DENHAM SPRINGS – “Resilient” was the word used by the outgoing chairman and incoming chairman as the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and recognized its top businesses for 2016.

Chad Bacas of Forte & Tablada, an engineering firm, accepted the gavel as the 2017 chairman of the board from 2016 Chairman Brian Abels. The 2017 board of directors was also sworn in.

“I know the people and businesses of Livingston Parish are as resilient as they come,” Bacas said.

He promised the Chamber would support the state’s and congressional delegation’s efforts to secure funding for flood recovery.

He said the 2017 theme for the Chamber will be “Business Matters.”

“The flood brought us some of the darkness moments,” Abels said in final remarks as 2016 chiarman.

“We also found some of our brightest moments. The tenacity, determination and resilience of the people and businesses of Livingston Parish shown through,” he said.

| Honored as Small Business of the Year was Elite Chiropractic.

| Named Medium Business of the Year was Quality Engineering & Surveying.

| The Chamber’s Member of the Year Award went to Hug Magazine and Scott Innis.

| The New Member of the Year Award went to Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices.

| The New Business of the Year Award went to Walk-On’s.

| The Legacy Award was presented to the family of the late Valery “V” Watts, owner of V. Watts Furniture. V. Watts Auctioneers and V. Watts Trademart in Livingston.

| A new award, the Community Impact Award, went to A Door of Hope for its work at the Livingston Parish Detention Center and with women with drug problems.

| The Chamber’s Associate of the Year went to U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge.

| No Big Business of the Year Award was given since there were no nominees in that division.

Ten businesses were nominated for the awards. Judges were from the state of Washington, Missouri and Mississippi.

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