April 2021 Newsletter
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Vermilion Economic Development Alliance

Spring Clean Your Business

April 2021

Springtime is the perfect time to refresh your business with a few easy-to-manage "Spring cleaning" exercises. The result can mean more effective use of your time and a bigger bottom line. 
  1. Organize your communications - check those emails and create folders for storing important passwords and instructions, client communications, and things that require follow-up.
  2. Dust off your website - we saw lots of you beef up your web presence during the pandemic and we're so happy you did. Now keep it accurate by checking your open & closing times, update essential details, and refresh your content if applicable.
  3. Deep clean your books - review files and accounts, sort your receipts, and scan what you can. Assess outstanding invoices and prioritize getting them paid. 
  4. Refresh your space - whether you operate a storefront or work from a home office, a good dusting, fresh landscaping or flowers, and a welcoming entryway can go a long way. 

Professional Development

Keep your skills sharp with these upcoming classes from our partners and colleagues. Pick the one that fits the best for your needs or complete them all! 
South Louisiana Community College
Resources to Grow Your Business
Thursday, May 6th, 8:30 - 10:00 am
With Louisiana Workforce Commission

Grants and other resources to train your employees. Learn more about how to apply for SBET (Small Business Employee Training), IWTP (Incumbent Worker Training Program), OJT (On-the-job Training), and other financial assistance to upskill your team. 
Small Business Development Center
Small Business 101
Tuesday, April 27th, 2 - 4 pm
With Lauren Titus (LSBDC)

Business, Accounting & Taxes - Where do I start?
Wednesday, May 5th, 9 - 10 am
With Ed Dauhphin (Ed Dauhphin Consulting)

Starting and Financing Your Small Business Idea
Thursday, May 6th, 8:30 - 10 am
Philip Russo (LSBDC)
Opportunity Machine:
DIY Marketing Series
Wednesdays, 11:30 am -12:45 pm

April 28th - Website Optimization: Make Your Website Effective and User-Friendly with Carissa Hall (Comit Developers)

May 5th - Deep Dive into Digital Advertising with Brooke A. B. Odom & Harlie Nevers (Right Angle)

May 12th - Media Buying Basics for Business with Monica Hebert (BBR Creative)

Goals Dashboard

The results are in! Check out our report for a thorough list of activities, across four categories, that our organization carried out in the first quarter. To view the 2021 Goals, click here.

Programs & Incentives

Made in Vermillion

The Made in Vermilion program brings awareness and aims to attract new customers to those Vermilion-based businesses creating something and bringing wealth into our parish. Want to participate? Click for details!

**Check out Komolab (featured in the pic above). They are a modern furniture and accessories studio based in Kaplan. Products from Komolab are designed and produced in-house with the goal of outfitting the contemporary home, work-space, and lifestyle.
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