Entrepreneur shares his story

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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VACHERIE — Students from the River Region Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) visited Spuddy’s Cajun Foods Nov. 12 for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a successful and fun business.

Maitland “Spuddy” Faucheux shared his own entrepreneurial success story with the students, who heard where the business idea came from, what the challenges have been and what skills it takes to keep the business running.

Faucheux worked for entrepreneurs from the time he was 8 to 18 years old.

He knew from the time he was 10 he wanted to be an entrepreneur. After high school, Faucheux attended Nicholls State University and earned a degree in computer science.

After 10 years as a computer programmer, he knew it was time to move on. He worked as a salesman, where he found a passion for sales.

In 1993, he saw a need in his community and knew it was his turn to be an entrepreneur. 

“There was not a place to sit down and have a meal in Vacherie,” Faucheux said. “I saw a way to serve the community.”

He said the set up was simple. He bought a little country grocery and market. He closed in the carport, turned it into a kitchen, set up four tables and put “Spuddy’s” on a sign, opening the kitchen in June of 1994.

“With the YEA program, I have the opportunity to give back to the next generation of entrepreneurs,” Faucheux said.

“These are young people who will serve our communities in the future.

“To help someone wanting to start a business is awesome. I am truly blessed to be given this opportunity to help these future business owners of America.”

In addition to lessons inside the classroom, YEA! introduces students to all areas of business through field trips, guest lecturers and introducing them to mentors and community leaders.