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Connecting entrepreneurs to business resources across north Louisiana

Dave Smith | Special to BIZ. Magazine When it comes to entrepreneurship, it is often said that there is no road map, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t help available along the way.  In 2014, it became clear that Caddo Parish needed an accelerator program, and from that need the Entrepreneur Accelerator Program (EAP)- a [...]

November 2021 E-Edition

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

LABI president speaks to Minden Chamber about upcoming constitutional amendments

Will Phillips | Special to BIZ. Magazine The Greater Minden Chamber recently hosted Stephen Waguespack, President of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, who came to inform local representatives and community leaders of some upcoming amendments on the November ballot that will change the landscape of Louisiana’s taxes for businesses. Ultimately, the goal behind [...]

Locals gather to discuss redistricting process

Stacey Tinsley | Special to BIZ. Magazine Citizens from Northwest Louisiana had the chance to weigh in on how the state’s new political maps will be drawn. The LSUS University Center Theater hosted the second stop on the Redistricting Roadshow Tour on Thursday, October 21, 2021. The is a nine city road show organized by the [...]

BNI founder to discuss Networking & Building Relationships in the era of COVID Nov. 10

The 21st Century Business Forum is a FREE webcast presented on the second Wednesday of each month. Host Clay Young will interview entrepreneurs, CEOs, authors, coaches, and thought leaders as they share their insights, ideas, and experiences of success as well as lessons learned.  Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of [...]

Specht: Six ‘rights’ leaders give up

I once heard a sermon on the rights of a Christian. He spoke about how we lose some of our perceived rights the more we try to live the Christian life. As I was taking notes, I realized these same rights applied to leaders.  1. The right to be a jerk. No one really has [...]

Golden: Why North Louisiana should vote yes on Amendments 1 and 2

There are two significant happenings over the next few weeks we should all be watching carefully – the first is the November 13 election, which for most of us will only include a set of four constitutional amendments. The second is a series of meetings where state officials will travel to North Louisiana to present [...]

Clark: Choosing a path during uncertain times

For organizational leaders, financial concerns are at the forefront of most operational choices, performance analysis, and forecasting models. Sound financial management is key to long-term organizational success, and financial mismanagement can have disastrous consequences for small businesses, large-scale enterprises, and universities alike. The health of the national and global economies, regulatory changes, shifting consumer habits, [...]

Haynes: Finger-licking good

Reminding myself that I must do this, I scan the area for my first victim.  There, standing alone , I spy it.  As I slowly make my way closer, I make eye contact and reach out my hand to  -– right as it begins to lick it’s fingers. True story, folks!  At mingling functions, I [...]

Ramsey: Employee retention and the great resignation

Employees everywhere have been looking at their options for a while now. They’ve been weighing the costs of making a career change, seeing if it’s feasible and mustering the courage to quit. It has become such an epidemic that many have begun referring to it by an ominous name: The Great Resignation. According to some [...]

Bank presidents discuss financial health of local area

Local bank presidents say that from their perspective, the health of Shreveport-Bossier’s finance sector, and the region’s economy, is still recovering from the past 18 months of turmoil. Jason Smith, president and CEO of Citizens National Bank, said that although community banks from other parts of Louisiana have recognized the benefits of being in the [...]