Sue Soileau Durand has been chosen as a laureate in Junior Achievement of Acadiana's 21st annual Business Hall of Fame.

Durand is a native of Washington, Louisiana and a graduate of the Academy of Sacred Heart and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  

She was a Louisiana Licensed Real Estate Broker from 1982 until 2009. She is the president/CEO and chairman of the board of Washington State Bank and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1983.  

Students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are getting a good deal on a college education.

That’s according to Forbes. The business magazine released its “Best Value Colleges 2018” rankings last week.

Editors first considered 650, four-year public and private universities, and then winnowed the list to 300. They did not consider for-profit colleges.

New Leaves. Same Roots.

Lafayette, LA - Lafayette Schools Credit Union has proudly served local educators and their families since 1954. Today, they continue that legacy of service with a new name. Lafayette Schools Credit Union is now Meritus Credit Union.

LAFAYETTE – Calling her a healthcare leader, activist and innovator who leaves a legacy of better healthcare for women and children, Women's & Children's Hospital paid tribute Monday to president and CEO Kathy J. Bobbs who passed away from an apparent heart attack on Saturday, April 21. She was 59.

Herbert E. Schilling II has been chosen as a laureate in Junior Achievement of Acadiana's 21st annual Business Hall of Fame.

"Herbie," as he is known to friends, was born Oct. 12, 1949, and is the only child of Herbert and Olga Richard Schilling.

Herbie's mother, Olga Richard Schilling of Jeanerette, was a 1932 graduate of Southwestern Louisiana Institute and received her Master’s degree from LSU. She was a professor at SLI/University of Southwestern Louisiana for 34 years.

Postlethwaite & Netterville Named One of the Top U.S. Accounting Firms Postlethwaite & Netterville, A Professional Accounting Corporation (P&N), was named one of the top 100 accounting firms in the U.S. by Accounting Today magazine.

Anita Begnaud, serves as the senior vice president of government affairs and communications at One Acadiana and stopped by the News 15 studio Tuesday morning. Watch below to get details on what One Acadiana does and their upcoming events.

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The local and regional economy was the focus at the Petroleum Club over the lunch hour on Tuesday. Adrienne Slack, Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta drove a conversation among area business leaders.  Slack, brought in by One Acadiana for her national and southeast region perspective.

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1. Give me a brief history of your company.

We are a locally owned franchise that is part of a national franchise. Lawn Doctor is celebrating their 50 year anniversary.

2. What would you tell the rest of Acadiana makes you special?

Troy Wayman knows there are challenges facing the Acadiana area, but he’s willing to take on those challenges.

After all, he’s faced challenges before.

Wayman, recently named CEO of One Acadiana, a business-led, privately-funded economic development organization serving a nine-parish area in South Louisiana, addressed business leaders from across Acadia Parish Thursday morning at the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Business Over Breakfast event at The Rice Palace.

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1A Sites Selection Investment Profile

Download our 2017 Annual Report and Business Directory.

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.

Southern Louisiana Economic Development Guide 2015-2016

Look for coverage of Acadiana throughout Vol. 1 of the 2015-2016 Southern Louisiana Economioc Development Guide. Click the image to view.

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Click the play button above to watch a recording of the LOGA Gubernatorial Forum moderated by One Acadiana President & CEO Jason El Koubi. The Forum was held March 13, 2015 in Lake Charles.

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