Youngsville Chamber Highlights of 2017
The Youngsville Chamber of Commerce had one of the most productive years on record!
This year, economic development in the city of Youngsville has created such a postive impact on our lifestyle. We have celebrated the grand openings of more and more restaurants, clothing boutiques, retail shops and a national grocery store right here in the city of Youngsville, and the list continues to grow. Our goal of becoming a self-sustaining community has come to fruition. The chamber has continued to work diligently throughout the year to promote our local businesses.
This year our chamber opened our new location at 307 Iberia St. next to Youngsville City Hall. We hosted our very own ribbon cutting celebration and invited all members and guests to join us for this wonderful celebration. We hosted our Annual Chamber Banquet at the Youngsville Recreation Center and awarded three scholarships to local students. We also awarded Kellers Bakery of Youngsville as our Business of the Year and Jody Soileau as our Member of the Year. We hosted our 3rd Annual Tennis Tournament at the Youngsville Sports Complex and our 2nd Annual Shop the Sweet Life to promote shopping local this holiday season. We celebrated with ribbon cuttings and grand opening celebrations for many local businesses and welcomed these new businesses to the great city of Youngsville. We also had a big celebration and welcomed Super 1 Foods to our community as well.
The attendance at our monthly chamber luncheons has continued to reach all time high because we provide a delicious lunch, presentations from guest speakers, networking opportunities, updates from our Mayor and City Council, our Police Chief, our School Board Representative and other leaders in our community, all report on the latest updates. We strive to keep our membership informed of the state of our city. Pastor Tommy Faulk and his team at First Assembly Youngsville have been so accommodating by allowing us to use their facility and equipment for our monthly meetings and we greatly appreciate everything they have done and continue to do for us.
Our Business Advocacy Committee worked on several important projects this year for our chamber including the chamber policy manual and scholarship policy manual. Our board also adopted board termed seating so that as we continue to grow in a unified and positive direction, our board can continue to build upon the foundation we created. We are constantly evolving and adapting as we meet the needs of our growing membership.
Overall our membership has grown to 186 members and 53 of these members were new to our chamber. We have surpassed our goal of 175 members for the year.
We are marketing our Chamber and have aligned ourselves with the City of Youngsville and the Youngsville Sports Complex to all work together in creating a wonderful community to live, work and celebrate life. We continued to promote member of the week and feature local businesses on social media. We boost these posts as a member benefit to help our members build an online presence and create brand awareness for their business.
I would like to thank all of our volunteers, including our board and our BAC for their hard work and collaboration of efforts, who put in countless hours of time and energy to support our Chamber. I would like to thank our sponsors who support us financially so that we can provide and meet the needs of our chamber. I would also like to thank our members for attending the meetings and doing your part to help encourage other businesses to join our chamber. We have a very active Chamber and we all share the same passion and commitment for our businesses and for our community. Thank you all for your continued support. I am looking forward to a great year!
Youngsville Chamber Past President