July 19, 2013 06:00
Now could be the time to unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. Now could be the time to unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. By Zachary Barker Friday, July 19, 2013 It has been referred to as the itch that cannot be scratched, as well as the calling you cannot deny. For those of us afflicted by the "e" word, we can appreciate the sleepless nights, occasional anxiety attacks and the sweaty-palm moments endured in the pursuit of "the big sale."   For those of us stricken with the "e" word - better known as Entrepreneurism - we know that being an entrepreneur is a calling. S
Feb. 19, 2013 06:26
We need a constitutional convention to fix this system and keep entrepreneurs in the state. The majority of this column was written and published in the July 2010 issue of ABiz, but in light of Gov. Bobby Jindal's recently announced tax reform plan, I felt it was a message that needs to be repeated. For years, state leadership has wrestled with Louisiana's budget roller coaster. While there's no magic solution that can remedy our state budget issues, there are measures that can be implemented that will work to stabilize the state budget and make Louisiana more competitive in the South. Th
Nov. 23, 2011 06:00
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 It's time for everyone to believe what others are saying about us: Acadiana is one of the best regions in the country to live and do business. As residents of Acadiana, we are familiar with the quality of life and cultural endeavors that frequently receive praise and high marks from visitors, but it should come as no surprise that Lafayette also receives high marks when it comes to our economic prosperity. You and I can say Acadiana is one of the best places in the world, but it always means more when someone else says it. That's why I always
Sept. 27, 2011 06:18
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 By Gregg Gothreaux Great cities have great public spaces, and Lafayette is recognizing that. Wednesday, September 28, 2011 By Gregg Gothreaux Great cities have great public spaces, and Lafayette is recognizing that. Green space isn't just something that is aesthetically pleasing; it plays an important role in the psychological, environmental and economic life of those around it. The Trust for Public Land, in its 2010 City Parks Facts report, looked at the largest 85 U.S. cities and compared public park acreage to total cit
Aug. 29, 2011 06:33
Women-owned companies now account for 29 percent of all businesses in the U.S. Lafayette's economy has historically been led by the traditionally male-dominated energy industry; however, as women entrepreneurs across America create jobs, optimism and opportunities, we see the women of Acadiana adopting our famous "wildcatter mentality" and joining their male counterparts in the business arena to the benefit of themselves and our community. And change is good. Women are impacting much more than how business gets done in America - they are shaping and redefining the workplace, the n
June 28, 2011 06:54
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Written by Gregg Gothreaux The Louisiana Small Business Development Center's seminars are aspiring entrepreneurs' first step toward success. It is small businesses - existing businesses growing with the parish and new businesses relocating to or starting up in the area - that keep Lafayette's economy fresh, vibrant and diversified. LEDA provides services complemented by other local economic development ally services that when used in tandem can get a small business off to a good start, helping to keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in
May 25, 2011 06:00
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 It's no surprise that Lafayette Parish has experienced tremendous population growth and community/business development over the past decade. It's been said that a community grows or it dies. Without balanced growth of all kinds - population, infrastructure, housing, community initiatives, etc. - a community cannot reach its full potential. Wednesday, May 25, 2011 It's no surprise that Lafayette Parish has experienced tremendous population growth and community/business development over the past decade. It'
April 27, 2011 06:00
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Lafayette's best effort pays off, as the oil services giant decides to bring its high-paying jobs to Pont des Mouton Road. Gov. Bobby Jindal was in Lafayette earlier in the month to announce that, after a global search, Halliburton had chosen Lafayette to be the location of its new completion tools manufacturing facility. LEDA worked with representatives from Halliburton for more than six months to secure the project, which will create 150 direct jobs with an $8 million payroll (plus benefits), which equates to an average salary of $53,000 a year
March 30, 2011 06:00
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Broadband's potential to drive economic development is without equal. By Gregg Gothreaux When talking economic development, there's little else that's more exciting than the potential for broadband, generally, and fiber, specifically, to grow local businesses and attract new ones to the area. Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Broadband's potential to drive economic development is without equal. By Gregg Gothreaux When talking economic development, there's little else that's more exciting than the potential for broadband,
Feb. 22, 2011 08:54
A strong tourism base has developed because of Acadiana's festival network, our indigenous culture and the hospitality of our residents. By Greg Gothreaux Hospitality is defined as friendly, welcoming and generous treatment offered to guests or strangers. That treatment is one of the hallmarks of Acadiana. It's no wonder that the hospitality industry is such a vital part of Acadiana's economy. The industry encompasses more than just hotels and restaurants. On a broader level it includes everything from transportation to retail to arts and entertainment and recreation facilities. As