The city’s biggest friend of local businesses has received a top honor. The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce was named National Chamber of the Year.
According to a release from the Lafayette chamber, staffers got official word of their win in Los Angeles the evening of Aug. 4 at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives’ annual convention. The award is given for excellence in operations, member services and community leadership.
“This is a tremendous honor that only up to four chambers in four categories may receive annually recognizing the chamber as among the best in the nation,” the local chamber noted in announcing the award. Applicants are judged by a panel of peers and previous award recipients from across the country.
The national recognition is the latest for the Lafayette Chamber. Earlier in 2011, the Chamber earned reaccreditation with a five-star rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is the only program of its kind that defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities. The five-star accreditation places the Lafayette organization in the top 1 percent of some 7,000 chambers across the U.S.
In other chamber news, the not-for-profit’s Leadership Lafayette, a nationally recognized program in which 25 movers and shakers come together each year to participate, is taking applications for its 2012 session. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 28. — Heather Miller
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.