DONALDSONVILLE — The Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce unveiled its new website design and honored outstanding members and teens Jan. 30 during the group’s annual banquet.

Chamber President Allison Hudson, who was recently elected to serve a second term, announced her plans for the chamber, including working with social media, community development, education and economic development.

“With technology on the rise, and social media going viral, innovation is important in today’s world,” she said. “Innovation is the development of new customers’ value through solutions that meet new needs, inarticulate needs, or old customer and market needs in value-adding new ways.

“We will accomplish this through more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available to our members,” she said. “Almost everyone is on Facebook and most people find out what’s going on through social media networks and online media outlets; we want to add this to our list of outlets to inform our members in the most convenient way through new innovative ideas.”

The chamber’s new website provides businesses resources and networking opportunities, Hudson said. The website’s “Tools for Business Success” program provides more than 700 links to federal, state, parish and city resources for new and potential businesses and entrepreneurs, she said.

She said the chamber has received a grant from the Jazz and Heritage Foundation that will work with Donaldsonville and Ascension Catholic high school bands and her alma mater, Edna Karr High School Brass Band from New Orleans, on a joint educational venture.

Chamber member Paul Landry IV presented the Teenager of the Year award to Donaldsonville High School senior class president Ronald Comeaux Jr.

Comeaux, the son of Trudy and Ronald Comeaux, is drum major of the school band and a member of the National Beta Club. He volunteers with city cleanup projects and other community projects.

Other Teenager of the Year Award nominees were Nancy Guillot, Lindsey Harrell, Heather Poirrier, Michael Weber and Alia Woods.

The Business of the Year Award went to B1 Companies and its owner John Beck Jr.

Donaldsovnile City Councilman and longtime banker Raymond Aucoin was named Citizen of the Year.