Sue Nicholson

Heatherly To Lead Monroe Chamber

May 24, 2021

Monroe- Roy W. Heatherly, a former resident of Monroe, was named as the new president and CEO of the Monroe Chamber today following confirmation by the Monroe Chamber Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

The University of Louisiana Monroe will host the 5th Annual Women’s Symposium virtually on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. During the awards ceremony, four awards and two student scholarships will be presented. 


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Monroe Chamber Opens Search for New President

Feb 11, 2021

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce has announced a nationwide search for its next President/CEO.

The Chamber is accepting resumes from qualified applicants through March 12, 2021 and anticipates announcing the new CEO by mid-April.

The incoming leader will replace current Chamber President Sue Nicholson, who led the organization starting in 2005. Nicholson, who announced her retirement on February 10, will remain on staff through May 31 to assist with the transition.

Monroe Chamber 98th Annual Banquet

Jan 8, 2019

The 98th Annual Monroe Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Banquet is scheduled for Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center. John G. Rocovich, Jr., JD, LLM, founder of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and Chairman of the Board of Directors will serve as the keynote speaker. 

Rocovich is a native of Blacksburg, Virginia, and alumnus of Virginia Tech. He has played an instrumental role in the advancement of osteopathic medicine throughout the Appalachian region.

Savvy Buyers Shop Small Business Saturday

Nov 21, 2018
Sarita Daniel / Monroe Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Saturday falls on November 24, 2018. Shopping small helps boost the local economy by putting money back into the community.

Drax Moves Headquarters To Monroe

Feb 9, 2018
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Drax Biomass is relocating its headquarters from Atlanta to Monroe, in what Governor John Bel Edwards is hailing as another big win for Louisiana’s economy. Drax already operates two wood pellet manufacturing facilities and a shipping operation in the state. Monroe Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sue Nicholson says that means 150 good paying jobs are on the way.


Nicholson says Monroe’s economy is booming, and having ULM, Grambling, and Louisiana Tech all within 45 minutes provides companies with a highly educated pool of workers to choose from.


Monroe Chamber of Commerce

Relocating to a new city can be difficult for both individuals and families.

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce hosts an event to help new residents settle into the area, called "Ouachita 101," Thursday, June 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Century Link Auditorium.

Over 100 local businesses and organizations host booths with a chance to meet representatives from local news agencies, the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, volunteer groups, the University of Louisiana Monroe and local governments.

OBA: Road Projects And Improved Utilities

Nov 4, 2015
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Infrastructure projects are a key issue for the Ouachita Business Alliance.  Two major plans are moving forward, giving the leadership team a bit of a head start on future ideas for the parish.

"We've looked at key projects that could be big wins for the community," says infrastructure team chair Sue Nicholson.