Deadline for Chamber of Commerce annual awards is Dec. 17


Annual Awards Nominations

“Cheers to 100 Years”

It’s that time of year again……let’s recognize Business Excellence!

 Anyone can nominate a business.  Is there a business that has gone above and beyond for their customers?  Someone who goes out of their way to support local nonprofits? Or a business that has employees who are proud of their company?  In our day to day interactions with local businesses, who comes to your mind for providing excellent customer service? Those are the businesses we want to hear about!

We will be accepting nominations through December 17, 2018,for the following awards:

  • Best NEW Business(12 months or less in business)
  • Best Small Business(0-10 employees, both full and/or part time)
  • Best Medium Sized Business(11-24 employees, both full and/or part time)
  • Best Large Business(Over 25 employees)
  • NEW THIS YEAR!Best Non-Profit Organization
  • NEW THIS YEAR!Lifetime Achievement Award(recognizing leaders who have left an indelible footprint in our Community)

**Nominees must be Chamber member business (Excluding Lifetime Achievement Award)

Not sure if a business is a member of the Chamber?  You can search for that business in our Membership Directory at

Our Awards Banquet this year will be January 24, 2019 and held at the Natchitoches Event Center from 5:30- 8:30. It will be an evening of Celebration, Recognition and Community and Business Excellence.

You may nominate more than one business, and for multiple categories. Tell us WHY these businesses stand apart from others? Below are some criteria to consider and include on your nomination form.



Award criteria for New, Small, Medium and Large business of the year:

  • Company management
  • Community service
  • Economic stability
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Growth of company
  • New jobs created for the community
  • Upward mobility for employees

Award criteria for Nonprofit of the year:

  • Organization purpose
  • Contribution to the community
  • Community service
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Upward mobility for clients

Award criteria for Lifetime Achievement Award:

Through this award, we seek to identify a leader whose long-term active engagement in our community has had a significant, positive economic impact locally. A Lifetime Achievement Award winner is a successful leader in a company, industry and in our community. Further, the Lifetime Award allows us to recognize a true pillar who will teach future generations by example. This award recognizes contributions over the entirety of a career, rather than, or in addition to, a single contribution.

  • Nominee has been active in the Natchitoches Area business community for at least 15 years cumulatively.
  • Nominee has been the leader of a Louisiana based company for at least five years (CEO, president, managing partner, etc.).
  • Each Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be selected from the field of nominees by a panel of independent judges made up of past select professionals and community stakeholders.
  • Individuals will not be honored more than once for this award.



Chamber President
Laura T. Lyles


Nomination Form

Award Category: (see pg 1 for categories and criteria)___________________________________________________________

Business Name: _____________________________________________

Nominee/Business Owner Name:_______________________________


Why are they deserving of this award? Please provide specific examples and other relevant information that may aid the selection committee: (attach separate page if needed):



Nomination Forms must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Dec 17, 2018

Please email to:

or drop off to Chamber office at 780 Front Street, Natchitoches LA 71457