Retention & Expansion
Assisting existing businesses
With an estimated 80% of new jobs created by existing Acadiana companies, we understand that existing businesses are crucial to our region’s economic success.
Our Business Retention & Expansion Program is a critical element of our economic development toolkit. The program is focused on gaining knowledge and understanding about your business through a face-to-face visitation program, identifying challenges and opportunities for your business, and creating a path for your business success.
Through active dialogue with the business community, we are committed to growing businesses, capital investment, and employment opportunities in Acadiana.
What We Do
- We visit your business to hear from you. Information gathered in these confidential, face-to-face visits provides us with clarity about your company’s history, products, services, and workforce.
- We take the time to understand your business objectives, successes, and challenges.
- We work with you to develop an action plan and identify the resources and partners that can help you achieve your goals. And we will be with you throughout your project, ensuring its success.
- We create a follow up plan to maintain frequent communication with you to foster a long-term relationship with the business community.
What We Want to Learn
- Are you planning to begin construction or purchase new equipment?
- Do you have project financing needs to enable your business growth?
- Are there infrastructure, utility or other technical obstacles prohibiting growth?
- Are there obstacles to building a trained and qualified workforce?
We use information gathered from businesses to help shape regional business development policies and initiatives, incentives, and assistance to build a better business climate.
One Acadiana Offers the Following Professional Business Development Tools Free of Charge:
- Assist in the exploration of state and local incentives that are available to companies for job creation and expansion.
- Explore workforce training opportunities.
- Provide key data driven information businesses can use as they make investment decisions such as cost of labor, availability of labor, demographics, retail market reports.
- Perform site location assistance.
Contact One Acadiana if you:
- Are beginning construction or hiring new employees.
- Want a single point of contact for local, regional and state issues that hinder business growth.
- Need an advocate who can walk you through necessary approvals and permits.
- Are looking for information on regional, state and federal programs to improve your business.
LAFAYETTE, LA – One Acadiana (1A) is thrilled to announce the winner of the Small Business Challenge, an initiative aimed at fostering small business growth, while bolstering vibrancy and foot traffic in Downtown Lafayette. After an intensive selection process,...
LAKE ARTHUR, La. – Today, Jeff Davis Parish Economic Development with One Acadiana (1A), and Entergy announced that a 18.37-acre site located in Jeff Davis Parish has been certified under the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Certified Sites program. The LA-26...
YOUNGSVILLE, La. – Infinity Operators, LLC announced it is investing $1.1 million to increase production capacity of its new air compression division through equipment upgrades and physical expansion of its manufacturing facility in Lafayette Parish. The...
It already might be the “hottest, sweetest, oiliest, and saltiest place on Earth,” but Iberia Parish is hoping to add “greenest” to that list before long. Dozens of local and state officials, business leaders and others gathered in the middle of a sugarcane field...
First Solar to Invest Up to $1.1 Billion to Build Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility in Acadiana, Create Over 700 New Direct Jobs
First Solar, the largest solar energy manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere, announced it has selected Acadiana Regional Airport as the site of its fifth American manufacturing facility. The company said it will invest up to $1.1 billion in the facility, which...
Today, Broussard Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) with One Acadiana (1A), and SLEMCO announced that a 33.4-acre site located in Lafayette Parish has been certified under the Louisiana Economic Development...
Delta Biofuel Announces $100 Million Final Investment Decision for Renewable Fuel Facility in Jeanerette
Delta Biofuel has announced a $100 million final investment decision for the construction and start up of a full-scale renewable fuel production facility in Iberia Parish that will convert sugarcane waste into feedstock for low-emissions energy generation. The...
Delta Biofuel Announces $100 Million Final Investment Decision for Renewable Fuel Facility in Jeanerette
Iberia Parish facility will convert sugarcane waste to fuel pellets. Delta Biofuel has announced a $100 million final investment decision for the construction and start up of a full-scale renewable fuel production facility in Iberia Parish that will convert...
St. Martin Economic Development Authority (SMEDA) and the city of Breaux Bridge with One Acadiana (1A) and Cleco announced that a 43.10-acre site located in St. Martin Parish has been certified under the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Certified Sites program....
BATON ROUGE, La. – On Tuesday, the U.S Treasury announced it has approved Louisiana’s application for up to $113 million in federal support for small business owners and entrepreneurs as part of the $10 billion State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). SSBCI...
One Acadiana by the Numbers
Billion in New Capital Investment
Million in New Annual Payroll
Investing in Your Business
One Acadiana provides a regional platform focused on helping business owners across nine parishes work together and succeed. Establishing a business structure, completing registrations, addressing tax and insurance issues, and obtaining the necessary licenses and permits can at first seem overwhelming. However, resources are available — and free:
Workshops and Networking Events
One Acadiana provides exclusive access to a number of small business workshops, resources, and monthly networking events, as well as informative status updates on the local economy and promotional opportunities. Members reap the benefits of a dense, professional network that provides free resources, brand exposure, and education to ensure the success of your business.
Business Visitation Program
One Acadiana’s business development team is focused on helping top economic driver companies from across the nine-parish region succeed through our Business Visitation Program. During a visit, our team will analyze and discuss the challenges and potential growth opportunities your business faces. These visits will allow us to offer relevant business development support that can help your business thrive. To schedule a business visit, e-mail email@example.com.
Talent Development Program
One Acadiana’s talent development program is built to cater to companies seeking a customized recruitment and relocation service for candidates or newly-hired personnel to showcase and sell our community. Our team provides information unique to individual candidates and offers customized community tours with a local’s perspective, highlighting the region and demonstrating why there has never been a better time to call Acadiana home. For more information on community tours, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acadiana values its entrepreneurial spirit and is ready to support the growth of your business and your network. Below are additional resources available through our friends and partners around the region.
Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC)
The LSBDC at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is one of 10 centers across Louisiana. It offers free, ongoing support and assistance and can help with modern business solutions, access to capital, advice, and other needed resources, such as assisting with development of a business plan. LSBDC’s website also includes several useful online resources.
The Opportunity Machine
Better known as “theOM”, the Opportunity Machine is an entrepreneurial acceleration and incubation center focused on rapid-growth startups utilizing automation, delegation and elimination strategies to achieve their goals. TheOM offers training and services in the areas of deal making, technical delivery, and administration.
Special Programs for Small Businesses
Among several Special Programs for Small Businesses, Louisiana offers experienced teams to provide technical assistance and research tailored to strategy, challenges, opportunities, and marketing through its Economic Gardening Initiative. Similarly, the Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) Program resources address training and technical growth issues like skill sets, business planning, and needs assessments.
Procurement Technical Assistance Center
The Procurement Technical Assistance Center was established to generate employment and improve the general economy of Louisiana by assisting business firms in obtaining and performing under the U.S. Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local government contracts.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana
MEPOL focuses on providing Louisiana manufacturers with value-driven, best-practice solutions. The experts at MEPOL provide targeted needs assessment, consulting and technical assistance to strengthen and enhance your manufacturing business. We collaborate with public and private resources to provide smart, innovative and sustainable solutions that allow our clients to work and compete smarter. Most importantly, MEPOL is rated, graded and funded on impact; we are committed to a high return on investment.
LED CEO Roundtable
The CEO Roundtable is a program that brings together key decision makers from small businesses 10 times over the course of a year for collaborative, growth-oriented roundtable sessions that support a trusting environment in which CEOs can safely explore business and personal issues with the guidance of an experienced facilitator.
In coordination with Louisiana Economic Development (LED), One Acadiana coordinates and produces the CEO Roundtable in the Acadiana Region.
AT&T Small Business Solutions Guide
How the world connects, communicates, and conducts business has fundamentally changed. AT&T understands that small businesses around the world face their own set of challenges. We are here to help you take care of business. Use this guide to explore and find the technology solutions you need today.