Founding Executive Director Phyllis Cassidy is retiring in the fall from the Good Work Network in New Orleans, which has provided business development services for 15 years for minority- and women-owned entrepreneurs in southeast Louisiana.

The organization has launched a search for her replacement.

Cassidy, a certified public account, founded the organization in 2001, recognizing a need to provide assistance to prospective business owners and those wanting to grow their business. The Good Work Network serves 15 parishes and hosts U.S. Small Business Administration Women’s Business Centers in New Orleans and Baton Rouge from its offices in the two cities.

“Phyllis leaves Good Work Network in a strong financial and operational position with a robust balance sheet. She has developed and nurtured funding partners who are committed to small business development, economic equity, improving the lives of all people in the communities they serve,“ said board Chairman Eugene Green.

He said the the organization’s board will select a successor in keeping with Cassidy’s focus and a vision of growing the organization to have a greater impact on economic development and alleviating poverty.

Among achievements the organization listed are helping start over 300 minority- or woman-owned businesses; assisting 161 clients in obtaining nearly $30 million in contract awards through its ConnectWorks Program since 2010; providing business training to over 4,700 individuals, and business development services to more than 1,500 businesses; establishing Shared Solutions accounting services for small for-profit and nonprofit organizations; and developing the Roux Carré food incubator/restaurant collective.

“I look forward to reading about the success Good Work Network and it clients are having in effecting an inclusive economy; the work of our community partners in improving the quality of life for all people of the area; the global impact our amazing funders are having on small business development, development in underserved communities, poverty alleviation, and just plain making the world a better place for all,” Cassidy said.