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    Second annual Upstate Rising Conference to be held at BPCC

    Bossier Parish Community College’s Economic & Workforce Development Division is proud to host the second annual Upstate Rising: The North Louisiana Public-Private Partnership, Real Estate Development, and Land Use Planning Law Conference. This year’s conference is scheduled for 8:30am – 4:45 pm on Thursday, August 23, in the gymnasium (Building I) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA, and focuses on the topic: “Exploring Roads, Rivers, & Rails”. The daylong economic development conference allows participants to learn “best practices” and strategies to improve their business opportunities and the economic well-being of Northwest Louisiana. It also provides access to networking opportunities with local, regional, and statewide industry professionals. Featured speakers for this year’s conference include Mike Mullis, President/CEO, and Denise Mott, Managing Director, for J.M. Mullis, Inc., a site selection firm.  Mullis and Mott will give participants the trends in site selection and will summarize global, national, and regional corporate location and expansion trends. Having visited north Louisiana several times throughout the last few decades, they will also share their perspective on where the area was then, where it is now, and where it can go in the future to increase its competitive advantage. Also on the agenda as keynote speaker is Shawn Wilson, Ph.D., Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development. Dr. Wilson will discuss how public policy and Louisiana transportation infrastructure construction, expansion, and improvement support public-private partnerships, real estate development, and land use planning. The conference’s other speakers include:
    • Kent Rogers, Executive Director of Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments
    • Bill Sanderson, Mayor, Village of Choudrant, and Building Official, City of Ruston
    • Scott Martinez, President of North Louisiana Economic Partnership
    • Neil Erwin, Attorney, and Caroline E. Mladenka, MPA, Neil Erwin Law, LLC
    • Curtis A. Wright, Sr., Real Estate Professional
    A “best practice” panel discussion from the perspective of local experts will also be on the agenda. The panel includes William “Bill” R. Altimus, Administrator, Bossier Parish Police Jury; Eric England, Executive Port Director, The Port of Caddo-Bossier; Brian Crawford, Chief Administrative Officer, Office of the Mayor, City of Shreveport; and William “Bill” Cooksey, Deputy Director of Airports, Shreveport Airport Authority.  Liz Swaine, Executive Director of the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority, will facilitate the panel. For this second year, BPCC is pleased to bring all these dynamic speakers and leaders to the table and plans to continue providing exceptional placemaking opportunities such as this conference for those in “upstate” Louisiana. “BPCC is happy to provide a means for positive community collaboration to stimulate a growth mindset” said Dr. Gayle Flowers, Vice Chancellor for Economic & Workforce Development at Bossier Parish Community College. “Results of collaborations like Upstate Rising uniquely positions North Louisiana as a dynamic region for business success, family stability and satisfaction, and an enviable quality of life.” Realtors, architects, civil engineers, attorneys, real estate developers, public officials, municipal planners, financial institution representatives, and private citizens are welcome to attend. Attendees can receive continuing education credits through participating organizations (go to: https://bit.ly/2GyuQKo or contact BPCC’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education Office, 318-678-6015 for a list of organizations and conference details). Upstate Rising’s 2018 sponsors include: Platinum: AEP SWEPCO City of Bossier City Diamond: Bossier Parish Police Jury Gold:  Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation Neil Erwin Law, LLC Silver: Bossier Metropolitan Planning Commission North Louisiana Economic Partnership Bronze: American Institute of Architects-Shreveport Chapter American Society of Civil Engineers-Shreveport Branch Bossier Press Tribune Coordinating & Development Corporation Bossier Chamber of Commerce Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Louisiana Engineering Society-Shreveport Chapter Louisiana Municipal Association Louisiana Police Jury Association Upstate Rising conference fee is $249. To register for the conference or for additional information, go to: https://bit.ly/2GyuQKo or contact Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Economic & Workforce Development, upstaterising@bpcc.edu or call 318-678-6015. Hotel accommodations are provided through Margaritaville Resort Casino at a special group code. If members of a group are individually paying for rooms, reservations for the event will be made by calling 318-698-3920, or by emailing  bmcmickle@margaritaville-bc.com).  When making reservations, please state, Upstate Rising Conference.

    BPCC receives military flags donated from Soldier’s Wish and Subway

    Soldier’s Wish, a national non-profit organization who identifies unmet needs of veterans of military service and provides resources to meet those needs, and Subway® have joined together to grant wishes and raise funds for military servicemen/women across the country. In celebration of Flag Day 2018 and to commemorate the opening of BPCC’s new Veteran Resource Center on the BPCC campus in Fall 2018, Soldier’s Wish and Subway® have generously offered to provide the College with the five military service flags, the American flag, and the POW flag to be displayed in the new center. It is their way of honoring all military students and recognizing their sacrifices through service to their country. They will also be presenting a check to the BPCC Foundation to provide scholarships for veteran students in need. Join us for the presentation at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 13 at the Subway® restaurant on the BPCC campus (Building F), 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City. Last year, Soldier’s Wish worked with our Veteran Educational Services Office to identify a BPCC military student to receive a wish. They awarded a BPCC veteran student with a laptop, printer, and accessories to help him complete his coursework and graduate with honors from the nursing program. For more information on Soldier’s Wish, visit our website.  For additional information on Subway’s® partnership with the organization, click here.

    Show your support of our local military

    May is Military Appreciation Month, a month to honor the service and sacrifice of members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and National Guard as well as the contribution of their spouses.

    And, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce is celebrating by hosting the Military Recognition Breakfast on Thursday, May 3 at Margaritaville Resort Casino. The event, presented by Barksdale Federal Credit Union, will honor all of our local military units for their service. This SOLD OUT EVENT is a great way our business community shows its support of our thriving military community.
    Thanks to all of our sponsors: Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Willis-Knighton Health System, Margaritaville Resort Casino, Youngblood & Hodges, BancorpSouth, Red River Chevrolet, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, Boeing, Buffalo Wild Wings, BPCC and Boomtown Casino & Hotel.

    Bossier Innovates Foundation to participate in Give for Good

    On Tuesday, May 1, be sure to assist your local business community within the realms of business development and workforce development by making a contribution to the Bossier Innovates Foundation. By making a donation to this foundation you are ensuring the continuation of valuable efforts towards these aforementioned developmental causes. Within BIF's three pillars of education, innovation and entrepreneurship, and community enhancement, the foundation is providing leadership opportunities for students, dual enrollment/certification scholarships, college scholarships, honing in and celebrating new and upcoming industry sectors and encouraging students to take interest in these upcoming fields, as well as providing an array of programs such as E.P.I.C. (Entrepreneurs & Professionals in the Community) and Innovation NWLA. Help us help the local business community continue its efforts in growth, stability, and innovation.

    Fourth Annual Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment Reception

    Christmas 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.
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    Military Relations Committee to spread Christmas cheer to local military

    The Bossier Chamber of Commerce Military Relations Committee will be delivering approximately 5,000 cookies to local military members this holiday season, thanks to the help of Boomtown Bossier City, which is sponsoring all of the cookies. “We want to wish all of our local military happy holidays. It is important to give back to them for everything they do for us. We know these cookies are just a small treat, but we hope they feel the support and well wishes behind the gesture,” said Kattie Hollay, Military Relations Liaison for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. The Committee, along with representatives from Boomtown Bossier City, will be delivering cookies on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to the 307th Bomb Wing, 2nd Bomb Wing, Air Force Global Strike, 8th Air Force, MEPS (Military Entrance and Processing Station), National Guard (in Bossier and Shreveport), Marine Corps Reserve Unit, Navy Reserve Unit and Army Reserve Unit. For more information, contact our Military Relations Liaison Kattie Hollay at mrc@bossierchamber.com or call (318) 746-0252. 18-MRC cookies press release

    Spark Tank Showcase displays innovative ideas from Barksdale AFB airmen

    On Thursday, Nov. 14 attendees of the Spark Tank Showcase: Lunch and Learn, held at the Sci-Port Discovery Center, got to hear three innovative idea pitches from Barksdale Air Force Base airmen. The event was designed to give a platform to airmen, so they can share their ideas and also win money to implement those ideas. For all three Spark Tank participants, the main goal was to create concepts that best showcased innovation and process improvement. If they can reduce the amount of man hours to complete a task, then that time can be spent furthering the Global Strike Command Mission at Barksdale. SMSgt Gregory Butler believes this event, as well as Innovation North LA, is important because it helps cultivate innovation in our community. “We want to help grow Innovation North Louisiana because when we talk about innovation and process improvement—we can really learn a lot from each other,” SMSgt Butler said. “There is a way the civilian sector does something and the way that the military/goverment side does it, so we can all help each other. I think that helps build a network for our community.” At the showcase, Tsgt Charles Coy explained how his virtual welding trainer concept would reduce the safety hazards involved when training airmen to weld. The program also would provide universal training and cut costs by $72,000 annually. Another time-saving idea was a rust removal laser proposed by Tsgt Aaron Mcullum. He says the laser would cut cleaning time from 45 minutes to 7 minutes. It also doesn’t harm the person using the laser and provides no damage to the material being cleaned. The final pitch was given by Tsgt Nate Hale. He proposed an engine change trailer that would help make changing an aircraft engine a much easier process. The trailer would reduce time and personnel used for tool check out/turn in. SMSgt Butler says they hope to do another Spark Tank Showcase in January 2019. The Spark Tank Showcase: Lunch and Learn is a part of 2018 Innovation North LA. This year’s focus is showcasing all of the great opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in our region. For more information on the events, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-north-louisiana-tickets-51273791290 18-Spark Tank Showcase Lunch and Learn Release

    Cyber: Job Creation & Elimination Breakfast preps workforce of tomorrow

    BOSSIER CITY — On Wednesday, Nov. 14, guests of the Cyber: Job Creation & Elimination Breakfast, held at the La Tech Academic Success Center, got to hear from prominent guest speakers about the future of the cyber field. Several things were discussed including the cyber job market and the projected future of the field. Jack Skaggs, with the Bossier Parish Police Jury and the Coordinating & Development Cooperation, shared some insight on the local government’s investment in the cyber job market. He touted the public and private partnerships that helped build the National Cyber Research Park, and he says that the growing cyber opportunities here can help keep the talent in the area. “This was an opportunitity to build an economic leg that wasn’t dependent on the base.” One prominent point that Skaggs made was by exposing children to the cyber realm early on in their education, we are culitvating the future workforce. “Cyber is the future. This is the next industrial revolution.” Skaggs says this is a way to keep families together because kids can pursue cyber here and also be able to find a job here when they graduate. One prime example of this is Thomas Bush. He is a BPCC student from Bossier. He talked about what jobs cyber is creating and eliminating. He says that cyber is far reaching and it touches every industry. In the future, most task oriented jobs will be replaced with artificial intelligence. Bush hopes to pursue cyber at Louisiana Tech once he finishes his main courses at BPCC. He realized his love for technology when he was exposed to early cyber education like the robotics program at his school. “Technology has always appealed to me. I want to use it to help the government one day.” Dr. Sumeet Dua with La Tech closed out the breakfast by discussing the role higher education plays in preparing future generations. “Cyber is not just a skill we could have. It’s a skill we should have.” He also touched on how important cyber security is going to be in the very near future. “Cyber security is at the front of national security,” Dua said. The Cyber Job Creation & Elimination Breakfast is part of 2018 Innovation North LA. This year’s focus is showcasing all of the great opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in our region. For more information on the events, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-north-louisiana-tickets-51273791290 ### FB Album: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BossierChamber/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156716281502180 18-Cyber Job Creation and Elimination Breakfast Release

    Education & Innovation Luncheon highlights growing cyber field

    Bossier Innovates Foundation awards 10 scholarships to Bossier, Caddo high schoolers Bossier City — For the third year, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce hosted the Education & Innovation Luncheon. This time, the event focused on “Cultivating Generation Cyber,” and was sponsored by Bossier Parish Community College along with Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Louisiana Tech University and Citizens National Bank. The event featured Kevin Nolten, member of the Workforce Development, Education and Public Outreach Committee of the Louisiana Cyber Commission and NICERC Director of Academic Outreach, who touted Louisiana’s spot in the cyber landscape. He says Louisiana is on the map for cultivating talent and helping build a workforce pipeline for cyber. NICERC reaches 2.4 million students across the United States. They work with an education model — focused on cyber, STEM and computer science curricula — that was developed right here in Bossier. Locally, they continue to work with higher ed institutions in addition to Bossier Schools to invest in the talent. “We have to know the foundations are at that K-12 level,” he said. The event also featured three college students studying cyber including Kylie Kalinowski. She moved to the area from Michigan because when she was doing online research about where to study cyber, she said Louisiana kept popping up at the top of the list. Now she is a freshman Computer Science major with a concentration in cyber security at Louisiana Tech. She addressed the high school students at the luncheon during her speech saying, “It’s incredible how you have all of these cyber opportunities in your own backyard.” Nolten agrees with her. He says that Louisiana has the only state level cyber commission in the country. The state is making waves in the cyber field, and people are starting to notice. “That’s something to be proud of,” Nolten said. Nolten also went over what business, industry and government are doing for the community to help ensure that more people are equipped to join the cyber security workforce. According to the Cybersecurity Jobs Report, there will be approximately 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs by 2021. Nolten says these are mindblowing statistics, but now they are working toward a solution. At the luncheon, the Bossier Innovates Foundation awarded 10 scholarships to Bossier and Caddo Parish high school students who have expressed an interest in a cyber-related field of study. The scholarships were sponsored by General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Magee Resource Group and Northrop Grumman. And the recipients of $1,000 scholarships were: Brandi Butler, Caddo Magnet High School Ian Duncan, Caddo Magnet High School Creighton France, Benton High School Wesley Goins, Captain Shreve High School Zachary Grames, Airline High School David Jara, Parkway High School John Norris, Benton High School Benjamin Sanguinetti, Benton High School Ethan Ubeda, Caddo Magnet High School Logan Wilhite, Airline High School Additionally, the Bossier Innovates Foundation honored one teacher with the 2018 Excellence in Education & Innovation Award. This year’s recipient was Richard Scott, who serves as an instructional leader at a local department of defense youth program called STARBASE. The Education and Innovation Luncheon is part of 2018 Innovation North LA. This year’s focus is showcasing all of the great opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in our region. ABOUT THE BOSSIER INNOVATES FOUNDATION: The Bossier Innovates Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, endeavors to enhance the economic and social opportunities of northwest Louisiana, as well as the quality of life of its citizens, through educational programs, workforce development, enhancement or expansion of existing facilities and programs, and collaborations with community partners. 18-ED and INN luncheon release

    LACCE names 2019 Board, including Bossier Chamber President Lisa Johnson

    Bossier Chamber President Lisa Johnson to serve on board (October 31, 2018) The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Executives (LACCE) has officially installed its 2019 Board of Directors and President, Paula Ramsey. Ramsey is Vice President of the Chamber Southwest/Southwest LA Economic Development Alliance located in Lake Charles. Bossier Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Lisa Johnson will continue her service on the LACCE Board of Directors for 2019. LACCE and its Board Members represent chambers of commerce from all areas of the state. The organization is the only statewide association formed for the advancement of local chambers, chamber executives and staff. The Association holds an annual conference each fall to update chambers across the state on industry trends, business issues, and operations stability. LACCE membership includes fifty chambers of commerce in Louisiana, representing over ten thousand businesses and over one hundred thousand employees. The following chamber professionals will serve on the 2019 Executive Board: President – Paula Ramsey, Chamber Southwest/Southwest LA Economic Development Alliance; Incoming President – Sandra Lindquist, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce; Treasurer – Jeremy Hidalgo, Broussard Chamber of Commerce; Immediate Past President – Deborah Randolph, Central LA Regional Chamber of Commerce The following chamber professionals will serve on the 2019 Board of Directors: Melissa Bordelon, Hammond Chamber of Commerce; Camille Conaway, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry; Jamie Hanks, West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce; Lisa Johnson, Bossier Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Timothy J. Magner, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce; Raquella Manuel, St. Landry Chamber of Commerce; Amy S. Thibodeaux, Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce; Lacey Toledano, St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce; April Wehrs, Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce LACCE is the professional development organization for chambers of commerce executives and staff members in Louisiana. LACCE equips chamber professionals with leadership development opportunities and tools to build innovative chambers. Bossier Chamber President Lisa Johnson to serve on board
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    CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK PRESENTS $50K TO BPCC FOUNDATION

    Jason Smith, president and chief executive officer for Citizens National Bank presented a $50,000 contribution to the BPCC Foundation at a meeting of its Board of Directors yesterday afternoon.

    “Citizens National Bank has recognized the value BPCC adds to our community for years,” said Smith.  “It is a privilege to be able to support the College through the BPCC Foundation.  Dr. Bateman’s leadership and vision are making a tremendous difference in our Region.”  

    The contribution was given in memory of John R. McConathy, a founder of Bossier Parish Community College and past chairman and co-founder of Citizens National Bank. Citizens National Bank, joined by the McConathy family, established the John R. McConathy Scholarship in Business at BPCC in 2009. This additional contribution will facilitate the establishment of two new endowment funds to support BPCC students and faculty in Mr. McConathy’s name.

    These new funds will be formally announced upon their establishment by the State of Louisiana Board of Regents and the BPCC Foundation in 2019.

    Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Pub Crawl to Feature More Locations, Improved Experience

    The Pub Crawl features 10 downtown Shreveport locations, shuttle service and prizes

    Shreveport, La. – One of the best events bowl week for the Walk-on’s Independence Bowl will get a boost in 2018, as the Pub Crawl presented by Coors Light, ALSCO, Delta Sunshine Brewing Co. and Metro by T-Mobile will feature 10 unique downtown Shreveport locations, a shuttle serve and prizes.

    The Pub Crawl is from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26, with registration in the Red River District. Entrance into the Pub Crawl is free, and each participant will receive a Pub Crawl credential to mark off locations. The 10 locations throughout downtown Shreveport are Fully Stacked, Nicky’s, Fatty Arbuckle’s, Proud Mary 360, Frida’s, Stray Cat, Noble Savage, Rhino, Abby Singer’s and Parish Taceaux. Every location will have enter-to-win prizes, presented by Glazer Beer, and the more locations participants visit, the more chances they will have to win prizes.

    Shuttles provided by iShuttle will take participants to each of the 10 stops on the Pub Crawl. There will be three shuttle pickup locations, which will be located at the corners of Common Street and Texas Street, Milam Street and Marshall Street, as well as Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway under the Texas Street Bridge. 

    The Pub Crawl kicks off the Rally on the Red Festivities on December 26, with the Mardi Gras Preview Parade, Pep Rally and Block Party featuring Parish County Line to follow. The Mardi Gras Preview Parade will start at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, and it will make its way through downtown Shreveport and into the Red River District. The Pep Rally and Battle of the Bands will immediately follow the parade with the Duke University and Temple University marching bands in the Red River District. The night will conclude with the Block Party, which will feature a free concert from Parish County Line in the Red River District. All Rally on the Red events are free to the public.

    ABOUT THE WALK-ON’S INDEPENDENCE BOWL:The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl is the 11th-oldest bowl game, set to play the 43rd edition of the game on December 27, 2018 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl enjoys primary conference agreements with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC), as well as backup agreements with the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and Conference USA (C-USA). The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl and Independence Bowl Foundation are prevalent in the Shreveport-Bossier City area throughout the year, hosting events to help enhance the economic impact and growth of our community. For more information, visit WalkOnsIndependenceBowl.com or follow the bowl on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @IndyBowl.

    Biedenharn Foundation to Award $50,000 to Bossier Parish Educators

    Santa will be arriving early from the North Pole, bearing gifts for nearly 30 Bossier Parish educators. He will make a special stop at 3:30 p.m. Monday, December 17 at Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning, 1020 Innovation Drive in Bossier City, where $50,000 in grants will be dispersed.


    For the fifth year since the Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment was established, the Biedenharn Foundation is not only continuing its commitment to invest in education at Bossier Schools, but is increasing its pledge to enrich classrooms with technology and innovative learning tools.
    Twenty-nine teachers will be awarded $50,000 to fund grant proposals they pitched to further reach and engage students. Thanks to the generous support of the Biedenharn Foundation, this will mark 77 classroom grants that have been awarded over the last five years, totaling $155,000.


    Following the check presentation ceremony, a Coca-Cola themed reception will be held as an acknowledgement to the connection shared between the Biedenharns and Coca-Cola. Sydney Biedenharn was a Bossier Parish resident whose family was the first to own and operate the Coca-Cola Bottling operation in Shreveport.


    Biedenharn, who passed away in 2012, was an educator at heart. She taught high school for seven years before joining her father to work at the Shreveport bottling plant. Her children attended school in Benton and Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith remembers Biedenharn readily volunteering to substitute teach when needed. In her memory, the Biedenharn Foundation established the Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment to benefit Bossier Parish educators and students.


    Bossier Schools is humbled to carry on Sydney Biedenharn’s legacy and love for learning and most grateful to the Biedenharn Foundation for its support.

    Our media partners are welcome to attend the reception.

    EAP announces university pitch competition winners

    Students at three North Louisiana universities competed for prizes and startup assistance at BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program’s (EAP) Grand Prix, a series of university business plan competitions held in November and designed to support student innovation. The top five participants –– individuals or teams –– at Northwestern State University (NSU), Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS) and Grambling State University (GSU) each pitched their business idea to a panel of judges made up of representatives from sponsors, university faculty, and the local business community.

    “One of EAP’s objectives is to foster entrepreneurial education at the university level,” said Dave Smith, Executive Director of EAP. “We think the best way to grow an entrepreneurial-minded ecosystem is to expose students to an environment that celebrates their innovation. Through EAP’s Grand Prix college business plan competitions, we are guiding students and young entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, taking them from concept to reality.”
    The top three finalists at each competition were awarded cash prizes, scholarships to the Louisiana Startup Prize 2019 and the Patent Academy, plus professional services from EAP. The grand prize winner of each competition received $3,000, while second and third place received $1,000 and $500, respectively.

    The winners of NSU’s Inferno Pitch were Alba Maloff Johnson and Matthew Broekman for their idea to place a bio-sensor in vehicles that could detect drunk driving. “This competition gave us insight to how it would be to do this ourselves,” said Johnson. “I didn’t consider myself an entrepreneur before, but I do now!”

    Tafadzwa Mariga won LSUS’ Pilot Pitch for his idea to target drip coffee, specialty coffee and whole bean coffee enthusiasts at various events. 
    The team of Jarrid Richards, Kerwan Antoine and Casey Henry won GSU’s Golden Pitch with their idea LimeLight, which allows students to seamlessly submit college applications to several institutions.

    This is the second year EAP has hosted university business plan competitions. After a successful first year at LSUS, the program expanded to NSU and GSU in 2018. The competition is expected to expand to more North Louisiana universities in the future. EAP’s Grand Prix is sponsored by BRF, The Committee of One Hundred, Business First Bank, ANECA Federal Credit Union, NSU, LSUS and GSU.

    EAP, an initiative of BRF, is a public/private partnership between BRF, the Caddo Parish Commission and the City of Shreveport to diversify the regional economy, create jobs and expand the area’s tax base by providing services to innovative startups that have high growth potential. Since EAP began in July 2014, the program has screened more than 690 startups and provided services to more than 220 companies.  

    Montes Nabs First Team All- Louisiana Women’s Soccer Accolades

    HAMMOND, La. – Junior Centenary Ladies Soccer player and Shreveport native Kyra Montes added to her award haul. Released Saturday night, December 8, Montes received First Team All-Louisiana accolades by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

    Montes becomes the first Ladies soccer player since Katie Valdez in 2009 to receive this honor.

    Prior to the start of the 2018 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, Montes became only the second player in school history to be named First Team All-Conference in back-to-back seasons. She finished 2018 second in the SCAC in game-winning goals (six) and third in the conference in both goals (14) and points (33) – breaking the goals mark and ranking second in both game-winning goals and points in the Ladies Division III single-season record book.

    In addition, Montes received SCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors each of the first two weeks of the season. She scored a goal in each of the first six games in helping Centenary tie its best start in program history (6-0-0).

    Montes also tallied a pair of hat tricks – becoming the first Ladies soccer player in 18 years to accomplish that feat. On September 9 against Schreiner, she scored all three goals in helping Centenary rally from two goals down in the second half to win 3-2 in overtime. At Pelican State rival Louisiana College, she netted her third goal of the game – and the game-winner – in the 87th minute of the Ladies 3-2 victory October 2.

    In only two seasons, Montes already owns the Centenary NCAA Division III career record for goals (17), points (41), and game-winning goals (eight).

    Centenary finished the season 9-6 overall and 6-5 in conference play to earn the fourth seed in the SCAC Tournament for the second straight season. The six conference wins is the most ever for a season in SCAC play while the .667 winning percentage for the Ladies is the best since become an NCAA Division III institution.

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    Biedenharn Foundation to Award $50,000 to Bossier Parish Educators

    Santa will be arriving early from the North Pole, bearing gifts for nearly 30 Bossier Parish educators. He will make a special stop at 3:30 p.m. Monday, December 17 at Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning, 1020 Innovation Drive in Bossier City, where $50,000 in grants will be dispersed.


    For the fifth year since the Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment was established, the Biedenharn Foundation is not only continuing its commitment to invest in education at Bossier Schools, but is increasing its pledge to enrich classrooms with technology and innovative learning tools.
    Twenty-nine teachers will be awarded $50,000 to fund grant proposals they pitched to further reach and engage students. Thanks to the generous support of the Biedenharn Foundation, this will mark 77 classroom grants that have been awarded over the last five years, totaling $155,000.


    Following the check presentation ceremony, a Coca-Cola themed reception will be held as an acknowledgement to the connection shared between the Biedenharns and Coca-Cola. Sydney Biedenharn was a Bossier Parish resident whose family was the first to own and operate the Coca-Cola Bottling operation in Shreveport.


    Biedenharn, who passed away in 2012, was an educator at heart. She taught high school for seven years before joining her father to work at the Shreveport bottling plant. Her children attended school in Benton and Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith remembers Biedenharn readily volunteering to substitute teach when needed. In her memory, the Biedenharn Foundation established the Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment to benefit Bossier Parish educators and students.


    Bossier Schools is humbled to carry on Sydney Biedenharn’s legacy and love for learning and most grateful to the Biedenharn Foundation for its support.

    Our media partners are welcome to attend the reception.

    Take flight with the Bossier Chamber at the Annual Gala

    Pack your bags because it's time to "Take Flight with the Bossier Chamber!" This year's annual Gala is all about celebrating the successes of 2018 and looking forward to what 2019 will hold. Our region is constantly growing and the Chamber is ready to take off along with our members. The sky's the limit!

    We want 2019 to be the most successful year for you, and that's why we want to challenge you to go along with us on this exciting journey. At this event, the Chamber installs new officers and honors our community’s businesses as well as outstanding chamber members with awards including Small Business of the Year, (Large) Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year.

    Our Gala will take place on Feb. 5, 2019 at the CenturyLink Center, so now is the time to reserve your seats before we take flight!

    Pick your section:

    Pilot Seat - Presenting Sponsor

    First Class - Supporting Sponsor

    Executive - Pre-Event Sponsor

    Get Your Wings - Award Sponsor

    Business - Platinum Sponsor

    Premium Economy - Corporate Tables

    Boarding Passes - Individual Tickets

    Participate in the BPSTIL Career Fair

    BPSTIL would like to help their students connect directly to post-secondary programs and/or the workforce, so on Thursday, December 13, they are holding their first Career Fair.

    The event will be held in the BPSTIL auditorium, which is located at 1020 Innovation Drive in Bossier City. They will host two sessions so that all of the students will have an opportunity to participate. The first session will run from 8-10 a.m. The second session will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

    You can participate by hosting a browse table in their auditorium. There is no charge to participate in the event. The fair will allow students to learn more about your post-secondary programs or employment opportunities, while providing you an opportunity to connect with future prospects for your business or post-secondary program. Please complete the Career Fair registration from if you would like to participate in the event.

    WE WANT YOU: Apply to Become a Bossier Chamber Diplomat

    Are you looking to become more involved with the Bossier Chamber of Commerce? The Bossier Chamber of Commerce's volunteer diplomats are a group of business professionals who support the Chamber's mission by helping to grow and maintain a strong membership base through activities that promote member recruitment, engagement and retention. As primary Chamber member liaisons, the Diplomats interact with members to provide information, celebrate and encourage member growth and prosperity, and serve as an additional resource and communication link between the Chamber and its members. This provides the Diplomat with unsurpassed business connections, community awareness and recognition, and networking opportunities. Click here to learn more about joining the Diplomat team. To be considered for the 2019 Diplomat program, please submit a diplomat application to katie@bossierchamber.com by December 20th.

    5 ways to get involved with the Bossier Chamber’s Annual Gala

    It's almost time for the largest networking event in Northwest Louisiana. The Bossier Chamber's Annual Gala will take place on Feb. 5, 2019. It'll be an exciting night where you can meet 700 local business professionals all under one roof! Here are 5 ways you can get involved with this premier event:
    1. Become a sponsor: Partner with the Bossier Chamber of Commerce by becoming a sponsor for our Annual Gala. This is a great way to market your business.
    2. Nominate a business/business person: Show some love to your favorite business or business person by nominating them. We give out three awards at our Gala. The categories include Small Business of the Year, (Large) Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year. Nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.
    3. Attend the Gala: Grab your tickets early and get ready to have a blast! You can talk to members of the local business community, as well as, celebrate the successes of 2018. Join us as we look forward to 2019 at our Annual Gala.
    4. Invite your friends: Sharing is caring, so why not invite your friends to come to the Annual Gala with you. It's a memorable event that you don't want to miss.
    5. Arrive early and stay late: One of the best ways to take advantage of this amazing networking opportunity is by arriving to the event early and staying late. You can mingle with some of the area's top business professionals and make some great new contacts for 2019.
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