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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.

Lt. Governor to Visit Parkway

Tomorrow, 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 members

NDIA 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 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.

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.

#MemberMonday: Team Sumo

Team Sumo – Ericka Sumo, Homes for Heroes
LIST OF SERVICES PROVIDED: Real Estate Services & Hero Savings for firefighters, emergency medical professionals, military and veterans, law enforcement, teachers, healthcare workers, and clergy when buying, selling, or refinancing a home.
RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENT: Ericka Sumo, Team Sumo – Homes for Heroes recognizes a new northwest Louisiana Hero every month as Hero of the Month. Additionally, Team Sumo has given back over $5,000 to local community organizations and churches.


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