To provide a voice for the West Calcasieu area on matters of economic, educational, social and public concerns, and to promote actions that develop pride and recognition for the West Calcasieu area.
Message from the 2017 WCCC Chairman - Ethan Miller
Southwest Louisiana’s economy is growing and expanding as never before seen by our current generation of workers. In the coming years, more large multinational construction companies and their support companies will be our guests. I have already had the pleasure of sharing our southern hospitality with many of these companies - large and small -through invitations to a Mardi Gras ball, a sit down dinner at one of our authentic Cajun restaurants, or sharing a shrimp po’boy with jalapeño mayonnaise. I love Southwest Louisiana and look forward to continue proudly showing off my home region.
With all this growth comes great challenges and opportunities for businesses both large and small. The Small Business Administration states:
• The 28 million small businesses in America account for 54% of all U.S. sales.
• Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970s.
• The 600,000 plus franchised small businesses in the U.S. account for 40% of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people.
• The small business sector in America occupies 30-50% of all commercial space, an estimated 20-34 billion square feet.
• The small business sector is growing rapidly. While corporate America has been “downsizing”, the rate of small business “start-ups” has grown, and the rate for small business failures has declined.
It is clear that small businesses play a large part in our nation’s economy. It is my goal, as the 2017 chair, to assist our small local businesses to interact with these large worldwide companies and the construction projects in our area. I believe if we work together, we can accomplish great things.
As I move into the role of chair, I realize that I am standing on the shoulders of giants. The leaders before me have paved a smooth and wide path for those after them. Their hard and persistent work has paid off. It is up to me, the board of directors, and the membership to continue the great progress they have begun.
When we opened our current business location, I asked friends, family, and customers to let us know what their favorite Bible verse is. Those verses were typed, printed, cut into thin strips of paper and placed under the baseboards. In doing this, our business is now surrounded by scripture. Of all those scriptures, my favorite is from Philippians 3:14. It reads, as printed on the back of my business cards: “ I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
With Kind Regards,
Chair Elect 2016
Welcome to West Calcasieu an exciting time in our area. This is a time of change and tremendous amount of new opportunities. There is an excitement in the air about the West Cal Chamber of Commerce (WCCC), New Business, New People, and a New Energy is evident in our area.
The West Cal Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) represents the interest of area businesses at the federal, state and local levels of government. Our Chamber also helps to create economic development and improve community quality of life. WCCC is comprised of Sulphur, Vinton, and Westlake, 3 small cities working together to develop an attractive, powerful force in the area’s economy.
The West Cal Chamber of Commerce is part of Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance with Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Allen and Jeff Davis Parishes. West Calcasieu is the 2nd largest city in the parish. We invite you to enjoy our community, whether you are a visitor, new comer, business prospect or resident.
Our location, natural beauty, climate and small-town atmosphere offer a unique place for your family or business. We are extremely proud of our locally owned businesses, restaurants and specialty shops where people know their regular customers by name and are always ready to welcome a new face with a warm and friendly Southwest Louisiana smile or a handshake.
With all the new development in our area truly “All Roads Lead to West Calcasieu” come join this exciting time with us and be a part of our wonderful community.
West Cal Chamber of Commerce