Long gone are the days, when you say to yourself, how do I get my business off the ground. With the help of local organizations and businesses, you too can see effective results in your business. Start off with the Getting Down to Business IDA Program. Read more below.

2013 Getting Down to Business IDA Program 

Getting Down to Business is an initiative to help small businesses in the New Orleans area thrive and increase productivity.

Training Components:

  • Approximately 14 courses will instruct the participants on specific business concepts, including writing business plans, marketing and advertising, accounting best practices, industry lending practices and other areas. 
  • To provide financial encouragement, each participant will be required to open an Individual Development Account (IDA) savings account with Capital One Bank, to be matched upon the business owner’s successful completion of the program.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1st, 2013 5:00PM CST

For more information, click here


e200 Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an intensive executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities.

Do I qualify to participate?

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. The Emerging Leaders Initiative advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $300,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

To apply, click here



Growth Opportunity for Small & Emerging Businesses in New Orleans

Propeller is excited to announce a growth opportunity to provide developmental assistance—in
the form of entrepreneurial training, managerial, and technical assistance—to for-profit, New
Orleans-based, early-stage social entrepreneurs that are addressing the city’s environmental
and/or social challenges. This opportunity comes in partnership with the Louisiana Economic
Development’s (LED) Small and Emerging Business Development Program (SEBD).

Propeller, through LED, will fund 50 percent of project costs associated with technical
assistance and training projects such as the development of a new website, or training around a
specific software. Please see page 3 for a list of potentially applicable projects. Each social
venture is responsible for the other 50 percent of project costs.

All projects must be completed and approved by the state before April 30, 2013. 


Walmart State Giving Program

Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program awards grants twice a year to underserved populations in every state who need help. State Giving grants begin at $25,000.

Prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application, available at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

Application deadline to apply is March 1, 2013.


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