Exciting Chamber News!

The Hammond Chamber of Commerce is busy working on their annual Hammond Chamber Edge City Guide. This publication is a valuable resource for Chamber members and the citizens of our community. The City Guide has a shelf life of one year which will be distributed in July 2008. 10,000 copies of the City Guide will be printed with 8,000 copies distributed by mail to Chamber members, residents and businesses in the Greater Hammond area. Your investment in the Hammond Chamber Edge City Guide not only reflects your Chamber support but is a valuable marketing opportunity for your business. 

As a member of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, your business will be listed twice in the City Guide directory; a category listing and an alphabetized listing. Only Chamber members have the opportunity to take out additional advertising in this publication. If you are interested in this publication and are not a member…join today! Chamber membership investment starts at $200. Please contact Aly Ragan, Membership & Marketing Coordinator, at 985-345-4457 about membership. The deadline for advertising in the City Guide is May 23, 2008. 

The Hammond Chamber Edge City Guide is distributed in all membership packets, relocation packets, and is available for pick up at many local businesses as well as the Chamber office. This valuable resource for residents and businesses includes information on healthcare, education, economic development, entertainment, tourism, demographics, and much more! This is “the” premier guide to the City of Hammond and you don’t want to miss being a part of it. 

Another exciting project the Hammond Chamber of Commerce has undergone is the launch of their brand new website! The new website is www.hammondchamber.org.  Benson Technology has developed the new website that includes special features such as online member enrollment, weekly newsletters, a calendar of events, business support links, community resource information, member directory, photo galleries, slideshows, useful links and much more!

Community Development Committee Needs YOU!

The Community Development Committee is looking for help from the Hammond Community!

For the next few years, our initiative will be recreation. If you want safer parks for our kids to play in,
it’s time to get involved. If you want better recreation for your kids; baseball, basketball, soccer, football, etc. it's time to get involved!

For more information, please contact the Community Development Committee here and someone will be in touch.

Entergy awards grant for Keep Hammond Beautiful

Entergy Louisiana Awards Beautification Grant to Hammond Area Community Foundation

Award made as part of Keep America Beautiful program

HAMMOND, La. – Entergy Louisiana, LLC, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful Inc., recently presented the Hammond Area Community Foundation with a $1,000 grant to help fund the city’s school-based litter education program.

The city’s Litter Abatement and Control officer presents an education program to local third- and fourth-grade students that focuses on the harmful effects of litter. Students are also taught how they can protect their neighborhoods and playgrounds against litter. For their participation, the students are made Junior Litter Officers.

Warren Mott, Hammond Litter and Abatement Officer, said "I wish to thank Mr. Don Boihem and Entergy for the $1,000 grant. This will be used to promote Litter education the area schools. I firmly believe this is where we need to start to fight litter and protect our environment.

The $1,000 grant to the Hammond Area Community Foundation was one of 11 grants totaling $16,100 given to organizations across Louisiana. The funds, ranging from $500 to $5,000, will be used for projects ranging from litter prevention and beautification efforts to volunteer neighborhood clean-up programs.

"We are very pleased to present this grant to the Hammond Area Community Foundation," said Don Boihem, Entergy Louisiana’s customer service manager for the Hammond area. "It is inspiring to see organizations taking pride in the beautification of the community."

"This is the third consecutive year the grants have been awarded by Entergy’s corporate safety and environment group," said Jolecia Marigny, Entergy’s director of safety and environmental services. "Our efforts demonstrate the company’s commitment to continue its partnership with Keep America Beautiful and the local affiliates in our service area. The results and participation in Entergy communities have truly been outstanding, serving as a win-win for the volunteers who share their time and the organizations that coordinate the activities to improve our environment."

The Entergy/KAB grants emerged from a partnership formed in 2006. The grants are part of Entergy’s five-year environmental strategy, which is designed to expand the company’s environmental stewardship focus.

The partnership was formed in an effort to leverage both organizations’ shared goals, thus enabling Keep America Beautiful to involve Entergy employees in local efforts to improve the communities where employees and customers work and live.

With a strong presence in nine states, Entergy recognizes the environmental impact it has in the communities where it operates. The company has built an exemplary model of corporate sustainable development by investing in stewardship programs and nonprofit organizations that support the creation of strong, healthy communities and a better environment.

All told, Entergy awarded more than $50,000 in grant money for 25 environmental projects across five states as programs in Mississippi, Arkansas, Michigan and New York joined Louisiana in receiving Keep America Beautiful grants.

Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies serve more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy Corporation’s electric system serving 2.7 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.

Industrial Park Update

The sellout of the Hammond Industrial Park property during the fourth quarter of 2006, laid the ground work for a successful year of economic accomplishments in 2007 for both the Hammond Industrial Development Board and the Hammond Area Economic & Industrial Development District. There are currently 14 companies located in the Hammond Industrial Park located on Conrad Anderson Road, just north of the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport. Collectively these companies have created over 120 jobs in a wide range if business. Industries include everything from warehousing for Party Universe and Tombstone Pizza, to construction industry companies such as Gallo Mechanical and Rocker Electric, to the expansions of Lawson Bone’t and Premiere Fence.

“We are pleased to have such a diversity of business in the industrial park. This allows both skilled and semi-skilled workers the ability to work closer to home.” states Pat Tobler, Board President. “It has always been the primary goal of our board to create jobs in the greater Hammond area. We have worked hard to achieve this goal.”

While construction was underway in the industrial park, the Hammond Area Economic & Industrial Development District was completing roadwork in the new Hammond Regional Commerce Center, located on Airport Road at I-12. This past fall, the first parcel was sold to JBS Hammond, LLC, for the purposes of constructing an office complex to house their current employees and have room for future expansion. Also, a contract has been approved and signed for a second tenant, Jim Carey Distribution, to be re-located on a ten-acre tract. The District hopes to announce in the near future other pending contracts.

While creating jobs and business investment opportunities in the City of Hammond, community involvement and business awareness were also important goals of 2007. The Hammond Industrial Development Board partnered with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce in the “Move Up to Hammond” campaign and was a sponsor in the Hammond Chamber’s very successful Business EXPO. Both the Board and the District passed resolutions this year in full support of the City of Hammond’s Elementary Magnet School Program and the I-12 Alliance marketing and branding initiative promoting the Florida Parishes region. 

Contact: Hammond Area Economical & Industrial Development District (HAEIDD) and Hammond Industrial Development Board (HIDB) announcement.
Phone: 985-549-3160 Fax: 985-3161

Chamber Announces 50th Annual Christmas Parade Sponsor

The 50th Annual Christmas Parade Sponsor is……..

Ed’s Plumbing
(Owners Ed & Wanda DiMaggio)
Thank you! 


Catfish, crabs and seafood are synonymous with Middendorf’s, but sunsets? As of  Friday, May 23rd at noon, you’ll be able to enjoy sand and sunsets on our new deck with waterfront dining. A covered deck with people misters (fans with sprinklers/misters) should add to the breeze coming off the water, a large sandpit with buckets and shovels will entertain the young people and Middendorf’s Deck Menu will fill your appetite. 

Manchac has always been a fishing village and the Pass and Lake Maurepas are an important part of Middendorf’s atmosphere. Manchac is not a vacation resort but families and friends have come to Middendorf’s for years to gather, visit, socialize and dine. Middendorf’s has now made it possible to do this overlooking the Pass and Lake Maurepas. “My wife and I watch the sunsets on Lake Maurepas all the time and we are very excited to be able to share that with guests dining on the deck,” said Horst Pfeifer, Co-Owner. In addition to our driving guests, Middendorf’s has always had boat traffic and the new deck will increase boat owner’s reasons to make the trip through the waterways to Middendorf’s. 

The deck will be open all day on Fridays and Saturdays from Noon and from 11:00 am on Sundays. The menu will feature most of Middendorf’s regular menu plus two new entrée salads, steamed vegetables and the much requested potato salad. A full bar will be offered along with frozen daiquiris and margaritas. The atmosphere is family, fun and casual. “We’re hoping the adults will enjoy the deck and their lunch or dinner while their kids are playing in the sand building beautiful sand castles,” says Karen Pfeifer, Co-Owner. 

The original Middendorf’s will be open the regular hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10:30am to
9:00 pm. For more information you can call Karen Pfeifer 985-386-6666.

CAT5 Telecom Meru Networks Pinnacle Partner

CAT5 Telecom Meru Networks Pinnacle Partner 

CAT5 Telecom announced today they have achieved the highest level of recognition as a business partner for Meru Networks, the leader in standards-based workplace mobility infrastructure for wireless voice (VoIP), data and video. As a Pinnacle Partner, CAT5 Telecom is required to employ four Meru Networks certified members. In addition, Pinnacle Partners must achieve an industry certification from CWNP for Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) or Cisco Wireless LAN or Advanced Wireless LAN. Pinnacle Partners also have advanced wireless VoIP demonstration capabilities and maintain a team of highly qualified engineers for advanced implementations. 

Mark Gray, President at CAT5 Telecom, said, "Where competitor’s wireless networks often have to increase the density of access points and undergo other contortions to support voice, Meru technology was designed from the ground up with voice, video and data in mind. Enterprises that start out deploying our networks for data use can easily add robust voice capability with no architecture changes." 

Meru's unique Air Traffic Control™ architecture enables toll-quality voice on the wireless LAN, providing assured service quality and traffic classification in converged voice, video and data networks. Architected to handle large-scale enterprise networks, the system is used in one of the world's largest VoWLAN deployments, Osaka Gas of Japan, which uses more than 6,000 dual-mode cellular-Wi-Fi phones. Meru technology supports a wide variety of voice over Wi-Fi client devices, including Vocera, Avaya, Polycom/Spectralink, Ascom, Cisco and Nokia phones.
Unlike legacy enterprise wireless networks, which use a "micro cell" approach, Meru's virtual cell architecture works by selecting a single channel for use by all access points enterprise-wide, and layering additional channels as more capacity is required. This approach eliminates the costly channel planning and co-channel interference that plague legacy networks. Meru technology also features call admission control, which prevents quality-degrading call overloads by moving new calls to alternate virtual cells; and location- and application-aware quality of service, which allows assignment of priorities to voice traffic according to enterprise policy. 

About CAT5 Telecom
CAT5 Telecom is a regional provider enabling business, distribution, k-12 and higher education, medical and retail customers with best of class solutions that feature plug and play ease of design, implementation and management without sacrificing reliability or security. Representing best of breed solutions from Ascom, AltiGen Communications, Lifesize HD video, Meru Networks, Plantronics and Spectralink/PolyCom, CAT5 Telecom, founded in 2004, is based in Hammond, Louisiana. For more information, visit www.cat5telecom.com or call (985) 310-5602. 

About Meru Networks 
Meru Networks is the global leader in wireless infrastructure solutions that enable the All-Wireless Enterprise. Its industry-leading innovations deliver pervasive, wireless service fidelity for business-critical applications to major Fortune 500 enterprises, universities, healthcare organizations and local, state and federal government agencies. Meru's award-winning Air Traffic Control technology brings the benefits of the cellular world to the wireless LAN environment, and its WLAN System is the only solution on the market that delivers predictable bandwidth and over-the-air quality of Service with the reliability, scalability, and security necessary to deliver converged voice and data services over a single WLAN infrastructure. Founded in 2002, Meru is based in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300.

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