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 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.
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
NYP Lunch with Leaders Series
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