Courtney Hornsby

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Sometimes it cost slightly more to buy something locally than it does to order it through the internet. "There are other factors that should influence your purchasing decisions," says Courtney Hornsby, President of the West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce. She say often paying just a little more helps keep local employees working and supports area families and businesses.  

Policy and a Pint: Small Business Value in a Dot Com World will discuss how the "Shop Local" movement is gaining ground in the era of large internet retailers. 

Go Big by Shopping Small

Nov 18, 2016
Small Business Saturday / West Monroe Chamber of Commerce

Think Local. Shop Local.

Small businesses shine on Saturday, November 26th for Small business Saturday. American Express started Small Business Saturday in 2010, and it's celebrated every year the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Owning and operating a small business can be challenging. In an effort to both help local businesses navigate these challenges and to celebrate Small Business Week, the West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of commerce is teaming up with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. 

The two organizations are offering information, workshops, and resources to open to nearly 7,000 local business owners throughout the month of May.

With flood waters continuing to recede around the area, many residents are faced with the dilemma of disposing of materials that may be dangerous or hazardous to the environment. Ouachita Green is stepping up to help. The organization hosts a Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Law enforcement officers, ULM students, and volunteers will be standing by to unload waste and ensure it is properly collected. Examples of items that will be disposed of are:

In the wake of the floodwaters, area schools are in desperate need of school supplies lost or damaged by the high waters.

The West Monroe/West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Adopt-A-School organization to organize a community-wide school supply drive.

OBA: Expanding Quality of Life Opportunities

Nov 6, 2015
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Ouachita Business Alliance Quality of Life chair Michael Echols says there are key areas that can broaden quality of life experiences for new and current residents of Ouachita Parish.

"We want to enhance the lives of the citizens of northeast Louisiana," he said.  The team has positioned itself to address art, entertainment, public safety, and outdoor recreation opportunities.  

West Monroe Welcomes Fall Brown Bag Concerts

Aug 25, 2015
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September marks the return of the Brown Bag Concert Series hosted by the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce.

The concerts feature local musicians and bands in a lunchtime performance at the Pavilion on 7th Square in West Monroe.  "We have a couple of new groups and a couple familiar names this month," says Chamber President Courtney Hornsby.

On September 2, Early Ray and Josh are featured.  Other dates include: Sept. 9, Roses & Revolvers; Sept 16, String Theory; and Sept. 23 Bradley Bridges.  All concerts are from 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

WMWO Chamber Announces Small Business Awards

Jul 29, 2015
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Seven local businesses were honored Tuesday by the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce during its annual small business awards luncheon and Member2Member Expo.  


The West Monroe Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 2nd Annual Member-to-Member Expo.

The West Monroe Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 2nd Annual Member-to-Member Expo. The expo is geared towards educating the public on what their local chamber does and meeting the members of the chamber. Local retail businesses and service providers will be participating in the expo. 

Chamber President Courtney Hornsby says the expo will be a great opportunity to encourage attendees to shop locally.  

New Group Eyes Projects For Downtown West Monroe

Apr 29, 2015

The Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group was created by community and business leaders to address development and beautification projects.  

The area includes sites from the Louisville Bridge to the Endom Bridge and several blocks deep to where downtown meets North 3rd Street.  "This area is key to very important to overall development," says DWMR member Courtney Hornsby.

The group hosts a fundraiser on May 2 to share the mission and plans for the group in enhancing the downtown area.  More information is at: