Meet Our Entrepreneurs

Click below to learn their stories.

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

14 April

From our Fellows: Site Visit No. 2

Posted in From Our Fellows

New Orleans is a city known for its rich culture and highly regarded for its diversity by people across the globe. It’s what attracts many travelers and students (including myself) and contributes to why many choose to call New Orleans home. After living in New Orleans for two years, I’ve had the opportunity to immerse […]

17 March

From our Fellows: Site Visit No. 1

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. Journey, a local artist and gallery owner is working with Fund 17 fellow […]

17 February

The Fund 17 Fellowship Re-imagined: Training

The following is a blog post from Laurel Greilich, the Fund 17 Fellowship Coordinator, compiling highlights from our dynamic fellowship training held on the weekends of January 20-21 and 27-28. Read about the rest of the re-imagined fellowship programming here. It’s said that an audience’s attention span for a lecturer is about 7-10 minutes. Presentation styles like […]

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