News | March 2020

Corey Jack, 1A Manager, Lafayette Chamber Affairs, is featured in the March edition of Acadiana Profile Magazine among 12 Acadianians who are defining and redefining the region.

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One Acadiana and several regional business partners, chambers, and economic development offices are hosting two webinars this coming Tuesday for businesses impacted by COVID-19. The series features information designed to help businesses navigate the crisis.

Partners include LEDA, Opportunity Machine, Downtown Development Authority, United Way of Acadiana, and more.

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Two upcoming webinars could help local business owners navigate their way through the state’s response to COVID-19.

One Acadiana and regional business resource partners – including LEDA, Opportunity Machine, Downtown Development Authority, Louisiana Small Business Center at UL Lafayette, Acadiana Workforce Solutions, Acadiana Planning Commission, United Way of Acadiana, and other local chambers and economic development offices — are continuing a series of webinars to help businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Picard Group will present a webinar on Friday on the recently negotiated federal stimulus package and other policy measures in response to the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

Downtown Lafayette Unlimited announced on Thursday that it will partner with One Acadiana, LEDA, United Way of Acadiana, and other local, regional, and state organizations to host the webinar on the COVID-19 federal response and what it means for small businesses.

Several of the area's economic development organizations — such as Downtown Lafayette Unlimited, One Acadiana, and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority — are hosting a webinar Friday to update people on the recently passed federal stimulus package and other COVID-19 measures.

The webinar will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will feature The Picard Group's Director of Federal Affairs Emily Bacque and Deputy Director of Federal Affairs Hunter Hall.

Dwight W. Andrus Insurance, Inc. is excited to announce the opening of Dwight Andrus Insurance- Shreveport, which opened in March 2020. This new market entry is being led by Parker G. Stough, Market President - Shreveport. Parker has been with Dwight Andrus Insurance for 5 years and has earned a spot amongst the agency's top performing producers, handling middle to large market Property & Casualty and Employee Benefits programs. 

1A is monitoring federal policies being discussed and implemented in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Below is information on recent federal actions to provide relief to America’s small businesses.

The Lafayette Economic Development Authority, along with other economic development groups, have created resources to help businesses and now-unemployed workers who have been hit by COVID-19 and the measures taken to prevent the spread.

One resource is a survey of businesses to see how they have been impacted either by the virus or the mitigation efforts (such as closing restaurant dine-in service, or closing nail salons, movie theaters, and bowling alleys, among others).

The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children held a tele-presser with Louisiana Association of United Ways, One Acadiana, United Way of Acadiana and Louisiana Department of Education to release findings from a new report. Balancing Act: The Financial Challenges of Child Care Facing Louisiana’s Working Families details how child care assistance, or lack thereof, impacts Louisiana’s working parents.

Findings from the report can be viewed here: https://www.policyinstitutela.org/balancing-act-report

When Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his order to limit all restaurants in the state to take-out and delivery, David Puckett — the owner of Breaux Bridge's Cafe Sydnie Mae — was stunned.

As the owner of a restaurant, which usually have slim profit margins to begin with, Puckett said the governor's order had "shock value." If the restaurant had to limit itself to carryout and delivery, a lot of servers would be out of jobs.

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