The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce is the community leader for several important initiatives designed to make Natchitoches a better place to live and work.
Many of our programs and initiatives need volunteers. For more information on these initiatives, click on the link below to view the 2016 Programs and Initiatives Guidebook.
An overview of these efforts are below; please click on each to learn more about our role and how these efforts help your business!
Being a Certified Work Ready Community provides a real, quantitative measurement of our workforce in several key areas. The program connects the emerging, transitional and currently employed workforce with employers in ways that help reduce employee turnover, training times and orientation, while providing employees at all levels a nationally-recognized certificate indicative of job-readiness.
The Education Fund provides assistance to the area's educational needs in PreK12, Technical College and University levels. Examples of support include, but are not limited to, support of middle school math and robotics teams; advancing industry-based certification efforts; helping to stand up science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM)-based summer camps; and implementing Project Lead the Way in Natchitoches Parish Schools.
Utilizing the Louisiana School Readiness Tax Credit, monies are raised and used to provide material goods and technical assistance to Class A, Quality Start early childcare education centers in Natchitoches Parish with the intent to provide area children a stronger foundation in education before entering the school system.
Reading regularly with preschool-age children gives them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library will send every child that registers a carefully selected book each month, every year until their 5th birthday. All Natchitoches Parish residents are eligible for this program!
The Chamber leads a local group of experts and stakeholders to explore various methods of expanding access to high-speed internet access around Natchitoches Parish, as well as the implementation of new technologies to the area.
The Chamber is proud to organize and lead the effort to have local partners converge on the Capitol each spring during the Legislative Session to bring awareness to legislators relative to Natchitoches, its institutions, businesses, people and needs
The Chamber welcomes all active duty and veteran military. Here you will find resources related to veterans.
Our Ambassadors serve as the "front door" of the Chamber, serving to greet and welcome new members!