Accion USA is a microfinance organization that lends to small businesses with the mission of empowering business owners with access to working capital and financial education. www.accionlouisiana.org

Collaborative for Enterprise Development (CED) was created to address the challenges and opportunities faced by small businesses and entrepreneurs in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. They are a network of organizations dedicated to assisting small businesses with access to capital, business development training and outreach.

Foundation for Louisiana‘s mission is to invest in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities statewide.

GoodWork Network works to expand the local economy by building minority- and women-owned businesses through a variety of services including technical and capital access assistance, entrepreneurship training and office support services and tutorials.

Greater New Orleans Foundation serves the 13-parish region of metropolitan New Orleans and promotes responsible philanthropy and equitable outcomes by connecting donors to community needs.

GNO Info (formerly Louisiana Rebuilds) is an information portal designed to pull together information people need as they recover/rebuild with links to sites that list what’s open in different areas, neighborhood information pages, and most relevant – a section with business assistance links.

Greater New Orleans Inc. is a public-private partnership that spearheads economic development for the ten-parish Greater New Orleans region, which accounts for about one-third of Louisiana’s economy. GNO Inc. plays a vital role as the regional economic development hub, serving to coordinate, consolidate and then catalyze economic development initiatives. The organization’s aim is to generate wealth and improve the quality of life in the region.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies.

Louisiana Department of Economic Development With dedicated and knowledgeable professionals committed to Louisiana’s economic future, LED strives to help businesses find the resources they need to make relocation and expansion a successful, profitable endeavor.

Louisiana Small Business Development Center fosters the formation and growth of small businesses through individual counseling services, educational training programs, and business information resources.

Louisiana Technology Council’s mission is to encourage the advancement of technology applications and to improve the long-term competitiveness of the New Orleans economy.

Metro New Orleans SourceLink is a resource developed by the Regional Planning Commission and UNO to help small businesses grow and succeed by providing them with free, easy access to the help they need. It is a network of non-profits, universities, governmental entities, and for-profit businesses that offer specialized services, counseling, seminars, classes, and financial products to help grow your business.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of America’s 10.4 million women-owned businesses.

NewCorp Business Assistance Center (NEWCORP) was established in 1994 as a component of the community outreach initiative of Harrah’s Casino and the City of New Orleans. NEWCORP’s original mission was to provide access to business opportunities and financial capital to underserved minority, small business and micro enterprises operating in the New Orleans community. NEWCORP is certified as a community development financial institution and a SBA micorenterprise lender. In addition to capital access, NEWCORP’s business counselors have provided technical assistance to over 250 companies.

Seedco Financial Seedco Financial Services, Inc. is a community development financial institution. Working with local partners, they provide financial and technical resources to assist in the development or rejuvenation of low-income communities.

The Small Business Development & Management Institute, located in the College of Business at Southern University of New Orleans, is a full service assistance center providing professional management consultant service to existing businesses and individuals who want to enter the world of business.

UEP Gulf Coast is a program funded by The Kauffman Foundation and through its Urban Entrepreneur Partnership-Gulf Coast (UEPGC) offers free entrepreneurial education and training to New Orleans-area businesses and start-ups. The center provides personalized coaching for experienced entrepreneurs and assistance in business development planning for aspiring business owners.

The Urban League of Greater New Orleans’s Women’s Business Resource Center assists business owners with formalized business planning and expansion through new markets. The Center’s mission is to assist entrepreneurs: to open a business, hire employees, pay applicable business taxes, add to the wealth and vitality of the region and become a profitable business venture.