Women’s Business Resource Center

Urban League’s Women’s Business Resource Center

Promoting small business, the Urban League’s Women’s Business Resource Center (WBRC) provides training, assistance and other diverse resources to existing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.  Services provided by The WBRC  will  improve your business management and operational skills, strengthen your enterprise, and increase your business’ capacity for success.

Access Business Services

WBRC works in eight parishes providing an array of business services and products to the small business community.

  • One-on-One Counseling /Coaching with Experienced Business Consultants
  • Entrepreneurial Training Classes
  • Technical Assistance
  • Industry specific workshops and seminars
  • Online Counseling and Training

Our counselors can assist you with:

  • Financial analysis of your business
  • Business and Marketing Plans
  • Finance and Loan Packaging

Walk-ins are welcome; it is preferred that you make an appointment.  To register your business for services call the WBRC at 504-620-9647 or register online here.  Services are free or a nominal fee may be charged.  All services are provided by knowledgeable and experienced industry specific business consultants.

Once you have secured an initial appointment, complete the Counseling Information Form and bring it with you to your first appointment.


Program Benefits

WBRC addresses growth and start-up issues for small business owners.  Our services will personally address your specific business needs, including:

  • Entrepreneurial training
  • Business Plan Development Assistance
  • Capitalization needs
  • Assistance with preparation of business financials
  • Assistance with packaging business loan requests

Service Areas

  • Orleans
  • Jefferson
  • St. Tammany
  • St. John the Baptist
  • Plaquemines
  • Terrebonne


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Delgado Community College

  • The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is a accelerated business growth education program that gives entrepreneurs practical and implementable skills to grow their business, access capital, networking opportunities and more — at absolutely no cost to participants.
  • Am I eligible?
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Application


Technical Assistance often refers to what most people consider standard business assistance. At the Business Resource & Entrepreneurship Center there is a variety mentoring and assistance available through one-on-one consulting, group classes and referrals to tailored programs. Programs for established owners may be focused in improving or expanding their business. Experienced business consultants can outline a plan of action to suit your needs. Business organization & registration, management, finance, QuickBooks, marketing or applying for a business loan BREC is here to help.


The BREC partners with the National Urban LeagueGoldman SachsBusiness Roundtable and the White House National Economic Council. The National Urban League and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans are also non-profit partners with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business initiative.


New and existing small business owners who live or work in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, Plaquemines, Terrebonne, St. Charles or St. Bernard Parishes.


  • Business plans
  • Marketing plans
  • Financial resources and assistance
  • Training, seminars and workshops
  • Quickbooks consulting and training
  • Franchising
  • Legal services
  • Library and research organizations
  • Management issues and training
  • Manufacturing, high tech and life sciences development
  • Networking
  • Nonprofit development
  • Product development
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Selling to the government and large corporations
  • Tax services


Initial assessment is always free. There may be fees for some outside expert consulting or for training classes. Some programs may pay all or part of outside professional consulting fees.

All programs at the BREC are available to male and female entrepreneurs regardless of nationality or ethnicity with the goal of aiming to strengthen their business enterprise and increase their capacity for success through training, strategic alliances, collaborative resources and improvement of their management skills.

Women in Business Challenge

The Urban League Women in Business Challenge, in partnership with The Idea Village, is centered on educating and empowering female entrepreneurs in New Orleans.
Research indicates that start-up ventures steered by men have out-performed those created by women in annual sales, employment growth, and income. The Women in Business Challenge will elevate and empower women to “go bigger” in their entrepreneurial endeavors in order to have the same performance potential as male-owned start-ups, with the ultimate goal of creating economic impact.


The inaugural Women in Business Challenge kicked off in late October with an intensive educational series, hosted by the Urban League, during which the selected cohort will meet multiple times each week for an entrepreneurial boot camp covering topics such as business plan development, marketing, media, financials, and funding. In December, select entrepreneurs who have identified scalable, for-profit business models and demonstrated the passion to take their start-ups to the next level transitioned into a three-month accelerator program managed by The Idea Village Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs). The EIRs, seasoned entrepreneurs, provided strategic consulting to help entrepreneurs refine their strategy, organize their business, and develop their pitch for funding.

The 10 Women-In-Business Challenge Participants were: 
Cynthia DeBiase, Sugar Cane Emporium
Stacy LaFleur, LaFleur ART & Design
Bridgeja Baker, Creative Jewelry by Bridgeja
Nicole Balthazar DyverseCity, LLC
Ashley Despanza PlanNola, LLC [GotPlanz?]
Keala Hughes Key Models & Talent Agency, LLC
Velma Lewis, Ph.D Sweet Risings Nursing Tutorial, LLC
Lisa McKenzie Because I AM Enterprises, LLC [Ooh La Bra]
Carmen Jackson, Harper Hill Enterprises
Brigitte Kellar, Clin Foci.
The Finalist for the Women-In-Business Challenge were:
Nicole Balthazar DyverseCity, LLC
Ashley Despanza PlanNola, LLC [GotPlanz?]
Keala Hughes Key Models & Talent Agency, LLC
Velma Lewis, Ph.D Sweet Risings Nursing Tutorial, LLC
Lisa McKenzie Because I AM Enterprises, LLC [Ooh La Bra]