We provide the tools and resources necessary to transform hustles into livelihoods.

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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

4 December

Announcing the release of “Community Enterprise in the 7th & 8th Wards”

From March to August 2017, Fund 17 led an extensive door-to-door surveying effort in a study area in the 7th and 8th wards. Our goal: identify, map and understand community enterprise. How are people making their livings and what role does entrepreneurship play in it all? We were particularly interested in informal businesses, or enterprises […]

23 November

Check out our latest impact report!

Fund 17’s 2016-2017 financial and programmatic year was all about growth. New programs and new people make for an ever-expanding, dynamic community at Fund 17. Learn about our new-and-improved Fellowship Program, our 7th + 8th ward research, our involvement with the national Forward Cities collaborative and more. Read the report here.

18 October

Support Local Entrepreneurs by becoming a Small Business Sponsor!

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On November 10th from 6pm to 9pm, Fund 17 is hosting a market and mixer event at Hotel Storyville. Join us for food, drinks and shopping. All proceeds of the event support Fund 17’s programming that provides free assistance to New Orleans entrepreneurs and small business owners. Buy your $10 ticket to the event here. We […]

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