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Member Spotlight: GDIT

General Dynamics Information Technology has officially exceeded their employment and payroll target commitments to the State of Louisiana. They now employ over 1,800 workers at their Bossier City campus’s Integrated Technology Center, Cyber Innovation Center, and Customer Engagement Center.

In addition to having nearly one in three employees being a military veteran, they also have 60 percent of employees continuing their education. Their employees have also earned over 700 technical and business certifications that allow them to provide a full range of IT services at competitive costs.

With new goals in sight to expand the National Cyber Security Research Park, this company intends to target highly skilled system architects, cyber security analysts and network engineers to help keep North Louisiana an elite cyber corridor.

Member Spotlight: NICERC (CYBER.ORG)

National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center has recently announced a rebrand to “CYBER.ORG” by unveiling a new logo, website, and plans to reach more K-12 students and teachers with cyber education.

CYBER.ORG has lead the way in educating K-12 students about cyber education content, career awareness and teacher professional development with more than 18,000 teachers across 50 states and three U.S. Territories enrolled in their free content platform.

High schools with teachers having access to CYBER.ORG curriculum sent on average four times as many students into cyber-related college or university degree programs than those who did not.* CYBER.ORG will continue to be a pathway for students in an ever growing career field.

*Based on a Louisiana field study mentioned in BIZ Magazine.

Member Spotlight: SRP Environmental

SRP Environmental is comprised of a team of environmental scientists, certified industrial hygienists, certified safety professionals, toxicologists, and professional engineers. As we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19 in the workplace, questions often come up about infection control and how to prevent employee exposure to infectious diseases. SRP is offering services related to the development and implementation of infection prevention, control, and response plans, including:

  • Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols
  • Surface Testing
  • Project Oversight
  • Site Safety Audits
  • Immunoglobulin Testing
  • Safety Products

Member Spotlight: Bossier Parish Schools

Bossier Parish Schools has three schools – Airline, Benton and Parkway high schools – recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its “Best High Schools 2020” edition.

In order for a school to be awarded the “Best Schools” designation, it must fall within the top 50-percent across the board of all ranked schools to be eligible. Criteria includes performance on state-required tests, graduation rate and how well schools prepare students for college.

Benton High ranked No. 1 in Bossier Parish and No. 2 in the Shreveport-Bossier metro area among all high schools and was singled out for its high Advanced Placement (AP) participation rate of 54 percent.

Member Spotlight: Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program

The team at the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) wants to give $2,500 CASH and billboard advertising to the MOST INNOVATIVE small business in North Louisiana, CHOSEN by YOU! You will be able to nominate any business(es) that you believe to have been the most innovative through the COVID-19 lockdown, now through July 4. Once nominations close, a TOP 5 will be selected for the public to VOTE on.

  • June 1 – July 4: Submit Nominations
  • July 15: Announce Top 5 businesses who will be voted on by the public
  • July 15 – August 1: Online Public Voting

For more information, visit www.EapLA.com/HERO

Member Spotlight: Brookshire Grocery Co.

Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) is extending their discount programs through July 7, 2020 for senior citizens and critical and emergency service providers in all four of its banners – Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Spring Market and FRESH by Brookshire’s. BGC has offered both discount programs for more than nine weeks and has been able to save discount recipients more than $7.1 million during this difficult time.

“We are grateful to be able to continue to give back to those who are serving on the front lines as well as those who are at high risk,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “As we deal with this pandemic, we will continue to give back to our customers and communities. BGC is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve.”

In addition, BGC has waived fees for all customers on Curbside orders, where available, as another way to help those who are depending on the company for this service.

CLICK HERE for complete details!

Member Spotlight: SBC Convention and Tourist Bureau

The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau launched a new advertising campaign called “Press Play” to attract visitors back to our community this summer. Their priority is to help tourism partners recover from their financial losses during the stay at home order.

SBCTB hosted a “Press Play” webinar for industry partners to update partners about the new “Press Play” campaign, provide some social media tips during the re-opening of their businesses, and to educate partners on how to participate in the campaign. 

Member Spotlight: Risen Rock Climbing Gym & Silver Star Smokehouse

Businesses pivot to change delivery, services offered

Many Bossier City businesses have made changes to their services and methods of delivering those services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the end of social distancing being uncertain, outdoor activities like drive-in movies are getting lots of attention. Risen Rock Climbing Gym began offering drive-in movies at their location a few weeks ago, providing the service by donation only. You can complete the movie experience with refreshments or utilizing the gym’s portable climbing wall outside.

Silver Star Smokehouse made a Facebook announcement and has hung signs on their location in North Bossier about their upcoming drive-in movie venture – The Grove.

Read more about the revival of this trend in Bossier on our Be Bossier blog!

Member Spotlight: Whataburger

Whataburger has delivered made-to-order burgers since opening in 1950, and now they’re taking delicious favorites just a little further – right to your front door!

The fast-food chain is proud to offer another way to satisfy your cravings. Delivery is now available to select as a pickup method when you order through the Whataburger App and at Whataburger.com! By using their app, you can start earning rewards AND gain access to amazing Whataburger deals and offers – some available EXCLUSIVELY to Online Ordering Account Holders!

Member Spotlight: BeauxJax Crafthouse

BeauxJax Crafthouse, including 2019 Bossier Chamber Business Person of the Year and co-owner Beau Hays, have taken hard circumstances and turned them into an opportunity to serve the community, raising $22,000 to feed 200+ hospital wings, creating king cake grams to deliver king cake and words of encouragement to people during the Stay-at-Home orders as well as feeding 1,520 healthcare workers during their Feed the Frontline campaign. BeauxJax is currently also feeding the activated National Guardsmen activated within our community.

Now, the business is “adopting” other small businesses to help them stay alive and pay their bills during the pandemic. If that wasn’t enough, BeauxJax will begin offering watch parties for Simple Church services.

Read more on BeauxJax and other businesses who pivoted quickly during crisis on our partner Be Bossier blog!