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Alliance News & Events
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Dr. Scott Returns: October 11th
Dr. Loren Scott returns to Southwest Louisiana for his annual "Louisiana Outlook" report on October 11th. Thanks for our spon sors (Iberia Bank & the H.C. Drew Center at McNeese State University) we are able to provide this event free of charge. We do ask that only two representatives per company attend, and RSVP in advance to Dottie Monceaux at or by clicking this link to RSVP online.
Other events that week...
Join us for a report on
The First 100 Days with Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
October 10, 2017
The SEED Center
$20 per seat / 
$200 for Premium Table of 8
Take your Customer Service game to the next level!

The Chamber SWLA Small Business Committee is hosting Bruce Hamilton - the No Bad Days guy - at their Lunch & Learn! Bruce will be sharing the secret to "No Bad Service"!

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
October 12, 2017
The SEED Center
$20 per seat / 
$140 for table of 8
Member-to-Member News & Events
Recently, we had several new members join: Town Planner on The Bayou (Premium Member), Clean Title, LLC & Home2 Suites by Hilton - Lake Charles (Preferred Members) and Boys & Girls Clubs (Business Member).

This week, we will have ribbon cuttings at Terracon Consultants (9/20) and Shipley's Donuts (9/23). Next month, we have been invited to the 100 th  Anniversary Celebration and Ribbon Cutting at Farmers Rice Milling Company on October 11, and ribbon cuttings at Savannah Lakes on October 12, and TownePlace Suites Lake Charles on October 19.
GMFS Mortgage
Whether you purchase, build, renovate, or refinance your home—the mission of GMFS Mortgage Loan Officers is to use his/her experience to help you find the right home financing solution. GMFS Mortgage offers Conventional, Jumbo and Government mortgage programs such as FHA loans, VA loans (Veterans) and USDA loans (Rural Development). They also offer 100% financing home loan options. Visit for more information.
Kudos & Congratulations
The Alliance Foundation received a check in the amount of $15,000 from JD Bank to support its initiatives. This donation is the 2017 installment to the SWLA Alliance Foundation’s SWLA on the Move 5-year campaign. The current plan of work under the SWLA on the Move Campaign is to address the critical issues facing our region: workforce development, business recruitment, business retention and expansion, regional marketing, and building a single voice for a true regional partnership.
Pictured: George Swift, Alliance's President & CEO; Ann Barilleaux, VP Marketing Director; Carly Leonards, Chief Banking Officer; and Brittany Duplechian, Alliance Foundation Director.

Last Week to Apply
  Registration will close on September 22 for the 2018 Leadership SWLA class. More information about the program and the application are on the Alliance's website.

If you have any questions, contact Brittany Duplechian at .

Trucking Company Sought for Harvey Clean Up
A FEMA Contractor is looking for a trucking company to help with Houston debris removal. Trucks must have a 30/40 cu yd. haulage capacity per load with driver. The shifts will be during the daytime. There will be a flat fee of $6.70 per cubic yard hauled, and a additional fee: $0.05 per cubic yard for an oversight function. Contact Mitchel Garcia,
Project Operations Liaison, at 801-695-0801 , or 801-415-9857 .

The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
 (337) 433-3632