Advocacy

The Lafayette Chamber understands the responsibility we have to our members and local businesses. Our Board of Directors is made up of a diverse group of business owners. They represent retail, hospitality, service and professional organizations. Our task is to identify the issues that matter, find common ground and present a unified partnership with our members as we represent them before local government, and in some cases at the county, state and federal level.

The Chamber does not have a PAC (Political Action Committee). We do not raise money for candidates and we will not endorse individuals for public office. However, our by-laws do allow us to take positions on issues. When necessary, we will host workshops and discussions that might help our members better understand the various bills that are currently in play. The Chamber works collaboratively with city staff and our city council and commissions to protect the interests of our businesses and sharing the perspective and struggles small businesses face.

In order to meet the Chamber’s mission statement, “To promote and maintain a healthy business climate and to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Lafayette”, we continue to play a pivotal role in promoting our local economy, encourage new businesses to come to Lafayette and create jobs. Our commitment to our schools is another way we support the future of our community.

We champion for TRUE small businesses. The businesses that don’t have lobbyists working for them. In a small town like ours, it involves helping a new business walk through the permitting process. It could be understanding the parking or sign ordinances. Our charge is to help navigate you through new laws and new obstacles that interfere with your responsibility to your customers and your employees.

Check the News & Business section on this website for articles and opinions on current and relevant issues. And consider joining us for our Coffee with the Mayor and our Business Issues Committee Meetings on the 4th Friday of each month. View our calendar for specific dates and information.

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