Small Business Training Program

Application Process Now Open

Message from Mayor LaToya Cantrell

Dear New Orleanians,

To the small business community of New Orleans, as your Mayor I stand with you in these unprecedented times.

As we continue to respond to the evolving challenges brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of New Orleans stands firm as a ready resource to re-build, grow and develop our small business community. In that spirit, the City’s Office of Community and Economic Development, in partnership with Delgado Community College is pleased to announce the re-launch of the BuildNOLA Small Business Training Program.

Our small businesses have been unwavering in their commitment to the City of New Orleans by bringing growth and innovation to the city and stimulating economic development through the creation of employment opportunities for people who may experience unemployment or underemployment.

I am confident that the BuildNOLA program along with our partnership with Delgado and other key local partner agencies, will provide you with well-deserved training and support at whatever stage of business you are in. From start-up, lower middle market or approaching upper middle market stage. We will meet you where you are, and we will deliver on preparing you for and connecting you to opportunities.

Congratulations on taking the important step to focus on the growth and development of your business.
Let’s BuildNOLA together!


LaToya Cantrell
City of New Orleans


Former BuildNOLA Participant Testimonials


“BuildNOLA put our business on the path to a better understanding of how to market to and do business with local government agencies. I recommend any small business owner wanting to move their business forward to dedicate the small amount of time required for this program to work on your business and not just in your business.”


Chief Operating Officer, VPG Enterprise


“I knew where I wanted to be, but I didn’t have a road map.” He praised the “tremendous training” and good teaching delivered by Build NOLA, as well as the “phenomenal cohort that I graduated with.” He concluded, “I greatly attribute the success that my company has received to Build NOLA."

Otis Tucker, Jr.,

Owner, Trucking Innovation