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Lt. Col. Fish named 2017 Young Professional of the Year

Lt. Col. William “Bill” Fish, Jr. USAF, was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Young Professional of the Year Award at the annual 40 Under 40 Awards and Gala Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Shreveport Convention Center.

“The Young Professional Initiative (YPI) is a core program of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, and 40 Under 40 is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the emerging leaders in our community,” said Dr. Timothy Magner, President of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. “We are delighted to recognize this year’s class and to celebrate Lt. Col. Fish as the Young Professional of the Year for his leadership on behalf of our community and his service to our nation. Lt. Col. Fish is an excellent example of the caliber of our airmen and his engagement in the Shreveport-Bossier community highlights the positive relationship that exists between our community and Barksdale Air Force Base.”

Originally from Flagstaff, Az., Lt. Col. Fish is currently the Commander of the 11th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale AFB. As a member of the 2nd Bomb Wing, Lt. Col. Fish deployed multiple times to the Pacific and flew combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Fish continued his education earning a M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University and graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College. Lt. Col. Fish returned to Barksdale following an assignment to United States Strategic Command where he helped shape the nation’s nuclear plans.

He has served in multiple positions including the 2nd Bomb Wing’s Director of Staff where he represented the Wing at multiple civic organizations including the Greater Shreveport and Bossier Chambers of Commerce.

“The Bossier Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of the 40 Under 40 Gala,” said Lisa Johnson, President and CEO of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. “Each year, we see another class of talented young people engaging in the community and making a difference. Congratulations to the 2017 class. We are extremely excited to honor Lt. Col. William “Bill” Fish as this year’s Young Professional of the Year, as Barksdale Air Force Base and its airmen serve as an integral part of our community’s success.”

Dedicated to improving the quality of life in our region, Lt. Col. Fish helped establish the Roots for Boots Airman Sponsorship program, supports The Global Power Museum Association, and Evangel Learning Center among other organizations. Lt. Col. Fish has two children with his wife Jennifer.

Education & Innovation Luncheon: Sen. Sharon Hewitt encourages female STEM students

La. Sen. Sharon Hewitt highlights Education & Innovation event

Bossier Innovates Foundation awards 9 scholarships to Bossier Parish high schoolers

For the second year, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce hosted the Education & Innovation Luncheon: Inspiring Women in Stem, sponsored by Bossier Parish Community College along with Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Benteler Steel/Tube, Cyber Innovation Center, Forte and Tablada, and Northwestern State University.

This luncheon, highlighted STEM education as well as the STEM job sector — an industry expected to grow faster than other occupations in the next decade but one which is lacking in female representation.

To encourage more females to enter STEM professions, the Bossier Chamber invited successful women in STEM fields and 75 Bossier Parish and Caddo Parish female high school students to attend the event and sit together, a way to encourage the students to continue to reach for successful careers in STEM-related fields.

The event featured Louisiana Sen. Sharon Hewitt, a former engineering executive who managed major deepwater assets in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell. Recently, Sen. Hewitt authored Senate Bill 225, which creates the Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council under the purview of the Board of Regents.

Hewitt told the audience she was “inspired” by them as she saw the students in attendance. She told the students her story – as a female in the male-dominated world of engineering.

“I was the only female in my mechanical engineering class,” she said. “I didn’t see myself as a female; I saw myself as an engineer.”

“The guys offshore didn’t quite know what to do with me, and that’s OK because I didn’t quite know what to do with them. But, we were all there to do a job,” Hewitt explained of her first job working as the Shell engineer on off-shore rigs. Hewitt said she earned their respect, and they, hers. “And I believe I did a good job.”

After engineering, Hewitt moved to another male-dominated sector – state politics. And she encouraged the females in the room to join her there in the coming years to help guide our state’s government. Hewitt is doing that with her STEM bill.

Hewitt said, nationally, 48 percent of students are interested in STEM fields but only 26 percent are STEM-ready. In Louisiana, 52 percent of students show an interest in STEM but a mere 14 percent are STEM-ready based on ACT scores.

And, Hewitt said she wants to help Louisiana fix that.

“I want Louisiana to be the go-to state for STEM talent,” she said. And, the advisory council produced from Senate Bill 225 is a step in doing that, as well as guiding the education of Louisiana’s future.

As a final note of encouragement, she told the students: “Outwork everyone else and prove you are the best…anything you want to be!”

The Bossier Innovates Foundation awarded nine scholarships to Bossier Parish high school females who have declared they plan to seek a major in a STEM-related field in college. The scholarships were sponsored by AT&T, Brown Builders, Fire Tech Systems, Forte and Tablada, Magee Resource Group, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems and STARBASE Louisiana.

And the recipients of $1,000 scholarships were:

Kenzie Farquhar, Haughton High School

Jade Champagne, Benton High School

Megan Cox, Benton High School

Hailey Densmore, Haughton High School

Brianna Rogers, Parkway High School

Kayla Cassidy, Benton High School

 

The recipients of the $500 scholarships were:

Jocelyn Feaster, Parkway High School

Bailee Rattanachai, Haughton High School

Miranda Pickard, Haughton High School

Additionally, the Bossier Innovates Foundation honored two STEM teachers with the Excellence in Education & Innovation Award. The recipients were Laurie Salvail, a teacher at Kingston Elementary School, and Terence Flores, a teacher at Caddo Magnet High School.

The Education and Innovation Luncheon is part of 2017 Innovation NWLA, a day promoting all things innovation in Northwest Louisiana. This year’s focus will be Building Our Brand, showcasing all of the great opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in our region. For more on the full day of innovation, visit https://innovation-nwla.eventbrite.com.

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ABOUT THE BOSSIER INNOVATES FOUNDATION: The Bossier Innovates Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, endeavors to enhance the economic and social opportunities of northwest
Louisiana, as well as the quality of life of its citizens, through educational programs, workforce development, enhancement or expansion of existing facilities and programs, and collaborations with community partners.

 

 

 

Bossier Chamber to recognize local Patriots

Contact: Jessica Hemingway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phone: (318) 746-0252

September 6, 2017

22KILL CEO Jacob Schick to speak at event honoring first responders

BOSSIER CITY — The Bossier Chamber of Commerce’s annual Patriot Awards honor our local first responders who go above and beyond the call of duty. Highlighting the 2017 event will be keynote speaker Jacob Schick, Chief Executive Officer of 22KILL.

Schick is a third-generation U.S. Marine from Bossier City, who attended elementary and middle school in Bossier before moving to Dallas. Schick, who was severely injured by a tank mine in Iraq in 2004, leads the organization’s efforts of suicide prevention and veteran empowerment, working tirelessly to raise awareness about the high suicide rate among warriors.

For the second year, the Chamber has solicited the public to nominate first responders – Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS, Emergency Communicators and Military members (active, reserve and guard) – who they have witnessed showing integrity, hard work and courage while in the line of duty in Bossier and Caddo parishes in 2017. Nominees and the 2017 winners will be honored at the Bossier Chamber’s 2017 Patriot Awards, presented by Willis-Knighton Health System, on Sept. 11, 2017, 11:30 a.m., at the Bossier Civic Center.

Tickets and tables are available for the Patriot Awards luncheon. Tickets are $45 and tables are $800 for this premier event. Tickets are available online at www.bossierchamber.com/shop or by phone at (318) 746-0252.

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LSU Health Shreveport hosts The Business of Science seminar series

LSU Health Shreveport’s Office of Sponsored Programs & Technology Transfer is hosting The Business of Science, a free bioentrepreneurism seminar series that kicks off on Sept. 14.

 

“Shreveport has long been a nationally recognized hub for research and innovation, and this series will expose scientists and innovators to the tools of entrepreneurship and successful commercialization,” said Annella Nelson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development at LSU Health.

 

The 10-week series will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 14 through Nov. 9, with a wrap-up discussion panel scheduled for Nov. 30. Guest speakers with expertise in their fields will discuss a variety of topics to guide participants in the steps to starting a successful science-based entrepreneurial endeavor.

 

The Sept. 14 seminar, Introduction to Bioentrepreneurism, features speakers John Chidlow, Ph.D., and Kevin Pavlick, Ph.D., co-founders of Innolyzer Labs, LLC and Gregory Kallenberg with Prize Foundation.

 

Series organizers include Charles Holoubek, patent attorney with Davis & Bujold Intellectual Property Law Firm, along with Innolyzer’s Chidlow.

 

Holoubek is a frequent lecturer and author on patent, trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property issues, and he has been actively involved with the Louisiana Startup Prize.  Chidlow’s Innolyzer, a privately-held company specializing in the development and commercialization of innovative analytics for a broad array of industries, won the Louisiana Startup Prize in 2015. He was named the 2016 Young Professional of the Year by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Initiative of Northwest Louisiana.

 

“Startups face constant challenges and many of them are catch-22s. In the earliest stages, simultaneously bringing together data for finances, projections, markets, and other aspects while licensing patents, and finding the money to pay for it is challenging. Over time the challenges change, but they are always there,” Chidlow said. “Product development and bringing a product to market offer their own unique scenarios. This series is designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with a checklist that can be utilized to avoid pitfalls, delays and unnecessary costs along the way.”

 

“Our expectation is that between now and next year, a number of our participants will have started a new biotech company, and will have used what they learned in this course to help be successful,” Holoubek added. “According to recent research, new businesses, or startups, account for substantially all of the net job growth in our economy. This is something we want locally too. So we as a community, for the economic health and prosperity of the community, need to encourage and empower the assets we have – human, financial, and technical – to go and create. That is the future of Shreveport.”

 

There is no fee for the series, but registration is required. Register online at http://bit.ly/businessofscience. A complimentary lunch will be offered to the first 50 registrants at each session.

 

All sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Margaret Place Properties Community Center, located in the former Christus Schumpert Hospital at 915 Margaret Place in Shreveport:

 

  • September 14: Introduction to Bioentrepreneurism – John Chidlow, Ph.D., and Kevin Pavlick, D. with Innolyzer and Gregory Kallenberg with Prize Foundation will discuss startups in general and science-based startups and how to formulate a business concept, build a team, create a competent business strategy, along with helpful organizations to aid in success.

 

  • September 21: Forming IP in the Laboratory – Speakers Nick Goeders, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience at LSU Health, and Chris Kevil, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Research at LSU Health Shreveport, will review issues of Intellectual Property (IP) creation, namely creating IP with an eye toward commercialization and monetization of the asset. Issues of protectable ideas, confidentiality, the timeline and process of IP protection, and pitfalls to avoid to maintain value in IP.

  • September 28: Licensing IP for Commercialization – Charles Holoubek, J.D., patent attorney with Davis & Bujold, and Annella Nelson, M.B.A., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development at LSU Health, will cover analyzing commercial viability and strength of IP and the process of licensing IP.

 

  • October 5: Market Analysis – Judy Williams, President of Williams Creative Group, and Ron Ondechek, Managing Director of South Highland Ventures, will discuss market issues, with key analysis to include market presence, barriers to entry, market sustainable price points, vertical or horizontal market, and larger marketing strategies.

 

  • October 12: Financial Analysis – Elizabeth Killough and Chris Solomon with Heard, McElroy & Vestal will explore financial issues startups face, including budgeting, preparing a term sheet, cap table management, accounting issues and pitfalls, and making payroll.

 

  • October 19: Legal Preparation – Wendy Horton of Langley, Parks, Horton & Maxwell, LLC and Rich Lamb of Wiener, Weiss & Madison will delve into legal issues with making the startup a real legal entity. Topics include what structure that company might be, formulating an operating agreement, and preparing a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM).

 

  • October 26: The Business Plan – Speakers James Cardelli, Ph.D., of Segue Therapeutics, LLC and LSU-Shreveport’s Michael Meeks, Ph.D., will apply information covered in the previous sessions to discuss how to develop a business plan and how to use it as a guide for the business, including items outside parties will want to see in a business plan, alternatives to traditional business plans, and when to make revisions.

 

  • November 2: Raising Capital – Dave Smith, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program, and Ross Barrett with Big Ventures Management, LLC will cover how to fund the new startup, including rounds of funding, different funding sources and advantages and disadvantages of each, including Friends and Family, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Investors, Private Equity, and Grants.

 

  • November 9: Launching Operations – Pavlick of Innolyzer and Wayne Nix of RNvention will share insights on the operations side of the science startup, including what goes into creating a prototype, SRAs, and issues with selecting and securing Manufacturers.

 

  • November 30: Wrap-up Panel Discussion – a selection of experts will discuss topics relating to starting and succeeding in a science-based startup, with Innolyzer’s John Chidlow moderating.

 

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!

Friday is deadline to reserve Veterans’ Job Fair booth space

Bossier Chamber partnering for May event

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Coordinating and Development Corporation, City of Bossier, City of Shreveport and La. Workforce Commission to present the Northwest Louisiana Veterans’ Job Fair, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bossier Civic Center.
This job fair will be a great opportunity for you to recruit new employees with proven and accomplished work records; those who can get the job done.
GET A BOOTH: We encourage you to get a booth for this year’s spring Veterans’ Job Fair. Booth fee is $20, which includes a box lunch for two. Contact Nakeeta Demery at (225) 405-6223 or ndemery@lwc.la.gov for more information. The deadline for payment is May 5, 2017.
  • ACTIVE DUTY, VETERANS, GUARD & RESERVES, and ALL OTHER MILITARY I.D. CARD HOLDERS ARE INVITED.  OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FROM 12-2 p.m.

Thanks to our Bossier Chamber sponsors:

Celebrate local military at the Recognition Breakfast

Get your tickets now before this event sells out!


The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will honor the men and women of all branches within the military during May – National Military Appreciation Month. As a part of the celebration, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce will host the Military Recognition Breakfast, presented by Barksdale Federal Credit Union. The event is aimed to educate the community about the local units serving in their backyard, and also provides insight into various jobs that military members perform each day. All local units will be recognized for their hard work in 2016, with recognition awards sponsored by Willis-Knighton Health System. Members of the Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Air Force will all be on hand at the event. 

 
May 11 at 8 a.m.
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Bossier Chamber’s Military Recognition Breakfast to honor local units

May is the month to honor servicemembers of all branches

BOSSIER CITY – The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will honor the men and women of all branches within the military during May — National Military Appreciation Month. As a part of the celebration, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce will host the Military Recognition Breakfast, presented by Barksdale Federal Credit Union. The event is aimed to educate the community about the local units serving in their backyard, and also provides insight into various jobs that military members perform each day. All local units will be recognized for their hard work in 2016, with recognition awards sponsored by Willis-Knighton Health System.

The breakfast is set for Thursday, May 11 at Margaritaville Resort Casino and doors open at 7:30 a.m. with the program at 8 a.m. Members of the Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Air Force will all be on hand at the event. There are a limited number of tickets and tables available with tickets at $30 and tables of eight for $500. Tickets can be purchased here. For more information, contact the Bossier Chamber of Commerce at (318) 746-0252.
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Sign your business up for the Spring Veterans’ Job Fair

Bossier Chamber partnering for May event

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Coordinating and Development Corporation, City of Bossier, City of Shreveport and La. Workforce Commission to present the Northwest Louisiana Veterans’ Job Fair, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bossier Civic Center.

This job fair will be a great opportunity for you to recruit new employees with proven and accomplished work records; those who can get the job done.

GET A BOOTH: We encourage you to get a booth for this year’s spring Veterans’ Job Fair. Booth fee is $20, which includes a box lunch for two. Contact Nakeeta Demery at (225) 405-6223 or ndemery@lwc.la.gov for more information. The deadline for payment is May 5, 2017.

  • ACTIVE DUTY, VETERANS, GUARD & RESERVES, and ALL OTHER MILITARY I.D. CARD HOLDERS ARE INVITED.  OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FROM 12-2 p.m.

Thanks to our Bossier Chamber sponsors:

 

Bossier Chamber to take Bossier Youth Leadership students to Louisiana State Capitol

 

BYL students to make second annual trip to Baton Rouge

WHO:            The Bossier Chamber of Commerce

WHAT:         The Bossier Chamber is taking 36 Bossier Youth Leadership students to Baton Rouge to visit the Louisiana State Capitol. This is the second year the Chamber has sponsored a trip to the state capitol for the Bossier Youth Leadership students.

WHERE:       Baton Rouge, Louisiana State Capitol

WHEN:         Tuesday, April 18

WHY:            This session at the Louisiana State Capitol will give the Bossier Youth Leadership students a first-hand experience in state government. They will tour the state capitol as well as talk with the area’s local legislators to learn more, and see, the process.

 

For almost 25 years, the Bossier Chamber has been invested in growing the future leaders of Northwest Louisiana through the Bossier Youth Leadership Program.  Select high school juniors from Bossier Parish are trained to take  on leadership roles and gain experience civic engagement. The program is a partnership between the Chamber and the Bossier Parish School Board and hosts nine different sessions throughout the school year that help to develop each student’s leadership abilities.

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