The Vermilion Economic Development Alliance (VEDA) is asking residents of Vermilion to shop close to home this holiday season.

“We have so many wonderful and diverse businesses in our community,” says Executive Director Anne Falgout, “You don’t have to travel far to get unique gifts and unmatched customer service.”

For the last several years VEDA has been encouraging shoppers to skip the rush of Black Friday and opt for Small Business Saturday instead. This year, the message is that more is more!

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LAFAYETTE, LA, November, 17, 2021 — Keaty Real Estate is excited to invite Acadiana out to a press conference happening at The Lite Center (537 Cajundome Blvd.) on November 30th at 10:30 A.M. for the unveiling of ‘The Forum’.

This will be a new $50 Million Dollar development project that will bring iconic local & national brands together.

PENSACOLA — Everyone likes starting a party a little early.

That’s what Studer Community Institute did this week, honoring business leaders on Monday with the Cox Business EntreCon Awards in a virtual ceremony.

EntreCon is SCI’s signature business and leadership development conference, held this year on Wednesday and Thursday in downtown Pensacola. Since it began in 2015, EntreCon has been the place for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and leaders to build their skills, their networks and recharge their entrepreneurial batteries.

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UL LIFE is a program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our program focuses on four major components: career readiness, academic growth, community involvement, and independent living. Students participate in the college experience through university courses, internships, organizations, on-campus housing, and on-campus activities. 

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- First: Bruce’s I-10 Wrecker Services
- Second: Josh Hollier State Farm
- Third: Lyons Point Vol Fire

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- First: Keaton Sewer Solutions
- Second: Crowley Professional Fire Department

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- First: Jaguar Energy Services
- Second: One Acadiana
- Third: Chad Monceaux for Mayor

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• Best Decorated Booth: Keaton Sewer Solutions

Giving back to the Lafayette community comes naturally to Barry Berthelot. 

It started when he was in high school with Key Club and has continued into his adult life with Berthelot offering his time and talent to more than a dozen Acadiana organizations. 

"I enjoyed serving the community and being involved in different ways," he said. "The older you get and the more successful you get, you're really asked to do more. So I hardly ever said no." 

LAFAYETTE, La. — With more than $661.8 million in taxable sales in September, year-to-date taxable sales reached $5.64 billion in Lafayette Parish.

September 2021 sales were 9.9% higher than sales in September 2020.

Year-to-date sales were 21.6% higher than 2020 and 20.6% higher than 2019.

September 2021 sales are the highest on record for the month of September, according to a spokesperson for Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA).

President and CEO of one Acadiana Chamber of Commerce, Troy Wayman, says the growth is far better than expected.

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Annual Report

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Economic Recovery Toolkit

Check out 1A’s quick reference guides to key COVID-19 business assistance programs. Click the image to view.

1A Sites Selection Investment Profile

Check out our Investment Profile featured in Site Selection to learn about Acadiana’s target industries, regional assets, recent business recruitment wins, and business leaders’ perspective on finding success in Acadiana.

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