Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with a brilliant business idea that could revitalize Downtown Lafayette and its historic landmarks? Look no further than the Small Business Challenge initiated by One Acadiana (1A), your chance to turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

What & Why

One Acadiana is calling on creative minds and innovators to submit their groundbreaking business concepts that will breathe new life into one of Downtown Lafayette's most iconic structures – the Sans Souci Building. The challenge aims to activate this historic location with dynamic new food & beverage, retail, or other innovative business concepts.

The winning contestant will not only receive a substantial capital infusion of up to $100,000 but also secure a lease for the extraordinary Sans Souci Building.


The Sans Souci Building, nestled in Parc Sans Souci in Downtown Lafayette, boasts a rich history dating back to the 1840s.

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As Lafayette's oldest commercial building, it has served various purposes over the years, from an inn and newspaper office to a crafts store and the beloved Sans Souci Bookstore, the original namesake for the park.

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One Acadiana President and CEO Troy Wayman envisions the winning business as a hub that attracts visitors to the park.

We want it to be something that will provide traffic for the park. So some type of food and beverage, some type of retail. You want it to be something that will attract people to come in and spend time at the park.

One Acadiana
One Acadiana

The Application Process

To get started on your entrepreneurial journey and learn more about the application process and requirements, attend an Information Session hosted at Opportunity Machine.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Opportunity Machine
Registration: Visit to register for the session.

If you are unable to attend the Information Session, a recording will be made available to all registrants. Additionally, all registrants will receive a comprehensive packet of materials detailing the Small Business Challenge and instructions on how to apply.


This exciting initiative is made possible through the collaborative efforts of One Acadiana's investors and several key partners, including the Downtown Development Authority, Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority (LPTFA), Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA), the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC), Opportunity Machine, and the LEED Center at UL Lafayette.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to make your entrepreneurial vision a reality and contribute to the vibrant future of Downtown Lafayette. Submit your innovative business idea to the Small Business Challenge and be a part of the city's transformation.

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Imagine writing the next chapter in the storied history of the Sans Souci Building and Downtown Lafayette.

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