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Louisiana Treasury returns a record $62.7 million in Unclaimed Property

State Treasurer John M. Schroder announced that the Louisiana Department of Treasury shattered previous records by returning $62.7 million in Unclaimed Property money during the fiscal year that ended June 30. In the previous fiscal year, Treasury returned $51.8 million. "We continue to find new ways to reunite people with Unclaimed Property money. I'm especially [...]

U.S. Department of Commerce invests $3.5 million in Ruston opportunity zone

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.5million grant to the city of Ruston, Louisiana, to make disaster resilient infrastructure improvements needed to advance Ruston as a hub for technology-based economic development. The EDA grant, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone, [...]

09-2020 BIZ. Magazine e-Edition

The electronic edition of the September 2020 BIZ Magazine. This month features a breakdown of PPP loan data from Shreveport, Bossier and Minden, along with columns from those in higher education, and business development.

Schroder: Main Street Grants now can be paid to additional small businesses

State Treasurer John M. Schroder announced today all qualifying small businesses now can receive a grant from the Main Street Recovery Program, even if they got prior federal assistance such as a Paycheck Protection Program loan. Act 311 of the Louisiana 2020 Regular Session set aside $275 million from the CARES Act for the Louisiana [...]

Greater Shreveport Chamber: Athena nominations are open

Each Year the Business Development Connection of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce honors sixteen area individuals during the ATHENA Leadership Awards Luncheon. One individual is selected from among the sixteen honorees to receive this prestigious award. The award recognizes an individual who has attained and personifies the highest level of excellence and creativity in [...]

Teri Haynes: Can we talk? How to discuss difficult topics, including racism

How do we begin having conversations with people that we see as different from ourselves, especially on the divisive topic of racism?  How do we even find someone with whom to have these discussions? We interact socially with each other every day – in grocery and clothing stores, elevators, parking lots, waiting lines, and restaurants, [...]

Luke Whetstone: Navigating Privacy Concerns in a Pandemic

Now that much of the workforce is returning to the jobsite, employers and employees alike have questions about the rules and regulations that apply.  A major source of questions has been the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its privacy rules.  As a starting point, one of the main questions employers have that falls within [...]

Angie White: Opening our ears to the opportunities around us

One of the benefits of aging is that (hopefully) years of life experience have taught us to pause before reacting to news or a major event. We pause to take in the immediate and obvious impact of what has occurred, but also to try to read between the lines or think through what unexpected results [...]

Larry Clark: A time for reflection and change

Earlier this summer, in the midst of the pandemic, America came face to face with the issue of racial inequality, leading to protests in multiple states and a debate that has played out on a national stage. We have all had to look at our preconceptions about race, class, policing, socioeconomics, and the standing of [...]

Perkins named to FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins has been named as one of the new members of the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC) for the Federal Communications Commission. The IAC is comprised of elected and appointed officials of municipal, county, state, and tribal governments. It provides guidance, expertise, and recommendations to the Commission on a range of telecommunication issues [...]

Les Guice: Louisiana Tech unveils ‘Lean Six’

Each new academic year brings uncertainty and change, but perhaps not as much change as we’ve experienced in 2020. Our campuses have responded to a global pandemic, and social and political unrest, and we’ve worked to keep our communities safe and healthy while helping our students continue to make progress toward their academic goals. This [...]

Tim Magner: My Pandemic PPP: Pivot, Partner and Persevere

For those of us in the business community, the acronym PPP has been inescapable.  PPP, or the Paycheck Protection Program, is the Small Business Administration forgivable loan program that is rightly credited with saving many businesses during this pandemic.  While the PPP loan program has been critical, in our work at the Chamber, we’ve utilized [...]

Lisa Johnson: Pivoting during a pandemic

Whether you were ready for it or not, we have moved into a technology-driven society fueled by the distancing recommendations in place due to COVID-19. We are all stepping out of our comfort zones to reach our audiences through whatever means are necessary since the traditional, face-to-face interactions are a thing of the past. Many [...]

Who received PPP loans in northwest Louisiana?

The Small Business Administration released data on the Paycheck Protection Program in July and it shows how the distribution of the loan money played out in northwest Louisiana. PPP loans were earmarked to help small businesses weather the economic fallout and uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The data shows entities that were approved [...]

David Specht: October is all about progress at BIZ. Magazine

As the premier outlet for business news in Shreveport-Bossier, BIZ. 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 will be producing its annual Shreveport-Bossier Progress edition in October. We want to produce a well-rounded snapshot of the [...]

STRIKEWERX wraps up workshop

The innovation hub for Air Force Global Strike Command began the process of solving a problem facing the major command at Barksdale Air Force Base. STRIKEWERX wrapped up its three-day virtual challenge definition workshop on Aug. 20. The workshop, done in conjunction with AFWERX, was the first in a series of steps designed to reimagine [...]