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Bit by Bit: Technology leads the way in contactless society

Mack Slaughter | Special to BIZ. Magazine Contactless services have been at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19. Companies like DoorDash™, GrubHUB™, and WAITR™ have amended their procedures to allow for contactless delivery where the drivers will leave food items at your front door. Others, like Taco Bell and Chick-Fil-A, only hand you your [...]

Entreleadership: Handling unresolved conflict

Dave Ramsey | Special to BIZ. Magazine Most leaders don't realize that unresolved conflicts are destroying their businesses. Some don’t even know about the conflicts that exist. That's a result of poor communication. There are other leaders who avoid confrontation. That's called denial. Either way, your team and your company lose. Communication is the key [...]

Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau Wins ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award for the Sixth Time

ConventionSouth has awarded the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau a 2020 Readers’ Choice Award. Since creation in 2001, this is the sixth time that the Tourist Bureau has received the award from ConventionSouth. The publication is a national, multimedia resource for planning conventions in the South. “It is an honor to receive ConventionSouth’s Readers’ Choice [...]

Unintended consequences: Eviction moratorium problematic

Angel Albring | BIZ. Magazine In September, a nationwide moratorium on residential evictions issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took effect, pausing most evictions related to nonpayment or underpayment of rent. That moratorium will last until December 31, 2020, and it replaces a federal eviction freeze that was issued under [...]

Louisiana Bankers Association: COVID, business and banks

Robert Taylor | Special to BIZ. Magazine According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are 70,257 small businesses in Louisiana that received a Payroll Protection Program loan through a bank. Those loans will then turn into grants, provided all documentation was in order and properly submitted to SBA. That equates to nearly 90% of [...]

Pandemic, PPP, and Pivoting

Banks, others navigate 2020's challenges Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, slowdowns, layoffs and altogether shutterings, Louisiana’s banks not only emerged intact but also helped other companies keep from falling apart. “Louisiana banks went into the pandemic with very strong capital, and it remains so,” revealed Robert Taylor, CEO of the Louisiana Bankers Association. According [...]

#ShopSmall is more than a slogan

Lisa Johnson | Special to BIZ. Magazine Each year, we promote #ShopSmall and #SmallBusinessSaturday – the day after Black Friday. But this year, as our business owners look to their most profitable season of most years, we need to support them as much as we possibly can. We have locally owned men’s stores, women’s boutiques, [...]

From the Publisher: We are thankful for our banking friends

If you have ever listened to Citizens National Bank President Jason Smith talk about business, he will tell you every business owner or entrepreneur needs three things. Those are: a banker, an accountant, and a lawyer.  While the business world has seen drastic changes in 2020, the need for expertise from professionals in these areas [...]

11-2020 BIZ. Magazine e-reader edition

The electronic reader version of November 2020 BIZ Magazine As published Nov. 3, 2020.

Business Interactions: Talk to Each Other

Teri Haynes : Special to BIZ. Magazine While visiting Nashville several weeks ago, we stopped at a dive for breakfast.  You know – one of those well-worn places that serves delicious, home style, fattening breakfasts.  Inside was a variety of people from all walks of life.  There was the typical clatter of dishes and short-order [...]