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These beliefs inform our approach to providing tailored assistance to local entrepreneurs.
Our business services are paired with personal finance advice to help our entrepreneurs plan and save for the future.
We leverage our entrepreneurs’ visions for the future to create action plans customized to their own definition of success.
Our entrepreneurs are guided to create sustainable foundations for a bankable enterprise that can grow.
We strive to add “entrepreneur” to the language of self-employed gardeners, bakers, or hair stylists.
We build our services on a foundation of trust and communication.
We believe impact is created through partnership, not traditional service.
Last night, the Fund 17 family came together to celebrate the graduation of four local entrepreneurs from their Business Development Relationships. Over the last six months, these business owners have worked regularly with their Fund 17 fellow to build accounting capacity, strategize marketing, write business plans, open business bank accounts, apply for micro-loans and more! The […]
One day, when I was 16 years old, I was channel surfing the never-ending cable options when I landed on a documentary series about micro-loan borrowers around the world. To this day, I do not remember what the show was called but I will always credit it with sparking my fascination of microfinance. I watched it regularly when I […]
On Thursday, April 14th, Fund 17 hosted a networking event with the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association at the YAYA Arts Center in Central City. As community partners, entrepreneurs, staff, and community members congregated in the courtyard to the groove of a funk trio, I began to reflect on my time at Fund 17. I joined the […]