Cheers to 100 Years: Chamber seeks Business Award Nominations


It’s that time of year again…and the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to recognize Business Excellence!

Anyone can nominate a business. Is there a business that has gone above and beyond for their customers? Someone who goes out of their way to support local nonprofits? Or a business that has employees who are proud of their company? In our day to day interactions with local businesses, who comes to your mind for providing excellent customer service? Those are the businesses we want to hear about!

The Chamber will accept nominations through Dec. 17 for the following awards:

Best NEW Business (12 months or less in business)
Best Small Business (0-10 employees, both full and/or part time)
Best Medium Sized Business (11-24 employees, both full and/or part time)
Best Large Business (Over 25 employees)
NEW THIS YEAR! Best Non-Profit Organization
NEW THIS YEAR! Lifetime Achievement Award (recognizing leaders who have left an indelible footprint in our Community)

**Nominees must be Chamber member business (Excluding Lifetime Achievement Award)

Not sure if a business is a member of the Chamber? You can search for that business in our Membership Directory at

Our Awards Banquet this year will be Jan. 24 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Natchitoches Event Center. It will be an evening of Celebration, Recognition and Community and Business Excellence.

You may nominate more than one business, and for multiple categories. Tell us WHY these businesses stand apart from others? Below are some criteria to consider and include on your nomination form.

Award criteria for New, Small, Medium and Large business of the year:

Company management
Community service
Economic stability
Ethics and integrity
Growth of company
New jobs created for the community
Upward mobility for employees
Award criteria for Nonprofit of the year:

Organization purpose
Contribution to the community
Community service
Ethics and integrity
Upward mobility for clients
Award criteria for Lifetime Achievement Award:

Through this award, we seek to identify a leader whose long-term active engagement in our community has had a significant, positive economic impact locally. A Lifetime Achievement Award winner is a successful leader in a company, industry and in our community.  Further, the Lifetime Award allows us to recognize a true pillar who will teach future generations by example. This award recognizes contributions over the entirety of a career, rather than, or in addition to, a single contribution.

Nominee has been active in the Natchitoches Area business community for at least 10-15 years cumulatively.

Nominee has been the leader of a Louisiana based company for at least five years (CEO, president, managing partner, etc.).

Each Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be selected from the field of nominees by a panel of independent judges made up of past select professionals and community stakeholders.

Individuals will not be honored more than once for this award.