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

18 July

Join us for a Kiva Info Session!

At Fund 17, we are proud to be the Louisiana Small Business advisor for Kiva! This new partnership means Fund 17 is now trained to provide assistance on the Kiva borrowing process. Kiva US is an online platform that connects micro-entrepreneurs from all over with world with peer-to-peer crowdfunded financing up to $10,000 with 0% interest. Fund 17 Executive Director Haley […]

12 July

Hear from our new Summer Fellows!

Last month, Fund 17 welcomed three summer fellows with an intensive, week-long training. The first day was an orientation where they all got to meet two entrepreneurs, one that Fund 17 recently began working with, and another who is a long-time friend of the organization. The fellows had the chance to learn about the challenges […]

11 May

Celebrating our entrepreneurs at Pagoda Cafe

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 […]

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