What’s it worth to you?

Business Showcase Logo 2011If you didn’t attend the Bossier Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase today, you missed a great opportunity to mingle with some of the best businesses in Bossier and Shreveport. I’ve been a volunteer diplomat now for 9 months. In that time I have made many valuable connections. Each and every time that I attend a chamber function, I walk away with a new bit of knowledge. Sometimes it’s an idea for marketing, and other times I meet new contacts for sharing ideas.

The Mayor bowls at Business ShowcaseWhat’s it worth? I can’t pinpoint a dollar amount. I don’t always know specifically which customers I’ve gained. But here are a few things that I can truly say have been worth the time and money of networking through the Bossier Chamber of Commerce:

  • I’ve gained loyal clients that enjoy partnering with Holiday Lanes for staff team building events, parties and educational opportunities
  • I’ve met fascinating people who I have developed into business partners and sometimes even friends.
  • Making contact with businesses and services that I can trust. I’ve found that companies who are chamber members almost always care enough about their business to offer the best products and services.
  • I always laugh a lot – this alone is powerful. Laughter can create an atmosphere for fun, and fun is where it all starts
  • Did I mention there is usually super-duper food at the events (oh yeah, there is!)
  • Mark CrawfordAt today’s business showcase, I learned a few things that I didn’t know before:

  • The Shreveport Airport is a city entity. It’s not a big business owned by a mogul or other large company. I’m not sure why I thought otherwise. Their staff is comprised of city employees. They have no control over flight fares or specials, and so what I learned is that we should, when possible, support our local airport. When booking travel, check flights from Shreveport instead of driving out of the area for your travel. It’s important to support the local economy. Think about what our area would be like without the Airport.
  • I learned that Landry and Company is an awesome band and I’m glad they are booked to play at Holiday Lanes on October 14. Landry and Company is composed of dad, Steve Wilkinson, and his two sons. Landry is 14 and Cardis is 8. These boys are fabulous musicians and I’m so excited to see them sharing their talent. They volunteered their time tonight to play at the event and everyone loved them. It was fun hearing an 8 year old boy say, “here’s some 80’s music for ya”. Their commitment to the community is part of what I like about them. Next time you see them playing around town, make a point to go listen. These guys are going places.
  • Lisa "King Pin" Johnson & Robin

  • I found out that there are a whole lot of businesses that want to try out our “Play Therapy”. To paraphrase Plato, you will learn more about your co-workers in one hour of play than you will in a lifetime of conversation. Play Therapy works on building team-work, creating recognition, promoting exercise, reduces stress and allows businesses to have fun while sharing in team building activities! In particular, I’m looking forward to working with Venyu, Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries and David Raines Community Centers. They expressed interest in our fun and functional corporate team building activities. If I even get one person interested in our team building events, I consider my time a success.

    Lindsey "King Pin" and HunterI find so much value in the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. The networking, the community and the services. If you haven’t participated in any chamber events, I encourage you to do so. I think you will find them to be of great worth. If you are a business owner and would like more information about joining the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, stop by the offices at 710 Benton Road, tell them that you read my blog and want to get involved.

    See ya around Bossier,

    Robin Williams,
    Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat & Marketing Maven at Holiday Lanes

  • A Blustery After Hours TLA

    Holiday Lanes/Ten Pin Lounge After Hours TLA

    Randy didn't let a little rain keep him away.

    The moments before an event are always the most worrisome, especially on days when the weather is not cooperating. The Bossier Chamber of Commerce After Hours TLA this month was held at Holiday Lanes in the Ten Pin Lounge. Since I was hosting the event, I wondered how many people might actually show up if rain was added to the mix of the crazy wind. I started second guessing everything, including the amount of food to prepare. When I looked at the clock at 5:08, I was no longer worried. By the end of the evening 70+ people had fared the blustery and rainy weather for the chance to network with other members and have a little fun. If you will notice, click the picture above – Randy was soaked to the bone.

    Holiday Lanes/Ten Pin Lounge After Hours TLA

    Door Prizes are always a fun time!

    I am a little partial since this is my place of employment, but let me say, I heard more than one person saying this was the “funnest” TLA they’ve been to. We had darts, music, adult beverages, food from the Striker’s Cafe, door prizes and of course Bowling.
    Holiday Lanes/Ten Pin Lounge After Hours TLA

    The winner of the Destiny Day Spa & Salon Free Haircut

    My favorite part of the evening was the door prize pull. I think everyone in the room covets the Destiny Day Spa & Salon gift certificates, but the lucky winner of the free haircut didn’t have a strand of hair on his head. We were all swarming around him trying to nab it from him. (HA!)

    Holiday Lanes/Ten Pin Lounge After Hours TLA

    Holiday Lanes/Ten Pin Lounge After Hours TLA

    Holiday Lanes is a great place to gather with friends, family and co-workers. It’s the perfect place to throw a party! Whether you’re planning a corporate outing, a birthday party, a church get-together or family reunion, you’re going to have a great time at Holiday Lanes. Not only can we help you have fun bowling, we can also furnish wonderful food and beverages for your group.

    I’m really excited about scheduling some “Play Therapy” team building sessions. I haven’t had the pleasure of facilitating an event, but am looking forward to it. Have you heard about it? A typical “Play Therapy” session includes 90 minutes to 2 hours of play — bowling, billiards or arcade — a facilitator and awards. We can also include food for your group if you choose to have lunch with us. You will see new leaders emerge and witness your co-workers cooperating with great teamwork as they compete against each other. To paraphrase Plato, you will learn more about your co-workers in one hour of play than you will in a lifetime of conversation. Build teamwork, create recognition, exercise, reduce stress and have fun!

    Artwork by Ryan McCutcheon & Kathryn Day

    Artwork by Ryan McCutcheon & Kathryn Day

    I wanted to also share a thanks to Ryan McCutcheon & Kathryn Day – the artists who painted the great entry ways to The Ten Pin Lounge & Striker’s Cafe. I called them just a few weeks ago and they cranked out a design and worked really hard, even on snow days, to have the doors ready by today. If you need graphic artists, give him a call. (Artie Nevel Signs did the awning)

    Thanks again to everyone who came out tonight and helped reduce my worries. It really was a fun evening and I look forward to attending the next Bossier Chamber of Commerce event. If you haven’t joined the Chamber, you are missing out on lots of networking – call 746-0252 to get more details about becoming a member.

    See ya around Bossier,

    Robin Williams,
    Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat &
    Marketing Maven at Holiday Lanes

    Destiny Day Spa & Salon – TLA

    Destiny Day Spa & Salon

    Destiny Day Spa & Salon at the Louisiana Boardwalk

    The evening was cold and rainy. I contemplated not going to the January 20th Bossier Chamber of Commerce After Hours TLA, but as soon as I walked in the door, I knew I had made the right decision. The TLA (The Last Appointment) at Destiny Day Spa and Salon was “THE” place to be.  I immediately forgot about the weather outside. Owner, Kristi Tift and her staff have created an environment that is beautiful, relaxing and refreshing. There are two levels and the space has a warm and inviting ambiance. Each room is tastefully decorated and is sure to wash away the stress of your day.

    Destiny Day Spa & Salon

    Warm Ambiance at Destiny Day Spa & Salon

    Kristi has thought of everything. Every detail shows how much heart and soul she has put into this business. There is something for everyone and every couple. The services that Destiny provides seem endless. I should make a list so that I don’t miss anything:

    • Day Spa Packages
    • Tanning
    • Massage Therapy (individual & couples)
    • Colon Hydrotherapy
    • Facials & Peels
    • Hand & Food Enhancements
    • Relaxation Enhancments
    • Nail Care
    • Waxing
    • Hair Care
    • Permanent Cosmetics

    Destiny offers gift certificates, which is great for birthdays, anniversaries or any special occasion. I’m already planning a “wish list” for my birthday. I am really excited about the success of Destiny Day Spa & Salon. You need to go – this place is awesome! Kristi and her crew have it goin’ on over there.

    Destiny Day Spa and Salon is located in the Louisiana Boardwalk at 210 Plaza Loop, phone number: (318) 752-2639. Tell them you read my blog.

    See ya around Bossier,

    Robin Williams,
    Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat &
    Marketing Maven at Holiday Lanes

    UPDATE: 2/12/11 – I went for my first visit and received awesome hair care from Damon Henry. He listened to what I wanted and gave me the exact style update that I was looking for.