• Signature Events

  • What is a Signature Event?

    Our signature events are those major events that support and uphold our organizational mission and vision. These are our main events for the year, the ones that our staff and volunteers spend considerable time and effort coordinating for the benefit of the membership. 

    CRAVE! Natchitoches

    CRAVE! Natchitoches is our annual cook-off event that our members participate in.  Member businesses form teams that fall into two categories: Professionals (restaurants and caterers) and Amateurs (all other businesses). Both the business community and the community at large are invited to taste the delicious, creative dishes crafted by these teams. At the end of the evening, selected judges will announce the winners in each category, as well as the People's Choice. This is a fun, casual event complete with an annual corn-hole tournament and bottomless margarita cups. 

    Annual Awards Banquet

    As the largest gathering of businesses in Natchitoches, the Annual Awards Banquet is our biggest event of the year. Chamber member businesses undergo a nomination and voting process before the event. Awards include Ambassador of the Year, Town Favorite, Lifetime Achievement Award, 4 Under 40, Nonprofit of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Mid-Size Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, and New Business of the Year. Winners in each category are announced at the time of the event. 

    NYP Pub Crawl

    The Natchitoches Young Professionals Pub Crawl is a fun event for attendees to "craw" the bricks of Front Street while enjoying food & drink specials along the way. This crawl is also a Poker Run, with prizes awarded to the best poker hand, best individual costume, and best group costume at the Finisher's Party.  Pub Crawl is a fundraiser for the Louisiana Young Professional Conference, hosted annually in July. 

    Louisiana Young Professionals Conference

    The Louisiana Young Professionals Conference is a state-wide young professionals’ conference. This conference provides dynamic educational programming and engaging networking opportunities centered around the interests of those aged 21-40. 

    Event Series

    Monthly Chamber Luncheon Series

    Chamber Luncheons provide an excellent opportunity to network, enjoy a great lunch and catch up on the latest programs and activities of the Chamber.  Additionally, each Luncheon features a special guest speaker.

    Luncheons are held on a Wednesday of each month from 11:30am to 1:00pm.  Click on each date to register!

    2019 Series - TBA 

    Chamber After Hours

    Professional Development

    NYP Lunch with Leaders Series

    NYP Socials 

  • Previous Luncheon Speakers

    Michael Bertaut     Dr. James Henderson     Victor Jones     Robert Barham     W. Dennis Epps

    Joseph Rosier, Jr., CFA     Barry Erwin     Scott Martinez     Kirk Cordell     Tom Schedler

    Curt Eysink     Jim Donelon     Dr. Monty Sullivan     Robert Vinet     Ken Guidry     Michael Oliver

    Linda Curtis Sparks     Stephen Waguespack     Ashley Busada     Don Pierson    

    Lt. Governor Nungesser     Stephen Watson     Dr. Vickie Gentry