Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce

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Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce

2015 & 2013 Louisiana STATE CHAMBER of the YEAR!  
Livingston Parish's largest and longest standing business organization

What is a Chamber? 
In a few words - Chambers are business organizations established to represent business in specific geographic locations, in our case, Livingston Parish.  Think of us as an association, which we are, chambers of commerce just happen to have specific designations.  While many associations represent specific industries, the Chamber represents all business and community in specific areas.  Chambers nation wide are independent of the other allowing each the flexibility to represent their specific areas.  There is a saying in the chamber industry, "if you've seen one chamber, you've seen one chamber".  Many of have similar programming, but we are all different.  Your chamber, the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized state wide, nationally and even internationally as a chamber of excellence.  The value is the positive recognition to the area  plus the value of an organization of integrity and excellence.  

What does the Chamber do? 
Most of what the chamber does can be summarized in one of these categories.  Each of these represents a significant purpose and opportunity that we bring to business and their representatives.  We will take you through each of the categories. 
  • Improve and strengthen business
  • Offer connections and valuable networks
  • Advocate for business and bring their point of view
  • Provide unique exposure for business and professionals 
  • Provide a platform for solving business problems 
  • Leadership 
  • Provide Business & Professional Development
  • Community 

How do we achieve each of these categories? 
For over 6 years, the Chamber has been on an upward track by breaking records and making history which improve our position to assist our base of business members. The Chamber take our role of advocacy and projecting a positive business and community image serious. Assuring the Chamber is a viable, strong organization with the best business leaders in the parish on our board, committees and councils is a priority. We are proud to have been named, for the second time in 3 years, the Louisiana State Chamber of the Year. We currently represent a record 520 members employing 20,000. In 2015, the Chamber moved into its first independent headquarters located at 248 Veterans Boulevard in Denham Springs. The location makes the Chamber an attractive gateway to Livingston Parish.

An active base of members, solid leadership at the board, committee, volunteer and staff levels coupled with support from members and stakeholders have the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce on a solid path to success and meaningful representation of their business members. With meaningful initiatives, programs and goals, the Chamber continues to work hard for the business community and the parish as a whole extending our reach successfully to include full parish collaboration and inclusion.


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Office Hours:  Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chamber office location:  248 Veterans Blvd. Denham Springs, LA 

About the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is a business organization formed to represent business and improve the overall quality of life in Livingston Parish.  Chambers are associations which represent a specific geographic area, in our case, that includes Livingston Parish and each of municipalities and communities within the parish.  To summarize, we exist to make Livingston Parish better.  

The Chamber was originally formed as the Denham Springs Chamber of Commerce by a group of business professionals.  History dates back as far as the 1920's as it does with many chambers.  In 1966, the chamber recorded the official name and charter with the state of Louisiana.  The Chamber is a 501C6 private non profit organization designated through the IRS.  

Independent business owners, small - medium - large, are given a collective voice through the Chamber.  There is no doubt that a collective voice is a stronger voice.  The role of the Chamber became particularly clear through the flood as we worked with many of our businesses in stabilizing following the flood of 2016.  Many are familiar with associations structured for specific industries - (hospital association, bar association, restaurant association, retail association, etc. ) Because the Chamber represents a specific area verses one industry, many different types of businesses and industries are represented.  

Structure, funding, operations, leadership.  
The Chamber is not a government agency nor a tax payer funded entity. As mentioned earlier, the Chamber is a 501 (c)(6) non profit business corporation.   The Chamber is privately funded by the investments - dues of its members. Successful events and programming supplement funding and are in direct support of the service to business and community causes.  Chamber staff, led by a president, CEO is responsible for support of chamber programming and implementation of the Chamber's strategic plan.  Governance of the Chamber is through business leadership and the Chamber's Board of Directors.  

What does the Chamber do?  
The Chamber offers a voice and support to businesses in Livingston Parish and includes, ADVOCACY, EXPOSURE, CONNECTIONS, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, INCLUSION, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND IMPROVEMENT. The Chamber offers and provides a business point of view and is THE voice of business in Livingston Parish - and has been for nearly 100 years.  The Chamber is vested in advocating for the business community and the community at large for a prosperous and growing community.  helping businesses, and the community grow and prosper.

Who can join the Chamber?
The Chamber is the only business organization in Livingston Parish that is structured to include varying sizes and types of business with programming and initiatives to serve all sizes.  Each business has its own need and seeks their own results from the Chamber. 

Membership in the Chamber is voluntary.  The Chamber is a  member based organization with over 520 members. Business members range in size from the very largest employers with local or international based headquarters to sole proprietors. Businesses are not required to have a location in Livingston Parish to join. They should have a vested interest in the objectives of the Chamber, meaning prosperity and economic impact of the parish and region.


As a professional business association, the Chamber is the go to business organization in the parish with participation from the most influential business leaders in the parish.  Having a voice in the business climate of the parish is essential to many business owners.  Engagement and investment in the Chamber is the number one way to assure the success of your business and the perspective of your operations are including in the studies, surveys and round table discussions which law makers look to. 

Industries represented in the Chamber are vast and include attorneys, real estate professionals, accountants, developers, builders, retail, health care, financial, education, manufacturing, insurance, entertainment, dining, community organizations and an extensive list of other industries. The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of business and professional men and women joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic and commercial progress of our community.

More on the Chamber of Commerce

Purpose
The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is organized to advance the general welfare and prosperity of Livingston Parish so that its citizens and all areas of its business community shall prosper. All necessary means of promotion shall be provided, and particular attention and emphasis shall be given to the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, recreational, quality of life, industrial, and educational interests of the area.
 
Vision Statement
The vision of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is to be recognized as the leading advocate for business offering resources and opportunities that only a chamber can provide, to develop leaders and promote the community with a positive spirit.

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The Chamber’s image will be one of a results-oriented, area-wide, membership organization which is acknowledged as the leader in the business community, providing value to its members. In addition, the Chamber will be viewed as an organization of unquestioned integrity, as a good corporate citizen in its own right, and as an advocate for the free enterprise system.

Relationships to Other Organizations
The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is a member of several major organizations designed to provide specialized service to the Chamber and its membership.  These organizations are:
  •  United States Chamber of Commerce
  •  Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
  •  Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
  •  Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Membership Investment

549Investment amounts for businesses are based on levels and tiers that are suited to your business needs.  The Chamber offers a Premier Corporate Sponsorship that includes a strategic logo/business name placement in select media and print materials.  Click on the PDF download, Invitation Form, for the current fees.  For additional information pertaining to Chamber marketing and advertising fees, contact the Chamber office.