ECONOMY

Business Assistance


VetLaunch — go from Combat to Careerimage

VetLaunch is a business accelerator for Veterans. more Their programs are aimed at helping Veterans leverage their military experience to start new businesses, gain new employment, and continue to make a positive statement in society. less

Camelback Ventures

A nonprofit social venture fellowship and seed fund that works to bridge the opportunity gap for entrepreneurs from unusual backgrounds by investing critical resources into a select group of startups and their leaders in a 9-month fellowship program.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation “Catapult” Fund Programimage

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is partnering with four organizations to create new program called Catapult Fund. moreThis program will provide Louisiana entrepreneurs in the arts with access to funding and business training.The Catapult Fund is seeking applications from local arts and culture-based businesses.Applicants should explain their business idea and why it fills a void in Louisiana’s cultural economy.Once applications are received, nine to twelve business owners will be accepted into a “Catapult Boot Camp” where they will be educated on how to run a business successfully and draft a high-quality business plan suitable for seeking investments or loans.Those who complete the training will submit these business plans to the partners for funding consideration.The Catapult Fund will aware a total of $50,000 in grants to the best plans.The deadline to apply is July 15, 2014. less

Kiva New Orleansimage

Kiva’s microlending program has come to the United States. moreIn New Orleans Kiva is taking applications for new businesses and for people willing to lend a few dollars to them. less

Goldman Sachs Now Accepting Applications for 10,000 Small Businesses Entrepreneurial Training Programimage

About the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program — From November 2011 through March 2012, participants attend an 11-session entrepreneurship training program that meets on alternating Fridays from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. moreParticipants also commit 6-8 hours per week for out-of-class activities geared towards their business.The benefits of the program include: less

Louisiana Technology Councilimage

The Louisiana Technology Council is a non-profit dedicated to growing and supporting the technology industry across the State of Louisiana.

Sales Tax Amnesty Programimage

The City of New Orleans is launching a sales tax amnesty program that will allow businesses to pay all unpaid overdue sales taxes without penalty and with a 50 percent reduction in interest. moreThe program will be offered October 1 through December 4.Information about the program, including all necessary forms, is available on the City’s website. less

504Wardimage

504Ward aims to encourage young people to stay in New Orleans and work to improve it. moreThe 504Ward website features resources, events, and opportunities for young entrepreneurs in the city. less

EO Accelerator New Orleansimage

Accelerator is a national program of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) to help businesses grow from $250,000 in revenue to over $1,000,000. moreIt features group mentoring, accountability and great programming and contact generation.The New Orleans chapter is the oldest and has the most graduates of any Accelerator chapter in the country. less

Guide to Doing Business in Louisianaimage

This guide includes all you need to know about starting a business in Louisiana, including permits, financing, and incentives — also see LED’s site at http://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/small-business.

Business Recovery Loan Programimage

The grant application period for the Business Recovery Grant and Loan Program ended on Feb. more16th but loans are still available from the Louisiana Office of Economic Development.Find out more about the loans and where to apply on the LDED website.You can also call 877-217-1777 for more information. less