Bizcamp alumnae work on logistics, from left: Ashley Green, 19, of Keithville; Breonna Howard, 15, of Shreveport; and Brea Housley, 15, of Shreveport.
Dozens of Shreveport-area teenagers have spent the past two weeks in a "mini MBA" program that shows them the ropes on how to launch a business. Louisiana legislator Roy Burrell is also managing director of the Inner City Entrepreneur Institute. Its summer Bizcamp will culminate Thursday, June 27, as the students host a marketplace at the Louisiana Boardwalk shopping complex in Bossier City.
Shreveport and Bossier City’s sixth casino is slated to open for business this week. The Margaritaville
Resort Casino’s soft open will build up to festivities on July 3.
At its opening, the Bossier City casino will employ 1,500 workers. Construction on the 18-story hotel began in Feb. 2012. According to its public relations officials, the final price tag is $205 million. The hotel boasts nearly 400 rooms and 35 luxury suites. It will have three restaurants.
Delta Air Lines announced this week that it will close its Memphis, Tenn., hub after the summer travel season. This means Shreveport Regional Airport will lose its two, daily nonstop flights to Memphis after Aug. 30. Shreveport Airport Authority spokesman Mark Crawford said Delta plans to increase daily flights to Atlanta to make up the difference, so he doesn’t anticipate a loss of seats. Delta is in the process of reducing its fleet of 50-seat regional jets, Crawford said, and replacing them with larger, more economical Boeing 717s.
April Lee began working at the former state-run facility in 1998 as a social worker. She became an employee of the Arc of Acadiana Northwest, and its new director, on Oct. 1.
It’s been almost a year since the Arc of Acadiana was awarded the state contract to privatize a Bossier City residential facility for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A total of 390 employees of the former Northwest Supports and Services Center were invited to reapply for jobs. For director April Lee, it was not just about keeping her job. As the administrator, her house on the 100-acre grounds was on the line, too.
The former head of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, Kurt Foreman, is keeping a close eye on the rebuilding process in tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., as executive vice president of economic development at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. His chamber represents 5,400 companies, Foreman said, and now the focus is on helping the ones in Moore.