History of Good Work Network

Good Work Network was founded in 2001 to help minority- and women-owned businesses start, grow and succeed. Since its inception, Good Work network has been providing business development services to a client base that is 92% African American, 69% female, and 67% low-income. It has assisted more than 5,230 individuals, helped to start 300 minority- or women-owned businesses and has assisted clients in acquiring $4.1 million in business capital. Since Good Work Network began counting job creation in 2006, our entrepreneurs have created more than 1330 jobs. GWN services nine parishes in the Greater New Orleans area, including: Orleans, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist. Our members’ median age is 38 and average household income is $25,665.

Throughout its tenure, Good Work Network has operated micro-enterprise development programs for the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Office of Community Development, the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, the City of New Orleans, and the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. As part of its commitment to transparency and accountability, Good Work Network participates in the Aspen Institute Micro Test program that measures the effectiveness of micro-enterprise development organizations.