Over 300 people from every corner of our parish and surrounding area came to enjoy fine food and company at the 2020 Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet held Thursday, January 16 at the Natchitoches Events Center. The Chamber, in its 101st year, is comprised of 280 businesses of every size and description. In addition to their mission of promoting economic growth, the chamber works tirelessly to promote education and to build a better community for all of us. The evening was a chance to reflect on the accomplishments the chamber has achieved over the past year, see a glimpse into future projects and celebrate the hard work of its membership.
Chamber President Laura Lyles acted as the evening’s emcee, assisted by several other chamber members who presented the the awards in the various categories.
Chamber of Commerce office administrator Marilyn Mullikin was recognized for her 40 years of service to the chamber and community.
The Natchitoches Young Professionals “Four Under 40” were recognized. Stewart Carnline, Craig Caskey, Chris Lyles and Sarah Stewart Nelson each received a plaque.
Michah Foshee was named the Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador of the Year.
Stanley Salter garnered the Lifetime Achievement Award
Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant, a longtime local favorite was chosen for the Town Favorite Award.
The Non-Profit of the Year was CASA of Central Louisiana.
The Cane River Brewing Company won the New Business of the Year Award.
Magnolia Spa and Wellness won the Small Business of the Year Award.
Earning the Mid-Sized Business of the Year Award was Maggio’s Package Liquors
French Market Express took top honors as the Large Business of the Year.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating tonight’s event photography. Downloads are enabled. If you do see a photograph you like, please consider a donation to the Chamber of Commerce’s A+ Coalition, a superb project of the Chamber’s designed to improve educational opportunities for our parish’s children.