• Good Work Network Launches New Program to Accelerate Minority Business Growth

    March 11, 2019

    NEW ORLEANS - Good Work Network, a Central City-based nonprofit supporting women and minority business owners, is accepting applications for Level Up! - its new growth intensive for entrepreneurs of color designed to help increase revenues and create jobs.

    Level Up! is a six-month program that prepares high-potential, minority-owned businesses for accelerated growth and expansion. Utilizing the internationally-recognized StreetWise MBA™ curriculum developed by Interise, participants of this program will join a cohort of peers and take part in class sessions, peer to peer mentoring groups, and self-analysis case studies. 

    Participants will also have a chance to access large corporations for partnership opportunities and walk away with a three-year strategic growth plan with the knowledge and know-how of how to execute it. Level Up! helps firms overcome growth barriers, create access to new opportunities, and connects them with the right resources to fuel growth and build capacity. 

    “We recognized a gap in the market for entrepreneurs of color,” said Good Work Network Executive Director Hermione Malone. “Those past start-up, but not yet ready to scale their businesses, have fewer resources in the greater New Orleans market than to those at either end of the spectrum. Level Up! is how we are providing education and expertise to fill that gap.” 

    This program is just one of several new strategies Good Work Network is implementing to help growth-minded entrepreneurs in southeast Louisiana. Additionally, they have tailored their services to focus on entrepreneurs with revenues of $150,000+ and, have partnered with other service providers in the small business ecosystem to create a continuum to fully support entrepreneurs of color from start up to scale up. Learn more by visiting www.goodworknetwork.org

    Throughout its 17-year history, Good Work Network has started or strengthened more than 2,200 businesses; created or sustained more than 5,600 full-time jobs and been instrumental in small businesses being awarded over $68 million in contracts. With this new training and focus, they are looking to do far more to increase economic equity for minority entrepreneurs. 

    The deadline to apply for Level Up! is April 1 and classes begin in early May. An information session will be held March 14, 6-7 p.m. for interested entrepreneurs. Click here to register. For more information on Level Up! contact Greg Duffer, Director of Small Business Services, at 504-875-4289 or email greg@goodworknetwork.org. 

    Brittani Martin, Marketing and Communication Manager
    (504) 875-4274
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