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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: October 13, 2020

LSUA CENLA ECONOMIC DASHBOARD FOR OCTOBER RELEASED

The Louisiana State University of Alexandria College of Business has released its October 2020 issue of the CENLA Economic Dashboard. “While consumer spending is down due of Hurricane Laura and a reduced federal supplement to unemployment compensation, significant gains have been made in construction and employment,” says Dr. Randall Dupont, Dean of the LSUA College of Business and author of the monthly Dashboard.
Construction permits valuing $4.7 million were issued in Rapides in September compared to $2.8 million in August, an increase of 71%. Most of the increase came from residential construction, says Dean Dupont. Residential construction permits were up 268% in Alexandria from $629,000 in August to $2.3 million in September. Pineville saw a similar increase with overall permits up 311% from $1 million in August to $4.2 million in September.
For the fifth straight month, the Alexandria MSA had the lowest unemployment rate in the state among major metropolitan areas at 6.1%, with a state averaging 7.6%. La Salle again had the lowest unemployment in the state at 4.7%. Alexandria continues to have the tight labor market. In August, there were 4,800 job openings in the Alexandria MSA and only 3,900 unemployed. That’s a ratio of less than one-to-one and compares favorably to the statewide ratio of two unemployed for every opening. Statewide total employment is 7%, or 133,000 jobs, below January’s level with leisure, hospitality, and education accounting for 52% of the reduction. READ THE FULL REPORT 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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