July 2021 Newsletter
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Vermilion Economic Development Alliance

"Hot" Topics for Small Business

Here's what's coming up!

Summertime is the perfect time to catch up on practices that improve your bottom line and your local relevancy. We've assembled some great opportunities for you to explore recent workforce-related changes, connect with the community (for fun or business), sharpen your skill, and support a local cause.

If you have questions about any of these opportunities or have your own to share, please let us know!

Explore Recent Changes

Join us for Hot Topics in Employment Law & Unemployment Insurance FAQs as we hear from legal expert Laura Pryor Johnson with Allen & Gooch. She will cover issues like:
  • employee leave and telework/remote work,
  • onboarding challenges with the COVID-19 vaccine and what constitutes a medical inquiry,
  • related handbook requirements,
  • discrimination issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation
Also in attendance will be Stephen Harris, an Employer Outreach Liaison in the Office of UI Administration with the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Unemployment Insurance questions have been on the rise since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and Mr. Harris will answer the most frequently asked ones. 

August 5th
8:30 am - 10 am
Vermilion Parish Library, Abbeville

Admission is $20, breakfast is included. Employers registered for the 2021 Vermilion Parish Job Fair get free admission to the event thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Allen & Gooch.

Connect with the Community

July 24th
9 am - 5 pm 
Gueydan Town Hall grounds

Sell your food/craft products at the Gueydan Summer Festival with no fee! Gueydan's latest festival is designed to bring the people of Gueydan and Vermilion Parish together. Held on the City Hall grounds, this event will host live music, vendors, food, and fun day for the whole family. To register your space contact Gueydan Town Hall at (337) 536-9415.
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Sharpen Your Skills

Join the Opportunity Machine virtually on Zoom on Wednesdays from 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM CST for their D.I.Y. Marketing Series. This event is completely FREE to attend, however, registration is required.

  • 8/11 - Build Your Brand from the Ground Up
  • 8/18 - Which Marketing Strategies Work Best For You?
  • 8/25 - How to Build Content to Fit Across the Platforms
  • 9/1 - Creative Copywriting that Converts
  • 9/8 - Action! Creating Quality DIY Videos for Your Company
  • 9/15 - Graphic Design for Non-Designers
  • 9/22 - Website Optimization: Make Your Website Effective and User-Friendly
  • 9/29 - Deep Dive into Digital Advertising
  • 10/6 - Media Buying Basics for Business
Session Info & Registration

Support a Local Cause

United Way of Acadiana is hosting its annual school supply drive, Stuff the Bus, and will be collecting supplies for Vermilion now through August 6. If you'd like to participate, you can host your own internal drive or be a public drop off point (you will receive collection boxes).

Contact Logan Pearce to sign up!
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