Thursday, July 23, 2015

Learn more about local businesses at the M2M Expo July 28

The West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce will present a free opportunity for the public to learn more about local businesses and services offered in the area.

The Member2Member Expo, sponsored by Glenwood Regional Medical Center, is a free showcase of more than 50 local businesses and organizations who are current WMWO Chamber members.  The Expo will take place Tuesday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center.

You don't have to be a WMWO Chamber member to attend.  The Expo is free to the general public. We encourage the community to attend the expo and visit with vendors, while learning more about the great local businesses that offer a variety of products and services.

Participating vendors will offer free samples, demonstrations and tons of door prizes.  The Chamber will offer a grand prize giveaway of a 48-inch flat screen television to be given away at 1:30 p.m. at the Expo.

From restaurants to retail clothing stores to professional services, the Member2Member Expo will be filled with dozens of vendors who offer all sorts of products and services.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about our community and the Chamber of Commerce, and as always, we encourage you to shop and support local!

Call the Chamber at (318) 325-1961 for more information or join the event on Facebook at:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

La. Delta Community College offers certifications for businesses

Do you or your employees need Forklift/Mobile Crane, OSHA 10 or First Aid/CPR Training/Certifications? 

Louisiana Delta Community College's DeltaWorks can give you these certifications at your convenience with evening or weekend classes.  LDCC offers these courses at their campuses or at your site depending on the number of your employees. Contact LDCC DeltaWorks to get more information and set up your training. 

There are a number of other certifications and job specific training Delta Community College can provide to area employers.  La. Delta Community College has eight convenient locations throughout Northeast Louisiana and has a 2,100 square mile service area.

To learn more about these programs available to local businesses, contact Dean Baugh at or (318) 547-0941.

For more information about Louisiana Delta Community College, visit their web site at

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fourth of July festivities this weekend

There are plenty of things to do with the family this weekend in the Monroe and West Monroe area to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. Information on these events are found below. For a complete listing of things to do or more information about hotels, restaurants or shopping opportunities, please contact the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau at (318) 387-5691 or at

Faith, Family, Fireworks
Time: 9:00am-9:00pm
On July 3rd, the Duck Commander Warehouse will be hosting an all-day event. Si, Willie, and Reed Robertson will be taking the stage (on the loading dock, of course) and the family will be interacting with the audience throughout the day with eating contests and entertainment. And of course, it cannot be a redneck event without ending with a bang. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs, Jack!
Venue: Duck Commander Warehouse
Address: 117 Kings Lane
West Monroe LA, 71292
Admission Cost:                Free
Phone: 318-387-0588

Fourth of July Children's Parade
Time: 9:30am
Children can decorate their bikes, trikes, and wagons and ride in the parade. Special guest will be Thomas Jefferson. There will be ice cream and Popsicles and music.
Venue: Triangle Park
Address: Corner of Pargoud Blvd. and Stuart Ave.
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost: Free

Blues, Brews, & BBQ Day at the RiverMarket
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Enjoy this destination to shop and gather on the picturesque Ouachita River. This french-style market has a variety of culture, education and entertainment. The RiverMarket offers produce, artisan handmade items, food, and entertainment in a “town square” setting. Don't miss out on all the fun!
Address: 316 South Grand
Monroe LA, 71203
Phone: 318-807-9985

Downtown River Jam
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Kevin D. Alexander, APLC presents Downtown River Jam on July 4th at the Downtown Riverwalk from 5pm-9pm!! There will be food trucks, spirits, and beer tastings. You don't wanna miss it! Come out and watch the fireworks while listening to live music with a fresh brew in your hand!!
Venue: Downtown Monroe
Address: 100 DeSiard Street
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost: Free

The CenturyLink Star Spangled Spectacular!
Time: 9:00pm
It's time to celebrate America's independence! The annual Independence Day fireworks display will be on July 4th, 2015 at 9:00 pm. Best viewed from downtown Monroe, or close by, the fireworks will be shot from the center of the Endom Bridge! Display begins promptly at 9:00 pm, so don't be late!
Venue: Forsythe Park
Address: Louisville Avenue and Trenton Street
Monroe-West Monroe LA, 71201

Admission Cost: Free