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What will reopening the economy look like?

Chambers of commerce  offer help, information to local businesses Despite Gov. John Bel Edwards’ extension of a stay at home order until May 15, businesses throughout the area are preparing to reopen. Shreveport-Bossier got a preview last month of a post-coronavirus business world with guidance on how to navigate the uncertainty that follows it. The [...]

Give for Good already under way due to pandemic

By Stacey Tinsley | BIZ. Magazine Nonprofits need help now more than ever. During this time of stay at home and social distancing, one of north Louisiana’s largest fundraising events is currently taking place online. Traditionally, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana hosts Give For Good as a 24-hour day of giving. But due to [...]

May 2020 E-Edition

The May 2020 edition of BIZ. Magazine features the reopening of the economy from a business standpoint. What do you need to know? Where do you find worthwhile, applicable information? Also, we feature Community Foundation's Give for Good campaign, along with some of the participating nonprofits in a special advertising section. Columns from Lisa Johnson, [...]

Tourism: Events are Roaring Back in 2021

Brandy Evans | Special to BIZ. Magazine The year 2020 started with such promise. Momentum was building in the meetings market and bids were being pitched to host conferences like the Society of American Travel Writers which would have shined a spotlight on Shreveport-Bossier with a proliferation of positive articles and social media posts from [...]

Mike Johnson: I-49 Inner-City Connector delayed

The I-49 Inner-City Connector project is looking at a delay of at least 18 months, according to Congressman Mike Johnson, R-Dist. 4. He made the announcement during the Bossier Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Chat Monday. “DOTD [Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development] has just informed us they are now an estimated 12 months from completing [...]

Why ‘Why’ matters to your business

One spring day when I was seven, Dad told me to pick up the bits of trash in the yard.  I asked Dad why.  With frustration in his voice, Dad said “Because I told you to.”  Fear of a spanking made me do the work although I didn’t want to.  My reluctance was evident in [...]

La. Tech pivots with the changes

At Louisiana Tech University, we recognize that education and the industry of learning is changing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Educators and institutions across the country are being challenged to reframe the way we serve students, the way we assess and deliver learning, and the way we conduct general operations. Our classrooms are empty shells [...]

Forged in crisis: The making of a better BPCC

The world of higher education is in a state of flux, and a new normal is coming at us like a Jordan Hicks fastball.  I am proud of the response Bossier Parish Community College has had to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Within a few days of the governor’s social-distancing announcement, BPCC staff put into place a [...]

Workplace safety in the reopened economy

With cases of COVID-19 on the decline in the United States, federal, state, and local governments have begun to ease the various restrictions currently in place, with an eye to reopening the economy. Business owners must prepare for this reopening and understand that the COVID-19 pandemic, and its effects, have not disappeared. The threat of [...]

Going back to work may mean a new career

Many workers in North Louisiana are struggling because of the uncertainty of not knowing if, or when, their jobs will return. But they should be given some measure of hope in knowing that once the phased reopening of our state economy begins, a solid team of workforce and economic development partners is preparing to help [...]

Louisiana: Open for business

After the unprecedented shut-down of Louisiana’s economy necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, our state is ready to get back to work. Governor John Bel Edwards is committed to reopening parts of the economy, sector by sector in a safe manner.  His Resilient Louisiana Commission and the Louisiana Legislative Advisory Task Force on Economic Recovery have [...]

We still have much to be #thankful for

While there has been much uncertainty in our lives as we have changed our routines to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, you have actually had a whole community supporting you during this unsettling time. That community was your business community. They’ve always been there to provide the products and services you needed and they didn’t leave [...]

Rozeman: Looking Ahead – Realistic Expectations of COVID-19

Over the last few weeks, we have watched the global pandemic and economic recession unfold on our television and computer screens. The phrase “flattening the curve” has become a part of most people’s vocabulary and tragic videos from hospitals and emergency rooms in New York City and Northern Italy are on all channels. Prentiss Smith [...]

Edwards extends ‘stay at home’ order to May 15

By David Jacobs | The Center Square Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday he will extend Louisiana’s “stay at home” order with some changes until May 15 in hopes of slowing the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Louisiana does not currently meet the White House criteria for entering phase one of reopening [...]

NLEP President Scott Martinez Appointed to Governor’s & Legislative Task Forces to Reopen Louisiana’s Economy

North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) President Scott Martinez has been appointed to two advisory task forces aimed at reopening Louisiana’s economy: the Governor’s Resilient Louisiana Commission and the Louisiana Legislative Advisory Task Force on Economic Recovery. Under the Governor’s Resilient Louisiana Commission, Martinez will co-chair the Economic & Community Development Taskforce, charged with developing strategies [...]

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport moves Obstetric and Pediatric Patients to its St. Mary Medical Center

Last month Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport announced plans to move its Women’s & Children’s inpatient services, currently located on Kings Highway, to its St. Mary Medical Center at 915 Margaret Place, in order to create space for its ICU expansion of more than 100 additional beds. The new Women’s & Children’s location will be complete [...]