Chamber Dateline

“Connecting to Success” Student Conference

The Livingston Parish Chamber hosted a “Connecting to Success” student business conference Dec. 1 at Carter Plantation in Springfield for students from Albany and Maurepas High Schools. The conference helped prepare high school juniors with skills needed to enter the workforce. Students who attended had the opportunity to sit with business leaders from the local community and hear insights into different career paths. The student business conference is a joint project of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement and sponsoring business partners. For more information or to get involved, contact the Chamber.

Business of the Year deadlines announced

Business of the Year nominations are being accepted through Dec. 8 . Chamber members are encouraged to nominate peer business or their own business for Business of the Year Awards. The awards program is designed to celebrate outstanding Livingston Parish businesses and their impact to both the economy and community. All nominated businesses must return completed Business Overview applications by close of business on December 21. See website for details.

22nd Annual Golf Outing winners

The 22nd Annual Golf Outing in October was a “Spooktacular” good time! Team GMFS took home rst place, Kent’s Companies nished sec- ond, and State Farm/Byron Gill nished third. Other winners include: putting contest – Chris Husser; closest to pin – Jimmy Durbin; and longest drive – Betsy McDowell. Also, food contest – Stewart Family Medicine; tent decor – Essential Federal Credit Union; and best “Witch’s Brew” – Quality Engineering & Surveying. Thank you to all the golfers, sponsors and volunteers that made this event a success. See photos on website.

Dates to remember:

Dec. 1 – Connecting to Success Student pro- gram at Carter Plantation

Dec. 7 – Hope Veterinary Clinic ribbon cutting

Dec. 8 – Deadline to nominate a business for Business of the Year award

Dec. 15 – Ribbon cutting for Saleh Health Spa

Dec. 21 – Business overview applications for nominated Businesses of the Year are due

Dec 31 – Young Professional sign-ups

Jan. 17 – Annual Chamber meeting and awards luncheon.

New members:

Bayou Belle Gift Boutique, Saleh Health Spa, European Wax Center, Shoppers Value, RAM Computer Service, Gulf South Technolo- gy Solutions, US Health Advisors, Screen Tech Promotions, Higgs Physical Therapy, Woodland Healthcare Training, CC’s Coffee House, Alford’s Landscaping and Lawn Development, TGS, Darre- lyn Moore Realtor.

CENTRAL CHAMBER

Central Christmas parade and tree lighting

Tree Lighting: Dec. 1st at 6:30PM at the corner of Hooper & Sullivan
Featuring a Bell Choir, CMS Choir and the CHS Jazz Band

Shop Small Business Central Christmas Campaign
The chamber is asking the community to support local businesses with the Shop Small Business

Central Christmas Campaign.

Shop participating businesses for prizes and special sales and deals. Look for banners and stickers on stores’ windows and doors.

Dates to Remember:

Dec. 1 – Tree lighting ceremony 6:30pm;
Dec 2 – Christmas parade 10:00am; City Of Central’s Christmas In Central Square 6:00pm
Dec 13 – Members’ Christmas Social; details online.

ZACHARY CHAMBER

Shop Small Business Christmas Campaign this fall

The Zachary Chamber is asking the community to support the Shop Small Business which promotes local businesses. Shop participating businesses for prizes, special holiday sales and discounts. Businesses are identified by banners and stickers on windows and doors.

CC’s Coffee House holds groundbreaking ceremony

A groundbreaking ceremony for CC’s Coffee House was held Oct. 31 for the new CC’s Coffee House coming to Zachary. John Stagg, owner and CEO of the franchise company, J BArista, LLC, stated that the new Zachary CC’s Coffee House at 19560 Old Scenic Highway, will be under construction throughout the remaining fall months with the opening scheduled for early 2018. The coffee house is located on the east side of Old Scenic Highway near Copper Mill and First South Family Credit. Stagg stated that CC’s Coffee House will be part of several future CC’s Coffee House locations planned for southeast Louisiana.

“Chamber Chelsea” making holiday visits

Chamber Chelsea can be founding visit several member businesses this holiday season through Dec. 19. Each week Chamber Chelsea will be at a different business. First person to and her and take a selfie with her will choose which business they want her placed at next. That business will stage her and submit a picture and clue and will be spotlighted that week in The Buzz. This will continue until December 19th. She is already making a mess at her first location that used to be a bank, so go and her!

Check your email for membership renewals

We have some fantastic things in store for the coming year. A few things have changed, so see your email for renewal information, including 2018 sponsorship opportunities and investment levels information. Feel free to call or email any questions or comments. The Chamber sends a heartfelt “thank you” to all members because without your support, the Chamber could not exist!

Upcoming ribbon cuttings

Dec. 5 – Lane Pediatrics, Dr. Jacob LeBas, 3 pm, 6110 Main Street, Suite B, Zachary.
Nov. 27 – Dec 24 – Shop Local program kicks off on Small Business Nov. 30 – Maison Greige Holiday Open House
Dec. 1 – Christmas in the Village
Dec. 3 – ZCL’s Children’s Christmas Event
Dec. 9 – Zachary Christmas Parade Dec. 10 – 4 Sister & Etc Open House