We Equip, Connect, & Empower Local Entrepreneurs

To Launch and Grow Thriving Businesses Across New Orleans

Only 2% of Sales Receipts in New Orleans Go to Minority Owned Businesses

With only 2% of sales receipts going to minority owned businesses, Launch NOLA helps underserved, urban entrepreneurs earning revenues of $0 (startup) to $150,000 gain the competency, confidence, capital and connections necessary to start and grow their own small businesses through a 14-week course, mentors, technical assistance and two years of additional support.

What will YOU do to help raise the 2%

We Help Local Businesses Thrive Via

Business Academy

Learn the foundations of starting and growing a business surrounded by experienced faciliators and talented peers. Launch NOLA uses the CO.STARTERS curriculum and is part of the CO.STARTERS network.


Click here to learn more about about the CO.STARTERS network.

Business Coaching & Services

Alumni receive 2+ years of professional business coaching, access to mentors, professional services, and business connections

Affordable Workspace

Professional coworking, permanent desk, and private meeting space located at 1433 Claiborne Ave. The Hub for local small businesses to connect and grow



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Launch NOLA Green

The Launch NOLA Green Business Academy is a 12 session hands-on course that equips landscaping professionals and contractors with the business knowledge and technical stormwater management skills to strengthen and expand their business into New Orleans’growing water management industry.



See how Launch NOLA Green Graduates are building a more resilient New Orleans through their landscaping businesses

Grow your landscaping, lawn care, or contracting business and create a more resilient New Orleans

Join the 180+ Entrepreneurs who have chosen Launch NOLA to help start and grow their businesses.

Leveraging Passion to Create Opporunties

Joni is a working mother, a wife, and an entrepreneurFor years she had helped friends and family plan elegant events for bridal showers, birthdays, and more.

Through years of hard work and hustle as well as the support she's received through Launch NOLA's Business Academy and follow-up coaching, Joni has recently leveraged her talent and love for helping people throw the perfect event to re-launch her business, Passion For Planning.

On top of curating elegant events, Joni is a model of perseverance and creativity for her family, and an inspiration to all of us at Launch NOLA.



Interested in our programming?

Contact us to find the opportunity that's right for you

12 Week Business Academy

Launch NOLA Green Business Academy

Coworking Memberships/ Permanent Desk

Become A Mentor or Partner

Visit us on Claiborne Ave



Kayti Chung Williams

Executive Director



504-564-7739 x 713

Nika Carter

Program Coordinator


Ari Williams

Program Coordinator


Tronn Moller

Business Academy Facilitator

and Alumni Coach

Matt Allan

Launch NOLA Green Facilitator

And Build Day Project Lead

Joe Evans

Launch NOLA Green 

Water Management

Subject Matter Expert

Launch NOLA is an initiative of Thrive New Orleans

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