ABOUT THE CHAMBER

ABOUT THE CHAMBER


The Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce represents over 1,200 businesses and industry members and 52,000 employees in central Louisiana. We’re here to help your business succeed and help you get connected with other business and community leaders. The Chamber has represented the most influential leaders in this area for more than 100 years.  By becoming a member, you join a group of dedicated community leaders who are committed to the growth and prosperity of our region.

Our greatest asset is you, the investor. Let us be your resource for greater visibility, connections, influence and knowledge. Together we can make central Louisiana a great place to live, work, learn and play. 


2018 Accomplishments


5 Star Accreditation

  • Accreditation with 5-Star Distinction by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the highest level attainable, certifying that best practices are met in all aspects of theoperation.

Come Together Locally Campaign

  • With the help of our Small Business and Retail Committee, we continued the Come Together Locally Campaign to encourage shopping, dining and doing business locally, enhancing a localism website and video promotion program free to our members.

Web Offerings

  • Launched a new and significantly enhanced chamberwebsite.
  • Enhanced our Come Together Locally website and social media platforms.
  • Continued offering web-based services for members including Tools for Business Success andProfitability.

A Voice for Business

  • Participated in June Washington Fly-In to advocate for Fort Polk and to attend the Assoc. of Defense CommunitiesConference.
  • Held meetings with State Legislators prior to LegislativeSession.
  • Adopted pro-business positions on dozens of pieces of legislation and lobbiedaccordingly.
  • Hosted Cenla Day at Legislature, featuring a private meeting with the Governor and central LA Legislators and attended by over 100 chamber business leaders and local electedofficials.
  • Hosted a post Session “Thank You” Luncheon for areaLegislators.
  • Hosted Governor John Bel Edwards’ Business Round-table discussion at the Chamber.
  • Hosted a Congressional Update Luncheon featuring Congressman Abraham during August Recess
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A Voice for Infrastructure Investment

  • A major accomplishment for 2018 was the significant progress made on the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway (I-14) project. Congressman Babin of Texas filed a bill, H.R. 6111, with Congressman Ralph Abraham as co-author, that will Congressionally designate the route through Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Chamber worked diligently to build support for the bill. The Chamber worked with our Texas I-14 partners to facilitate and coordinate a meeting among the Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi stakeholders in Washington, D.C. with all three groups making Capitol Hill visits.
  • Developed a Regional Infrastructure Priorities Agenda and testified before the Joint Legislative Committee onTransportation.

Free Business Training

  • The chamber hosted 19 free Business Workshops—a total of over 50 hours of free business training on a variety ofsubjects.

Programs

  • Hosted the 6th Annual Bizzy Awards, with 14 awards presented. 325 inattendance.
  • Hosted 6th Annual Women in Business Conference with a two-day format and featuring a Legislative Panel. Entered Over 210 women attended from 10parishes.
  • Held the “Come Together Locally" Business Expo and Car Show featuring over 50 businesses with a total attendance of300.
  • Hosted Public Safety Round-table attended by law enforcement officials, elected officials, judges and businessleaders.
  • Held round table discussions with state legislators, members ofCongress.
  • Hosted Central LA Day at the Legislature/Meeting with the Governor and central LA Legislators. Attended by over 100 chamber business leaders and local electedofficials.
  • Chamber co-hosted Dr. Loren Scott Economic Update event with CLEDA andNRBIA, presented by CLECO. Attended by275.
  • Chamber Annual Meeting attended by over 450 members, featuring Governor John Bel Edwards as keynote speaker. Presented Small Business Person of Year, Sammy Dunbar Distinguished Service Award and Red Coat of theYear.
  • Conducted 70 Ribbon Cuttings, 5 Business After Ours, 9 Strategic Luncheons featuring speakers on a variety of timelytopics.

Military Support/Engagement

  • Participated proactively as member of Ft. Polk Progress in advocating for Fort Polk during Washington Fly-Ins, and with state officials in BatonRouge.
  • BG Patrick Frank, Commander of the JRTC and Ft. Polk spoke at Strategic Luncheon and chamber facilitated meetings with local business leaders and elected officials twice duringthe year. Chamber Military Affairs Committee raised $10,000 to buy necessities for single Ft. Polk soldiers returning from the Middle East.
  • Hosted Ft. Polk and the National Guard soldiers at a variety of events during MardiGras.
  • Facilitated Ft. Polk’s 46th Engineer Battalion soldiers with participation in community projects in Alexandria and Pineville for Make A Difference Day.

Supporting Higher Education/Workforce Development

  • Continued to promote use of ACT Workkeys among chamber memberbusinesses.
  • Worked with partners including CLEDA, Rapides Foundation, Orchard Foundation, WIB to support efforts to connect businesses to Jumpstart programs (technical training) in Rapides Parish high schools and create internships.
  • Supported adequate funding for higher education during legislativesessions.

Representing the Chamber

  • Chamber President was re-appointed by Governor to serve on the LA Military Advisory Council, reappointed to serve on the U.S. Chamber Committee of 100 and continues to serve on the WIB Board, Regional Jump Start Committee and as Past President of the LA Chamber of Commerce Executives.