InvestNOLA

The program is designed to accelerate expansion of high-growth potential businesses by connecting them to public- and private-sector opportunities, innovative capital products, and advanced business-management education, developed by Tulane and Xavier universities. 

Managed by the New Orleans Business Alliance, the program leverages Tulane and Xavier’s combined expert faculty and network of mentors. Participants will learn executive management training focused on business expansion, sustainable growth, cost analysis, fiscal management, human resource management, and strategic planning.  

About InvestNOLA

The New Orleans Business Alliance recently launched a new program designed to help grow local small businesses owned by people of color to $10 million enterprises. InvestNOLA is the local version of the national JPMorgan Chase & Co small business growth program, Ascend.   

The program is designed to accelerate expansion of high-growth potential businesses by connecting them to public- and private-sector opportunities, innovative capital products, and advanced business-management education, developed by Tulane and Xavier universities. 

Managed by the New Orleans Business Alliance, the program leverages Tulane and Xavier’s  combined expert faculty and network of mentors. Participants will learn executive management training  focused on business expansion, sustainable growth, cost analysis, fiscal management, human resource management, and strategic planning.  

The program also connects business owners to public and private sector procurement opportunities through the Business Alliance’s new online Opportunities Portal. Finally, the initiative develops and offers flexible credit and equity investments through financial partners New Corp Inc., TruFund Financial Services, Inc. and LiftFund. The New Orleans Start-up Fund and the NO/LA Angel Network provide investment capital to eligible program participants.   

Originally launched as Ascend 2020, the program is currently active in seven cities (Atlanta, the Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Long Island) as part of JPMorgan Chase’s $150 million Small Business Forward program to help women, minority and veteran entrepreneurs. Since the program’s launch in late 2016, Ascend has helped 140 businesses earn a total of $8 million in investments, which includes $5 million in contracts and $3 million in new capital.

Welcome to the Ascend 2020 Program. 

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Privacy Statement

As a participant in the Ascend 2020 program, you are asked to share business information that may be sensitive and confidential to your operations. To ensure that we safeguard all business-related information in the strictest confidence, each member of the New Orleans Business Alliance is required to sign a “Code of Ethics and Conduct”. This Code establishes our commitment to our clients’ confidentiality and proper conduct in all phases of our relationship. This is especially applicable to information and communications that may develop in our discussions.

If you have questions regarding any portion of the “Code of Ethics and Conduct,” we will gladly address any concerns. If you have any questions or issues, please contact us at (504) 934-4561 or sbed@nolaba.org. We look forward to assisting you with growing your business.

 

1250 Poydras St., Suite 2150
New Orleans, LA 70113
info@nolaba.org | 504.934.4500