Committees & Networking

The Chamber Southwest achieves its objectives through the volunteers who participate within our committees and other initiatives. It is our belief that only through active involvement will members truly receive a return on their investment.
We are dedicated to improving our community, developing our economy and workforce, and cultivating opportunity through a variety of programs and initiatives including Ready. Set. Work., SWLA Alliance Foundation, Fusion Five, Leadership SWLA, The Leader In Me, and more!
All committees are organized into one of four councils, and are designed to support and implement our strategic plans. Committees may form coalitions and sub-committees as deemed necessary to meet their goals. Explore below to learn more about the different committees that make-up the Southwest Louisiana Chamber.

Economic Development Council

Business Development & Diversity Task Force 

Responsible for harnessing the professional economic development talent across the region, promoting the sharing of information, the development of common regional goals andactivities which support the development of a globally competitive economy in Southwest Louisiana.
Committee Chair:
Ernie Broussard

Staff Contact:
George Swift

Environmental Affairs Committee

Responsible for exploring the environmental issues and opportunities that may impact business opportunities in Southwest Louisiana.  It supports the development and implementation of environmental programming.  The committee also educates the public and business community about the following issues:

Ozone/Environmental Justice



School Clubs

Litter/Team Green

Environmental Economy

Committee Chairs:
Laurie Cormier, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
Mike Dever, Providence Engineering
Vice Chair:
Rene Escuriex, C. H. Fenstermaker and Associates

Staff Contact:
Morgan Turpin

Small Business Committee
Responsible for developing and implementing programming to encourage small business growth across Southwest Louisiana, focusing particularly on the needs of Chamber/SWLA members. Click here to go to the Small Business Committee page.
Committee Chair:
Roger Koss

Staff Contact:
Michelle McInnis

Women's Business Network Advisory Council

Responsible for planning the quarterly Women's Business Network lunches and annual awards luncheon.

Committee Chair:
Krystle Blue
Home Builders Association of SWLA

Staff Contact:
Michelle McInnis