The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce was and is 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. The Chamber's role is to engage and strengthen business. Strong businesses equal strong communities. When business thrives, it is able to play its role of employing our citizens and engaging in important community issues.
History - The Chamber was originally formed as the Denham Springs Chamber of Commerce by business professionals and concerned leaders who saw an opportunity to improve the area a neutral organization. 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.
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
The mission of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is to promote business, enhance community vitality and advance economic prosperity in Livingston Parish. 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 - Image
The vision of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is to be recognized for our unique and invaluable role of helping businesses and our communities thrive. as the leading advocate for business offering resources and opportunities, to develop leaders and promote the community with a positive spirit.
- Strong, collective voice for business.
- Desirable communities and quality of life.
- Strategic plans and results
- Member representation and advocacy
- Leaders who value all business
- Partnerships for the common good
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
2015 & 2013 Louisiana STATE CHAMBER of the YEAR!
Livingston Parish's largest and longest standing business organization
What is a Chamber?
The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce history goes back as far as the 1920's.
Your chamber, the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized state wide, nationally and even internationally as a chamber of 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
- Provide Business & Professional Development
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.
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