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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

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Companies are invited to the Rapides Parish Schools Senior Job Fair

Updates

$28.6 billion to the SBA for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

April 30, 2021

SBA Stands Ready to Assist Louisiana Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Winter Storms

March 9, 2021

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: January 13, 2021

LSUA CENLA ECONOMIC DASHBOARD FOR JANUARY RELEASED

The Louisiana State University of Alexandria College of Business released its January 2021 issue of the CENLA Economic Dashboard. “Local consumer spending continues to exceed expectations,” says Dr. Randall Dupont, Dean of the LSUA College of Business and creator of the monthly dashboard.
Although total consumer spending for December is not yet available, preliminary data indicates a positive outlook for the month. Consumer spending in Rapides the first week of December was up 4% over January 2020. Consumers in Rapides spent more time shopping and dining than the state average. However, the small businesses have taken the brunt of the economic impact, says Dupont. Researchers at Harvard-based Opportunity Insights report small business revenue in Rapides was down 44% at the end of the year compared to 36% statewide.
The number of new business applications filed in Louisiana last year is very encouraging, says Dupont. Applications for 82,000 new businesses were filed in 2020, compared to 54,000 a year earlier. Of the new businesses, 24,000 are likely to have planned wages according to Census Bureau data. “We are encouraged by the growth in new business applications,” says Dupont.
“Our goal in creating the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at LSUA is to support existing small businesses and to help these new businesses through the formation process,” he added. In Louisiana, it takes three to six months to form a business after making an application. The local SBDC will hold a ribbon cutting on January 21 at the Central Louisiana Regional Chamber office on Third Street in Alexandria.
Louisiana’s employment picture improved in November with the unemployment rate falling 1.2% statewide to 8.1%. Employment in the Alexandria metro area improved as well with the unemployment rate falling to 5.9% in November, while the rate for central Louisiana stood at 6.9%. Initial and continued unemployment claims in central Louisiana and statewide trend downward in December. However, initial claims increased sharply with the new year. Initial claims in central Louisiana the first week of January more than doubled from late December, while initial claims statewide tripled, rising from 8,273 to 25,414.
Six of the nine central Louisiana jurisdictions included in the Dashboard reported higher tax revenues in December, reflecting increased consumer spending in November. Avoyelles, Evangeline, and St. Landry reported decreases of 10% to 14%. Year-to-date tax revenues were up as well, with the exception of Concordia and LaSalle. November vehicle sales activity was down slightly compared to October, but sales activity was up more than 30% over last November, with Rapides posting a 16% gain so far this year.
Construction permits in Rapides and Avoyelles were up significantly in December. Rapides saw $36 million in construction being permitted last month, bringing its total to $81 million for the year compared to $72 million in 2019. Likewise, Avoyelles issued $53 million in permits in December, bringing its total to $105 million for the year compared to $52 million last year.
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.

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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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.

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