Meet Our Entrepreneurs

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Our Core Values

These beliefs inform our approach to providing tailored assistance to local entrepreneurs.

Financial Empowerment Financial Empowerment

Our business services are paired with personal finance advice to help our entrepreneurs plan and save for the future.

Personal Goal Setting Personal Goal Setting

We leverage our entrepreneurs’ visions for the future to create action plans customized to their own definition of success.

Healthy Business Systems Healthy Business Systems

Our entrepreneurs are guided to create sustainable foundations for a bankable enterprise that can grow.

Supporting Entrepreneurial Identity Supporting Entrepreneurial Identity

We strive to add “entrepreneur” to the language of self-employed gardeners, bakers, or hair stylists.

Relationship Building Relationship Building

We build our services on a foundation of trust and communication.

Shifting the Paradigm Shifting the Paradigm

We believe impact is created through partnership, not traditional service.

From the Blog

30 December

From our Fellows: Ethan + Nico

Posted in From Our Fellows

The following is an installment in our blog series, “From our Fellows.” Each post is written by a different Fund 17 fellow and serves as a brief inside glimpse into the impact of our business development relationships between fellows and local entrepreneurs. Nico, a local entrepreneur is working with Fund 17 fellow Ethan to grow their […]

10 December

Celebrating #700hours with the Catahoula Hotel

On December 7th, we hosted Cheers to #700hours, a holiday happy hour celebrating over 700 hours of direct, 1-on-1 assistance in the community in 2016. In partnership with Catahoula Hotel and our entrepreneurs, we enjoyed a speciality cocktail menu and a pop-up market. Big thanks to Catahoula, who donated $4 of every cocktail sale to […]

20 October

Meet our Fall 2016 Fellows and Interns!

Posted in Uncategorized

Fellows MATT WARSAW Tulane Sophomore, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, M.A.c.c. Candidate Matt is working with Ingrid, owner of Little Friends Child Daycare Service based in the 9th ward of New Orleans. Together, Matt and Ingrid have many goals including a revamped marking strategy which includes a new website and social media pages, a detailed business […]

What our Entrepreneurs Are Saying

  • Ed Campbell

    “They were on top of me with everything…Fund 17 was a big help for me and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed spending time with them and it was just fun!”

    - Ed Campbell
  • Shelia Hutchinson

    “They gave me someone to work with that helped me get on track and stay on track…Thanks to Fund 17, I now have a website, a Square, a Paypal account, and an Etsy. Without Fund 17, I would have none of that. I guarantee you!”

    - Shelia Hutchinson
  • “Khulu” Kevin Buckner

    “I always know there is someone I can call and Fund 17 will be there.”

    - “Khulu” Kevin Buckner