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BIZ. October 2021 – Progress – e-Edition

The electronic page-turn version of the October 2021 BIZ. Magazine.

Teri Haynes: How to establish trust

“The Speed of Trust” by Stephen M. R. Covey makes the case that trust in an organization enables communication, productivity, decisions, meetings, and all other human interactions to move faster, more efficiently, and more successfully.  Mr. Covey defines trust as confidence and the opposite of trust as suspicion.  In an environment of suspicion, people are [...]

Shalisa Roland: Tourism rebounds to pre-pandemic summer travel levels

2020 taught us a lot about the impact of tourism on Shreveport-Bossier’s economy. After Mardi Gras tourism hit an all-time high for Shreveport-Bossier in 2020, travel soon slowed down due to the pandemic. Tourism hit all-time lows and numerous reoccurring slow seasons for hotels, restaurants, casinos, attractions, venues, transportation systems and more. As the hospitality [...]

David Specht: Progress: The good, the bad, and the future

As the premier outlet for business news in Shreveport-Bossier, BIZ Magazine is all about profiling the health, stability and wins of our local business leaders, owners, entrepreneurs and solopreneurs. It’s with that in mind that BIZ Magazine has once again produced its annual Shreveport-Bossier Progress edition. However, we would be remiss if we didn't give [...]

Lisa Johnson: Collaboration will lead to progress for our area

"Collaboration" could be our favorite word at the Bossier Chamber. We even remade our vision statement a few years back to include the term: Our vision is to be the collaboration hub of Northwest Louisiana.   It could be said that the success Bossier has built through the years is likely a product of the [...]

Dr. Les Guice: Louisiana Tech responds to challenges of the past two years

The past two years have been challenging for all business and industry, and we have seen many changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The strongest industries have found ways to adapt to the challenges, and Louisiana Tech University has found ways to continue to deliver an unparalleled educational experience despite them. Our campus [...]

Dr. Larry Clark: Looking ahead when the present is unyielding

Earlier this summer I hoped that I wouldn’t have to write another column about COVID-19. I was thankful for the opportunity to push words such as “unprecedented” and “resilience” to the back of my vocabulary queue for a while. The pandemic, it seems, had other plans. We are already well into another challenging semester, one [...]

Dr. Rick Bateman: A picture worth many thousands of words

Earlier this year, a photographer captured this amazing double rainbow embracing Bossier Parish Community College. If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words… this one must be worth many thousands. As we entire the final quarter of 2021, this image speaks to BPCC’s rebirth as the College embraces the lessons of the [...]

Justyn Dixon: Progress and success in economic development

The past six months have been eventful for North Louisiana and the North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP). From major project announcements to growing the NLEP team of high caliber economic development professionals, NLEP is laser-focused on developing a program of work to support new capital investment and job creation in the region. I was brought [...]

Dr. Tim Magner: ‘Progress’ describes Shreveport Chamber since pandemic

My mom has a saying, “progress is our most important product”.  In my role at the Greater Shreveport Chamber, that saying gets a good workout, both because there is often progress, but also because progress often takes time.  Over the past 12 months, we’ve actually seen a great deal of substantive progress. We’ve welcomed a [...]

David Rockett: Pivoting, planning, and arising from COVID market shifts

I hope we are seeing the waning days of the COVID express.  We have all suffered illness and loss along the way within the pandemic and especially in our economy.  We have felt upheaval that appears to be lifting.  Since the beginning of the year, the GBEDF has seen a steady rise in both investments [...]

EAP Stories of Success: It takes a village

In the Fall of 2018, Shreveport physical therapist Dr. Eric Rippetoe had no idea that a Reddit post he read about 3-D printed prosthetic legs would lead him to where he is today. The post was made by a veteran who showed off the 3-D prosthetic leg he made from a lightweight, yet strong polymer [...]

A Look Back: Local wins, other steps & pivots

The 10 top Caddo-Bossier economic stories of the past 12 months 1. Amazon robotics facility coming to Shreveport Gov. John Bel Edwards and Amazon announced May 7 the company’s first robotics fulfillment center in Louisiana, with over 1,000 jobs and a $200 million capital investment coming to an LED Certified Site in north Shreveport. Located [...]

Current Reality: Facing the challenges of the new economy

Angel Albring | BIZ. Magazine The hits keep coming and Louisiana’s economy is showing signs of fatigue, with unemployment rising, labor shortages extending longer than anticipated and businesses anticipating closures, rather than openings. Hurricane Ida causes huge jump in unemployment claims  The Louisiana Workforce Commission reported 1,712 new unemployment claims for the week ending Aug. [...]