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Kick Off National Entrepreneur Month at Opportunity Machine Innovation Conference

Kick Off National Entrepreneur Month at Opportunity Machine Innovation Conference

Entrepreneurs, startup founders and small business owners from across Louisiana will come together at the Opportunity Machine Innovation Conference (OMIC) to kick off National Entrepreneur Month. OMIC is a three-day series of networking events, panel discussions, pitch competitions, educational sessions and keynote presentations that highlight innovation, creativity and forward thinking in business. OMIC takes place November 1-3 at LITE, 537 Cajundome Blvd.


“This year, the OM Innovation Conference has expanded from an exposition-style event to a

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Local App Serving Up Specials

Local App Serving Up Specials

After a year of testing their app, experimenting with different ways to produce income, bringing on coders and going through a business boot camp, tech entrepreneurs Thomas Trahan and Gerald Huffman have rolled out their creation, PLATE, to the public.

PLATE is an app designed to let budget-conscious consumers – so far, mostly college students – look at their phones to know which restaurants and bars are offering the most appealing specials. The app is free and can be downloaded to both iPhone and

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Lafayette Poised for Vibrant Tech Industry

Lafayette Poised for Vibrant Tech Industry

Waitr executives Chris Meaux, Sonny Mayugba, and Jeff Bolante have a good feel for what Lafayette needs to take Acadiana’s tech sector to higher levels.

All three have spent their working lives in the tech world — which involves specialized workers who command a generous salary and can find employment just about anywhere. Though the range of tech workers’ wants and needs is wide, there are constants that apply to a large majority, such as:

  • Vibrant urban living, such as downtown, where there are hip places to live, eat, and attend community festivals and other

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Lafayette Drone Company Helping to Move Local Industries Into a New Age

Lafayette Drone Company Helping to Move Local Industries Into a New Age

Dacoda Bartels' dexterity in pursuing business opportunities is as impressive as his nimble manipulation of helicopters and drones.

At just 30, Bartels has already sold part of his company — Aerobotics Energy Group LLC, which operates unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) — to a world-class group of companies headed by the Chouest family.

Bartels is now looking at unlimited possibilities as part of a Louisiana-based conglomerate. Seeing him through the recent accomplishments were the accommodations and resources at the Opportunity Machine, Lafayette's premier technology incubator. Bartels and his company will graduate

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