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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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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.

Salute to Healthcare Awards to honor professionals, volunteers

BOSSIER CITY – The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will recognize leaders in the healthcare industry for their outstanding work and service to the Bossier-Caddo community at the third annual Salute to Healthcare Awards set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at Margaritaville Resort Casino, Bossier City.  This event is presented by CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health and Willis-Knighton Health System.

 

Both healthcare professionals and volunteers will be recognized for their collective actions and extraordinary impact in the Bossier-Caddo healthcare community.  The nominees’ acts of service represent a dedication to excellence in their area of expertise beyond the scope of everyday employment. Through commitment to their profession and community, the award recipients serve as an inspiration to others as they work to improve the quality of healthcare and to discover new ways to assist those in need.

 

The nominees include:

Dr. John Miciotto Lifetime Achievement Award (award sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield)

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

 

Volunteer of the Year

Kem Smelser and Bill Price, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier

 

Healthcare Professional of the Year

Dr. Dana Clawson, Dean of the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health and associate
professor at Northwestern State University

Dr. Deanna Clifton, optometrist, Clifton Eye Center

Rhonda MacIsaac, Director of Independent Living, Willis-Knighton Health System

Linndsay Matlock, Administrator and Director of Nursing, Lauve’s Pediatric Day Healthcare

Dr. Gretchen Petterway, pediatrian, CHRISTUS Primary Care Partners

Brenda Pierce, R.N. nurse navigator for CHRISTUS Breast Center

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

 

BOSSIER CHAMBER HOSTS OPEN HOUSE

Chamber opens its doors to all businesses
as it celebrates 70 years

The Bossier Chamber staff and its Board of Directors are hosting an official reveal of the 2017 Community Guide & Membership Directory as well as celebrating the Chamber’s 70th anniversary for this Open House event on Thursday, March 30 from 3-6 p.m.

“Through 70 years, the Bossier Chamber has continued with the same legacy and mission – to advance business interests in Bossier Parish while continuing to help the parish prosper,” said Lisa Johnson, President and CEO of the Bossier Chamber.

The Chamber has grown to more than 900 members, representing seven states and 37 cities within the United States. The Bossier Chamber is proud to be a leader in government as well as military relations for our region.

The Bossier Chamber is proud to say nine of the original charter members of the Chamber continue to be members today: AEP SWEPCO; Builders Supply Co., Inc.; Centerpoint Energy; Coca-Cola United Bottling Company; Maddox & Hughes Insurance Agency; Montgomery Agency, Inc.; Pulley-White Insurance Agency, Inc.; Red River Motor Company; and The (Shreveport) Times.

One of the great resources available to Chamber members is the Community Guide and Membership Directory, which businesses in our community can use to tout what the area has to offer as well as get information on fellow member businesses. This resource, along with the Chamber’s annual report and other guides, will be available for members at the Open House.

Bossier Chamber board member and Gibsland Bank & Trust Chief Marketing Officer Rick Holland says “The Chamber’s Membership Directory is one of the most powerful tools I have.”

Interested in learning more about the Chamber? This event is open to the public so that the Bossier Chamber can showcase how it continues to be a leader and advocate for the business community.

Join us in celebrating 70 years at our Open House

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Open House event on Thursday, March 30 from 3-6 p.m.
Join the Bossier Chamber Staff and its Board of Directors as they host an official reveal of the 2017 Community Guide & Membership Directory.
Come by the Bossier Chamber office at 710 Benton Road to pick up your 2017 directory and visit with other Chamber members. The Annual Report, Chamber push card, and information regarding the new “Be Bossier” campaign will also be available at the Open House. Don’t miss it!
 

2017 Community Guide and Membership Directory: Our directories have arrived! Members are welcome to come pick up their Chamber Membership Directory at our office any day, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours.
Bossier Chamber board member and Gibsland Bank & Trust Chief Marketing Officer Rick Holland says “The Chamber’s Membership Directory is one of the most powerful tools I have.”
Get yours at our Open House or at your earliest convenience.

Starns outlines small business policy; honors state Rep. Horton

Dawn Starns, state Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, presented state Representative Dodie Horton with a Guardian of Small Business award on Tuesday morning, as part of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce’s Government Relations Seminar Series, sponsored by Valveworks USA. Starns spoke of Horton’s work in the difficult Ways and Means committee last year, as the state faced a growing budget crisis.

“I’m happy to work with legislators who understand that whatever you do (in the legislature) affects someone else,” Starns said.

Starns laid out the policies of the NFIB, both on the federal and state level at Tuesday’s discussion. The NFIB’s national platforms are: tax reform, healthcare reform and regulatory reform. “We let legislators know – this is going to be the impact” of the different legislation /bills.

While Governor John Bel Edwards has his focus on equal pay and raising the minimum wage, Starns said NFIB’s “No. 1 priority for this year is tax reform.”

“We may not see it but we’re going to try,” she added.

NFIB’s stance on equal pay, according to Starns, is that Louisiana has remedies in its existing law to make sure people are paid equally. And, on minimum wage, the organization is strongly against Louisiana creating its own law for a minimum wage. “Let businesses handle that themselves,” she said. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all proposition.”

And, as far as tax reform goes, the state has spent the last two years increasing taxes. While people may not be feeling the increase every day, Starns points out if the state added a gas tax, which is an idea that has been floated around, consumers and small business owners would feel it more.

“Good policy ultimately helps everybody,” Starns said, as there are other areas that need reform the legislature should be looking at, not just cherry-picking certain policies and continuing to raise taxes.

These stances from the NFIB are ones that Horton stands behind as well. “My goal is to have less taxes and less government intrusion,” she told the crowd on Tuesday. Hence, the reason she was given the NFIB’s award for her work in 2016. “When you make policy, it has to be what’s best for the majority,” she added.

State NFIB director to address 2017 small business policy platform

Bossier Chamber kicks off 2017 Government Relations Seminar Series on March 14

WHO: The Bossier Chamber of Commerce, along with sponsor Valveworks USA, is hosting the first Government Relations Seminar Series for 2017 with guest Dawn Starns, director for the Louisiana National Federation of Independent Business.

WHAT: Dawn Starns will present a small business policy platform for 2017 and she will be giving a NFIB Guardian of Small Business Certificate to State Representatives Larry Bagley and Dodie Horton for their outstanding work on behalf of small business in 2016.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Boomtown Bossier City, Riverside Room, 300 Riverside Drive, Bossier City

WHY: As the regular Louisiana Legislative Session is set to begin in April, it will be important for our small business members to be aware of the NFIB’s policy platform for 2017.

ABOUT DAWN STARNS: With nearly two decades of experience in governmental affairs, public policy, fundraising and political consulting, Starns has built and maintained relationships with statewide and local elected officials, as well as business leaders across the state. Prior to NFIB Louisiana, Dawn Starns served as Executive Director of the Capital Region Legislative Delegation (CRLD) since its inception in 2008.

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