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.
Since 2010, the 307th Bomb Wing from Barksdale Air Force Base has sent a B52 to participate in a multi-country air show, called NATO Days, held in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (https://www.natodays.cz/news).
The participation by the 307th is in part as a recognition of the assistance provided to downed B52 pilots by the people of Ostrava during WWII.
In 2012, 2013 and 2015 delegations from Ostrava visited Shreveport and in 2015, Shreveport and Ostrava became Sister Cities.
This year, Chamber President, Dr. Tim Magner is accompanying the 307th to Ostrava, representing Shreveport and bringing a proclamation from Mayor Ollie Tyler.
To see more from the trip, check out Tim's photos on our Facebook page.
On September 23rd, Chamber executives from all across the state will be visiting Shreveport-Bossier for the annual Louisiana Association of Chamber Executives conference. We're putting together 70 bags with information about our local businesses.
Want to be included? Email Carole at email@example.com to coordinate pickup or drop off of your items for the bags.
Chamber’s J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year Awards to honor Metro Aviation and host Commander Kirk Lippold of the USS Cole
Each year the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce hosts the J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year awards, with the support of our sponsors, the Forum, Chase Bank and the J. Pat Beaird Memorial Fund.
“The Chamber is proud to announce that our Industry of the Year Award recipient this year will be Metro Aviation,” affirmed Dr. Timothy Magner, Shreveport Chamber president. “Metro Aviation is one of our city’s hidden gems. They are the largest air medical completion center not just in Louisiana, not just in the US, but in the world as well as the largest traditional air medical provider. We are excited to honor Mike Stanberry and the rest of the Metro family for their industry leadership and their contribution to our community.”
In addition to honoring Metro Aviation and select small businesses, the awards luncheon will also play host to a recognized authority on leadership and crisis management, former Naval Commander Kirk Lippold. CDR Lippold was in command of the USS Cole when it was targeted by a deadly al Qaeda terrorist attack in 2000, 11 months before 9/11. His team training prior to the attack and unflappable leadership after, galvanized his crew to action, resulting in lives and the ship being saved. A compelling storyteller, CDR Lippold draws upon his Five Pillars of Leadership to offer strategies he learned and applied to instill integrity into his team members and mitigate crises throughout his naval career. With takeaways for organizations on assessing their own successes and failures to prepare for what the future may hold, his lessons learned can make the difference when it matters most.
This year’s J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year Awards Luncheon will be held at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino on September 20th at 11:30. Tickets are for sale online at www.shreveportchamber.org. Prices are $45 for members and $75 for nonmembers until September 4th. Table and event sponsorships are also available.
For more information on the J. Pat Beaird Awards or any of the other Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce initiatives, contact Erin Smith, Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations for the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-677-2500.
Since its founding in 1910, the mission of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce (GSCC) has been to promote economic prosperity, serve as a business advocate, and celebrate the achievements of the Shreveport- Bossier region. With over 1700 members, the GSCC is designated as a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the US Chamber of Commerce, one of less than 2% of Chambers across the country honored with this distinction.
"Your Shreveport. Your Vote." is all about you, the every day citizen in Shreveport who wants what's best for our city. We at the Chamber want you to be able to make the most informed decision this fall when you're selecting who will be the next leaders of our city and parish.
Last week, we told you about the video interviews that we'll be conducting with each mayoral, city council and school board candidate who has opposition this fall. Our plan is to have those completed and posted for your review by October 1st.
To dig deeper with each candidate, we'll also be hosting not one, not two, but THREE mayoral forums on consecutive nights beginning Tuesday, October 16th. We'll be partnering with LSUS, Centenary College and SUSLA, as well as the three largest TV stations in our area. Each night will center around a different topic: operations and administration, leadership and finances. We want the candidates to be able to tell us more about their specific plans for our city, which is why we are splitting the forums up.
These forums will be free to attend but registration is required, as seating is limited. To reserve your seats now, visit our website and select which night you'd like to attend.
If you'd like to submit a question for consideration at one of the forums, you can do so via email to Dr. Magner at email@example.com, or submit a video question via Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin by setting the submission to public and using the hashtag #shvraces2018 or tagging the Chamber @shreveportchamber.
One of the ongoing efforts of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce is to enable the voting public to be informed and able to base their voting decisions on information provided directly from the candidates. Therefore, as we have in the past, the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce will be undertaking a series of events that comprise our Election Education Initiative.
The first of these events will be individual video interviews with each candidate. During the individual interviews, a panel of Chamber leaders will discuss issues of importance to our membership, the business community and the citizens of the City of Shreveport and/or Parish of Caddo. These responses will be recorded and shared with our members and the public. You can see examples from past elections, on our YouTube channel.
These interviews will be conducted at the Chamber offices and will be done one at a time. The questions will be drawn directly from those submitted by our members. Each candidate will be asked the exact same questions and in the same manner. Once filming is complete, we will upload these interviews to YouTube, Facebook and our website. The videos will be showcased in two ways; one set of each candidate answering the same question; and the second set of videos will be of each candidate, answering every question in order.
The second element of the initiative will be a series of forums. We are currently finalizing the timing and details for each forum and will announce those in the coming weeks.
Congratulations to Ellie Ward and the other members of the NLA Ready2Work team on completing their ACT WorkKeys certifications in Iowa City this week! Good job, team!
Was your home or business affected by the April storms? If so, the Small Business Administration has set up a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at Independence Stadium. For more information on the services SBA is providing at the center, download the flyers below.
These are the candidates who are qualified and officially running for mayor, city council and Caddo Parish School Board, as of 4:30 pm Friday, July 20th.
The brochure rack in our front lobby has some open spaces, and we'd love for you to fill them with your items!
Bring your brochures, business cards, menus, or other printed materials down to our offices so we can promote you to the various passersby and business people who grace our doors.
While you're here, we'll show you the meeting spaces we have available for FREE for our members to use!
Come see us! No appointment necessary.
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Shreveport, LA 71101