MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Henry Golatt, director of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Economic Development Center (UAPB-ERDC) has been named among 31 other entrepreneurs and support organizations from the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions that will attend the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week as part of the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Entrepreneurship Network Fellowship program.
“The Delta Entrepreneurship Network seeks to identify entrepreneurs and organizations with the passion, creativity, and business mind to transform his or her idea into a successful business that will grow, create jobs for Delta residents, and help drive local economies,” DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said. “Each of these fellows have the opportunity to connect with the organizations, mentors, and investors that will help them and their communities achieve economic success. Congratulations to all; we look forward to working with these entrepreneurs and support organizations in the coming months.”
As a veteran economic and community development practitioner, Henry has dedicated his career to assisting individuals and groups–representing small businesses and communities alike–to realize and maximize their dreams. Serving as the Director of the Economic Research and Development Center (ERDC) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), his body of work has earned him regional and national accolades as it relates to the empowerment and development of women and minority entrepreneurs. Among these awards are the SBA District Director’s Partnership Award and the Minority Business Development Agency Regional Director’s Award. In 2011, Tuskegee University recognized Henry’s work alongside the work of other notables and awarded him with the 16th Annual Booker T. Washington Economic Development Award for the successful entrepreneurial and community development programs offered by UAPB-ERDC. Henry’s vision and passion for development is evidenced among several of his key projects, including the UAPB Business Support Incubator –a one-stop business assistance center located off campus in the heart of downtown Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He has successfully secured and implemented over $16M in grant and other funding for UAPB and its small business and community development clients. His visionary leadership has placed UAPB at the forefront of economic and community development particularly among historically black colleges and universities.
For a full list of the 2015 Delta Entrepreneurship Network Fellows, visit dra.gov/entrepreneur.
The 16 winning entrepreneurs were selected by panels of judges at a series of four pitch competitions throughout the region over the past week. The 15 entrepreneurship support organizations were identified through an application and interview process with regional experts and practitioners in entrepreneurship.
Winners receive a $1,500 Delta Entrepreneurship Network Fellowship to participate in a special segment of the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week—hosted by The Idea Village—on March 25-27 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Entrepreneur Network Fellows will showcase their ideas to investors, connect with fellow entrepreneurs, industry experts, and mentors, and participate in programmatic workshops.
Joining the Fellows will be representatives from the DRA’s regional coordinating committee, which assisted in the development and execution of the four Delta Challenge pitch competitions: the Marengo County Business Development Center, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, Innovate Mississippi, and the Missouri Innovation Corporation & Institute for Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The Delta Entrepreneurship Network Fellowship is part of the DRA’s recently launched Delta Entrepreneurship Network, which was created to identify, connect, nurture, and grow the entrepreneurial ecosystems that drive the Delta’s local and regional economies. The Network is addressing regional deficiencies in capital, training, and best practices for entrepreneurship through a connected infrastructure of support organizations, investors, and educators.
To learn more, visit www.dra.gov/entrepreneur .