Thank you to everyone who came by the Chamber for our Holiday Open House last week and to see who won the 11 Small Biz Santa prize packs! If you missed the announcement, you can watch the video on our Facebook page to relive the excitement!
Here is the list of winners. If you haven't claimed your prize yet, please call 318-677-2500 or stop by the chamber to pick it up. We'll take a quick pic of you with your prize and send you on your way!
Here's the list of our winners:
Two turtle doves: Francesca Moreland
Three French hens: Tim Harms
Four calling birds: Shondale Coleman (pictured)
Five golden rings: Mark Evans
Six geese a laying: Michael Vercher (pictured)
Seven swans a swimming: Lindi Hall
Eight maids a milking: Lindi Hall
Nine ladies dancing: Benjamin Simmons
Ten lords a leaping: Michael Vercher
Eleven pipers piping: Sara Orellana
Twelve drummers drumming: Hubert Williams
Thank you to everyone who purchased chances to win!
Mark J. Davis
Forty Young Professionals honored at 12th Annual 40 Under Forty Awards
The Young Professional Initiative of Northwest Louisiana, along with the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and Bossier Chamber of Commerce, honored Emerie Eck Gentry, as the recipient of the 2018 Young Professional of the Year Award, at the annual 40 Under 40 Awards and Gala held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 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. “Emerie has been an invaluable asset to the Chamber and the Young Professionals Initiative, as well as a host of other organizations in our area. Her love for her community and its people shines.”
Emerie Eck Gentry is the owner/operator of Lagniappe P.R.I.M.E., LLC, a local public relations, integrated marketing, and event planning firm. This year alone, Emerie has served as the vice president of membership for the Public Relations Association of Louisiana’s Northwest Chapter, chairman of the marketing committee for the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival, a Junior Achievement Spark Program volunteer, a BizCamp Business Plan judge for the Inner City Entrepreneur Institute, a state judge for the William Michelet Honorary Scholarship, a 318 Restaurant Week Social Media Influencer, a Bossier Arts Council ARTini planning committee member and is the creator of Lunch Bunch Shreveport/Bossier City. She is also a proud mother of two and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University.
“The Bossier Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of the 40 Under Forty Gala as our community honors our next generation of leaders,” 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 entire 2018 class."
“Everything we do in life revolves around relationships,” says Gentry. “Surround yourself with good people that will support you and challenge you at the same time.”
Want to sit with your friends and colleagues at the game? Worried you can't get seats together? We've got you covered!
Buy your tickets here: www.fevo.com/edp/Independence-Bowl--Greater-Shreveport-Chamber-of-Commerce-Section-bkVbbliL to be in the Chamber section with like-minded local folks!
Small Biz Santa is the Chamber's way of infusing some fun into the #shopsmall season. With prize packs valued at over $900 each, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list! For more information on the raffle-style game, visit www.smallbizsanta.com. You'll find details on what's included in each prize pack. You can also learn more about the businesses in the packs and buy your chance to win!
Proceeds from Small Biz Santa will benefit small business programs of the Chamber in 2019!
The United States Chamber of Commerce today awarded the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.
“Chambers of commerce play a critical role in their communities” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management. “From connecting business owners with needed resources to advocating on behalf of their members with lawmakers, each day these outstanding chambers convene thought leaders and strengthen the collective voices of their members.”
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.
Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. State chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
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For more information, contact: Mary Nash Wood, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Caddo schools commended for student growth amid tougher grading system
Five schools increase by a letter grade while district sets Top Gains record
Schools across Caddo Parish earned significant accolades for gains made in student performance according to information released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Education.
The annual release of school performance scores shows five schools improved performance by a letter grade with more than 40 schools maintaining their letter grades in a year of great changes in the state accountability system. Additionally, 16 schools garnered the highest recognition from DOE, the Top Gains distinction – a substantial increase from four in 2017 and an all-time district record.
Despite the absence of a major statewide race this term, 2018 is still a busy election season. Here are EIGHT local and statewide amendments that will be on the ballot, as well as the Chamber’s position on each.
The 2018 Parks Millage Renewal. The Chamber believes that this millage provides essential services that not only speak to the quality of life in our community, but that provide the kind of baseline services that are expected of a community like ours. Given that this is a renewal, it also does not represent an increase in local taxes. Chamber Position: SUPPORT
Amendment # 1 Convicted Felons Running for Office: This amendment would prohibit a person convicted of a felony from running for elective office or being appointed to certain public offices for a period of five years after completion of their sentence. The five-year prohibition in this amendment seems an appropriate limitation that recognizes the need for enhanced trust while emphasizing that individuals who have paid their debt to society should not be punished in perpetuity. Chamber Recommendation: SUPPORT
Amendment # 2 Unanimous Juries: This amendment would require a unanimous jury vote for a criminal conviction or acquittal. Louisiana is one of only two states that allow non-unanimous jury verdicts in serious criminal cases. Clearly Louisiana is out of step with other states and the federal government, and a vote of support for this amendment will help Louisiana step into the legal mainstream. Chamber Recommendation: SUPPORT
Amendment # 3 Donating or Loaning Public Property: This amendment would allow certain governmental entities to loan each other equipment or personnel without compensation. The Louisiana Constitution currently prohibits municipalities from donating or loaning anything of value to a public or private entity without compensation, but many local governments see equipment sharing as a cost sharing measure or more efficient use of public funds. Passage of this amendment would provide greater flexibility for public entities to cooperate. Chamber Recommendation: SUPPORT
Amendment #4 Use of Revenues in the Transportation Trust Fund: This amendment would prohibit the State Police from receiving any revenues from gasoline or other fuel taxes for traffic control purposes. Currently the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) dollars can be expended for activities other than road construction. Given the current deteriorating state of Louisiana’s road infrastructure, the Chamber believes that the dollars in the TTF should be allocated specifically to infrastructure improvement. Chamber Recommendation: SUPPORT
Amendment # 5 Additional Property Tax Exemptions: This amendment would extend special property tax exemptions already given to homeowners age 65 or older; military veterans with a 100% disability or their surviving spouses; and surviving spouses of members of the military, law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical responders who were killed in the line of duty if their property is placed in a trust. Chamber Recommendation: SUPPORT
Amendment # 6 Phase In of Property Taxes When Assessments Spike: This amendment says that if the assessed value of a homestead increases by more than 50%, the tax collector will phase in the collection of the additional tax liability over a four-year period. This amendment is designed to protect citizens from meteoric rises by requiring a four-year phase-in and eases the sticker shock of unexpected property increases. Chamber Recommendation: SUPPORT
The Chamber has yet to take a vote on the Sports Betting amendment. This post will be edited to reflect that decision at a later date.
t's loud. It's in your face and you'll be dancing on the ceiling!
This is not your average, boring dial-a-thon. Over a three-day period (December 4-6th) over 100 volunteers will work against the clock and against each other to on-board new members and create greater community awareness of the unique and vital role of the Chamber of Commerce. This 80’s-themed Membership Event brings together business leaders from across our community in a high energy, totally rad, out-of-the-box, fun way and you can expand your sales and marketing opportunities while joining in the fun at the same time!
Opportunities are available for you at all levels of participation; you can volunteer and be part of the fun, sponsor the event financially, or donate food, drink, party décor and old cassette tapes!
You’ll be invited to the Totally Tubular, Mega Awesome, 80’s Wrap-Up Party and Chamber Open House on Thursday, December 6th. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take part in the loudest, wackiest, craziest fun event of the Chamber year! So tease up your hair, dig out those hi-tops, and join us for the Totally Awesome Back-to-the-80’s Membership Event.
Call Carole at 318-677-2500 or email her at email@example.com for more details.
Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce announces the 28th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award Honorees
Sixteen professionals to be honored for their leadership, civic commitments
The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Business Development Connection honors a select group of local individuals each year at the ATHENA Leadership Awards Luncheon. The prestigious International ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a woman or man, who is honored for attaining professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their achievement of professional excellence and leadership skills.
This year’s 16 honorees are as follows:
Sheena B. Bryant
Rhonda D. Butler, CPA, CGMA
Dr. Rosaline M. Caldwell
Kelli S. Dauphin
Sarah R. Giglio
Verni W. Howard
Angelita B. Jackson
Robin N. Jones
Susannah W. Poljak
*(Headshots of each honoree can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmtsnVxn)
Join us in celebrating and honoring these outstanding business professionals from our community at the upcoming 28th Annual ATHENA Leadership Awards Luncheon. At the event, one of the aforementioned honorees will be named the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient.
The ATHENA Leadership Awards Luncheon will be held November 8th at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino and registration begins promptly at 11:15 A.M. Tickets are $45 for Chamber members; after October 22nd, ticket prices increase. Nonmembers are welcome to attend. To register for the event, visit http://web.shreveportchamber.org/events/28th-Annual-ATHENA-Leadership-Award-Luncheon-415/details.
Since the program’s inception in 1982, more than 8,000 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, Unite Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.
PTAC Day is a national campaign designed to celebrate the contracting success of thousands of small businesses who have benefitted from training and technical assistance delivered by their local PTACs. The first annual PTAC Day will take place on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
The Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a member of APTAC, is a cooperative agreement between the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) under the auspices of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. Since 1987, the NWLA PTAC has played a vital role in the economic growth and development of Northwest Louisiana by assisting small, disadvantaged, woman, minority, and veteran owned businesses. The primary mission of the PTAC is to increase the number of government contract dollars being awarded to businesses located in our region of the state, thereby creating and retaining jobs in the area. The NWLA PTAC clients reported over $97 million dollars in contract award dollars in 2017, equating to almost 2,000 job created and/or retained.
National PTAC Day will unite the ninety-five Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) in all 50 states (plus Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) and the 48,000 clients they serve by celebrating the significant economic impact that PTAC clients have created within their communities. This special day will be celebrated with social media campaigns, public relations initiatives, online and in-person events and more.
“We want to spotlight the impact that PTACs are having across the country,” says Tiffany Scroggs, President of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC). “By helping businesses, PTACs stimulate the creation of new jobs and economic growth in their communities. And, just as importantly, PTAC clients often are new suppliers that provide products and services critically needed by the armed services and all units of government. Whether it’s connecting disaster or wildfire responders with agencies in times of crisis or helping train small contractors on new government requirements, PTACs are always there to help. The success stories of PTAC clients are as diverse as our country itself, and we’re glad for this opportunity to tell them,” she adds.
The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center for thirty years.
To learn more about what your local PTAC is doing, locate them on the second floor of the Chamber. www.nwlaptac.org.