Business

9:08am

Fri May 2, 2014
Business

Willis-Knighton redevelops former Bossier Medical Center

The Willis-Knighton Health System acquired the former Bossier Medical Center in April 2012, and has since remodeled the building to house ancillary services.
Credit Willis-Knighton Health System

Willis-Knighton Health System will officially open its 300,000 square-foot Innovation Center Sunday in Bossier City. The hospital system acquired the former Bossier Medical Center two years ago, remodeled it, and plans to house ancillary services in the building.

Facility administrator Joshua Mason says about one third of the building will house patient records in a fireproof, highly secure environment.

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11:01am

Thu April 24, 2014
Business

Energy analyst: Drilling activity in Haynesville Shale will pick up

Matthew Koch, vice president of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, will speak to the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will host an energy analyst Wednesday who will give a forecast on natural gas development in northwest Louisiana and across the nation.

Matthew Koch, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s institute for 21st Century Energy, says natural gas is well positioned to lead the U.S. energy sector.

Chemical companies rely on it and demand from exports is brisk, according to Koch. With Louisiana’s energy infrastructure in place, he says the Haynesville Shale natural gas deposit will be busy again.

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10:24am

Thu April 10, 2014
Business

20/20 Challenge: Shreveport teen aims to cultivate young entrepreneurs

Shreveport entrepreneur Justin Martin, 18, has developed the 20/20 Challenge targeting teens with business ideas.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

An 18-year-old Shreveport software developer is launching a summer business program for teenage entrepreneurs who want to learn how to start and grow a business.

Justin Martin says he’ll pair each student with a mentor who will assist the teens as they progress through various stages of business development. Martin says this new program, called the 20/20 Challenge, is to get teens to act on ideas that have been percolating in their head.

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10:38am

Mon April 7, 2014
Business

Downtown Shreveport aims to fill empty storefronts with Pop UPs

Business partners Lydell Smith (left) and Jonathan Burks have submitted their application to be part of downtown Shreveport's Pop UP Project.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The city of Shreveport and the Downtown Development Authority have organized the city’s first Pop UP Project. It aims to give regional businesses a two-week opportunity to have free, storefront real estate in downtown Shreveport. 

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8:41am

Fri March 21, 2014
Business

GM's largest vehicles are high profile at New Orleans auto show

A view from the convention hall at this year's New Orleans International Auto Show. The Crescent City Corvette Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Credit New Orleans International Auto Show/Facebook

General Motors plans to display nearly 100 vehicles at this year’s Greater New Orleans International Auto Show that begins Friday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. 

GM’s regional spokesman Craig Eppling passed through Shreveport yesterday, on his way to New Orleans. He says GM will be featuring its 2015 models of the Cadillac Escalade and the GMC Yukon. These are massive, gas-guzzling vehicles. But he says demand for them is still strong.

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