The nominees for the 2017 Business of the Year at the Bossier Chamber of Commerce's annual gala.

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce honored top business and community leaders Tuesday as the organization celebrated 70 years of excellence in business.

The event kicked off with a cocktail hour prior to the program, and a toast to the Chamber’s 70 years by the 2015 Business Person of the Year Mike McSwain and 2016 Business Person of the Year Barry Regula.

The Chamber hosted more than 500 business professionals at the CenturyLink Center for the area’s largest networking event, sponsored by Clay Young Enterprises. The Bossier Schools TAP Jazz Band provided entertainment for the evening, complete with their rendition of “There’s No Business like CHAMBER Business” to play off of the famous song and movie “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Each year, the Chamber celebrates the successes of the previous year while sharing plans for the year ahead. Outgoing Chairman of the Board Terry Moore of Merrill Lynch passed the reins to incoming Chairwoman of the Board Dana Smelser of CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health. Incoming board members were recognized and the coveted awards of Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year were announced, sponsored by the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation. This year’s nominees are a group of leaders who excelled in the areas of leadership, growth and involvement.

Terry Petzold was named the Bossier Chamber’s 2017 Business Person of the Year for his work to help build a workforce for our region and market Northwest Louisiana as a great place to live, work and play.

Twisted Root Burger Co. – Bossier City was named the Bossier Chamber’s 2017 Small Business of the Year as this business has quickly made a success out of what would seem an ordinary business. But when you do business extraordinarily, treat your “home” as a special place and tout its strengths for all to see as well as having owners who give their time within the community – you have a winning combination.

CSRA ITC was named the Bossier Chamber’s 2017 Business of the Year for their impact on the local economy by adding high-skilled jobs and helping to diversify the local workforce as well as their swift help for our neighbors after the hurricanes in Houston and beyond.

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