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LSU Campaign surpasses $1.5B goal three years early 

Thanks to LSU donors’ generosity, the university’s $1.5 billion Fierce for the Future Campaign reached $1,594,464,658 as of June 30, 2022, surpassing the campaign goal three years earlier than anticipated. The campaign, which publicly launched three years ago, united donors in support of every LSU campus, and at that time, was the largest fundraising campaign [...]

Political pundit Jeremy Alford talks public policy in Bossier

State political pundit Jeremy Alford was the guest speaker for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce State Public Policy Seminar on Wednesday, August 24, at the Margaritaville Casino and Resort in Bossier City. Alford, who is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and has appeared as an analyst-source on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC [...]

Sen. Kennedy speaks to Bossier lunch groups

The South and North Bossier Lunch groups joined together on Tuesday, Aug 23, at the Bossier City Civic Center in Bossier City to hear from guest speaker United States Senator John Kennedy (R-La.). Kennedy discussed many topics during the meeting. Some of his talking points included: supporting law enforcement, what is transpiring in Washington D.C [...]

Cassidy discusses passenger rail service through north Louisiana

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met with elected officials and community leaders Tuesday, Aug. 30, to discuss the possibility of passenger rail service being established between Atlanta and the Dallas/Fort Worth Region, going through North Louisiana. The likelihood of this happening has  increased thanks to Cassidy’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes $66 billion [...]

Sen. Cassidy announces $8M funding to support CIC work with AFGSC

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced Aug. 30 the securing of $8 million in funding to support national defense technology developments at the Cyber Innovation Center. Sen. Cassidy was joined by CIC leadership to highlight their work with Air Force Global Strike Command and celebrate the $8 million in funding secured by Sen. Cassidy [...]

Staying in the game: When injury happens on the field

August ushered in a new school year and with it comes the excitement of Fall sports and Friday Night Football. As action on the field heats up, so will urgent care visits to CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. When an injury happens and you are trying to decide where to go for your athlete’s care, don’t hesitate [...]

Ramsey: Secret enemies of productivity

You probably feel there are rarely enough hours in a day, no matter how hard you work, to get things done. But being distracted doesn’t necessarily mean keeping up with friends online, or spending hours watching cat videos. There are other forces at work, many of them business related, that can secretly keep you from [...]

James: How the Inflation Reduction Act can help small businesses

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will lower prescription drug, health care, and energy costs. It will lower the deficit and no one making under $400,000 per year will pay a penny more in taxes. It will also fight climate change. This is a pretty good deal for most of us dealing with our changing climate [...]

EAP has much to celebrate on 8th anniversary

With our eighth anniversary approaching, BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) has much to celebrate.  EAP is the only technology accelerator in Caddo Parish, and its unique model has allowed us to expand beyond our original goals and metrics conceived eight years ago.  When we first started in 2014, our objective was to launch homegrown startups, [...]

Specht: Recession-proof your business by getting back to basics

Depending where you look, you may or not believe the economy is in a recession. One thing is true, regardless of political leanings, doing business today is challenging. From inflation to interest rates, many are dealing with outside forces they didn’t have in play 6, 12, or 24 months ago. One of my business mentors, [...]

September 2022 e-Edition

The exclusive electronic version of the September 2022 BIZ. Magazine.

Leaderboard: VOA announces new board members, Biernacki named chair of NICET, West completes CDI

Volunteers of America North Louisiana (VOANLA) is pleased to announce the 2022-23 board of directors, and welcomes five newly-elected community leaders who will each serve a three-year membership term. The new members are Liz Bulher, marketing coordinator at Heard, McElroy, and Vestal, LLC; John B. Frierson, Jr., partner in Chicot Bend Plantation; Jay Hanna, president [...]

Bossier Chamber reps complete Community Development Institute

Four Bossier Chamber representatives recently took part in Community Development Institute – Central (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas. Jessica Hemingway, PCED, Vice President of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, and Charley Kingery, Bossier Chamber Board Member and Sr. Business Development Manager at Weiland Corporation, recently completed the Advanced Year class. Bossier Chamber Finance [...]

Ivey’s Building Materials honored with Retail Beacon Award

Ivey’s Building Materials, with stores in Haughton and Mansfield, La., was one of four retailers honored as Beacon Award winners during the Beacon Awards banquet held Friday, August 19 at the JW Marriott in Marco Island, Fla.  The Beacon Awards are a premier national industry awards program developed by The Hardware Connection magazine and The [...]

LSU Health Shreveport research centers receive full authorization

The Louisiana Board of Regents has supported full five-year approval for the Louisiana Addiction Research Center (LARC) and Center for Emerging Viral Threats (CEVT), with the CEVT continuing to be a designated Center of Research Excellence. The Board of Regents approval follows unanimous approval of both centers by the LSU Board of Supervisors earlier this [...]