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Alexandria's American Press Daily Newspaper discusses new Alexandria Chamber with COO Kelisha Garrett

 

(March 31) The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation is seeking business owners interested in becoming a general member or board member of the recently announced Lake Charles Regional Minority Business chamber of commerce.

 

This is the second new minority chamber announced this year in Louisiana — the most recent was in Alexandria.

“We have been working with state elected leaders in different parishes and they actually shared a request that as our foundation was being formulated, to make sure we reached out to the business leaders in the Lake Charles area in revitalizing what had been the Lake Charles Black chamber that had previously been there,” said Foundation Executive Director Kelisha Garrett. “The leaders there had shared with us that Lake Charles had had the first African American business leadership in the state and .....(read more)                                     

 

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                                      LCCF to celebrate National Crayon Day with elementary schools                                                              across the state
                                      (March 31) — National Crayon Day is here (March 31) and               
                                      the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation (LCCF) is celebrating
                                      by providing crayons and coloring sheets to elementary schools across Louisiana.

 

Participating schools are: Alice Boucher and J.W. Faulk elementary schools in Lafayette, Cherokee Park Elementary in Shreveport, and Arise Academy in New Orleans.

 

Each school, serving students in underserved communities, will receives boxes of crayons, in addition to special boxes of crayons entitled, Colors of the World. Launched last year by Crayola, Colors of the World features 24- or 32-count crayons which represent 40 different skin-tones across the world, allowing all children to see themselves in their art.

 

Though the mission of LCCF is to support and advocate on behalf of minority-owned businesses in the state, foundation leaders believe it’s important to inspire what will be the future crop of business leaders in this state.

 

"We want to encourage elementary students to “#Dream in Color” by using the crayon shade that represents them as they consider their future careers. We recognize the next set of black-business owners are sitting in classrooms now – and it’s important to challenge, support and encourage young people,” says LCCF President and CEO, David St. Etienne.

 

Beyond matching skin-tones, LCCF went a step further to ensure students could “#Dream in Color” by partnering with New Orleans children’s book author, Alexander McConduit, to design three versions of coloring sheets. McConduit loaned characters from his published line of books which show children enjoying activities (potential jobs) important to Louisiana’s economy: farming, maritime/coastal services, and engineering. 

 

“Children of color are regularly underrepresented. I am honored to contribute to any effort that helps us create a more inclusive, compassionate and gentle world for all children,” McConduit said.  

 

Principals at the selected schools say they are excited about celebrating National Crayon Day, and hope students will be inspired to dream big— for Louisiana.

 

“My hope is that this initiative will be an opportunity for students to see themselves in world-class jobs, particularly those that impact the betterment of New Orleans and greater Louisiana, and understand their individual limitless potential! As educators, we know that each day is critical to inspiring our students to be successful, and my hope is that this will spark a fire for our students to imagine their future and see themselves and their own unique identities across a spectrum of careers,” says Krista Patrick Brown, Principal at Arise Academy in New Orleans.  

 

Tangela Sylvie, Principal of Cherokee Elementary School in Shreveport appreciates the partnership between educational and business communities.

 

“I believe that education works best when schools and business work together to increase positive life outcomes for children. This venture is a great fit for our school and community.”

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Statement from the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc. concerning H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

 

New Orleans, LA – The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc. (LCCF) which advocates on behalf of minority-owned businesses across the state of Louisiana released a statement on the recent passing of H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which will provide small businesses and Louisiana’s workforce much needed support.

“This is a significant step in helping to restore small businesses from the devasting impacts of COVID-19, which has had far-reaching effects on minority-owned businesses in Louisiana. This stimulus package will help businesses and their workforce to continue supporting their families and the communities they love,” says Kelisha Garrett, vice-president and chief operation officer.  

“We believe that empowered and sustainable minority business communities impact the overall health of our state’s economy. Aggressive actions and public policy which support an inclusive economic environment will ensure the growth and sustainability of both minority-owned businesses and the economy of Louisiana.”

Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation seeks members, board members to serve minority-business community in Alexandria  

 

New Orleans, LA – The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc. (LCCF) is seeking persons interested in becoming a general member or board member of the Alexandria Regional Minority Chamber of Commerce. Candidates should live or work in minority-owned businesses in the Alexandria-area.

 

The Alexandria regional chamber is an affiliate of LCCF, which unites a network of minority chambers across the state. David St. Etienne, LCCF President, says plans for this year include the addition of multiple regional minority chambers to the state-wide affiliation. Currently, LCCF serves approximately 900 minority-owned businesses across the state.

“Our mission is simple. Drive economic growth in Louisiana,” St. Etienne says.

   

“We want to provide leadership and programming support to minority-owned businesses across our state. We know that empowered and sustainable minority business communities impact the overall health of our state’s economy. When our regional minority chambers are well-organized with dynamic relationships with elected officials, we tend to see growth and impact in local communities across the state,” says St. Etienne.

Candidates interested in becoming a member or board member of the Alexandria Regional Minority Chamber of Commerce should contact the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc, at 504.655.7572 or email communications@labizspeaks.org .

LCCF announces new regional chamber, seeks members, board members to serve Lake Charles minority-business community

The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc. (LCCF) is seeking persons interested in becoming a general member or board member of the recently announced Lake Charles Regional Minority Business chamber of commerce ( LCRMBCC).

Candidates should live or work in minority-owned businesses in the Lake Charles-area.

 

The Lake Charles regional chamber is an affiliate of LCCF, which unites a network of minority chamber affiliates across the state. David St. Etienne, LCCF President, says plans for this year include the addition of multiple regional minority chambers to the state-wide affiliation. Currently, LCCF serves approximately 900 minority-owned businesses across the state.

“Our mission is simple. Drive economic growth in Louisiana,” St. Etienne says. 

 

“We want to provide leadership and programming support to minority-owned businesses across our state. We know that empowered and sustainable minority business communities impact the overall health of our state’s economy. When our regional minority chambers are well-organized with dynamic relationships with elected officials, we tend to see growth and impact in local communities across the state,” says St. Etienne.

Candidates interested in becoming a member or board member of the Lake Charles Regional Minority Business chamber of commerce ( LCRMBCC) should contact the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc, at 504.655.7572 or email communications@labizspeaks.org .

Main Street Program Final Report: A Look at what Louisiana has accomplished

Click below to read the final report from Treasurer John Schroder

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LCCF Welcomes New Board Members, Jack and Meredith

During the annual board meeting, the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc., welcomed two new board members, Corey Jack and Michael Meredith. 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack, is Owner and Principal Consultant of Jack & Associates LLC in Lafayette. 

Merideth is CEO of VPG Enterprise, a development and construction management enterprise. 

The mission of LCCF is to drive economic growth in Louisiana by empowering minority business communities.

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Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation announces new addition of Regional Black Chamber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officers are:

  • Chair, Rev. Dr. Moses Simms  (St. Helena Parish) 

  • Vice Chair,  Ja’Juan Allen  (Tangipahoa Parish)

  • Secretary, Marlene F. Jarrell   (East Feliciana Parish)

  • Treasurer, Bishop Willie Cage  (Tangipahoa Parish)

 

The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation or LCCF, unites local and minority chambers across the state to increase the educational and economic opportunities of their members. Chamber affiliates across the state include: the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Lake Charles (AACCLC), Alexandria Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce (BRMBCC), Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce (GSLBCC), Monroe Regional Minority Chamber of Commerce, New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce (NORBCC), and Shreveport-Bossier African-American Chamber of Commerce (SBAACC).

 

The mission of LCCF is to drive economic growth in Louisiana by empowering minority business communities.

For more info, contact Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. at info@lachamberfoundation.org or visit www.lachamberfoundation.org

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The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc., or LCCF, recently announced the addition of the Florida Parish Regional Black Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made during the LCCF Annual Board Meeting in December. The newly formed chamber will support black-owned businesses in Washington, East and West Feliciana, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes.

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Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation Announces Partnership, Microsoft Training Sessions for Minority Businesses Registered in the State

New Orleans, LA – LCCF recently announced a new partnership with Microsoft to offer virtual workshops and training sessions to minority-owned businesses registered in the state of Louisiana. The free workshops will provide training on Microsoft 365 business communication and collaboration platforms such as Outlook, Teams, OneDrive and Sharepoint.

The first virtual workshop on Microsoft Outlook, will be held 6-7 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 9. Space is limited, register here: (link) before 12 noon, Dec. 9th.

All trainings will be held via Microsoft Teams from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST.

Free Training Calendar:

  • Microsoft Outlook – Dec. 9

Register: https://bit.ly/LCCFTraining

  • Microsoft Teams 100 Part 1 – Dec. 14

Register: https://bit.ly/LCCFTraining

  • Microsoft Teams 100 Part 2 – Dec. 28

Register: https://bit.ly/LCCFTraining

  • Microsoft OneDrive/ Sharepoint – Dec. 30

Register: https://bit.ly/LCCFTraining

The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation or LCCF, unites local and minority chambers from across the state to increase the educational and economic opportunities of their members.

David St. Etienne, LCCF President and CEO, says these virtual trainings will provide minority-owned small-business with a better understanding of online collaborative tools, now mandatory, during a pandemic.

 

The mission of LCCF is to drive economic growth in Louisiana by empowering minority business communities.

 

Overview: MS Outlook Training Session

This introductory course will expand on Outlook and Exchange Online basics, terms, and features of the Outlook Desktop and Outlook Mobile applications.

 

Participants will:

• Understand the relationship between Exchange Online and Email Client

• Become familiar with accessing and navigating different modalities like Outlook Online, Outlook for Desktop, and Outlook Mobile

• Become an expert in navigation of the Outlook for Desktop Client

• Understand new Microsoft 365 features in Outlook such as @Mentions and MyAnalytics

• Review advanced topics such as Import/Export and Rules

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ABOUT LOUISIANA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION, INC

The LCCF is a statewide source of information and advocacy organized to help local and minority-owned businesses in Louisiana grow and prosper. LCCF’s affiliates include: African-American Chamber of Commerce of Lake Charles (AACCLC), Alexandria Regional Black Chamber of Commerce Baton Rouge Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce (BRMBCC), Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce (GSLBCC), Monroe Regional Minority Chamber of Commerce (MRMCC developing),New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce (NORBCC), and Shreveport-Bossier African-American Chamber of Commerce (SBAACC).

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LCCF Annual Meeting

Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting 
Hyatt Regency 

Held Nov. 29th from 2 to 6 pm. 

Led by Foundation CEO David St. Etienne & Vice President Kelisha Garrett. 

A host of topics were covered including but not limited to the 2019 year in review and  2020 Rollout of the chamber training program. This program was designed to ensure the success of every participating chamber and to make sure we as a whole are operating under uniform processes and protocols.  

 

Special  Guest Included:

President and CEO of the US Black Chamber Ron Busby gave an update of what we should expect for 2020  and a recap of the National Black Chamber Conference. 
 

Representative Edward "Ted" James gave an update on the Louisiana  Legislative Black Caucus where he sits as vice-chair. 

Vice President  Farad Ali of the  National Minority Supplier Development  Council discussed the importance of certification and the need for every member in the chamber organization to be certified MBE. It was also announced that NMSDC and NORBC have entered into a partnership for upcoming initiatives.

Mark T. Samuel Regional Director of Southern Regional Minority Development Council

Michelle Nixon Stanton CUEE Director of  Operations

Special thanks to AT&T for their generous sponsorship of $5,000.00 to the Foundation.

First Annual Black Chamber Day at the Capitol

May 29, 2019 – Baton Rouge. Black chamber members from across the state gathered for the First Annual Louisiana Black Chamber Day at the Capitol, hosted by the Office of the Governor in partnership with LCCF.

 

Chamber members were introduced to the workings of the Capitol by Jolan Jolivette, special assistant to the Governor, who encouraged participants to attend the day's House Committee Meetings. At a Lunch and Learn in the Press Room,  speakers included Governor John Bel Edwards and representatives from Louisiana for Prison Alternatives, Louisiana Economic Development, Workforce Development, the Department of Transportation and Development, and more. The day ended with Black Chambers from across the state meeting with representatives and being recognizedby both the State House and the State Senate.

LCCF would like to thank our hosts and speakers, as well as the chamber members who participated in this memorable event.

LCCF Official Launch

Aaron Franklin, Ron Busby Sr., David St Etienne

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November 23, 2018

LCCF Official Launch

Minority chamber of commerce representatives from across the state of Louisiana met at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, for the official launch of the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc.

Celebrating the launch were special guest speakers Ron Busby Sr., President of the U.S. Black Chambers of Commerce, and Louisiana State Representative Randal Gaines. To learn more, please see our press release here.

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March 28, 2019

Governor Addresses New Orleans Regional Black Chamber 

Governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell were the guess speakers at this year's  New Orleans Regional Black Chamber Annual Policy Lunch at the Hyatt Regency Hotel New Orleans.

The NORBCC would like the thank both Governor Edwards and Mayor Cantrell for their time as well as for their ongoing  support of the minority business community.

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NORBCC at US Black Chambers

NORBCC President Montgomery Richard addressing the gathering.

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NORBCC at US Black Chambers

Awarded Chamber of the Year

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NORBCC President Montgomery Richard addressing the gathering.

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August 19, 2019

New Orleans Regional Black Chamber awarded Chamber of the Year

The New Orleans Regional Black Chamber has been honored by United States Black Chambers, Inc. as Chamber of the Year. LCCF congratulates NORBCC for the hard work and innovation that has made it one of the top minority chambers in the country and a truly effective advocate for minority-owned businesses in the New Orleans region. 

To find out more about NORBCC, visit www.norbchamber.org