March Chamber Connections

News from the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce,

Upcoming events, new members, program updates and more!
March Chamber Connections
Upcoming Events
Ribbon cuttings, networking luncheons, special events and more! Check out all of the ways you can plug in here.
Chamber Committees
Looking for a way to serve the community and get more involved with the Chamber? Increase your impact by joining one of our committees.
Employment Opportunities
Looking for a job? See the opportunities available at our Chamber businesses here.
Member Directory
The best businesses, are Chamber businesses. Looking to do business with other Chamber members? Search our member directory.
Let us help your remotely!
For the safety of our staff, members, and visitors the chamber office will only be open to staff and pre-scheduled meetings. Our team is dedicated to serving our members and the community. We stand ready to help you remotely in an effort to keep everyone safe. For additional resources available due to COVID-19, click here.
Now, more than ever, is a great time to support local business.

Many Vermilion businesses are offering convenient options for curb-side pickup, delivery and to go orders. During these chaotic times, contact our local businesses for call in and pick up options and let supply you and your family with what you need, when you need it from food to supplies.

Businesses give us a call to share you information, specials and shopping questions so we can showcase and support you.

thank you, members!
Thank you to all of our members who advertised with our partner, Town Planner. Your generous support in advertisements to this community calendar also gave back to the Chamber and we are so grateful.

Pictured is Centennial President Megan Landry-Lalande and Past President Thomas Thompson receiving check from Town Planner Owner, Mrs. Andrea Purdy during the Centennial Celebration.

If you are interested in being a part of this Parish-wide community calendar or staying in touch with what is happening across our Parish Visit Town Planner

Ribbon Cuttings
The Eatery
Happy One Year Anniversary to The Eatery!

A dining experience that is filled with fun times in a friendly atmosphere, quality food, gourmet coffee and exciting spirits is just a little of what this local gem offers. And don’t forget, they serve brunch on Sundays as well delicious BBQ.

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Members of the Month
Eddie’s One Stop
Located on the bypass in Erath, Eddie’s provides you with literally a one-stop-for-everything! Food, coffee, lottery tickets, fuel, drinks, fishing and hunting licenses, groceries and much more.
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Super 1 Foods

Customers will find low prices, unexpected value and a great assortment of quality fresh products. Stores buy by the truckload directly from distributors and pass the savings on to customers. Super 1 Foods is proud to help feed families for less with our own brand of products that offer great quality at super low prices, in-store promotions and more!

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Chamber Programs
Leadership Vermilion
During their first session, Class 7 explored Emergenetics! It was a great day of getting to know each other, making new friends, developing leadership strategies and working as a WE-team!
FUEL Vermilion
FUEL Vermilion consists of young professionals looking to connect with and support other local businesses. If you are looking to get more involved where you live, work and play, take a look at what FUEL has to offer!
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Downtown News for March 19, 2020

From Downtown Digest,

Coping with Coronavirus Part I


March 19, 2020

Part 1: Leading Downtown in Challenging Times

Downtown Digest The impact of Coronavirus will be big, deep, and constantly in the news, but downtown leaders must carry on.

Interviews with top economic development professionals suggest a range of strategies for supporting at-risk businesses, protecting the downtown’s market position, and growing the local economy in the months ahead. In this and future eNewsletters, we will share many of those strategies.

Tip #1. Form an economic development committee
If your downtown does not already have an economic development committee or similar group, consider partnering with the chamber of commerce or convention and visitors bureau to establish one. This type of committee is well suited to tackling the following tips.

New Mexico MainStreet suggests that committee members include:

  • Those who work in the management or sales and marketing of downtown’s commercial real estate.
  • Property owners who want to maintain loyal renters and keep good businesses afloat.
  • Businesspeople themselves, who have a vested interest in keeping enough revenue flowing to maintain their staff and pay their bills.
  • Bankers who are making loans to downtown tenants, businesses, and property owners.

Tip #2. Help local businesses take advantage of relief programs
Compile information on Federal, state, and local relief programs. Contact small business owners to assess their needs and help them with applications for assistance.

Tip #3. Provide networking and peer counseling forums, virtually
Stressed business owners appreciate the chance to network and compare survival strategies with their peers. They can do this while maintaining social distancing with tools such as Zoom Meetings, GoToMeeting, and Google Hangouts.

Tip #4. Counsel individual business owners
Owners of distressed businesses often embrace the guidance of a small group of peer advisors who maintain discretion. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and is an excellent source for these services. The downtown’s economic development committee is also well suited to offer business response teams to council individual business owners.

Tip #5. Encourage local shopping, virtually
Individuals and businesses can continue to support local businesses, even if they can’t visit those businesses. For example, encourage people to:

  • Shop online or via phone. Many downtown businesses have a robust online presence.
  • Pre-buy goods and services. In many cases customers can pay in advance for items such as haircare, children’s art and dance classes, adult fitness classes, gift cards, and more.
  • Order prepared food for pick up or delivery. Many businesses remain open for delivery and take out orders which may be placed by phone, or via online and mobile services such as Grubhub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash.

Next week, more ideas on leading downtowns in challenging times.

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COVID-19 Updates

From Iberia Chamber of Commerce,

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Are you changing your business hours or operations to adapt to the Coronavirus Disease? Let us know, so that we can get your changed information out to the public.
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Brown & Brown Insurance COVID-19 Webinar
Check out Brown & Brown Insurance’s Live Stream Series regarding important changes to your business. Live Stream set for Friday, March 20th, @1pm.

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Important Changes to the DMV Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Some very important, TEMPORARY, changes are coming to the Office of Motor Vehicles in Louisiana. Read about them on page 3 of the link below.

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Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Changed
More people may be eligible for unemployment insurance after the Louisiana Workforce Commission released its newest policies.

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Keep watch on the chamber’s webpage or Facebook for restaurant services to meet the needs of the community during COVID-19; some are offering innovative options. Link will be posted to this page when it is ready:
CopyNet COVID-19 Discount
Due to cancellations and closures surrounding COVID-19, CopyNet will be discounting their hourly I.T. rate by over 50% for anyone that will be needing to setup a home office. Message or call for more details!

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Hebert’s Garden Center
Open with spring/summer selections!
Hours 8am – 6pm
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WTCNO Weekly Trader

From World Trade Center New Orleans,

Sempra’s LNG Facility in Louisiana Expands
Sempra Energy’s massive $10 billion facility on the Louisiana Gulf Coast that ships liquefied natural gas to destinations around the globe has completed the next step of a larger effort to expand its commercial operations. Production units in the industry are called “trains” and executives at the Cameron project announced Monday the second train at the facility that processes liquefied natural gas, or LNG, is up and running. Read More
Coronavirus Affects Louisiana Stock Prices, Supply Chains
Fears about the global impact of the coronavirus outbreak have hammered Louisiana stock prices, caused some businesses to adjust supply chains, dust off contingency plans and affected some overseas economic development trips. No one in Louisiana has contracted the virus, which has spread to 83,000 people in 60 countries and is being blamed for more than 2,800 deaths worldwide. Read More; See also Coronavirus: a Louisiana Task Force Is Ready
Regional Report: Manufacturing Drives Growth in the Southern States
According to Don Pierson, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, the six Southern States of AL, AR, KY, LA, MS and TN encompass a workforce of approximately 12 million people. In fact, LA and AR have seen a 14 percent increase in per capita income over the past four years, with the other states in the regional bloc growing at a rate of 9 to 12 percent. In addition, LA’s GDP has surged 17 percent with its neighbors not far behind. Read More
Pan-American Life Insurance Group Reports 2019 Numbers
A World Trade Center New Orleans member, Pan-American Life Insurance Group saw a revenue climb of more than $1.165 billion in 2019, compared to $1.1 billion in 2018 – a nearly 6% increase. The New Orleans-based firm reported its financial results Feb. 26. Pan-American recorded $90 million in net income, compared to $66 million in 2018, a 36.3% increase. Read More
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LAGNIAP March Lagniappe Fisheries Newsletter

From Louisiana Sea Grant,

Lagniappe — March 2020

State Management of Private Angling for Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico

A program to allow the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas) some management authority for recreational fishing of red snapper by private anglers in federal waters of the Gulf has been implemented effective Feb. 6, 2020.

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Increase in Cobia Recreational and Commercial Minimum Size Limit in the Gulf Zone

The final rule for Framework Amendment 7 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region will increase the recreational and commercial minimum size limit for cobia in the Gulf Zone (includes offshore of Louisiana) from 33 inches fork length to 36 inches fork length. The final rule will be effective on March 25, 2020.

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Bridging the talent gap employer survey

From One Acadiana to Area Businesses:

As part of our efforts to support employers and their talent needs, One Acadiana is conducting the Bridging the Talent Gap (BTTG) employer survey. Please take the survey before March 10.

This survey will be used to assess the regional talent landscape, identify opportunities for adults to further their education, and improve partnerships between education and industry. The information that you provide will remain strictly confidential. It should be completed by HR Directors or other leaders with knowledge of the organization’s workforce needs.

Take the survey now at []

HR professionals are eligible for a SHRM or HRCI recertification credit upon completion of the survey.

55 by 25 is an initiative with the goal of increasing the proportion of working-age adults in Acadiana with a postsecondary degree, certificate, or other high-value credential to 55 percent by 2025. For more information, please contact Anna Osland, anna or go to

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Book Along the Teche Literary Festival presents Dave’s Haunts and Jaunts Bus Tour

From Book Along the Teche Literary Festival

Come join us for a wonderful ride through New Iberia and visit the sites that James Lee Burke’s book have made famous!

Dave’s Haunts and Jaunts Bus Tour

Come join us for a wonderful tour taking you through New Iberia highlighting places made famous from the novels of James Lee Burke.
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Begin your tour with a meal at Victor’s

Take a guided tour of the locations made famous in James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux book series and films. From 10:00-10:30, check in at the door of Dave’s favorite lunch spot, Victor’s Cafe, to collect your wristband for your included meal. Have your author or series questions ready for our Q&A at 10:30 with resident Burke expert Howard Kingston! From 11:20 – 2:00, visit Cane River Pecan Company, Teche Motel and more before enjoying refreshments with local artists at the festival’s art exhibit. Each ticket includes a voucher for a free return visit to Shadows-on-the-Teche. Online ticket purchases highly recommended as bus seats are limited, and there is no guarantee of same-day tickets availability. Sponsored by Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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Apply for this grant!

Future of Shopping Small Grant
Future of Shopping Small
Grant Program
Calling all small business owners!

Main Street America and American Express are teaming up to give 10 small business owners $10,000 each to help their businesses innovate in the changing retail landscape.

The Future of Shopping Small Grant Program will celebrate small businesses across the country that are adopting innovative approaches to traditional business strategies, and those looking to try out creative techniques, while also helping to revitalize and strengthen older and historic commercial districts.

Grant recipients should demonstrate commitment to both their local community and principles described in American Express’ Future of Shopping Small Guide. The guide is filled with actionable tips that can help small business owners begin to future-proof their businesses.

Learn more about the Future of Shopping Small Grant Program here, including the eligibility and other restrictions.

Applications are due by March 31, 2020 or whenever the first 3,000 applications have been submitted, whichever is sooner.

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New Delcambre Event!

2020 Plein Air Program
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Brittany Racca
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Shadows Plein Air Artists
Paint Delcambre
DELCAMBRE La. — Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air is partnering with the Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market, Twin Parish Port District & Port of Delcambre, Bayou Carlin Cove, and Louisiana Direct Seafood to Paint Delcambre for this year’s competition!

Artists will spend the day Mon., March 16 painting in the town of Delcambre. The public is invited to travel around Delcambre, searching for and watching the artists in action.

Starting at 6 p.m., the public is invited to join the artists at The Pavilion at Bayou Carlin Cove for a chance to view the paintings completed that day and speak with the artists while enjoying live Cajun music, dinner, and refreshments. There will be a charge for dinner and refreshments, if you choose to partake. Artwork completed that day will be available for sale.

The "Best Delcambre Painting," as determined by a panel of judges, will be announced at the Fine Art Sale and Awards Reception at the Shadows Visitor Center (320 E. Main St., New Iberia) on Friday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Festival Schedule:

Other festivities planned during competition week are an art talk, painting demonstration, paint out, awards ceremony and fine art sale, and quick draw competition. All activities and events are free to attend and participate unless otherwise noted.

  • Tuesday, March 17 at 1 p.m.: Kenn Backhaus will lead a Plein Air Painting Demonstration at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.
  • Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.: Kenn Backhaus will lead a Plein Air Painting Talk at the Shadows Visitor Center.
  • Thursday, March 19 at 2 p.m.: Kenn Backhaus will lead a Plein Air Painting Demonstration near the Shadows-on-the-Teche.
  • Friday, March 20 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in a Paint Out in Downtown New Iberia. Works produced at the Paint Out will be judged, awarded ribbons, and available for sale. Free to participate, but registration is required.
  • Friday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Shadows Plein Air culminates in an Awards Ceremony & Fine Art Sale at the Shadows Visitor Center. Awards announced at 7 p.m. All paintings completed during the week will be available for sale.
  • Saturday, March 21 at 9 a.m.: Artists have two hours to complete a painting in downtown New Iberia. Once time is up, artists will bring their completed paintings to the Shadows fence on Main Street. Works will be then be judged, awarded ribbons and prizes, and available for sale off the easel. Participation in the Quick Draw is open to all artists for a fee of $10.

The phrase plein air describes art created in the open air, a process much different than producing canvases in the studio. Artists must deal with shifting angles and tones of light as well as adverse weather conditions. Visitors are invited to travel around the seven-parish area and watch artists paint en plein air.

About the Shadows-on-the-Teche:

The Shadows-on-the-Teche, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, opened to the public in 1961 with the mission to preserve the buildings, landscape, collections, and historical integrity of the site; to research and interpret through education programs a 19th century southern Louisiana plantation economy and community and their evolution; and to encourage an appreciation of and interest in historic preservation. The National Trust, which owns and operates the Shadows, is a private, non-profit organization. The Shadows does not receive funding from federal, state, parish, or city government. The site supports itself through admissions, special programs and events, and donations to the Friends of the Shadows. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact the Shadows at (337) 369-6446 or Shadows or follow the event on Facebook. Any funds raised from this event provide funding for art education.


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The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center in New Iberia, Louisiana.

For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit

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Port Background

By way of background, the Twin Parish Port Commission has been on a mission to redevelop its district with planning and economic development projects. Since 2005, the Port has facilitated $10 million of programs and projects in its district and across the state. It has become a model for coastal communities and for resiliency. With the help of partner agencies like Louisiana Sea Grant and The Water Institute, the port made strides in developing a safe harbor plan for the commercial fishing fleet and studies on coastal ecosystem restoration.

The Port has been recognized for its efforts in community projects and continues to leverage its greatest attraction, seafood, towards building a resilient and sustainable seafood industry.

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