Investing InYour 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:
Zach Hager, CEcD
VP, Economic Development
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 (PTAC)
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.
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