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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.
LIMITED SEATING STILL AVAILABLE

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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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.
For booth space, please make checks or money orders payable to:

The Coordinating & Development Corporation
Attn: Nada Percival
P.O. Box 37005
Shreveport, LA 71133-7005.

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 celebrates excellence in healthcare at Salute to Healthcare Awards

Awards given for Healthcare Professional and Volunteer of the Year as well as the Dr. John Miciotto Lifetime Achievement Award

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017,  the Bossier Chamber of Commerce honored outstanding people for their work in the local healthcare industry at the third annual Salute to Healthcare Awards, presented by CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health and Willis-Knighton Health System. The Chamber recognizes that the healthcare industry is an integral part of our community and we are proud of the quality healthcare that is available to our northwest Louisiana residents.

Nominees for our top awards include:

Dr. Dana Clawson-Dean, College of Nursing & School of Allied Health as well as Associate Professor-Northwestern State University; Dr. Deana Clifton- optometrist and owner of Clifton Eye Center; Dr. John H. Haynes Jr.-semi-retired doctor, retired from North Caddo Medical Center; Rhonda MacIsaac- Willis-Knighton Health System-Director of Independent Living; Lindsay Matlock, RN-Administrator and Director of Nursing-Lauve’s Pediatric Day Health Care;       Dr. Gretchen Petterway- pediatrician, CHRISTUS Primary Care Partners; Brenda Pierce, RN—CHRISTUS Breast Center; Bill Price – volunteer, CHRISTUS Kids Clinic; Kem Smelser – volunteer, CHRISTUS Kids Clinic;  Dr. Clint Wilson-Willis-Knighton-Family Medicine Associates

 

Our award winners are:

Healthcare Professional of the Year

Dr. Clint Wilson, Willis-Knighton, Family Medicine Associates

Dr. Clint Wilson was nominated by patient David Madrid not only for the great care and time he takes with his patients but also for his work pioneering innovate hypertension protocol in the area.

Dr. Wilson started the Willis-Knighton Family Medicine Associates practice in 2009 with partner Dr. Jason Milligan, the first family medicine clinic at Willis-Knighton to start from the ground up.

In addition to bringing his patients great care, Dr. Wilson serves on numerous committees for the Willis-Knighton Physicians Network, including the Quality Care Committee. He was asked to be the Physician Champion for the WK Physicians Network quality team to help pioneer new, innovate ways to ensure the people in the community receive the best care possible. He is doing just that with his work on the hypertension protocol in his clinic. Lana Wray, Quality Coordinator for the Willis-Knighton Physician Network reports that after introducing his protocol to his office, the patients at his clinic had the highest control rate of all of the clinics in the entire Willis-Knighton system. He now travels throughout the system to teach about his protocol.

Dr. Wilson is always introducing new, innovative ideas to help improve the health of our patients, Wray wrote in her nomination of Wilson. He also has started similar efforts in diabetes care as well.

 

Healthcare Volunteers of the Year

Bill Price and Kem Smelser, CHRISTUS Kids Clinic

Bill Price and Kem Smelser turned one father’s vision and dream to help children in therapy who have disabilities where they need help moving around into a reality beyond anyone’s imagination. The CHRISTUS Kids Clinic was looking for a way to transfer children successfully and independently between their wheelchairs and other disability devices to their vehicles. Because of the different climate conditions if this act was performed outside, a father of a therapy recipient built a box that would simulate a vehicle for the children. When Kem Smelser arrived to help with the project, he decided to take the project a step further, enlisting the help of master body technician Bill Price, to transform a real car into a training tool for the Kids Clinic. One wrecked and donated car became a one-and-a -half year, more than 350+ hours long project for Kem and Bill as they created a car that not only would have seats for the kids to practice their transfers but also one that would fit inside a standard commercial doorway.

Now, kids like Kayleigh, age 10, can practice getting in and out of a car at therapy without worrying about what the weather outside is like. “It has helped me become more confident in my car transfers,” she said.

Lisa Morse, PT, DPT, Team Leader for CHRISTUS Kids Clinic shares, “Kem Smelser and Bill Price are generous and caring individuals. Their generosity will allow kids with varying disabilities to be able to problem solve and motor plan how to get in and out of a car safely and independently. It will also provide training to parents for proper body mechanics when assisting their children in transferring into and out of a car to ensure that the child and parent are both safe and avoid injuries. For someone to be so giving of their time and resources is truly remarkable and the CHRISTUS Kids Clinic is truly grateful they could help bring an idea to life!”

 

Dr. John Miciotto Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. John H. Haynes, Jr., North Caddo Medical Center

— The Dr. John Miciotto Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to honor an individual, who, over his or her lifetime, has made a significant impact or changed history in the healthcare industry in the northwest Louisiana community.

The 2017 recipient is no stranger to the local medical community having spent 50 years practicing medicine in Vivian. Ask around and you will hear many stories of Dr. Haynes having had a hand in saving a loved one’s life a time or two.  Coming from a small town community and serving another to the fullest earned him the first nationwide award and title “Country Doctor of the Year.”

“From the time I was 17 or 18, I knew I wanted to go into medicine,” said the Bloomburg, Texas native. “The most respected fellow in our community was the doctor in town. And I looked up to him. I decided I would certainly like to be a doctor and take care of people. I think I’ve fulfilled and enjoyed that goal and had a wonderful time doing it.”

“I don’t think I could have chosen anything any better!” Haynes added.

Along with his partner Dr. Stephen Taylor, in combination with Willis-Knighton and LSU Medical School, the doctors began Louisiana’s first Rural Family Practice Fellowship, then later a Rural Family Practice residency.

“It’s been a very successful program … so I’m proud of that,” Haynes said.

He holds a multitude of awards alongside his medical awards.  He is a former All-American Skeet Shoot Champion and competed in the Olympic Trials.  He is an avid hunter and fisherman and has many trophies to show his abilities. Add to these accomplishments Dr. Haynes’ true pride and joy – his family, including two sons and one daughter, many grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Speaking of family, Dr. Haynes has served as many as five generations of families during his years of rural practice.  And, he is not ready to hang up the white coat just yet.  These days, you can find him somewhere just down the road from North Caddo Medical Center in Oil City or in Homer, where he is still dedicated to patients, just on a part-time basis.

Dr. Haynes is the third recipient of the Dr. John Miciotto Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I knew Dr. (John) Miciotto by reputation and certainly he had a wonderful reputation. So, it makes me proud to receive an award with his name associated with it,” Haynes said.