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Business Incubators for Entrepreneurs in New Orleans

Go.Be. coaches minority and women-owned businesses from survival to success through access to skills development, contracts and capital for growth, and networks to scale. Go.Be's mission is to build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable economy for all.

The Idea Village is an independent nonprofit with a mission to identify, support, and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans. The Idea Village offers a number of accelerator programs and produces New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW).

Thrive New Orleans provides small business training and support through their initiative Launch NOLA.

Propeller is a nonprofit whose mission is to incubate and launch socially minded ventures. Propeller offers co-working space and accelerator services and hosts PitchNOLA.

Regional Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union) is a CDFI that provides affordable financial products and services to families and businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

NewCorp, Inc. is a CDFI specializing in small-, minority-, and women-owned businesses. NewCorp provides technical assistance and access to capital to small businesses in Greater New Orleans.

LiftFund is a CDFI whose mission is to provide credit and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources and to provide leadership and innovation to the microlending industry. LiftFund operates in many states.

TruFund Financial Services, Inc. (TruFund) is a nonprofit seeking to stimulate economic development in communities that are underserved by traditional banking institutions by providing affordable capital, hands-on business assistance, and innovative solutions to small businesses and nonprofits in New York, Alabama, and Louisiana.

Technical Assistance for Business Owners

Louisiana's Small Business Development Center Louisiana (LSBDC) provides no cost business consulting and technical assistance such as one-on-one consulting, training, and information to help business owners.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Louisiana District Office is an independent agency of the federal government created to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. SBA offers local workshops and technical assistance.

SCORE is a respected association of volunteer business executives providing FREE or low-cost confidential, professional business advice, workshops and mentors to entrepreneurs and business owners.

Urban League of New Orleans Women’s Business Resource Center (WBRC) provides training, assistance, and resources to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, including one-on-one counseling, training programs, financial analysis, and technology assistance.

Business Development

New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) is New Orleans’ official economic development partnership and the hub of its business community.

Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) is regional economic development organization, serving as the catalyst for wealth creation in the 10-parish region of Southeastern Louisiana.

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) offers a comprehensive array of educational, managerial, and financial programs that cultivate small business opportunities.

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