In June of 2021, the Youngsville Chamber of Commerce unveiled their newest initiative, Certified Sweet Youngsville. Certified Sweet is a program designed for small businesses, to showcase their products specifically made locally in Youngsville, LA 70592. The purpose of the program is to assist small businesses who are looking to grow and sell more of their products in our local stores. The chamber wants to provide a platform to help launch these businesses into thriving, growing businesses in the community. Many shoppers are looking for products made locally and want to support local business owners. The chamber wants to help connect these locally made products with storefront local businesses, to help provide the shopper with local options. As a result the shopper has a more "local" experience shopping for products specifically made in 70592, while these Certified Sweet small business products are branded with the city of Youngsville...overall connecting locally made products to local storefront businesses. Also home based businesses will be able to utilize this program as a way to brand their business as a Certified Sweet "made and manufactured locally" business and hopefully increase product sales to enable them to open a storefront location. Many famous products and businesses got their start in a garage at home and grew into a world famous brand. The Youngsville Chamber wants to identify and assist those businesses.
We may have the next world famous product currently being produced in someone's home right here in Youngsville!
Certified Sweet businesses will have a plethora of options to showcase their products as "made locally 70592." Perfect Fitz has created a webstore, where businesses can purchase the official Certified Sweet branded logo on labels, clings, shirts, signs, etc. Acadiana Bottling here in Youngsville also has a sign company that can provide Certified Sweet signage as well.
The chamber will work with organizations such as LEDA, Small Business Development Center and LABI to help provide valuable resources for these small businesses including financial information, how to create a business model, creating a business entity, handling taxes for small businesses, marketing for small businesses, how to create a budget, managing labor costs, etc.
To qualify as a Certified Sweet business, products and services must be made, manufactured, designed and created here in Youngsville, LA, 70592. The cost to be part of the program is free and comes with the purchase of a chamber membership. The chamber will provide starter kits for new businesses who want to be part of the program. Promotional costs such as additional labels, clings, signage, shirts, etc. are covered by the business.
If you are a current member and want to be part of the Certified Sweet program, contact our Executive Director, Jessica Willis firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Williams, Vice President & Economic Development Chair, email@example.com.