Program Overview

Program Overview

Small businesses are the economic engine of this country and in New Orleans you are the heartbeat of our community. You support our local neighborhoods with products and services, you answer the calls to fix pipes at midnight and work through the weekend to serve customers. Thank you!


BuildNOLA is designed to help you focus on only the most important things in your business, identify the most pressing issues you need to address and help you work through them with focused training, individual consulting and coaching, and motivating discussions so you can continue the important work of contributing millions of dollars and jobs to our local economy.

The overall program will be delivered to entrepreneurs and small businesses through three (3) key components:

BuildNOLA Training Program

Is a customized training program exclusively designed to prepare entrepreneurs to enter into business to business and business to government contracting activities. The program features (3) curriculum tracks:

  • Start-up Track

    Passion to Purpose. Now that your business idea is a reality, it’s time to be specific about your goals, strengths, weaknesses and team structure. The BuildNOLA Start-up Track is designed to equip you with the tools necessary to push your business idea forward.

  • Contract-Ready Track

    Ready, Set, Go. Every successful business regardless of industry needs to understand how to manage its employees or subcontractors, track the company’s finances, engage in marketing, and manage their supply chain. BuildNOLA Contract Ready Track is designed for businesses that have generated $10K - $150K, looking to scale-up and increase capacity.

  • Bond-Ready Track

    Time is money. Distractions are everywhere. You know you need to focus on the more strategic and detailed financial sides of your business. BuildNOLA Bond-Ready Track is designed for high performing contractors and construction firms that meet minimum eligibility requirements for bonding.

BuildNOLA Speaker Series

There’s something powerful and special about a group of people coming together, sharing information and experiences so everyone can better their business. Join us monthly as we engage in dialogue focused on strengthening our local business community. This series is designed for entrepreneurs and  open to the general public. Text BuildNOLA to 484848 to be notified of all upcoming speaker series.

BuildNOLA Connects

Participants enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to connect to technical assistance providers, financial institutions, program partners, business opportunities, and more.