Chamber celebrates anniversary with gala

By Bonnie Culverhouse

The Greater Minden Chamber has been in south Webster Parish for 80 years, and they are throwing a party to celebrate.

“We are excited to celebrate 80 Years of outstanding service to the Minden Community,” said Chamber President/CEO Jana Morgan. “We take pride in promoting the businesses in and around Minden, and we will continue to build on those relationships.”

Beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, the chamber will host its Annual Awards Gala at the Minden Civic Center, sponsored by Minden Medical Center.

Morgan said there will be no Man and Woman of the Year awards during this banquet.

“The organizations that are over those are wanting them to have a full year reign,” Morgan said.

Sponsored by Young Women’s Service Club, Tokia Whiting-Harrison was named Woman of the Year at a fall banquet, while Jake Chapman was named Man of the Year by Minden Lions Club.

However, there will be other, Chamber-sponsored awards Tuesday evening. Finalists are as follows:

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – Durrett Law & Title, The Doll House, Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College 

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – Velvet Home & Clothing, Bricktown Boutique, Red Blooms 

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR – Phillip Smart, Lindsay McClaran, Ryan O’Glee, Minden Family Pharmacy 

COMMUNITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR – Brittany Greer, Webster Parish Library, UCAP 

“On the night of the event, we will also present awards for Home Town Hero and Lifetime Achievement Award,” Morgan said. 

“Chamber membership has its benefits,” she continued. “Our membership is made up of small businesses, corporations, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, retailers and individuals. We offer many networking opportunities and encourage member-to-member support. We have solutions to help local businesses grow.”

Contact the Chamber office at 318-377-4240 for gala tickets.