LABI’s mission in commerce, manufacturing and politics

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) is Louisiana’s state chamber of commerce and manufacturing association. Since 1975, we have proudly represented employers of all sizes, industries and locations and taken bold stances time and time again to defend and promote free enterprise. That mission continues to this day.

We take strong positions on policies and politics. We do our research, lay out our rationale, listen to our statewide membership and speak with a clear and strong voice. Some folks traditionally admire this about us; some resent it. Some appreciate this contribution to public policy debates; some do everything they can to attack and demean it. While some may disagree, we strongly feel that freedom of expression and the substantive exchange of policy ideas will lead to better results for the people of Louisiana. Regardless, the facts are what have always driven the actions of this storied organization, and I can assure you that is the way it always will be.

Our staff and business members donate their time, insight and resources to preaching the gospel of smart government and economic growth. We put ideas on the table and reputations on the line each and every day in the unwavering hope that it will lead to better schools, quality jobs and enhanced opportunities for Louisiana families. We are a one-member, one-vote organization – our 2,300 business members each have an equal voice in developing this agenda and shared responsibility to help make it become a reality.


About Stephen Waguespack 26 Articles
Stephen Waguespack is the President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). As the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturer’s association, LABI is the largest business advocacy group, representing more than 2,200 business members and 324,000 employees.

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