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New Member Spotlight: Cajun Tiger Janitorial

Cajun Tiger Janitorial was formed in September 2016 and offers commercial and residential janitorial services. Owner Cathy Anderson brings more than 20 years of expertise and experience to Cajun Tiger Janitorial and with those years of experience comes quality trained cleaners.

Cajun Tiger Janitorial is known for its professionalism and accommodating demeanor of its staff. A few of the services Cajun Janitorial provides includes floor stripping, floor waxing, carpet cleaning, window cleaning, power washing, and, of course, janitorial services. Cajun Tiger Janitorial prides itself on the number of medical offices the business services and hope to increase its recognition in the medical community even more. For pricing and availability contact Cathy Anderson at (318) 734-7837 or cyranderson2@gmail.com.

Chamber Diplomats hear from local business leader

The Bossier Chamber Diplomats held their February Lunch & Learn today and enjoyed hearing from guest speaker Pete John with Raising Cane’s. Pete discussed the important role that chambers play within the business community and explained how volunteer diplomats play a key part in the success of a chamber.

The Bossier Chamber Diplomats attend Lunch & Learn events on the third Tuesday of each month, participate in ribbon cutting events, assist with membership retention, and volunteer at Bossier Chamber events and programs.

 

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS DRAFT ESSA PLAN FOR PUB-LIC COMMENT

Yearlong Process to Conclude by Start of 2017-2018 School Year, When New Law Takes Effect

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Education today posted for public comment a draft of the state’s plan to set higher expectations for learning and to invest federal funds in local plans for improving where schools and students are struggling. The comprehensive plan complies with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

In addition to posting the draft state plan for public comment for a 30-day period, the law requires state education agencies to consult with governors prior to the submission of the plan. A copy of the plan was hand-delivered to the office of Governor John Bel Edwards today.

Since June 2016, the Department has held numerous meetings with the public and with interest groups, receiving comment from more than 200 organizations and over 1,000 individuals. The De-partment has also previously posted two versions of a “framework” for the plan–the first in Septem-ber 2016, the second in February 2017–for additional feedback.

ESSA’s provisions become effective July 1, 2017. Per the law, the United States Secretary of Educa-tion must approve or deny a plan within 120 days of a state submitting its plan to the U.S. Depart-ment of Education. Because completion of the plan prior to the start of the school year in which it becomes effective is critically important for Louisiana administrators, educators and parents, Louisi-ana commenced public development of its plan more than a year in advance of the law taking effect.

Following receipt of further public comment and Gov. Edwards’s review, the Louisiana Department of Education will present the state plan to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) at a special-called meeting on March 29, 2017, and will submit to the federal government a draft of the plan on or prior to April 3, 2017, launching BESE policy making and federal dialogue pro-cesses that will be completed in advance of the start of the school year.

“Louisianans have been working on this plan for our students for nine months,” said State Superin-tendent of Education John White. “We have five months left to complete the job prior to the start of the school year. Now we enter another phase of the process. I’m looking forward to further input from the public, Governor Edwards, BESE members, and the Secretary of Education.”

The draft plan is available on the Department’s website, and the public is invited to submit further feedback at any of the Department’s upcoming public meetings or by emailing the Department at essalouisiana@la.gov.

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Louisiana House, Senate leaders leading charge on legislation

By Jeremy Alford

This special session appears to be boiling down to two votes:

— Can the House get to 70 votes on tapping the Rainy Day Fund? Senate President John Alario personally presented his resolution to the Appropriations Committee today and got it through without action. But the big vote will be on the floor, where there are still some folks opposed to a sizable withdrawal. Most of the House leadership wants to get it done, though, and the lobbying game is getting strong inside the rails.

— Will the full Senate reverse course on Speaker Taylor Barras’ bond redemption resolution? The upper chamber rejected a similar proposal last year, but this go around the resolution is a very real linchpin to negations (as first reported in LaPolitics Weekly on Friday). The Senate Finance Committee approved the proposal this morning — with at least one senator privately calling it a “hostage bill.”

It’s interesting to see the two most important measures of the session being sponsored by the two men who sit atop their respective chambers. There’s no Alario vs. Barras vibe in the Capitol, but many are enthusiastically watching to see how Alario navigates the House and how Barras steers his way through the Senate.

What if everything blows up and nothing gets accomplished? Julia O’Donoghue at The Times-Pic explored that question in a story yesterday afternoon. So what would happen? “That’s not exactly clear,” she writes. “Lawmakers and the governor are not even on the same page about what the next step would be.”

Sounds like everything else in this special session…

Bossier Chamber to celebrate outstanding healthcare professionals, volunteers

Salute to Healthcare awards to recognize Healthcare Professional and Volunteer of the Year as well as the Dr. John Miciotto Lifetime Achievement Award

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will recognize leaders in the region’s thriving healthcare industry for their outstanding work and service to the Bossier-Shreveport region at the Salute to Healthcare Awards set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Margaritaville Resort Casino, Bossier City.

Do you know someone who has provided you or a loved one with excellent care? Have you experienced outstanding medical care by a local healthcare professional? Do you know someone who gives generously of their time in the healthcare industry to make an impact on the lives of others?

Nominations are currently open for the third annual Salute to Healthcare Awards to honor these individuals. Any person, institution, professional, student, volunteer, who, through individual or collective actions, has made an extraordinary impact in the Bossier-Shreveport healthcare community is eligible. The nominee’s acts of service will represent a dedication to excellence in their area of expertise beyond the scope of everyday employment. Through commitment to their profession and community, the nominee serves as an inspiration to others in an effort to improve the quality of healthcare and to discover new ways to assist those in need.  Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

  • Healthcare Professional of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • The Dr. John Miciotto Lifetime Achievement Award

The deadline for nomination submission is Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  Nomination forms are available at www.bossierchamber.com.  For more information, contact Jana Morgan, Director of Special Projects by calling 318-746-0252 or email, jana@bossierchamber.com.

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Learn how to manage your own construction business

Training focuses on construction management, licensing exam

The Louisiana Contractor Accreditation Institue, partnership between the Louisiana Community & Technical College System, Louisiana Economic Development, and the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors assists small and emerging construction businesses.

 

Taught by industry leaders, the course includes the following topics:
  • Bonding/Access to Capital Certifications
  • Entrepreneurship Training
  • Louisiana Contractor Licensing Exam Review
The class will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, March 6 through April 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Bossier Parish Community College. Registration deadline is Feb. 20, 2017. Click here for more information or to enroll today!

New Member Spotlight: Susan’s Studio of Dance & Fitness

Susan’s Studio of Dance & Fitness is celebrating 25 years of business in Bossier Parish. Owner Susan Meyer fulfilled a childhood dream by opening the Haughton-based dance studio back in 1992. The studio offers dance instruction as well as dance line prep, cheernastics, and gymnastics in a small group atmosphere to encourage a non-competitive, loving atmosphere.

At Susan’s Studio of Dance & Fitness everyone has a “place” and is accepted. The studio is also known for providing special needs classes and hopes to expand this program in the near future. In addition to expanding specific programs, Susan’s Studio also has future plans to renovate.
Susan’s Studio has a Beauty and the Beast “Be Our Guest” recital theme coming up in May 2017, which will be held at Airline High School. For a complete list of class descriptions, schedule options, and sign-up, check out the Susan’s Studio of Dance & Fitness website here and the Susan’s Studio Facebook page here.

Local 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.

Book now! Next Wave training set for your future business leaders

Deadline extended through today!

Invest in the future.

Train your future leaders with Next Wave, led by Louisiana-based consulting firm Emergent Method, which was recently named Company of the year (with fewer than 100 employees) by the Baton Rouge Business Report.

 

Next Wave, at its core, seeks to equip rising talent in the for-profit sector with the organizational leadership skills needed to become both an inward and outward facing representative of their respective organizations. Over the course of the program, participants will learn:
  • Presentation skills,
  • Meeting facilitation,
  • Purposeful networking,
  • Management and coaching styles,
  • And more!

 

Click here for more information or to apply. The application deadline is extended for Bossier Chamber members until tomorrow, February 15.

Are legislators feeling the love this special session?

As we all know, love and politics don’t always mix so well, which is why Gov. John Bel Edwards dropped this line in his speech to open the special session yesterday: “To your spouses and significant others who will spend yet another Valentine’s Day without you, I am sorry.”
For his part, Sen. Barrow Peacock touched upon the same theme earlier in the day while visiting the LaPolitics office on Press Row: “Arrows are being shot at me left and right. But they’re not from cupid.”
Nonetheless, love was supposedly in the air Monday evening. Several politicos noted as much during on-the-record interviews with reporters. They talked about a different tone in regard to negotiations and a better overall mood of key players as compared to 2016.
The desire to wrap up this special session a little early may be driving some of that. But that was also yesterday. Today is a different day.
House negotiators, in their morning meeting with administration leaders, were still leaning towards wanting a smaller withdrawal from the Rainy Day Fund and deeper cuts – and some of those reductions target areas that the governor wants protected, like higher ed. Surprisingly there has still been little to no talk of fees.
There has likewise been some questions asked by lawmakers about January’s tax deposits at the Revenue Department. What might come of it all is still a little fuzzy at this hour.

Let’s just hope this thing ends with hearts and kisses, just like it started last night. That kind of vibe is a preferable setup for the big, bad regular session that’s lurking in the shadows.