Fourth Annual Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment ReceptionChristmas morning is coming early for 17 Bossier Parish teachers, who will be on the receiving end of $30,000 in grant money thanks to the Biedenharn Foundation. For the fourth year, the Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment will enable Bossier Parish educators to integrate innovative resources in their classrooms to further reach students and engage them to learn. On December 12, at 3:30 p.m., a fun Coca-Cola themed reception will be held in honor of the Biedenharn family as the Board of Directors presents checks to this year's recipients at Bossier Instructional Center, 2719 Airline Drive.Lt. Governor to Visit ParkwayTomorrow, December 12 at 10 a.m., Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will be visiting Parkway High School to personally extend his congratulations to the Panthers for having one of only 26 high school bands in the nation selected to perform at the "Music For All" National Concert Band festival in March in Indianapolis. This is a very prestigious honor; the highest a school band can attain. Think of it as making it to the Superbowl! The Lt. Governor will also sign a proclamation commending the Parkway Band for this honor and be entertained by music from the group, led by Band Director Mark Minton. Learn more about this incredible honor Parkway Band has been selected for when you watch this video. The public will be able to hear the amazing Parkway Band when they present a free holiday concert on December 14 and they would welcome any publicity.National Defense Industrial Assoc. seeks new membersNDIA looking to grow northwest Louisiana chapter The Committee of 100, in concert with local economic development organizations, has spearheaded the establishment of a National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) chapter in northwest Louisiana. We are confident that NDIA can help local civic, business and governmental leaders both support and leverage Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale, Fort Polk, and other military entities in our "Red River" region. The Committee of 100 and NDIA Red River Regional Chapter leadership would like to invite all members of the Bossier Chamber to join NDIA and participate in Red River Regional Chapter events. Individual memberships are $40.00 per year, and there is no cost for government employees to become members. The easiest way to join is to go on-line and register at www.ndia.org. Read more on our blog here. Let’s talk business at our March Seminar Series Join us March 14 at 8 a.m. to hear from Dawn Starns, State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business. Starns will present a small business policy platform for 2017 and she will be giving a NIFB Guardian of Small Business Certificate to State Representatives Larry Bagley and Dodie Horton for their outstanding work on behalf of small business in 2016. ABOUT DAWN STARNS: With nearly two decades of experience in governmental affairs, public policy, fundraising and political consulting, Starns has built and maintained relationships with statewide and local elected officials, as well as business leaders across the state. Prior to NFIB Louisiana, Dawn Starns served as Executive Director of the Capital Region Legislative Delegation (CRLD) since its inception in 2008. Click here for ticket information! House District 8 candidates schedule Meet and Greets The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will host Meet and Greet sessions with the candidates for the District 8 state House of Representatives seat for our members prior to the March election. All sessions will take place in the Bossier Chamber of Commerce board room. Upcoming sessions: Raymond Crews - February 27, 3 p.m. Patrick Harrington - March 1, 3 p.m. Robbie Gatti - March 2, 3 p.m.