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

25 July

From Micro to Mainstream – Haley Burns

Posted in Mission

Biz Magazine recently wrote an article about Fund 17 founder Haley Burns. Check it out here. Below is the text from the article. From Micro to Mainstream – Fund 17 is launching a mentorship program this month to help guide micro-entrepreneurs to the next level. From the farmer selling watermelons out of his pickup to […]

12 July

7th and 8th Ward Entrepreneur Cohort

Posted in entrepreneurs

This summer, as part of our 7th and 8th ward entrepreneurial programming, Fund 17 is working with a cohort of  eight businesses looking to grow. Each has a unique product and plan of action. The cohort is led by our new Business Case Managers, Tyler and Walter. Read more about them here. Entrepreneurs in the cohort were identified […]

27 June

Our team is growing!

Posted in Uncategorized

We are excited to introduce our new staff, including our first Business Case Managers and a fresh group of summer interns! Our Business Case Managers, Tyler and Walter, will provide holistic and tailored one-on-one assistance to entrepreneurs. Our interns help manage our marketing, impact assessment, community research and Kiva programming. Visit the Our Team page […]

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