Our West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce started in 2021 with the future being very uncertain. Public activities were still restricted, masks were mandated, and there was great concern about contracting COVID. Would we be able to recoup from the previous nine months of inactivity in 2020? And when?
We had a board meeting in January, via ZOOM with a few masked members actually present, and, though we had no idea how things would work out, we realized we needed to work together as a team to have plans in place for when restrictions were lifted. The most significant event the WCCC has ever held began as a chat after this first board meeting of the year and grew exponentially with lots of behind the scene efforts. Our chamber started its magnificent comeback in May, hosting the first monthly luncheon in over a year and initiating Chamberfest, a combination of a run and a business expo with food and entertainment. Our community was ready to celebrate better times. In November the team went on to host the most successful annual banquet ever conducted.
So how did the WCCC bounce back so successfully? It was due to the team forming a new vision, creating a plan, and setting goals to accomplish the vision. We saw an increase in membership and opportunities for businesses to thrive. Our 2021 successes have been due to the efforts of our executive director, executive board, board of directors, committee chairs, and members who saw the challenges and stepped out in force to accomplish goals in uncharted territory.
So once again, I thank you for your membership in our West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce. I encourage you all to participate in every event that you can fit into your busy schedules. We proved this year that being together and working together yields the greatest and most successful accomplishments for our businesses and our community.
I am looking forward to 2022 being even better than 2021. We have proved to the community that our West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce can and will meet the challenges before us with commitment and dedication. And as the Chair of the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce, all I can say is "Congratulations to all of you and thank you!"
West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce
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.
West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce