Chairman's Message

Chairman's Message

As a member of the West Calcasieu community, I could not be more excited to serve as the Chair of our Chamber of Commerce. I'd like to thank our members for entrusting me with this position. As I look back over the Chamber's 80-year history, I am amazed at what has been accomplished. I hope to continue that spirit as we move forward into 2023; as a unified voice advocating for changes to legislation and policies that impact our communities.

To say the past few years have been difficult for most is an understatement, but the strength and drive of our community and businesses have allowed us to continue to move forward.

We have so many businesses and organizations doing positive things in our community, and we as a chamber want to not only offer encouragement but a partnership. We want to keep our members up to date and connected on local activities and legislative actions through our newsletters and e-mails.

I look forward to working with our chamber members to advance our region and enhance our quality of life.

Mandy Thomas

From the Desk of the Executive Director

Greetings from the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) and the communities of Sulphur, Vinton, and Westlake! We all find ourselves in a unique position as we forge ahead into 2022. There have been huge changes in the economics of our area due to Covid 19, two major hurricanes, an ice storm, a flood, and a tornado. We have experienced many challenges in our communities. However, we are confident that the citizens, business owners, and corporate leaders of our area will respond with enthusiasm in the rebuilding and restoration process, making us bigger and even more solid than ever before. We, as the WCCC, will continue to focus on economic development, member enrichment, community involvement and an ever-expanding quality of life.
The cities of Sulphur, Westlake and Vinton are extraordinary places in which to live and do business. Each city offers a myriad of opportunities to establish a new business or to continue an existing business. The businesses in these cities are customer-focused; they know their clients by their names and work to provide the best customer experience possible. Each municipality provides remarkable options for homebuilding and the growth of families.
Our WCCC also participates in the Southwest Economic Alliance, joining the efforts of West Calcasieu to the efforts to the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, East Calcasieu, and Jeff Davis. Our WCCC is, and will be, actively involved with state and federal initiatives to improve and create additional economic opportunities to draw businesses to our state and region.
We want to encourage the businesses in our area to persevere in spite of the challenges of 2020 and 2021. We welcome new businesses who choose to partner with our WCCC to further enhance the economic health of West Calcasieu. West Calcasieu is, and always has been, an amazing area for economic growth. We thank you for the role you have played and look forward to even greater success in 2022.

Lena McArthur
Executive Director
West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce