announces 2022 Laureates

Junior Achievement of North Louisiana has announced its Laureates who will be inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. Each year, Junior Achievement of North Louisiana recognizes exceptional business leaders in our community to be inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. The 2022 JA Laureates inductees serve as mentors to [...]

Police Jury joins public bodies in Jimmie Davis Bridge maintenance

Bossier Parish agreed in mid-May to join three other local public bodies to help keep the old Jimmie Davis bridge clean once the structure becomes a linear park with the construction of a new bridge over the Red River. Police Jury members voted unanimously to approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Caddo Parish [...]

Bossier Chamber launches new Military Community Champion Initiative

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce held a news conference on Tuesday, May 17 to announce its new Military Community Champion program. “Our region has long been a strong supporter of our military community and ensuring that families are taken care of for deployments, relocation, education, healthcare and spousal job placement. One reason we launched this [...]

The Port welcomes new tenant with groundbreaking

Ground was broken for The Port of Caddo-Bossier’s newest tenant, Sunny Point Aggregates, on Wednesday, May 11 in Shreveport. The company is building a new sand and proppants processing facility at the port. When completed, the new facility will occupy a 43-acre tract of riverfront property in an area known as Scopini Island, which is [...]

Gilley: How to fund your business

The number one question asked by entrepreneurs with a business idea is “how do I fund my business?”  Many entrepreneurs believe that grants are the best option for funding a startup business, but the reality is that grants that are made available to for-profit organizations are few and far between. More importantly, these grants are [...]

Specht: How does inflation end? Get to work

As I was considering my column for this month’s issue of BIZ. Magazine, I was struck by a sense of deja vu. Much of what we are dealing with in the business world — worker shortages, inflation, turmoil — seems all-too-familiar to what we experienced one year ago. Each morning, I peruse our news sources [...]

June 2022 e-Edition

The electronic page-turn version of the June 2022 BIZ. Magazine.