Tell me about social media

Have you heard about the Bossier Chamber of Commerce diplomats? They are an awesome group of volunteers who represent businesses around the Shreveport-Bossier community. Each month they have a brown bag gathering to communicate with each other about upcoming events, discuss organizational business and to learn about other topics. This month I was asked to talk to the group about social media. Somewhere along the way someone decided that I knew something about social media. While I may know a little, and my nervousness was showing, I still have lots to learn, but it is always fun to share with others.

That just happened,

Robin Williams,

Marketing Maven at Holiday Lanes

I Want Candy!

Candy SpreeWhat’s your idea of heaven on earth? If you said “indulging in a candy spree”, then I agree wholeheartedly! The Bossier Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new businees into the Bossier community today with a ribbon cutting to celebrate. Candy Spree Candy Spree is your Neighborhood Candy Store and candy specialty center. As their wall states, a candy spree is an unrestrained indulgence in a rich confection that is made of sugar. Mayor Walker helped celebrate the ribbon cutting and said he felt like a kid in a candy store . . . so did I!

Candy SpreeKari and Caleb Howe were looking for a business opportunity. They realized that Bossier City lacked a true neighborhood candy store. They set out on their adventure and have created a cheerful and sweet family business. Candy Spree is more than just a candy store. They specialize in candy by the bulk, goody bags for birthday or school, candy buffets for any special occasion and candy pots. Candy SpreeKids will love the Pucker Powder machine. This contraption has a large variety of flavored sugar powder that allows a kid (any age allowed) to create custom pixi-sticks. There are four sizes of tubes available, from the “mom-approved” small to the “send your kids to grandma” supersize. In addition to the fixed machine in the store, Candy Spree has a mini pucker powder machine to rent for birthday parties or any occasion. Such an excellent and fun idea!

Candy SpreeCandy Spree has a selection for even the most persnickety candy snobs. Everything from gummy bears to chocolate covered pecans and flavored jelly beans. They also have a section of sugar-free candy selections. I was interested in a particular “Gran Marnier Pecans”. This is a great place to stop by and pick up a last minute gift for that special someone. The candy goody bags also make yummy corporate gifts. I am definitely thinking about having a party, just so that I can have Candy Spree set up a candy buffet. What better reason for a party? I WANT CANDY!!

Candy SpreeCandy Spree is located at 20191 Stockwell Road, Suite 6, Bossier City, LA. (318) 658-9630. Stop by and tell them you read my blog.

See ya around Bossier,

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

It’s Suddenlink Day in Bossier City

SuddenlinkCongratulations to Suddenlink of Bossier City. They celebrated today with a Bossier Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting to show off their newly remodeled facility. The remodel was done with the customer in mind. SuddenlinkNo longer will you find the traditional old walk up “bank teller” windows. Now you will be greeted by a customer service rep and given a comfy chair to sit and discuss your wide range of service options. Mayor Lo Walker was on hand to proclaim it “Suddenlink Day” in Bossier City, Louisiana.

If you are not familiar with the service products that Suddenlink can provide, let me fill you in. Suddenlink offers Television, Internet, Telephone, and Home Security. As a Suddenlink customer, my personal favorite cable options is DVR. (Digital Video Recording). I was never much of a t.v. watcher until I got a DVR. Now I have my “shows” that are recorded and I can watch anytime. This is great for anyone who is always on the run. Suddenlink has recently announced a new TiVo HD DVR system to their products. Current subscribers can upgrade their DVR’s for a one time fee of $70. The monthly subscription rate stays the same. TiVo can record up to 200 hours (not sure why I’d ever need 200, but 200 it is). Opps, did you forget to record that program, no problem Free iPhone, iPad and Android phone apps that allow for remote scheduling. The Home Security feature that Suddenlink can provide has “Look” technology that allows live video streaming of your home, real time email alerts and professional 24/7 monitoring. Having the security system installed on your home can save up to 20% on your homeowner’s insurance.

SuddenlinkSuddenlink of Bossier City is located at 725 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA 71111, (318) 747-1666. Call today and let them know you read my blog.

See ya around Bossier,

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

The Joint

The Joint . . . the Chiropractic Place celebrated their membership in the Bossier Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting on March 9, 2012. The Joint offers an alternative approach to healthcare, based on the age old practice of restoring balance by promoting your body’s ability to heal itself. The Joint is the place for chiropractic treatment, chiropractic sports medicine and general chiropractic care and adjustments. Say goodbye to back pain, head aches, sports injuries, neck pain and other body soreness. It’s time to welcome in wellness, integrated health and the ability to feel young again.

The Joint has a new approach to healthcare. They explained it as sort of a concierge medicine. There are no appointments, no hidden fees, just affordable, convenient and quality chiropractic care for everyone, at any age and fitness level. Best of all you don’t need to worry about insurance co-pays because at The Joint, adjustments cost less than most co-pays. You can choose Pay-Per Adjustment or Membership Plans. An individual monthly plan is $49 per month and you are able to get up to 4 adjustments with no appointments and minimal wait time. The idea of the monthly plan is very similar to what you might see at your local gym. You are given a key tag and you scan it each time that you walk in. Their plans are affordable and convenient.

I’ve had headaches, back, neck and shoulder pain for a majority of my life. I’ve had doctor exams, x-rays, and MRI’s, none of which ever provided a reason for the pain. As I walked into the ribbon cutting I wondered if this might be the solution to some of my pain. I was excited by the possibility of some relief. For the ribbon cutting introductory price of $19 I was given a consultation and an adjustment. Dr. David Trueblood consulted with me and immediately told me that my hips were out of alignment and even told me where he thought I was having pain. He was right. Within minutes after my adjustment, my headache was gone. I couldn’t believe it. I signed up for the monthly plan! After the next few visits, my overall pain had decreased tremendously. The pain and stiffness that I had have improved and I can’t say enough good things about The Joint. I’ve found that I can stop for an adjustment on the way to a meeting and generally be in and out of the office in under five minutes. This has been a wonderful experience for me.

The Joint . . . the Chiropractic Place is located at 2634 Beene Blvd at Airline Dr. and I-220 in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Hours of Operations
Mon: 9:30 AM to 7 PM
Fri: 9:30 AM to 7 PM
Tue: 9:30 AM to 7 PM
Sat: 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Wed: 9:30 AM to 7 PM
Sun: Closed
Thu: 9:30 AM to 7 PM

Give them a call (318) 741-2001 or stop by and tell them you read my blog.

See ya around Bossier,

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

Don’t Cut Your Own Grass!

It’s that time of year again. That time of year that I absolutely hate . . . Grass cutting time!! It’s not that I hate the whole process. I love my yard to look great and have freshly cut edges. It’s just now that my son is in college and I’m a single gal, the last thing I want to do with my free time is push a mower. Well, I’ve got a solution . . . Stephens Services LLC. THEY CUT GRASS!!

Stephens Services LLC celebrated joining the Bossier Chamber of Commerce in February with a ribbon cutting. I personally work with Matt as a Diplomat for the Chamber. The first time that I met Matt was at the Chamber Business Expo. Matt is one of those guys that you don’t forget. He is very professional and made an impression on me. Matt is a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard and is an active member of the community. In addition to being a Diplomat for the Bossier Chamber, he is a Keep Bossier Beautiful Board Member; serves on the Military Relations Committee; Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce; and the Young Professionals Initiative.

Stephens Services LLC offers expert services that range from lawn maintenance, landscaping, irrigation systems and so much more. Stephens Lawn Care has served Bossier City with outstanding quality since 1996. Stephens Lawn Care is a full service lawn company that offers services for residential and commercial customers. Steve Stephens founded Stephens Lawn Care with his three grandsons, Brantley, Michael and Matt. Since then, Stephens Lawn Care has grown into Stephens Services LLC, which serves dozens of customers in the Shreveport/Bossier area.

Stephens Services LLC Commitment to Excellence:

    – We will consider YOUR needs first
    – We will stay until the job is DONE

Matt tells me that they soon will be offering video tutorials on their website with tips for keeping your lawn looking good. If you are looking for a lawn care professional, don’t cut your own grass . . . give Stephens Services LLC as try. I know that you will be happy that you did. Stephens Services LLC is located at 4915 Barksdale Blvd, Suite 108, Bossier City. Phone (318) 518-1071. Email Matt

See ya around Bossier,

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

In Case You Haven’t Heard

When I was a kid, my dad told me that as I got older time would fly by faster. Boy was he right! It seems like yesterday that we rolled into 2012 and now the first quarter of the year is almost gone. As a Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat, I am not required to write a blog about new businesses in Bossier, but I made a personal goal when I started to report on those duties. I’m not sure if time is really going faster, or I’m just slacking, but I have been falling short on my goal. I thought I’d better catch up before I give up all together. In case you haven’t heard about some of the businesses in Bossier City that have celebrated since January, here’s what you’ve missed:

January 30Newk’s Express Café celebrated their Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting. Newk’s is an express casual dining experience in a refreshing and stylish atmosphere with an emphasis on freshness and flavor. Serving fresh tossed salads, oven baked sandwiches, California style pizzas, made-from-scratch soups and homemade cakes from Newk’s open kitchen.

Ruth (Catering Manager) & Jeff (General Manager)

On my first visit, I enjoyed the half sandwich and soup combination. The Shrimp Po-Boy was delicious. My personal favorite menu item is the Debra Pizza. A pizza topped with grilled chicken breast, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, roma tomatoes and pesto. Fabulous! I was impressed with the friendly service and the warm atmosphere. As info, the name “Newk’s” does not refer in any way to microwaved food, the name is a play off of the founder’s name “Newcomb”. Not to worry, the food is made and served fresh! Newk’s is located at 2501 Beene Blvd, Suite 100, Bossier City, LA, 71111. Check out their menu

January 30Texas Classic Productions – Texas Classic Productions organizes and hosts Oil and Gas industry and special-interest related events such as expos, fairs and trade shows. TCO is organizing a Job Fair in Marshall for the Oil & Gas Industry, and while this is not a public event, it will have a 20 million dollar impact on our local economy. The services offered by Texas Classic Productions range from selecting a venue, developing operation plans, Database marketing and exhibitor services for Oil and Gas related companies. If your company is interested in setting up or hosting an industry specific exhibition, make sure you call Texas Classic Productions at 866-918-5550.

Robin & Melanie accept Diplomat of the Year and Business of the Year Award

February 2Bossier Chamber of Commerce Gala – The Bossier Chamber of Commerce hosted a Night of Stars, Old Hollywood Style on February 2nd at the CenturyLink Center. The Chamber rolled out the red carpet for their members and recognized the outstanding members and businesses that helped make 2011 a success. I was humbled to accept the Diplomat of the Year award, as we celebrate with Melanie Warkme, as Holiday Lanes receive the Business of the Year Award.
2011 Bossier Chamber Awards

    Media Partner of the Year – Bossier Press-Tribune
    New Member of the Year – Stephens Services
    Education Partner of the Year – AT&T
    Chamber Partner of the Year – Barksdale Air Force Base
    Government Relations Partner of the Year – Cook, Yancey, King and Gallaway
    Community Partner of the Year – CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System
    Military Relations Supporter of the Year – Eldorado Resort and Casino
    Diplomat of the Year – Robin Williams (Holiday Lanes)
    Patriots of the Year – Tracey Hilburn, Bossier Parish Communications District #1; Officer Tina Smith, Bossier City Police Dept; Reverend Billy Pierce, Lieutenant with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office; Chief Jimmy Phillips, Bossier City Fire Dept.’s Assistant Director of Fire Protection; Master Sergeant Jose Areizaga, 307th Bomb Wing; Staff Sergeant Stephen A. Lammers, 2nd Security Forces Squadron; Master Sergeant Carolyn D. Magsby, Air Force Global Strike Command; Senior Airman Adam N. Wells, 608th Air Operations Center; Technical Sergeant John C. Knight, 2nd Civil Engineering Squadron
    Business Person of the Year – Chancellor Jim Henderson, Bossier Parish Community College
    Business of the Year – Holiday Lanes

Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year and Patriots are nominated by the Bossier Chamber Membership and voted on by randomly selected members. All other awards are selected through a nomination process by Chamber Committees and voted on by members.

Jimmy Buffett in Bossier City

February and March – The following celebrated with ribbon cuttings, open houses or ground breakings:

    February 3 Providence Classical Academy – Open House
    February 7Eustis Mortgage – Ribbon Cutting
    February 16Stephens Services, LLC – Ribbon Cutting (individual blog to come)
    February 22Hampton Inn – Ribbon Cutting
    February 29Margaritaville Hotel & Casino – Ground Breaking
    March 9The Joint – Ribbon Cutting (individual blog to come)

Members network at Cash Point

Kathy & Robin working the Boomtown TLA desk

If you are looking for ways to network with other business people, the best way is through the Bossier Chamber of Commerce After Hours, TLA events. TLA stands for “The Last Appointment”. Usually held on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5-7pm, it is a great opportunity to Network with top business executives, who are the decision makers in Bossier/Shreveport. New members receive a 30 second presentation opportunity.

The following businesses opened their doors in February and March for After Hours TLA’s:

    February 23Cash Point
    March 22Boomtown Hotel & Casino

Now that I’ve caught up, I will try to post more frequently. It’s important to support local Chamber of Commerce Businesses. (BTW – Are you following them on Facebook?) I hope that you will join me in frequenting the businesses mentioned. If you haven’t heard, Bossier City is Louisiana’s fastest growing city and I’m proud to live here. How about you?

See ya around Bossier,

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

Never Too Late

Edward JonesI’ve never been accused of being a punctual person and on Wednesday, I proved that point. Typically when there is a ribbon cutting or Grand Opening event, I like to arrive a few minutes early to do some networking. I am quite sure that my calendar entry showing 11:30 am as the start time for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for Edward Jones was accurate. I can’t imagine that I could have incorrectly added the event. Ok, excuses aside . . . I am embarrassed to say that my arrival at the ribbon cutting was 20 minutes late, therefore I didn’t get the scoop on all of the great things that are happening at this new business. I’d love to share all the things that I learned, but I guess it’s never too late and will resort to just telling you the basics.

Wil AdamsWil Adams is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. A ribbon cutting was held on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 to mark his membership into the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. Offices are located at 2091 Stockwell Road, Suite 4, Bossier City. Wil can be reached at (318) 549-9155. I ran across an article that Wil wrote for the Bossier Voices, “Delay in investing could prove costly” click here to read the full article.

If you are in the market for a financial advisor, stop by or call and speak to Wil.

See ya around Bossier,

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

I love my Job!

Robin & JanaHave I told you lately how much I love my job?

As a marketing representative of Holiday Lanes, I “get to” volunteer as a Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat. Doing so allows me to connect and network with people in the community and share with them the “AWESOMENESS” that is Holiday Lanes. When I first began my adventure with the Chamber of Commerce, I wasn’t sure if it would be worth the time or effort. I already had plenty to do and wasn’t sure I would be able to commit to the time requirements.

Bowl for the Cure

Bowl for the Cure

I also had a twinge of guilt that I wasn’t at my desk working away on bowling events or promotions. That feeling soon faded. I have come to realize the value of being a Bossier Chamber Diplomat. Each week, I learn something new about our community. I engage with other companies and organizations which often give us the opportunity to partner and cross-promote.

DiplomatsOver the years, I have done many things. I’ve been a graphic artist, a print shop manager, a railroad safety and rules coordinator/trainer, a web ministry trainer and now a marketing director. I always had my ear to the ground listening for that next opportunity to come my way. I never thought that working for a bowling alley would be the place that I would find my happiness and stop listening for other opportunities. I have found my place. And with that I have found a way to make a difference in my community by volunteering as a Diplomat. I LOVE MY JOB!


Robin & Lisa

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote growth and development within the communities of Bossier Parish and Shreveport. The Chamber promotes growth and development by utilizing its most valuable resource, its membership. The staff at the Bossier Chamber of commerce works to insure that the resources, equipment, and professional staff to implement the program of work are available. Lisa Johnson leads the staff as President/CEO and has an infectious positive attitude. If you have not become a member of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, why wait? Membership is easy, fun and beneficial to the success of your business.

Diplomats aren't all this scary!

Let me also extend an invitation to any of you who might be interested in becoming a diplomat. The Diplomat Organization is a group of recognized professionals who volunteer their time to promote the Bossier Chamber of Commerce and the entire Bossier/Shreveport community.

Some of my fellow Diplomats

As a diplomat I have met so many wonderful people. Many I now consider friends. We have a great time working together and also have fun at community events. Why don’t ya join us?

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce is located at 710 Benton Road Bossier City, LA 71111, Phone: (318) 746-0252. Stop by or call and find out more about how you can become involved. Tell them you read my blog!

See ya around Bossier,

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

Fred’s Brings Year End Growth

Fred's Super Dollar Ribbon Cutting2011 is near the end, but that doesn’t stop Bossier Parish from growing. Fred’s Super Dollar Store will help Bossier Parish see a year end growth in new business. Fred’s opened a new location in Haughton and celebrated with a community and Bossier Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on December 30th. The fan fare was spectacular. I’d guess there were at least 100 people in attendance for the event. Supporters of the new business included everyone from local citizens, the Police Chief, Fire Department, Mayor and Representative Henry Burns. Haughton High School band and cheerleaders provided a pep-rally spirit. Fred's Super DollarFred’s expresses an interest to serve in both local and national organizations. Fred’s Super Dollar showed their interest in the Haughton community by presenting Haughton School’s with two checks for $1000 each.

According to their website: Fred’s Super Dollar traces its history back to an original store in Coldwater, Mississippi opened in 1947, today Fred’s is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee and operates almost 700 discount general merchandise stores, including 24 franchised Fred’s stores, mainly across the southeastern states. With a unique store format and strategy that combines the best elements of a discount dollar store, drug store and mass merchant, Fred’s stores stock more than 12,000 frequently purchased items that address the everyday needs of its customers. This merchandise includes nationally recognized brand name products, proprietary Fred’s label products, and lower-priced, and off-brand products.

Fred's Super Dollar Store

Jeff Berg (Marshall, TX), Marlin McDonald (Jonesboro, LA) and Butch Willis (Haughton, LA)

The vision of Fred’s is to see a smile on every customer’s face. With stocked shelves and several really good sales, there was no shortage of smiles on the faces this morning. Fred’s encourages their team members to provide help in succeeding throughout their organization. It was evident of the support as managers from other stores around the area were in attendance to cheer on Butch Willis, General Manager of the store.

Fred's Super DollarThe Haughton store is currently a retail facility. There are plans and hopes for a pharmacy in the future. The staff is very friendly and helpful. What a great way to end the year. Bossier Parish on the grow! I encourage you to stop by, buy a few things, say hi to Butch and make sure you tell them you read my blog. Fred’s Super Dollar is located at 200 N. Elm, Haughton, LA 71037.

Fred's Super Dollar

Robin Williams and Lisa Johnson

On a side note, I just want to tell you that I have enjoyed my first year as a Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat. The connections that I’ve made in the community are invaluable. If you haven’t joined the Chamber of Commerce, I say “Join Now!”. But let me go further, don’t just “join”, get active. You won’t regret it.

See ya around Bossier,

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

Oh Taste and See

Oh Taste and SeeThe Bossier Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, November 30 to celebrate the opening of the stage production “Oh Taste and See” at the Bossier Arts Council. The gospel play is presented by Lisa Blakely Productions and will run December 1, 2 & 3 at 7:00 pm nightly at the East Bank Theatre. Lisa Blakely is an inspiring woman, who is both the writer and producer of this play. Lisa expressed that it is her dream to follow in the footsteps of Tyler Perry. (One of my favorite people!) This isn’t the first play for Ms. Blakely. She has previously written and directed the gospel stage play, “Get Thee Behind Me”. The cast was in attendance for guests to meet and her pastor blessed the production.

Oh Taste and SeeThe following is the play description as found on the Oh Taste & See website:

As a widowed mother, love is the last thing on Marilyn’s mind. Her busy life revolves around working at the Post Office, catering part-time and keeping her teenage daughter in control, which becomes especially challenging when her daughter begins to show signs of needing a father in her life. Just as things start to go haywire in the household, in walks Henry Billingsly, her new boss. The attraction between the two is undeniable, but forbidden. She has also been keeping a big family secret that threatens to hold her back and break her family apart. A hot, steamy fling may begin to satisfy her appetite, but family secrets are a recipe for disaster. Will she taste and see?

Oh Taste and SeeBossier Parish is fortunate to have the Bossier Arts Council. I have attended several stage plays and art exhibits at the center. In addition to providing a cultural experience for the community, the Bossier Arts Council encourages the growth of artists in our area. One of my favorite things that the Council offers is acting camps and art programs for youth. My daughter has attended both and had an absolutely wonderful time.

East Bank TheaterThe production of “Oh Taste and See” will be held at the East Bank Theatre, 630 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71111, Phone: 318.741.8310. Tickets can be purchased online by going to

Support your local art community and be sure to tell Lisa you read my blog.

See ya around Bossier,

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