Forty young professionals under the age of forty have been selected by a special committee of the Young Professional Initiative to be honored with the 40 Under 40 award at the eleventh annual Northwest Louisiana Young Professionals Gala presented by The Forum on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Shreveport Convention Center.
From the list of 40 Under 40 honorees, one will be named the 2017 Young Professional of the Year. This special announcement will be made at the Gala.
The 2017 40 Under 40 class includes: Sabrina Adsit, Film Prize Foundation; Allie Aiello, Bossier Parish District Attorney's Office; Desiree Alexander, Caddo Parish Public Schools; Gabriel Balderas, El Cabo Verde; Courtney Spradlin Bryan, BRF; Leigh Anne Chambers, Shreveport Symphony; Margo Clendenin, Christus Health; Konstantin Dolagn, LA New Product Development Team; Katherine Douthitt, Blanchard Walker O'Quinn & Roberts; William Fish, Jr. Lt Col USAF, Barksdale Air Force Base; Adam Foret, University Veterinary Hospital; Catherine Foret, DVM, University Veterinary Hospital; Jana Freeman, Bank of Montgomery; Julie Gilley, EAP/Biomed; Adria Goins, KSLA 12; Sean Green, BIZ Magazine; Jordan Harris, Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier; Wendy Horton, Langley, Parks, Horton and Maxwell, LLC; Taylor Jamison, Strategic Action Council; Neco Johnson, U.S. Air Force; Dr. Nashawna Joseph, Southern University & Shreveport/centre 4 M.O.R.E; Heidi Kemple Martin, Shreveport Bar Association; Elizabeth Killough, Heard, McElroy & Vestal, LLC; Rich Lamb, Weiner, Weiss & Madison; Crystal Lauve, Lauve Pediatrics; Nick Lebrun, Lebrun Outdoors; Valerie Montet, Caesars Entertainment/ Horseshoe/Harrah's; Shannon Nichols, Regions Bank; Terry Petzold, Magee Resource Group, LLC; Joshua K. Porter, Shreveport Regional Arts Council; Arien Ragster, Dress for Success Shreveport-Bossier; Marvin, D. Rainey, M. Ed, Caddo Schools - Midway Elementary School; Ronnie Remedies, Shreveport Limousine; Allison Rhymes, Southland Home Health; Leslie Smith, AFS Logistics; Britney Spivey, Simply Chic Boutique Bossier; Melissa Stewart, Now You’re Cooking; Lauren Vizza, KTAL-NBC6 / KSHV-V45; David Watters, Morris & Dickson Co., L.L.C; Mary Wood, Caddo Parish School Board.
“The 2017 40 Under 40 Class is as professionally diverse as I’ve ever seen! This year’s class is comprised of a wonderful array of Northwest Louisiana’s best and brightest young professionals who are making a difference in their professional industries as well as in their communities,” said YPI’s Committee President Kourtney Washington. “On behalf of YPI, it is our pleasure to honor this year’s amazing group of young professionals at our Annual Gala in December.”
The December 2th gala will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center. General seating tickets are $65 per person and sponsorships are available for the event. Tickets and sponsorships are available.
The Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center has all the information you need to start submitting bids for Hurricane Harvey relief and rebuilding work. Here are two files with more information, but be sure to call 318-677-2500 to schedule a meeting with the PTAC office for more specific information. They'll be happy to assist you with your bids and registrations. You can also visit their website at www.nwlagpc.org/.
Here's a list of local opportunities for donations and volunteers to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Drop off/ship items to:
10450 Ellerbe Road
Shreveport, LA 71106
(Please drop off items during business hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Or, drop off at C.E. Byrd High School:
3201 Line Ave, Shreveport, LA 71104
Shop our Amazon Wishlist created for those displaced by the hurricane here: http://a.co/dIdI390
Items requested include:
• Chew tubes
• Weighted vests or blankets
• Sensory toys (squeeze or fidget toys, sensory balls)
• Plastic animals
• Board books with sound
• Thomas & Friends or Thomas the Tank Engine trains
• Noise cancelling headphones or ear buds
• Power banks/portable backup battery chargers
• Drawing supplies (crayons, colored pencils, coloring books)
• Play dough
• Play tents to create a dark space to calm over-stimulation
• Anything that plays music
• Adult diapers and pull-ups
• Larger sized elastic waist shorts and T-shirts
• Socks (tube or compression)
• Duffle bags or backpacks
• Essential oils
• Gluten-free packaged, non-perishable foods
• Battery-powered sound machines
• Baby wipes
For questions, please contact the leader of the group, Susan Reeks, by calling (318) 455-8558 or emailing email@example.com.
Food donations are being accepted at at all Ivan Smith Furniture locations, as well as Super 1 Foods and Brookshire's locations across the Ark-La-Tex, not just Shreveport-Bossier.
The Food Bank is also in need of monetary donations to help with the transportation costs to Beaumont. In the past, their transportation costs have been between $650 and $1000 to southeast Texas. The Food Bank is sending full truckloads (22 pallets) of bottled water and MRE’s starting next week. Financial donations will allow them to transport more goods into Beaumont.
Porter’s Dry Cleaners has set up a (new) Sock and Underwear Drive at their locations, as well.
The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the Bossier Chamber of Commerce partnered to bring President of the LA State Senate John Alario and speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives Taylor Barras, as well as Senator Eric LaFleur and Representative Cameron Henry to Shreveport this week. The four men were highlighted at the 2017 Legislative Summit at the Municipal Auditorium on Tuesday but spent the remainder of their time touring the area.
It's that time again! Time to update your directory listing for the 2018 Newcomer's Guide and Membership Directory. Check you inbox for an email from Erin@shreveportchamber.org for a link to update your information. If you did not receive an email, please call Carole at 677-2500 so that we can be sure to mail you a hard copy of your verification form.
Hailing originally from England, Carole has firmly embraced America’s greatest pastime and is proud to call herself a Texas Rangers baseball fan. She will also be cheering loudly for Navy Football in just a few weeks. Carole is delighted to be joining the Chamber is looking forward to getting to know our members and help them be successful. Please stop by the Chamber and welcome her when you have a chance.
NR: Greater Shreveport Chamber, SB African American Chamber and Junior Achievement Join Forces for “Partners in the Zone”
“Partners in the Zone” links businesses and Junior Achievement to provide training in Transformation Zone schools
Shreveport - The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, the Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement are collaborating for “Partners in the Zone.” “Partners in the Zone” is the first project of a new Shreveport Chamber initiative “Business in the Zone.” “Business in the Zone” is a multi-pronged effort to build sustained partnerships between local businesses and schools in the Caddo Parish Public Schools’ Transformation Zone.
“Partners in the Zone” is the inaugural effort of this initiative and will marshal qualified professionals from Chamber members’ companies to volunteer through Junior Achievement to empower the youth in the elementary, middle and high schools that are in the Transformation Zone.
“As Chambers of Commerce, we recognize that a quality education for all of our children is vital not only for the success of our economy, but for the vibrancy of our community. We appreciate the additional effort that Caddo Parish Public Schools is making to ensure the success of the students in the Transformation Zone. Through “Business in the Zone” we are organizing the business community to help support those efforts,” Said Dr. Timothy Magner, President of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. “Our first project, “Partners in The Zone” will help solidify and expand on the great work Junior Achievement (JA) has been doing by providing additional opportunities for business professionals to volunteer in helping to deliver quality JA programs in Transformation Zone schools.”
“It is important that the students in Caddo’s Transformation Zone schools picture themselves successful,” said Nita Cook, Executive Director of Junior Achievement of North Louisiana. “When a student grows up in a community where success isn’t reflected in their surroundings, it is especially important to help students connect the dots between education and success. Our mentors understand that how much energy a student puts into their education and how much they expect to get out of it, will determine how much effort they put into it. By volunteering, mentors help invent a successful future of our community’s T-Zone students.”
An informational session outlining volunteer opportunities will be held August 23rd from 4:00 – 5:00 at the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce located at 400 Edwards Street in downtown Shreveport. Anyone interested in supporting this effort is encouraged to attend.
A BIG Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce welcome to these fantastic new members!
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Shreveport, LA 71105
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Throughout August, there will be multiple chances for you to meet with the legislators representing our area.
August 22nd, Legislative Summit
The Legislative Summit will be held at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased through the Bossier Chamber. President of the LA State Senate John Alario and speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives Taylor Barras, as well as Senator Eric LaFleur, Senator JP Morrell and Representative Cameron Henry will all be in attendance.
August 24th, Senator Kennedy
Senator Kennedy will be addressing the memberships of the local chambers at CSRA on August 24th. RSVP is required. Please call us at 318-677-2500 to let us know if you will be attending.
August 30th, Senator Cassidy
Senator Cassidy will be having breakfast at the Shane's location on East Texas in Bossier on August 30th. The cost for this event is $20. You can register here: bossierchamber.com/shop/breakfast-senator-cassidy/
For more than 20 years, the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce has been identifying and preparing future leaders through its Leadership Program. Participation in the program is a great way to become better acquainted with the assets and challenges of our community.
Participants expand their leadership abilities through education programs, exposure to existing leadership and civic organizations, and in-depth discussions of relevant issues. Leadership graduates gain access to leadership opportunities through the Chamber to promote the advancement of the Greater Shreveport area.
To learn more about the Greater Shreveport Leadership Program, call 677-2547 or visit www.shreveportchamber.org/shreveport-leadership-program. Deadline to apply for the Greater Shreveport Leadership Program Class of 2018 is October 15, 2018!
The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce is currently in search of a few good members to represent the chamber (and their respective company) at chamber events and ribbon cuttings. Call or email Tracy Whittington for more information.