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.
Investment 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.