Good Work Network Gets $500K to Support Women, Minority Entrepreneurs

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration has awarded a $500,000 grant to Good Work Network to create a statewide virtual business training center that will provide resources for small and minority-owned businesses. The project, also supported by $135,000 in local funds, is expected to create 80 new jobs and retain 320 jobs. 

“This investment comes at a crucial time to help Louisiana’s and our nation’s economy come roaring back,” said Dana Gartzke of the Department of Commerce. “The project will increase Louisiana’s economic resiliency by utilizing web-based distance learning tools to give small businesses access to specialty trainings, technical assistance, and individual counseling sessions with expert small business advisors.”

The CARES Act provided EDA with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Entrepreneurs interested in connecting with skilled coaches, relatable mentors, and an extended community of support can contact Good Work Network at (504) 309-2073, email or visit

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