july 2017
Reseau Québec French-Speaking City Network conference
July 17-19 | Québec City, Québec, Canada | The Francophone city network co-sponsored by the cities of Lafayette, Moncton and Québec will gather in Québec City on July 17-19, 2017, to develop tourist trails in North America.
       Contact Philippe for details, 337-291-5474; 
Business Seminar and Networking
July 25 | 12:30-2:00 PM | OneAcadiana Conference Room, 804 E. St. Mary Boulevard.
Seminar “Business Skills & Management for Start-Ups”, presented by Mrs. Maria Slater, UL Lafayette; “Certification Basics” presented by Small Business Administration and Louisiana Economic Development.
       Cost: Free and open to the Public (Registration Here)
Networking event to follow
July 25 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Warehouse 535, 535 Garfield Street
       Cost: Free and open to the Public (Registration Here)
       Co-sponsored by Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
       For details, call 504-885-4262; 
Consul Carlos Ponce of Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans visiting Lafayette
July 27 | 2:30-4:30 PM | Lafayette International Center
Consul Ponce will be meeting with some Mexican-American business owners residing in Lafayette.
       Contact Vanessa for details, 337-291-5474, 
august 2017
Webinar: Gear Up for Global Industry Opportunities
Aug. 1 |  1:00-2:00 PM | The top international markets for oil & gas equipment / service exporters, presented by Oil and Gas Trade Specialist with the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department  of Commerce
       Contact Angela Cring for details, 337-235-4055 or
City-Parish Council Presentation
Aug. 8 | 5:20 PM | Mayor-President Robideaux will recognize the International Center for receiving the E-star Award for Excellence in Export Assistance from the US Secretary of Commerce. All Board members are invited to attend to show their support.
       Contact Dave for details, 337-291-5492; 
UL International Student Welcome
Aug. 14 |  4:30 PM | Lafayette City Hall
       Contact Christophe for details, 337-291-5474;  
Small Louisiana Service Companies—where and how do we fit in Chevron’s New Global Business Models—a luncheon forum
Aug. 30 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Petroleum Club | Mr. J. David Payne, Vice President of Global Drilling and Completions for Chevron, will speak on the new global-supplier business models adopted by Chevron and many of the other major companies. Advance reservations required.
      Contact Vanessa for details, 337-291-5474, 
september 2017
Acadiana Cup Golf Exchange
Sept. 2-9 |  Nineteenth annual Acadiana Cup, held this year in Aosta, Italy, with 59 participants from Lafayette taking part.
      Contact Buddy Guillory for details, 337-277-4838,
october 2017
LAGCOE (Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition)
Oct. 23-27 |  International Center will set up and manage the International Business Center of the biennial oil and gas show held at the Cajundome.
      Contact Vanessa for details, 337-291-5474,
Energy Conference
Oct. 24-26 |  International Center will assist and recruit Canadian and Mexican participants for the Energy Conference organized by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
      Contact Philippe for details, 337-291-5474;
VERTECH Consortium Conference
Oct. 25-27 |  International Center will organize, with Belgian, Canadian and French participants.
      Contact Christophe for details, 337-291-5474;
VERTECH Conference Closing Luncheon
Oct. 27 |  Lafayette Petroleum Club | details TBA
      Contact Philippe for details, 337-291-5474;


International Achievement Award

The International Achievement Award was created in 1998, and is presented by the Lafayette International Center and its advisory board, the Lafayette International Center Foundation. It is designed to honor an individual, organization or company that has significantly enhanced Acadiana’s international reputation. Each nominee must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, with preference given to residents of Acadiana or residents of Louisiana. As the Lafayette  International Center is a trade development organization, primary consideration is accorded to individuals whose activities have helped draw economic benefits to the Lafayette area.
Seminar Series
The Lafayette International Center conducts an on-going series of seminars throughout the year, geared to the needs of internationally active companies and entrepreneurs. Past seminars have included: “International Sales and Distribution Agreements" with Mr. Patrick Fazzone, "The Laws of International Trade" with Mr. Alan Beard, "How to do Business with PEMEX", "The Secrets of Successful Trade Financing” and the "Import/Export Seminar."
International Trade Club Series
The International Trade Club has no membership fees or dues, is open to anyone interested in topics related to the global marketplace, and meets at different times and locations for a breakfast, lunch or late afternoon presentation. Recent presentations have included: "Business Opportunities: Macaé & Campos Basin" and "Brazil & Opportunities for the Oil & Gas Industry in UAE, Azerbaijan & Venezuela."
Trade Missions
The Lafayette International Center sponsors trade missions in conjunction with international trade and economic development agencies from throughout Louisiana. Recent trade missions included the XV Latin American Petroleum Show in Maracaibo, Venezuela and Port of Spain, Trinidad, the Rio Oil and Gas Expo & Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Acadiana Cup golf exchange held in Lafayette and various cities of Belgium, Canada, France and Spain.