Who Can Help Me Start My Own Business in New Orleans?

Organizations and resources to help your business

Getting help right from the start from experienced business professionals and advisors can be critical to the long-term success of your business. There are many organizations and programs, including our own accelerator programs, that support New Orleans entrepreneurs, startups, and businesses.

Propeller

We offer accelerator programs to help New Orleans nonprofit and for-profit entrepreneurs tackle inequities in food, water, health, and education. Our 3-month Startup Accelerator is for entrepreneurs getting their idea to pilot, our 3-month Growth Accelerator works with more established enterprises and culminates in access to $50,000 in equity investment, and our South Broad Business Initiative supports businesses located in Broadmoor, Central City, Hoffman Triangle, Gert Town, and Zion City. 

Contact: Erik Paskewich, programs@gopropeller.org, 504 322-3282
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4.0 Schools

An incubator for early-stage education small businesses and nonprofits. Programs include Essentials, a 3-day program to take you from idea to a small-scale pilot and Tiny Fellowship, a 4-12 month program that offers funding and mentorship for entrepreneurs who have run successful pilots.

Contact: Cambria Skvarka, cambria@4pt0.org
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Catapult Fund

A program of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation offering business training for small businesses in the culinary arts. Program duration is 16 sessions over a four-month period, culminating in access to a pool of $75,000 in grants.

Contact: Aimee Smallwood, aimee@culturaleconomy.org, 504 895-2800
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Camelback Ventures

Offers a 6-month fellowship program providing coaching, capital, and connections to female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color.

Contact: Elizabeth Bates, elizabeth@camelbackventures.org 
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BioInnovation Center

Offers free consulting to support startups developing biotech, digital health, and clean technologies with projects including company planning, market research, IP analyses, and raising capital.

Contact: David Bode, dbode@neworleansbio.com, 504 593-6450
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Fund 17

Fund 17 works with micro-entrepreneurs or self-employed individuals who are running informal, home-based, or small-scale enterprises. The organization pairs entrepreneurs with trained university students to provide weekly business support over a three month period.

Contact: Haley Burns, haley@fund17.org
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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Operated in partnership with Delgado Community College, this program offers small businesses education for business growth, access to financing and capital, and a network of support from local business experts and the people of Goldman Sachs. The program duration is 11 sessions. Eligible businesses must be in operation for at least two years, with revenue above $150,000 in the last fiscal year and at least four employees.

Contact: Klassi Duncan, kdunca@dcc.edu
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Good Work Network

Provides business development services to minority- and women-owned businesses throughout a 15-parish region in Southeast Louisiana. Services include administrative support from accounting to access to computers, credit counseling, one-on-one technical assistance, and training classes. Programs also include specific support for food entrepreneurs, artists, low-income or disadvantaged entrepreneurs running small-scale businesses, and female business owners.

Contact: Adele London, adele@goodworknetwork.org, 504 309-2073 
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Idea Village

Programs include IDEAx, an intensive accelerator for founders focused on creating fundable, scalable businesses, as well as IDEAsessions, 60-minute strategy sessions led by seasoned mentors to help founders test an idea or tackle a specific issue. The Idea Village also produces monthly educational workshops and New Orleans Entrepreneur Week to serve the broader entrepreneurial community.

Contact: Emily Egan, emilyegan@ideavillage.org, 504 304-3284 
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LaunchNOLA

An initiative of Thrive New Orleans that helps underserved urban entrepreneurs with revenues of $0-$50,000 gain the competency, confidence, capital and connections necessary to start and grow their own small businesses through a 14-week Business Academy, mentorship, technical assistance, and by walking with them over two years to provide additional coaching and support.

Contact: Chuck Morse, Chuck@LaunchNOLA.org, 504 564-7739 ext.706
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Louisiana Small Business Development Center - New Orleans

Provides free consulting for Louisiana small businesses, with a focus on helping entrepreneurs find access to capital. The Center also helps with websites, acquiring customers, certifications, as well as disaster preparedness and sustainability planning.

Contact: Tori Rayne, lsbdc.gnor@lsbdc.org, 504 831-3730 
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SUNO Small Business Development & Management Institute (SBDMI)

Offered through SUNO, this multi-week course for potential and existing entrepreneurs offers a practical, condensed series of entrepreneurial technical and training sessions. The purpose of the course is to teach entrepreneurs better business planning skills, from business concept development to actual preparation of a comprehensive business plan.

Contact: Cynthia Beaulieu, cbeaulieu@suno.edu, 504 284-5512
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RisingFoundations Small Business Incubator

A small business incubator empowering formerly incarcerated people to develop small businesses to supplement their income and eventually attain full-time self-employment and financial self-sufficiency. The program addresses both personal and business development.

Contact: Derrick Perique, Dperiqueocbc@gmail.com, 504 408-8771
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Urban League of Louisiana's Women's Business Resource Center (WBRC)

Provides free educational programs, technical assistance, and other support services to existing female business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments preferred.

Contact: Erika McConduit-Diggs, emcconduit@urbanleagueneworleans.org, 504 620-9647
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VetLaunch Business Accelerator

A business accelerator program specifically tailored to Veterans covering topics including how to start a business, choosing a legal structure, deciphering accounting requirements, marketing, social media, and raising capital. Veterans are provided with mentors, engage in peer-to-peer learning, and access to networks.

Contact: Parker Stewart, pstewart@business.msstate.edu, 662 325-4990
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Getting Funding for Your Small Business

The costs involved in starting a new business can be extensive, but luckily, so are the financial resources available to startup companies. Rather than list them all here, we’ve created an additional resource page dedicated to ways to fund your small business.