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Response to Coronavirus

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

New Guidelines Issued for SBA PPP

Friday - May 22, 2020

Area Businesses Hiring

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.

Posted 4/2/2020
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
Posted 4/8/2020
  • Family Care Services, Position Opening: Direct Care Staff, apply in person at 5129 Highway 28 East, Pineville

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 4/17/2020

Posted 4/29/2020

  • Payne, Mooore & Herrington, LLP CPA firm is accepting resumes to fill two full-time Staff Accountant positions. Click Here
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: May 18, 2020

The Louisiana State University of Alexandria College of Business has released the mid-May issue of the CENLA Economic Dashboard.
April sales tax revenue increased between 15% and 41% in Rapides, Avoyelles, Evangeline, and St. Landry which reflected overall sales activity in March, while vehicle sales tax revenue increased between 16% and 45% in those parishes during the period.
“March consumer spending in Central Louisiana was much stronger than expected according to April tax revenues,” said Dr. Randall Dupont, Dean of the LSUA College of Business. “Louisiana small businesses are optimistic (referring to a recent U.S. Census survey).”
Although 45% of small businesses in Louisiana said COVID-19 had a large negative impact on their business, it fell below the 51% nationwide response according to a new Small Business Pulse Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Likewise, Louisiana small businesses were more optimistic on recovery time and received more assistance from the Payroll Projection Program than the national average. Thirty-eight percent of the small businesses surveyed in Louisiana between April 26 and May 2 expect the economy to recover in one to three months, compared to 28% nationwide. Furthermore, 48% of Louisiana small businesses received assistance from the Payroll Protection Program compared to 38% nationally.

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

Updates

Gov. Edwards Announces Louisiana's Roadmap to Resilience Will Start Phase 2

June 1, 2020

Gov. Edwards Signs Order Moving Louisiana to Phase One

May 15, 2020

Gov. Edwards: Louisiana will Move to Phase One Statewide on May 15, COVID-19 Stay at Home Order will be Lifted for Louisianans

May 11, 2020

Open Safely.

Click on the link to register your business to receive updated communication, notifications, and helpful guidance via email from the State Fire Marshal’s Office specific to your business type.

May 4, 2020

The U.S. Chamber has released new information regarding the federal government’s response to the ongoing pandemic.

April 29, 2020

April 27, 2020

The Retail Industry Association and the National Retail Federation have issued a blueprint for shopping safely in preparation for reopening retail establishments.

OSHA’s Response to Workplace Safety and Coronavirus Exposure

A Backgrounder on Health Coverage: Options for individuals who have lost employer sponsored coverage due to the coronavirus CLICK HERE

A Backgrounder on Unemployment Insurance Under the CARES Act CLICK HERE

The SBA resumes accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27, 2020 after Congress replenishes funding for PPP and SBA EIDL loans. Click here for details.

April 27, 2020

LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ESTABLISH ADVISORY TASK FORCE TO HELP JUMP-START THE LOUISIANA ECONOMY

April 17, 2020

Guidance from GOHSEP/LHD/DOA on Procurement Opportunities for Supplies and Services related to the COVID-19 Event.

April 7, 2020

Updated U.S. Chamber Guides/Links SBA Disaster Loan/Employee Retention Tax Credit/Paycheck Protection Program

Updated April 2, 2020

Please find attached and at the links below new and updated resources that the U.S. Chamber has developed to assist businesses access resources created under the CARES Act (Phase III bill).  This includes an update to the guide we released several days ago on the Paycheck Protection Program.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance yesterday regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.  Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found on their webpage.

  • A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
  • If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
  • The application for borrowers can be found here.

We will share additional information as it becomes available.

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

Show Your Thanks

Mark your calendar: Sunday, April 19th

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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. 

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