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Accelerate Evangeline

Start and/or Grow Your Business in 6 Weeks

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Like many small towns across South Louisiana, challenges are nothing new for Evangeline Parish, but like the heroine for whom the parish is named there has always been a spirit of creativity, ingenuity, and perseverance.  This spirit was a driver for Accelerate Evangeline, a start-up and small business program that focused on people, their dreams, ideas, and business interests.  The program was organized and led by Evangeline Chamber of Commerce and the LEED Center.

15 entrepreneurs completed the Accelerate Evangeline program and received a cerficate of completion. Accelerate Evangeline was open to individuals who had an idea for a business, wanted to turn a side hustle into a full-time business, or owned an existing business.


Program Benefits:

  • Hands-on & individual attention to help you start and/or grow your business
  • Opportunity to build a network with other business leaders
  • Successful business leaders as guest speakers & guides
  • Guidance & consulting after the 6 week program
  • Completion ceremony and certificate of completion


Accelerate Evangeline was held at The Hatchery - 5592 Vidrine Rd. (Located in Vidrine)

Saturdays, July 10th - August 14th, from 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Session Schedule:

Session 1 | Program Basics: The Entrepreneurial Dream

Session 2 | How to Get More Out of a Business Plan

Session 3 | What You Need to Know About the Numbers

Session 4 | Getting Resources When You Do Not Have Any

Session 5 | Customers Drive the Business

Session 6 | Operations and Other Fundamentals that Matter


Registration Fee: $450
*Registration waivers up to $425 are available to all applicants

*Remaining fees are paid to Evangeline Parish Chamber of Commerce

Questions about Accelerate Evangeline or the LEED Center?  Contact Jonathan Shirley,