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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

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

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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. 

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.

Updated: July 8, 2020

The Dashboard shows the central Louisiana economy remains strong in terms of consumer spending and future construction activities, with continuing improvement in employment, says Dr. Randall Dupont, Dean of the LSUA College of Business.

Compared to April, consumer spending in May as measured by June sales tax revenue was up in seven of the nine reporting parishes and cities, with Pineville having the largest percentage increase at 25%, followed by Rapides up 14%, and Alexandria up 11%. Vehicles sales in May were up 43% in Rapides and Avoyelles, and 26% in Evangeline, according to the report.

The valuation of building permits filed in June increased 32% in Evangeline, 50% in Rapides, and 65% in Avoyelles over May filings, with the valuation of new residential construction permits issued by the Rapides Area Planning Commission increasing 78% over last June.

“Strong consumer spending in May and increased construction activities starting in June will further strengthen local employment, which continues to improve,” says Dupont. The Alexandria MSA had the lowest unemployment rate among the state’s metro areas again in May at 9.2%, while Rapides had a rate of 9.3%. The average unemployment rate for Cenla stood at 10.8%, compared to 13.1% statewide.

Initial unemployment claims are down 68% in Rapides, falling from 1,541 claims at its April 18th peak to 495 claims last week. However, continued unemployment claims remained high, down only 9% to 4,992 from a May 23rd high of 5,495. Dupont says “the $600 a week federal supplement to unemployment benefits is set to end July 31st. If the supplement is not extended, consumer spending may be adversely impacted until local employment returns to pre-COVID levels.”

Other key findings of the Dashboard include:

  • Passenger traffic at AEX continues to exceed the national average with AEX ranking second among statewide airports, while area hotel occupancy continues to be weak. Through May of this year, occupancy was down 23% in Rapides and 15% in Avoyelles.
  • Twenty-two percent of Louisiana small businesses said it would take three months or less for their business to return to normal, compared to 14% nationally.
  • For the week ending June 20, new business formations in Louisiana reached an all-time weekly high for the third straight week with 1,770 business applications filed. Through June 20th of this year, 31,010 businesses were formed compared to 29,360 during the same period in 2019.

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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.

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