Chamber Dateline

chamberKathy Maust named Livingston Parish Chamber Ambassador of the Year
Each year, the Livingston Parish Chamber recognizes one ambassador in appreciation of their contributions to the ambassador program. Kathy Maust, of Supreme Realtors, received the 2017 honor.
“We are so pleased to recognize Kathy’s dedication to the chamber. She consistently makes herself available to support fellow members – whether she is attending ribbon cuttings, engaging new members, or sharing news about chamber initiatives. Her genuine enthusiasm for helping others and promoting business and community is the essence of the ambassador role,” said Chamber President April Wehrs.
The ambassador program is comprised of experienced chamber members who are eager to help other professionals navigate the many opportunities available through chamber affiliation. Ambassadors mentor new and existing members, facilitate connections, engage the community, spread the word about events and programs, and encourage members to maximize their chamber experience.
“I was very surprised and honored to receive this award,” Maust said of her recognition, adding that the ambassadors work as a team, and any one of her fellow ambassadors would have been deserving of the honor. “The chamber is the cornerstone of the community, and I’m so proud to have the opportunity to be involved with the organization. I’ve been a member since 2006, and I can’t imagine not being a part of the chamber,” said Maust.

Albany and Maurepas High Schools participate in Student Career Conference
The Chamber, in conjunction with Livingston Parish Public Schools, hosted on Dec. 1 “Connecting to Success,” a student business conference for Maurepas and Albany High School Juniors. Held at Carter Plantation in Springfield, Schools Supt. Rick Wentzel provided the event’s opening address and Michele Sutton, CEO of North Oaks, wrapped up the conference with closing remarks.
chamber285 students attended break-out sessions for skill development in a variety of areas including the following: working in teams, communicating personal value, creating a resume, interviewing for a job, and professional and ethical behavior in the workplace.
The day was highlighted with students having the opportunity to have round table discussions with business leaders from diverse fields and ask industry-related questions. The event, which was geared toward helping students become job-ready and career-focused, encouraged attendees to pursue advanced training in technical skill areas and/or to attend college.
About forty business volunteers were part of the program.

Announcements
Business breakfast with Stephen Waguespack
Learn what’s in store for Louisiana as the new year and new legislative session begins from Louisiana’s State Chamber of Commerce President, Stephen Waguespack. Attend this important session Feb. 20, 8 am at Greystone Country Club, for an overview of what’s important for business and our communities. RSVP on the Chamber’s website.

Register for upcoming dodgeball tournament
Back by popular demand, the Livingston Young Professionals invite you to enter your team in the 2nd LYP Dodgeball Tournament, March 15, 6-10pm @Denham Springs North Park. Only 24 team spots available for players 21 years or older.

Scholarship application deadline
Applications for the Chamber’s education scholarship must be received by March 6, 2018. Graduating high school seniors who attend schools in Livingston Parish are eligible for the $500 awards. Application packets can be picked up at the Chamber office on Veterans Blvd. There are sponsorship opportunities available to business that would like to support the education initiatives of the Chamber.

Feb. 9 – Premier Choice Counseling Service ribbon cutting, 3-5:30pm, 31330 Hwy 22 Suite 101, Springfield.

Feb. 23 – C J Brown ribbon cutting, 4-6:30pm, 1113 S. Range Suite 140, Denham Springs

Feb. 27 – Group 1 Livingston Business Network meeting, 4-5pm, Chamber Business Office
248 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs.

Feb. 28 – Leads & Learn for Lunch, business networking opportunity and education segment.

March 15 – LYP Dodgeball Tournament – for ages 21 and older, @Denham Springs North Park; sponsored by Chamber Young Professionals.

Visit the Livingston Parish Chamber website or
call their office for more information
225-665-8155 • www.livingstonparishchamber.org
Central Chamber
City of Central solicits business awards nominations from members
The Chamber awards luncheon is March 14. Members are asked to nominate businesses that have been a Chamber member for at least one year and have made an impact on the vitality and economic strength of the city of Central. For complete details call the chamber office or download a nomination form from their website.

Upcoming members’ luncheons
The next Central Chamber of Commerce members’ meeting is Feb. 14, 11:30-1:00, At Sammy’s Grill on Wax Rd. The topic will be the 2017/2018 tax code changes. The March 14 meeting will be at Kristenwood on Greenwell Springs Rd, and the topic will be a state legislative update by state senators and representatives. A fee for lunch applies.

Pointe Coupee Chamber
Pointe Coupee Chamber Membership
Banquet and Springs Fling
The annual Chamber banquet will be held at Circa, 237 Main St., New Roads, on March 15. The event begins with a cash bar social at 6pm and features complimentary beer and wine. Dinner and the awards presentation follows at 7pm. Music is by Bonnie & Clyde. Contact the office or see their website for sponsorship opportunities and ticket information.

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