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BPCC Leadership Series: Empowering High Energy Teams

Working with and developing high energy teams and supporting the professionals on the team is critical to the siccess of any leader. This is even more the case today. This course is a conversation on empowered teams, how to improve quality, productivity, and employee satisfaction. The course is for any leader in industry, business, government, churches, athletics, or education that require performance from teams. The Facilitator is David Burroughs who admits after a successful 39 year career the greatest outcomes were from the performance of his teams. His greatest pride is seeing the development and accomplishments of professionals from his teams.

This course is designed as a 4-hour conversation led by Mr. Burroughs where we use the framework of the book by Williams C. Byham, Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment. We learn from the fable so well presented by Dr. Byham, from Mr. Burroughs experiences, and from all in the class. Come join us and find the 12th Demension. $129

July 2017 course:

For more information: 318-678-6015

Learn more about nonprofit board service

Get involved with the community through LANO’s Community Leader program

Are you looking to get involved with nonprofit board service? LANO, (Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations), offers a training program for professionals in our community looking to get more involved through its Community Leader 2017 fall program. Participants will gain a greater understanding of what it means to serve in the community and make a difference in a cause that speaks to their personal interests and passion for serving others.
If you would like to apply for the fall class of 2017 or learn more about the program, please note the following information:
  • Information session, August 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Community Central, 401 Edwards Street, Ste. 125, Shreveport
  • Information and program application
  • Deadline to apply August 18
For further questions or information, contact me or the director of the program, Kay Irby,, 318-840-8522.

40 Under 40 nominations open

The Young Professional Initiative’s 40 Under 40 Awards profile Northwest Louisiana’s outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in public, private or non-profit sectors. Winners are chosen based on such values as achievement, experience and innovation, vision, leadership and community involvement.
Nominees must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be under 40 years of age by July 31.
  • Has made an impact on his or her company or community.
  • Shows the potential to be a leader in business, politics and/or the community during the next decade.
  • Lives and works in Northwest Louisiana.
  • Works for a current member of either the Shreveport or Bossier Chambers of Commerce or is a member of the Young Professionals Initiative.
Previous recipients of the 40 Under 40 Award and previous Young Professionals of the Year recipients are ineligible.

Show your support for education in our parish

Your business can sponsor a new Bossier Parish teacher for a welcome luncheon

All new Bossier Parish Schools teachers are invited to the Bossier Chamber’s annual New Teacher Luncheon. At the event, teachers are treated to a goodie bag, start-up supplies for their new classrooms, and a chance to win prizes thanks to our many business sponsors and their great support of education in Bossier Parish.


Your business can support our local teachers in one of the following ways:
  • Sponsor a new teacher to attend the New Teachers Luncheon for just $175 here! Your sponsorship allows you the opportunity to place promotional items in teachers’ goodie bags.
  • Donate door prizes for new teachers to win at the New Teachers Luncheon!

New Member Spotlight: A+PEL

A+PEL is a non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1983 and was formed to create an alternative to teacher unions. The organization’s reach has been all over the state but recently A+PEL has expanded its presence in the north Louisiana region, specifically Bossier-Shreveport. With more than 18 chapters, A+PEL is the largest non-union teacher association in the state and provides such services as insurance and professional development.

Each year A+PEL awards thousands of dollars to educators and those seeking teacher certifications to assist with instruction and professional development. A+PEL not only supports teachers but serves as a great community supporter and partner. A+PEL gave $243,000 in flood relief donations to south Louisiana this year. To learn more about the local Caddo and Bossier A+PEL Chapter click here and check out the A+PEL Facebook page here

Meet and Greet with state Treasurer candidate Schroder

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of the candidates for the office of state Treasurer.
Your Chamber has invited John Schroder, a Republican from Covington and a candidate for Louisiana’s open state Treasurer position, for a Meet and Greet session THIS THURSDAY at 2 p.m. in the Bossier Chamber of Commerce Boardroom. There are currently three candidates to fill the seat left vacant by John Kennedy’s election to the U.S. Senate. The election for Louisiana Treasurer will be held in October.
Schroder recently resigned his seat as the Louisiana state Rep. for District 77 and served the state House on the Appropriations, Joint Budget, Civil Law, Criminal Justice and Education committees.
John is a U.S. Army veteran, who has been married to Ellie Daigle Schroder for 31 years and they have two children together.

SBDC hosts Starting and Financing a Business workshop

Are you looking to start your own business? The Small Business Development Center is hosting a FREE class to help individuals who plan to start or who have recently started a small business.

The workshop will be held June 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bossier Parish Central Library, 2206 Beckett Street, Bossier City.

Topics of discussion for this workshop include writing a business plan, sources of funds for startup and expansion, small business resources and required licenses.

Register here or call (318) 357-5611.

Increase your business capacity and sustainability

LED hosts Small Business Programs Workshop
Louisiana Economic Development is hosting a LED Small Business Programs workshop so business owners can learn how LED can help cultivate and grow existing businesses through educational and technical assistance. This program, which will be held Wednesday, June 14 at 2 p.m., is available at no cost and hosted by the Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Register here for this program!

To learn more about additional programs coming up, click here!

LED launches Louisiana Business Connection

Louisiana Economic Development announces a companion website to the Louisiana Job Connections: Louisiana Business Connection, which will boost business opportunities by matching prime contractors with Louisiana’s small businesses.

Louisiana Business Connection serves as a pre-qualification tool where contractors can discover disadvantaged, local, small businesses and fill their project needs within Louisiana.

Small businesses can create a profile to be considered for projects and business opportunities throughout the state. Additionally, contractors who hire Louisiana small businesses can search for potential business partners based on project needs. This functionality is free and exclusive to Louisiana companies. All businesses need to do to get started is log in with their Louisiana Job Connection username and password.

Click here to find out more about this great opportunity!

Congratulations to North Louisiana Economic Partnership

NLEP Ranks in the Top Ten for the Number of Certified Economic Developers


(SHREVEPORT-MONROE, La.)  North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) sets the standard for economic development excellence as two more professional staff members earned their Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation. This brings the total number of Certified Economic Developers on staff to four. NLEP now ranks in the Top Ten of all economic development organizations globally for the number of CEcDs on staff.

Christine Rambo, NLEP Senior Vice President, Communications & Marketing, and Ashley Busada, NLEP Vice President, Government Relations and Business Development, received their CEcDs in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 4, 2017 after sitting for a two-day exam, which consisted of both a written portion and an oral interview.  The pass rate on the CEcD exam in Little Rock was just 41 percent.

“NLEP is very proud of Christine’s and Ashley’s professional commitment toward earning this prestigious certification,” said Scott Martinez, CEcD, NLEP President. “Our goal is to eventually have all of our economic development professionals certified as a commitment to providing exceptional economic development service to the communities in North Louisiana.”

The CEcD is the industry gold standard for excellence in the profession, awarded by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest professional organization for economic developers with 5,000 members worldwide.  Candidates are required to have at least four years of consecutive, paid, full-time economic development related experience before applying to sit for the exam.

“We congratulate the North Louisiana Economic Partnership’s Christine Rambo and Ashley Busada for attaining the Certified Economic Developer designation,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “They join the elite ranks of 1,100 people worldwide who represent the very best skills, conduct and results in our economic development profession. NLEP also is certified as an Accredited Economic Development Organization by the International Economic Development Council. These standards of professionalism demonstrate their dedication to elevating the economy of North Louisiana, and we are proud to call NLEP one of our most valued and effective partners.”

The CEcD exam establishes a baseline of core knowledge for economic developers. Earning this highly sought after certification demonstrates that the economic developer has a comprehensive base of knowledge to perform at the top level in the profession.

Christine Rambo has led NLEP’s communication strategies and marketing efforts for the last seven years. Christine is focused on marketing the region to prospective companies, enhancing the brand awareness of NLEP and promoting the positive perceptions of North Louisiana.

“I feel honored to have received this acknowledgment from my peers,” said Rambo. “Becoming a Certified Economic Developer allows me to better serve my region, empowering with me with the knowledge and the tools to work with local and state partners to promote economic development in our communities.”

Ashley Busada manages NLEP’s government relations program and oversees advocacy efforts that impact economic development in North Louisiana. Additionally, Ashley works to recruit companies to North Louisiana in her business development role and handles investor communications and outreach.

“NLEP’s goal is to attract jobs and businesses to North Louisiana.,” said Busada. “In order to achieve this goal, we as an organization must remain on the cutting-edge. By earning my CEcD, I gained more expertise to help our team continue to compete on a national level.”

About North Louisiana Economic Partnership

North Louisiana Economic Partnership, an Accredited Economic Development Organization, provides professional economic development services to the 14 parish region of North Louisiana, including lead generation and prospect management. The organization also represents the interests of North Louisiana with a unified voice and as a single point of contact. It acts as a catalyst, a convener, and a connector in the region to ensure that North Louisiana’s economic development potential is realized. Its vision is for North Louisiana to be a thriving region-a destination for high quality talent, innovative companies, and global investment.