Category Archives: Uncategorized

Local kids give to local kids at CHRISTUS

The St. Mark’s Cathedral School’s 3rd Grade Class adopted the Child Life Program at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System as a part of their Advent Class Project. We love that local kids are helping local kids. The Child Life Program is one of the 17 Children’s Miracle Network Hospital programs at CHRISTUS that help children and families facing medical experiences and grief reduce fear, anxiety and pain by providing developmentally appropriate therapeutic play, preparation and education. 

These toys will be used for kids in day surgery, the ER, and other areas of the hospital that the Child Life Program serves.

Some students from the class came to the hospital today to drop off the toys, and they were treated to a tour of the hospital to include stocking the Child Life cart in day surgery, and a special show and tell in our Emergency Room with Dr. Jim Cotter. Miss Heart of Pilot, J’Lyn Henderson joined the students on the tour as well!

“We are so thankful that the 3rd grade class at St. Mark’s Cathedral School chose our Child Life Program as a part of their Advent Class Project,” Paige Cox, Certified Child Life Specialist, said. “I work with kids every day, and I am always amazed at their kind spirit and generosity. This is what the Christmas season is all about, and I love that these kids are contributing to our mission at CHRISTUS of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

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: 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: or contact Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Economic & Workforce Development, 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  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.

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.

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.

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.

Want to host an After Hours in 2017?

An exciting change is coming to our Business After Hours networking event for 2017! The four evening networking events will be awarded via lottery for next year. This will give all interested member businesses an opportunity to host this premier networking event.
To participate in the lottery, download this form and return it to Jana Morgan at Applications to be considered to host Business After Hours are due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2016, with the drawing for the hosts on Sept. 28, 2016. All potential hosts will be notified of the selections. We look forward to great networking in 2017!

Source: Louisiana Construction and Industry Association blog

On Wednesday, September 21, LCIA will host the next event in our Locally Vested series: business-forum-cropShreveport-Bossier Business Forum. The event, which will take place at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport, will begin with drinks, appetizers, and networking at 5:00 PM, during which attendees can meet the businesses and community stakeholders in the room.

From 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, we will have panel discussion with local business organizations. Topics to be discussed will include upcoming public projects, new ordinances, incoming businesses, city initiatives, workforce development programs, and more. All attendees are encouraged to bring topics of their own and to join in the conversation.

Panelists will represent local business organizations, with each giving his/her take on the economic outlook for the Northwestern Louisiana region, along with opportunities available for local businesses. The following organizations will be represented on the panel:

     Biz Magazine

Through its extensive reporting, Biz has its finger on the business pulse of the Shreveport-Bossier region. They can speak to businesses investing and expanding in the region, as well as what public projects affect local businesses.

    Shreveport Department of Community Development

Community Development offers services in the areas of workforce development, business development, public services, public facilities, and more.

    Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Northwestern State University

Like its counterparts across the state, the LSBDC works closely with entrepreneurs and small business owners. They can speak to what challenges businesses face, as well as programs available to assist them.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Location: Robinson Film Center

617 Texas Street, Shreveport

Fee:       Free and open to the public

To register: Click here to register

Call Christina Buras at 985-612-6733 with any questions.

Meet and Greet with Dr. John Fleming, candidate for U.S. Senator

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce members participated in a Meet and Greet with U.S. 13669226_10154290159147180_2932088864376552385_n (1)Congressman Dr. John Fleming, a candidate for U.S. Senate on July 25. Fleming spoke about his platform and took questions from the membership in attendance.

Fleming is the current U.S. Congressman representing the 4th district of Louisiana, taking that post in 2009.

Disclaimer: The Bossier Chamber does not endorse candidates for office. If you are aware of additional candidates interested in a meet and greet, they may contact the Bossier Chamber of Commerce directly.