LAFAYETTE, La. – One Acadiana (1A) today announced the launch of a new Economic Recovery Toolkit for businesses facing economic hardship due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The toolkit includes a series of quick-reference guides designed to help businesses navigate disaster aid resources, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – a key provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act aimed at keeping workers employed and small businesses afloat.
LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — The economic climate during COVID-19 is changing every day. “It may be cheesy and kind of cliché but it’s an adapt or die environment right now especially in the foodservice industry,” says Boyer Derise the owner of Good Eats Kitchen. Their primary focus before COVID-19 was their brick and mortar store with grab and go meals.
Mayor Mark Piazza and the Abbeville City Council are monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
State officials created a small business loan program and seeded the fund with $50 million for companies with fewer than 100 employees impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  The Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program is slated to offer loans up to $100,000, with interest rates of no more than 3.5%, and no payments for at least 180 days. The loan term can be up to five years. 

Regional economic development groups such as One Acadiana, the Lafayette Economic Development Authority and the Downtown Development Authority are holding two webinars Tuesday on managing a workforce during the coronavirus crisis and assistance for the self-employed.

The managing a workforce seminar will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday and is hosted by One Acadiana and NeunerPate. The emphasis will be on the employment law implications of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and other federal laws addressing COVID-19.

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.

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