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Leaerboard: Kean Miller adds attorney, Brown selected to state board, SBCTB wins award and more

Kean Miller adds new attorney in Shreveport Kean Miller’s rapid growth continues as the 190-attorney, full-service law firm announces the addition of 13 attorneys in five of its offices in Louisiana and Texas. The dynamic trajectory is evidence of the Firm’s commitment to provide clients with the best and brightest attorneys, meaningful counsel, and superior [...]

Bossier Chamber of Commerce celebrates 75th birthday

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 75th birthday at Bossier High School Oct. 27, 2022. “Throughout the past 75 years, the Bossier Chamber has been a part of building Bossier City and Bossier Parish. From helping bring the first post office to Bossier to now helping secure the funding for both the Barksdale Interchange [...]

LABI names Shreveport Chamber as Economic Development Partner of the Year

As part of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) recent announcement of its 2022 Free Enterprise Award winners, the Greater Shreveport Chamber was announced as the recipient of the 2022 Economic Development Partner of the Year Award. The Award recognizes “exceptional leadership by an economic development or business organization.” “The Free Enterprise Awards [...]

 LSUS Chancellor Clark to retire June 2023

Louisiana State University Shreveport Chancellor Larry Clark has announced his pending retirement.  At the LSU Shreveport Planning Council meeting on campus today, Larry Clark announced that he will retire as Chancellor on June 30, 2023. A national search for a new Chancellor will begin this fall.  “Being the Chancellor at LSU Shreveport has been a [...]

Cassidy discusses passenger rail in north Louisiana

MONROE – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) spoke Nov. 3 at a stakeholder meeting to discuss extending passenger rail service along the I-20 corridor, which runs through North Louisiana.  Thanks to Cassidy’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), there is potentially money available to help fund the project. The rail line would bifurcate the [...]

Congressman Mike Johnson speaks to South Bossier Lunch Group

The South Bossier Lunch Group met at the Bellaire South Complex on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, with guest speaker U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04). After being introduced, Johnson provided an update on key national, state and local issues including: the House Republican Commitment to America and the major wins that have been secured for our [...]

Downtown Shreveport apartment buildings see renovations

Historic apartment buildings in downtown Shreveport have been fully renovated. The $8M project was completed at the Lee Hardware and United Jewelers buildings at 719 Edwards St. The buildings were converted from industrial buildings into apartments more than two decades ago. The Lee Hardware building, built in 1909, previously housed the Lee Dry Goods business. [...]

O’Brien: 7 tips for choosing your health benefits for 2023

Amid higher inflation, you may be looking at ways to adjust your lifestyle and spending habits. But when it comes to health care, it’s important to keep your well-being and budget in mind. Annual or open enrollment season is here – a time when more than 4.5 million people in Louisiana and millions of Americans [...]

Delony: Dealing with election anxiety

America will soon be heading to the polls again. If you’re like millions of your fellow Americans, you’re feeling a little anxious about the outcomes. Elections create anxiety and make us feel small because they cause us to face this truth: There’s so much that’s out of our control. We get one vote. That’s it. [...]

Bourgoyne: The importance of pitch competitions

When it comes to developing the next generation of entrepreneurs, the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) is not just sitting back and waiting.  Rather, we have realized the importance of getting involved in the early stages of entrepreneurship, namely, at the college level.  One way that EAP has been able to get involved with regional colleges [...]

Financial Institution Update: Origin Bancorp, Inc. completes merger of subsidiary banks

Origin Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: OBNK) (“Origin” or the “Company”) today announced the completion of the merger of its subsidiary bank, BTH Bank, N.A., Quitman, Texas (“BTH Bank”), with and into its subsidiary bank, Origin Bank, Choudrant, Louisiana, with Origin Bank surviving the merger. The bank merger was effective October 7, 2022, and occurred alongside the [...]

Financial Institution Update: HFB to acquire First National Bank of Benton

Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana, the holding company of Home Federal Bank, and Northwest Bancshares Corporation, the holding company of the First National Bank of Benton, signed a definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger pursuant to which the Company will acquire Northwest Bancshares in an all cash acquisition. Under the terms of the Merger [...]

Financial Institution Update: Red River Bank and FHLB Dallas award $24K to Shreveport nonprofits

Red River Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) awarded $24,000 in Partnership Grant Program (PGP) funding to two community organizations in Louisiana during a ceremonial check presentation. Recipients are: - Image Changers Inc., Shreveport, Louisiana, $10,000 - Multi-Cultural Development Center (MCDC), Bossier City, Louisiana, $14,000 Image Changers Inc. promotes and [...]

Financial Institution Update: 40-plus new challenger banks emerged last year globally despite economic meltdown

The demand for challenger banks has surged in recent years, a phenomenon mainly triggered by the pandemic when consumers increasingly embraced digital solutions. With the global economy attempting to return to normalcy, the appetite for digital banks appears to be increasing, with more operators joining the market despite the prevailing macroeconomic factors that threaten the [...]

What does the future hold for NWLA’s economy?

Economist Dr. Loren Scott presented Louisiana’s economic outlook 2023-2024 during a stop on Friday, October 7 at the Regional Commerce Center at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. This event was hosted by the Port of Caddo-Bossier and Business First Bank. Dr. Scott, an economics professor at LSU in Baton Rouge who produces an annual economic outlook [...]

November 2022 Digital Edition

The exclusive electronic version of the November 2022 BIZ. Magazine, our annual Financial Institution Update edition.