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Jul 28, 2012 1:19 PM by Chris Welty

Made in Acadiana

We've heard of ABC News' series Made in America, well right here local businesses are pushing for all of us to buy Made in Acadiana, or at least to shop local.

A sign at the corner of Ambassador Caffery and Ridge in Lafayette is catching the eye of drivers. Acadiana businesses encouraging people to shop local and buy products made right here in Acadiana.

"We want to make sure that those small businesses that become large stay here in Acadiana," said Alicia Lebouef of Hulco Printers.

Art Garrett is owner of Acadian Religious and has been in business for nearly fifty-years. He's a member of Shop Local Acadiana a group encouraging shoppers to redirect just $50 of their budget to local merchants.

"It can generate nearly 10 million dollars a month. That's a lot of money, that's not chump change, that's a lot of money."

Garrett says the best part of shopping local is the money stays in the community to pay for roads, schools, and other projects. It also helps create jobs and a cycle of money that flows right back into Acadiana.

"It doesn't go to pay some corporate executive in New York or California," said Garrett.

Supporters say local stores drive the economy and news of one closing is taken to heart because local business it is what attracts big business.

"Those big box retailers, they didn't start out with 1,500 stores, they started out as a local store just like us."

Local stores helping keep Acadiana diverse and investing in our region's future.

Shop Local Acadiana is accepting new members and they also have an app to help you find locally-owned stores. Log onto www.shoplocalacadiana.com

You can also get a "Made in Acadiana" sign for your business by contacting Hulco Printers at (337) 232-9128.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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