New Orleans

New Orleans we are headed to your city on June 30, 207 and July 1, 2017 for a half-day workshop. View below to see our agenda and confirmed speakers.

Credit Assessment Panel: It’s Best to Know

Learn how to leverage credit to build wealth
Facilitators: NFCC

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) is the nation’s first and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving people’s financial well-being. With nearly 600 member offices serving 50 states and Puerto Rico, our NFCC® Certified Credit Counselors are financial advocates, empowering millions of consumers to take charge of their finances through one-on-one financial reviews that address credit card debt, housing decisions and overall money management. Our counselors can help small business owners balance their personal and business finances to help them build their future. Take that first step today. Connect with a certified credit counselor today at

Access to Capital: Traditional and Non-traditional

Learn how to access traditional and non-traditional funding to expand your business.
Facilitators: Small Business Administration, SCORE.


Are you an established business owner aged 30-65 that wants to gain access to business capital? Then join the U.S. Black Chambers and the Atlanta Black Chambers to learn expert advice to reach the next level to expand your business. The free workshops discusses how to make improvements to your business and/or personal credit score, as well as what lenders and equity investors look for when approving funding for business owners.

Credit Clinic

Facilitator: NFCC
Bring your Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports and get recommendations from a NFCC counselor on how to improve your credit scores.

Speed Dating/Matching Session

Facilitators: Local technical assistance providers
Bring your business expansion plan or write down questions you need answers to. Meet with local technical assistance providers such as attorneys, accountants, mentors, bankers and equity investors to gain insight on how to create a solid business foundation and obtain advice on how to get what you need to continue to build your business.

Pitch Competition

If you have a great idea for a product or service and are an existing business owner participate in The Essence Fest pitch competition.  You can enter starting May 1, 2017 through May 19, 2017.  Click here to register.

July 1, 2017

10:00am – 2:00pm
Mercedes Benz Superdome
1500 Sugar Bowl Drive
New Orleans, LA 70112