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Leaderboard: LSUS wins ADDY awards, LA Tech renames building, Origin hires new VP

LSUS students, Media Department win ADDY Awards Louisiana State University Shreveport took home multiple golds, silvers, and bronzes at the Shreveport-Bossier American Advertising Awards. Nine LSUS students entered work in a variety of categories, and seven students placed. Elaine Tipton took home three bronze ADDYs for poster, logo, and packaging designs. Jackson Ingvardsen received a [...]

Greater Shreveport Leadership Class of 2022 announced

The Greater Shreveport Chamber is pleased to announce the Greater Shreveport Leadership Class of 2022. This 45th anniversary class was selected by the Leadership Advisory Council after a rigorous application process.  Founded in 1977, the Greater Shreveport Leadership Program is an engaging, in-depth program of the Greater Shreveport Chamber that develops community-minded business and civic [...]

Status quo: Louisiana lawmakers approve bills that preserve current balance of power in congressional delegation, state legislature

By Piper Hutchinson and Alex Tirado, LSU Manship School News Service On the final day of the redistricting session, Feb. 18, the Louisiana House and Senate passed bills Friday that turned back efforts to expand minority representation and preserved the current balance of power in the state’s congressional delegation and the Legislature itself.  After extensive negotiations, [...]

Sparks fly between shreveport high schoolers, state legislators during committee hearing

Margaret DeLaney, Piper Hutchinson and Allison Kadlubar, LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE – Sparks flew between lawmakers and high school students at a House redistricting committee hearing in early February.  A group of teenagers trekked from Shreveport, Feb. 9, to testify in front of the powerful House and Governmental Affairs Committee against a Republican [...]

Ramsey: Just add value to employees’ lives

Turnover rate. It isn’t fun, it isn’t sexy, and it has absolutely nothing to do with delicious pastries. If you know anything about balancing the science of running a business and the art of having employees, you know it’s a vital measure of your company’s overall health and culture. Employee turnover rate pertains to the [...]

Wyatt: Is it time for a colonoscopy?

Your 45th is a birthday milestone worth celebrating – it’s also a perfect time for self-care and a wellness screening that could save your life. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and fitting time to explain the importance of having a colonoscopy and the role it plays in treating colorectal cancers early. Did you know [...]

Smith: What does ‘Angel Investing’ mean?

Have you ever heard of the term “angel investing”? Did you wonder what that means? Angel investing is a type of private equity investing in which high-net-worth investors attempt to earn higher returns by taking on more risk compared with investing in the public markets. Angel investors typically finance a business startup at the very [...]

Clark: LSUS adapts to workforce readiness in the 21st Century

One of the main lessons the Pandemic has taught us is that the concept of workforce readiness is changing. While generations of Americans studied to enter and stay in a particular field, we are seeing an unprecedented shift in the landscape of the US workforce, where employees are demanding more from their employers, and are [...]

Magner: Childcare and the economy

As a leading voice of business in northwest Louisiana, the Greater Shreveport Chamber has been a key partner in support of our workforce pipeline.  While much has been written and much policy has been focused necessarily on the K-12 and higher education components of this pipeline, early childhood education has emerged as a critically underdeveloped [...]

White: Upskill your employees at no charge

Beginning in July 2022, a new financial assistance program that is often referred to a TOPS for adults will launch in the state of Louisiana.  The M.J. Foster Promise Program, named in honor of former Louisiana Governor Mike Foster, is a state fund that will provide financial support for students to earn credentials that align [...]

Specht: A ‘good’ change for Specht Newspapers

Change is hard and nobody likes it but change still happens. And, while it can be painful, it is usually for the best. In that spirit, I am happy to announce a positive change: Specht Newspapers, Inc. has named Randy Brown as executive vice president and regional general manager. His new role will see Specht [...]

How a tight labor market affects Shreveport-Bossier

By Stacey Tinsley, BIZ. Magazine Many people are taking advantage of the tight labor market to seek greener pastures, but there are side effects. The U.S. Labor Department reported 10.9 million job openings in December, while November saw a record 4.5 million workers quit their jobs. An economist with ZipRecruiter stated the numbers represent people [...]

BIZ. March 2022 e-Edition

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

Creating economic gems: Post-pandemic pressure results in growth of businesses for area

By Stacey Tinsley, BIZ. Magazine COVID-19 is not only a global health crisis, it is also a disrupter to the world economy. Yet, multiple business prospects are developing multimillion-dollar investments in and around the Shreveport-Bossier area. Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Rocky Rockett says with these new businesses locating or expanding in the [...]