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Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Resource Information

Businesses are concerned about their long term viability, as well as the health and wellbeing of their employees and customers. The Central LA Regional Chamber of Commerce is working with partner organizations, community leaders, and state and federal officials to provide information, links and direct services to chamber members and the business community during the current state of emergency.

The Chamber office located at 1118 Third Street in Alexandria is closed in accordance with the Stay-at-Home order, but is fully operational with staffers working from home.

If you are a business in need of assistance, please call or email us.

Governmental Relations, Policy, Strategy, State and Federal Legislation

Small Business Government Assistance Information

U.S. Chamber Connection

Deborah Randolph, President, Central LA Regional Chamber of Commerce

318-441-3420, drandolph@cenlachamber.org

Membership/Event Information, Requests to Share Information with Chamber Members

Cindy Cespiva, Membership/Events Director

318-442-6671, ccespiva@cenlachamber.org

Updates

Small Business Owners: Make your voice heard! Take the Survey.

October 14, 2020

Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program QuickRelief Update

September 5, 2020

Emergency Continues – Certain Blood Types Out of Stock

September 4, 2020

SBA Stands Ready to Assist Louisiana Businesses and Residents Affected by Hurricane Laura

August 30, 2020

Impacted By Hurricane Laura? Get the Latest Business Recovery Information

August 28, 2020

Notice: Now Accepting New Applications for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

August 24, 2020

With Two Storms in the Gulf, Learn More About How to Keep Your Business, Employees and Communities Safe

August 24, 2020

Week 11 (August 10-14, 2020) Mobile Van Testing

August 6, 2020

BACK-TO-SCHOOL COVID TESTING BLITZ

July 31, 2020

FACE COVERING ORDER GUIDANCE - 7-12-20

July 12, 2020

Is Your Business Hiring? Virtual Career Fair July 23, and August 12, 2020.

July 9, 2020

Treasurer Schroder: Main Street To Start Taking Grant Applications By July 28

July 1, 2020

Updated: November 12, 2020

LSUA CENLA ECONOMIC DASHBOARD FOR NOVEMBER RELEASED

ALEXANDRIA, La. – The Louisiana State University of Alexandria College of Business released its November 2020 issue of the CENLA Economic Dashboard.

“Hurricane Laura recovery efforts significantly increased consumer spending in September,” said Dr. Randall Dupont, Dean of the LSUA College of Business and author of the monthly Dashboard.

All nine Central Louisiana jurisdictions reported higher tax revenues in October, reflecting a significant increase in consumer spending in September. Alexandria and Pineville saw increases of 30% in September over August, while Rapides increased 35%. Hurricane recovery efforts positively impacted hotel occupancy in Rapides, which increased 88% in September compared to a month earlier and was 102% above the September 2019 level. Year-to-date sales tax revenue for all jurisdictions remains ahead of last year’s level, with the exception of Concordia and La Salle. Vehicles sales were strong again in September, particularly in Rapides and Avoyelles which saw monthly increases of 29% and 26%, respectively.

“Employment remained resilient in Central Louisiana in September and October,” said Dean Dupont. In September, the Alexandria MSA had the lowest unemployment rate in the state among major metropolitan areas at 6.0%, while the state averaged 8.2%. La Salle again had the lowest unemployment in the state at 4.7%. The Alexandria metro area continues to have the tight labor market. In September there were 5,296 job openings and 3,897 unemployed, meaning there were 1.35 jobs for every unemployed person. Statewide, Louisiana has two unemployed for every job opening. Three sectors hardest hit during the pandemic, health care, retail trade, and accommodations and food services, accounted for 53% of all job openings statewide in October.

The strong job market is also reflected in lower unemployment claims. In Central Louisiana, average weekly initial unemployment claims fell from 906 in September to 570 in October, a 37% decline, while average weekly continued unemployment claims in central Louisiana fell from 13,702 in September to 9,439 in October, a 31% decline.

“The housing market in the Alexandria metro area remains strong, although the pace has slowed slightly,” said Dean Dupont. Nationally, residential sales fell 3.5% in September while new residential construction grew 1.9%.  Compared to last October, active listings in the Alexandria market are down 50%, pending listings are up 39%, median days on the market are down 17%, and the median listing price is up 26%. “These are all signs of a strong housing market and low interest rates are continuing to support the market.”

The CENLA Economic Dashboard is a service of the LSUA College of Business to help business and community leaders monitor the economic pulse of Central Louisiana.

To view the November 11 CENLA Economic Dashboard, click here.

Partners

Find a list of city services as well as listings of open businesses and hours of operation.

Find COVID-19 Information pertaining to travel in the Central Louisiana area.

Find COVID-19 Information pertaining to airport and flight status at (AEX) Alexandria International Airport.

The City of Pineville resources and information.

The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

BAS - Business Acceleration System offering small business coaching

KD will continue updates our website to communicate relevant information from the Economic Development Administration and other agencies on economic recovery opportunities, resources, and activities.

Louisiana 211 is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Health to ensure citizens can access to the most current information available for Coronavirus (COVIDー19).

United Ways throughout Louisiana proudly support the Louisiana 211 Statewide Network.

The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.

LED is working with all levels of government to safeguard Louisiana businesses in terms of economic and physical safety issues related to COVID-19. 

Upcoming Webinars

Shopify will host weekly webinars for LA small business owners. You can also access previously recorded webinars at any time—learn what you want, when you want to! We will post information here about upcoming webinars.

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Are you looking for a career with a leading manufacturer of consumer products?

The Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce has compiled the following list of businesses currently hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions due to the increased demand for goods and services.

Please let us know if your business is hiring by sending an email to Cindy Cespiva at ccespiva@cenlachamber.org. Please include the company name, a brief description of the open position or positions and instructions on how to apply.

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Posted 4/29/2020

  • Payne, Mooore & Herrington, LLP CPA firm is accepting resumes to fill two full-time Staff Accountant positions. Click Here

Posted 4/17/2020

Posted 4/10/2020

  • Remedy Staffing Alexandria, Position Openings: Production Machine Operators, Warehouse/Production Forklift Operators, General Laborers, apply at www.remedystaffing.com or call 318-449-WORK(9675)

Posted 4/8/2020

  • Family Care Services, Position Opening: Direct Care Staff, apply in person at 5129 Highway 28 East, Pineville

Posted 4/3/2020

  • RoyOMartin, Position Openings: Production Team Member & Construction Millwright, https://royomartin.com/people/careers/?
  • Gulf Coast Social Services, Position Opening: Caregiver/Direct Service Worker, apply at www.gcssla.org or call (318)448-1801
  • Pecan Grove Training Center, Position Opening: LPNs for 10p-6a, 2p-10p, and weekend doubles, call Director of Nursing at (318) 448-0291
  • Perforex LLC, Position Opening: Class A CDL Truck Driver, call (318) 445-6799
  • Leading Health Care of Louisiana, Position Opening: Direct Support Worker, apply at https://www.Lhcla.com
  • ProTemp Staffing Solutions, Position Opening: Manufacturing, apply at 1150 Expressway Drive Suite 102, Pineville, LA
  • DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions, Position Opening: Temporary at Treatment Facility, apply at http://distran.com
Please note that there may be additional companies hiring. Anyone looking for work, should search job sites such as the Business & Career Solutions Center office in the parish in which you are searching for a job.

DOL Outlines Coronavirus Relief Law’s Paid Leave Requirements

SBA Loan Information - COVID-19 Disaster

LDR extends state income tax deadline due to coronavirus public health emergency

Area Businesses Hiring

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Louisiana Launches E-Commerce Initiative for Small Businesses

U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Save Small Business Fund offers grants to qualifying businesses employing between 3 and 20 people

Updated: April 16, 2020
The U.S. Chamber has launched a Save Small Business Initiative to address the immediate needs of the small business community, mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilize support for long-term recovery in the wake of the economic destruction of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Chamber Foundation is supporting the governmental supplemental financial assistance by launching the Save Small Business Fund. Seeded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the U.S. Chamber Foundation will be providing $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities.
Applications for the Save Small Business Grant Fund will open this Monday, April 20, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. There are several eligibility requirements which can be found here along with a space to enter your email address so as to be notified when the application process begins.
Please call the Central LA Chamber at 318-442-6671 with questions or for assistance with this form. The application form goes live on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

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