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A day of Innovation in Northwest Louisiana

Showcasing our assets and selling our region

Join the Bossier Chamber and community partners for Innovation NWLA! The inaugural innovation event for northwest Louisiana. Thursday, November 2 will be full of celebrating all things innovation in northwest Louisiana. This first year is about building the brand of innovation for our region. Shreveport-Bossier is full of innovative companies, entrepreneurs, and resources and we want to rally the community around the idea of innovation. We want to grow and build the “team” that supports innovation in our area! Are you on board? Innovation NWLA will be comprised of the following three events:
  • Education & Innovation Luncheon: Inspiring Women in STEM, Doors Open at 11 a.m., Program begins at 11:30 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites, Bossier City
  • Innovation Showcase & Resource Fair, 2-4 p.m., Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning, Bossier City
  •  E.P.I.C. Closing Reception – 4-6 p.m., CSRA Integrated Technology Center – National Cyber Research Park, Bossier City
Join us for a day like no other at Innovation NWLA! Come to one event or ALL three! To reserve your spot click here.

Connect with local business professionals

Join us for our premier networking event

Business After Hours brings together a crowd of the area’s business professionals for an opportunity to connect and grow their business. Hosted from 5-7 p.m., this month’s two-hour evening social on October 26 offers you the chance to meet other business representatives to gain a better understanding of how you may partner and collaborate with one another. 
This month’s After Hours is being hosted by Cumulus, 
located at the Louisiana Boardwalk- 2nd Level; offices above Cheesecake Bistro near elevators
$5 members | $10 future members

And, don’t forget to bring business cards!

Connect with local business professionals

Join us for our premier networking event

Business After Hours brings together a crowd of the area’s business professionals for an opportunity to connect and grow their business. Hosted from 5-7 p.m., this month’s two-hour evening social on October 26 offers you the chance to meet other business representatives to gain a better understanding of how you may partner and collaborate with one another. 
This month’s After Hours is being hosted by Cumulus, 
located at the Louisiana Boardwalk- 2nd Level; offices above Cheesecake Bistro near elevators
$5 members | $10 future members

And, don’t forget to bring business cards!

Bossier Innovates  introduces “Sponsor a Student” campaign

Partner with us to ensure a strong future workforce

As the new school year gets well underway, the Bossier Parish School Board is stepping in to ensure nochild is left behind due to financial constraints. When it comes to those students pursuing Advanced Placement (AP) courses, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Dual Enrollment credits and Industry Based Certifications (IBCs), $30 is the most a Bossier Parish student will have to pay even though most extended higher learning opportunities are well over $50. Even with Bossier Schools picking up the difference, $30 can still be a financial hardship for some families as some students may choose to participate in more than one higher learning endeavor.
Through this program, sponsored by the Bossier Innovates Foundation, a business or community partner can sponsor one or more student’s higher learning endeavor. Your investment in our students is greatly appreciated as we all work together to create a strong future workforce for our community. To sponsor a student through the Bossier Innovates Foundation please contact Katie Theriot here.

Grow your business

Partner with the Chamber in 2018 for your marketing opportunities


The Bossier Chamber of Commerce has 2018 marketing opportunities available for your business! Gain exposure, market to a captive audience, and support the Chamber’s top initiatives through these exclusive marketing and advertising opportunities.

 

Who is your target market for a maximum return on investment? Let us know and we can plug you in! Contact Katie Theriot, or call 746-0252 for more information.

A day of Innovation in Northwest Louisiana

Help us in building the brand to support our region’s future
Join the Bossier Chamber and community partners for Innovation NWLA! The inaugural innovation event for northwest Louisiana. Thursday, November 2 will be full of celebrating all things innovation in northwest Louisiana. This first year is about building the brand of innovation for our region. Shreveport-Bossier is full of innovative companies, entrepreneurs, and resources and we want to rally the community around the idea of innovation. We want to grow and build the “team” that supports innovation in our area! Are you on board? Innovation NWLA will be comprised of the following three events:
  • Education & Innovation Luncheon: Inspiring Women in STEM, Doors Open at 11 a.m., Program begins at 11:30 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites, Bossier City
  •  Innovation Showcase & Resource Fair, 2-4 p.m., Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning, Bossier City
  •  E.P.I.C. Closing Reception – 4-6 p.m., CSRA Integrated Technology Center – National Cyber Research Park, Bossier City
Join us for a day like no other at Innovation NWLA! Come to one event or ALL three! To reserve your spot click here.

La. Sen. Hewitt to highlight STEM luncheon

Chamber to host its second annual Education & Innovation Luncheon
You don’t want to miss the second annual Education & Innovation Luncheon for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. La. Sen. Sharon Hewitt, a former engineering executive at Shell, will highlight the 2017 event, which focuses on Women in STEM and be held at Hilton Garden Inn Shreveport-Bossier City. Bossier Parish Community College is the top sponsor for this event.
Sen. Hewitt is the author of Senate Bill 225, which creates the Louisiana Science, Technology, Enginery and Math Advisory Council under the purview of the Board of Regents.
At this luncheon, the Bossier Innovates Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of the Bossier Chamber, will award scholarships to high school girls who have identified an interest in majoring in STEM-related subjects.
November 2, 2017
11:30 a.m.

Bossier Parish Trio Chosen for Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship

Three forward-thinking educators in Bossier Parish have been selected for an opportunity not many receive; to lend their voice and expertise to improve education in the state and nation.

Elm Grove Middle School STEM teacher Spencer Kiper, Parkway High AP History/Social Studies Department Chair Meredith McGovern and Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning Principal Jayda Spillers have been invited to join America Achieves’ Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship for 21st Century Learning.

The Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship is part of America Achieves, a national organization devoted to elevating the voices of educators to improve education across the nation. In partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education, this 16-month Fellowship program provides an opportunity for the state’s most forward-thinking educators to share best practices and learn about the rapidly changing economy and its implications for students.

With three participants, Bossier Schools is the most well represented district in the Fellowship program. Kiper, McGovern and Spillers met their other 21 colleagues at a recent meeting in New Orleans, where they discussed what is ahead.

“I think we all walked away inspired by the work and journey we are about to embark upon,” said McGovern. “We’ve been tasked with the responsibility to create and provide a career readiness framework and course for statewide implementation in the 2019-20 school year. It’s a big task, but we are definitely up to the challenge!”

Bossier Chamber’s inaugural Law Enforcement Symposium

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce hosted it inaugural Law Enforcement Symposium in partnership with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office in September. The symposium consisted of panelists from the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Department, Bossier City Police Department and Bossier City Marshall’s Office as well as the District Attorney and the 26th Judicial District Court Judge for Bossier Parish.

The purpose of the symposium was to share how the departments within the parish work together to ensure that safety is the No. 1 priority for Bossier City and Parish residents and businesses.  Sheriff Julian Whittington said, “You can have great schools, great infrastructure, great things to do; but, if safety is not a priority, none of that will matter.”

Below are a few of the highlights shared by the panelists:

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington

“Low crime draws business and residents”

  • Only two (2) parishes in the state of Louisiana with SRO officers in every school.
  • Most calls are traffic related. They responded to 17K calls related to traffic in 2016.
  • Number one crime is vehicle burglary. “You can help! Simply lock your car.”
  • Enlarged the SWAT recently
  • Offer Vacation home checks
  • Have drones with heat sensors

“You can help by supporting and encouraging”

Bossier City Marshall Jim Whitman

  • Only City Marshall’s Office with a Cyber Crime Unit
  • Internet Crime Task Force
  • Violet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • 3 Detectives certified in Computer Forensics

“You can help by donating to non-government agencies that assists in cyber and child crimes.”

Bossier City Police Chief Shane McWilliams

  • Narcotics Task Force
  • Working closely with Crime Stoppers
  • Priority is to protect the citizens

District Attorney Skyler Marvin

  • Gave an update on the recently passed Criminal Justice Reform passed by the state legislature at the request of the governor.
  • The state task force submitted 26 recommendations for review, which was paired down to 13 initiatives
  • 17-year-old’s are being moved back to juvenile facilities – will create a burden on those facilities
  • State does not have any state-owned drug and alcohol facilities
  • November 1: 27 incarcerated individuals will be released back to population in Bossier Parish

26th Judicial District Court Judge Mike Nerren

  • Judges have two districts they are responsible for
  • Each district is broken down into parishes
  • Each Parish is then broken down into categories
  • Criminal filing for Bossier Parish

o             2015 – 6,700

o             2016 – 6,200

“People in this community work hard to protect the residents.”

Save the Date!

Chamber to host its second annual Education & Innovation Luncheon

You don’t want to miss the second annual Education & Innovation Luncheon for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. La. Sen. Sharon Hewitt, a chemical engineer, will highlight the 2017 event, which focuses on Women in STEM and be held at Hilton Garden Inn Shreveport-Bossier City. Bossier Parish Community College is the top sponsor for this event.

At this luncheon, the Bossier Innovates Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of the Bossier Chamber, will award scholarships to high school girls who have identified an interest in majoring in STEM-related subjects.