November 22, 2016 Entire Region Missouri Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Missouri Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – Three entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected this week as winners of the Delta Entrepreneur Network’s final Delta Challenge hosted by Codefi in Cape Girardeau's Marquette Tech District, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners become part of the DEN Fellowship and will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows includes:

  • Edible Education, Ann Butler, Cape Girardeau, MO
    Edible Education's Kitchen a la Cart, is the first, interactive mobile teaching kitchen for schools, hospitals, wellness centers, libraries and dietitians to use to teach hands on culinary lessons. 
  • My Veggie Chef, Mark Rigdon, Cape Girardeau, MO
    My Veggie Chef delivers and ships affordable, frozen, plant-based meal packages. Each weekly package consists of five meal kits of four servings each built around vegetables, grains, beans, and fruits.
  • CosmeticTech, Chris Carnell, Cape Girardeau, MO
    Auto CosmeticTech is an online platform connecting vehicle owners to mobile technician vendors that focus on cosmetic repairs like paintless dent repair, wheel refurbishing, small bumper repairs, vinyl restoration, and headlight restoration.
  • ALTERNATE - HABERDASHE, LLC, Smydge Perry, New Orleans, LA
    HABERDASHE is a brand and mobile platform for custom women's suiting by using 3-D body scanning, style algorithms, and virtual fitting rooms.

November 02, 2016 Entire Region Louisiana Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Louisiana Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

RUSTON, LA – Three entrepreneurs were selected this week as winners of the Delta Entrepreneur Network’s Delta Challenge hosted by Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners become part of the DEN Fellowship and will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows includes:

  • BetaFlix, Sree Sanakam, Ruston, LA
    BetaFlix is an online job training program that will provide educators and employers with a unique animated video in a visual-interactive format, allowing visual learning and helping users clearly understand very intricate and detailed steps in processes and procedure, which can be utilized anywhere or anytime to effectively and affordably transform training in the trades.
  • Reflection Correction, Erin Maxson, Ruston, LA
    By using facial tracking technology to track the drivers face within a car, Reflection Correction offers a new car mirror system for both rear view and side view mirrors that will eliminate all blind spots without having the driver adjust the angles of their mirrors. 
  • Kalikoe Galaxy, Quentin Allen, Memphis, TN
    Kalikoe Galaxy is an online social networking and gaming platform where registered users will use crowd sourcing as a way to build social groups online that can provide consulting services to people on a variety of topics.

October 12, 2016 Entire Region Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Alabama Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

LIVINGSTON, AL – Three Alabama-based entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected last night as winners of the Delta Entrepreneur Network’s Delta Challenge hosted by the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners become part of the DEN Fellowship and will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows includes:

  • Entrelinc, Amelia Thomas: Entrelinc is a technology driven platform that matches and connects large businesses that are seeking to deepen their diversity spend by focusing on doing more business with small, locally-owned, minority and women-owned businesses in the communities in which they have locations.
  • Carol’s Artesian H2O Energy, Moses Weaver: Nature's Own Carol's Spring Water, LLC bottles pure, natural artesian mineral water at the source.
  • Think Ink, LLC, Carl Morgan: Think Ink is a zero-waste management program, which will prevent recyclable material and electronic waste from entering the municipal waste stream and landfill.
  • ALTERNATE - Bio Boom, Dr. Mustafa Morsy: Bio Boom has developed a biofertilizer that will increase production and improve drought tolerance.

October 03, 2016 Entire Region Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Mississippi Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

OXFORD, MS – Three Mississippi-based entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected today as winners of the third annual Delta Entrepreneurship Network fellowship, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows includes:

  • HigherLearning, LLC: Lee Ingram, Oxford, MS
    HigherLearning offers high-quality, affordable tutoring services for struggling students by pairing them with well-performing students on campus.
  • On The Wall, Inc.: Pontus Andersson, Oxford, MS
    On The Wall is creating the world’s first smart-mirror operating system. Their aim is to make displaying information on a mirror as easy, or as advanced, as using a smartphone.
  • Bootsie's Delta Funk BBQ: Pete Grumbles, Pope, MS
    Bootsie's Delta Funk BBQ offers several small-batch and craft bbq sauces and spices, as well as catering of slow-smoked products. 
  • ALTERNATE - Interactive Languages: Thomas Matlock, Oxford, MS
    Interactive Languages is a situation and tasked-based virtual world that provides those wishing to learn Spanish with an immersive experience that will provide more sensory cues for memory when the time comes to travel.

September 29, 2016 Entire Region Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Tennessee Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

JACKSON, TN – Three West Tennessee-based entrepreneurs entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected last night as winners of the third annual Delta Entrepreneurship Network fellowship, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners will receive intensive technical assistance training, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week beginning on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows from the Tennessee pitch competition are:

  • Skycision: Brendan Carroll, Memphis, TN: Skycision provides a Software-as-a-Service solution to the global agriculture industry that enables farmers to detect crop stress earlier in the growing season, and enables growers to make yield enhancing and cost reducing decisions that positively impact their bottom line.
  • Somavac Medical Solutions, Inc.: Josh Herwig, Memphis, TN: SOMAVAC Medical is creating a wearable, ultra‐low profile, low power suction device for removal of post-surgical fluid. The device is easy to conceal and operate and has a disposable reservoir with graduations for measurements that can be easily attached or detached.
  • B‐G Innovative Safety Systems LLC: Marcus Boykin, Lexington, TN: B-G offers the patented and trademarked Lighting Bug Technology for the automotive industry. This technology is an easy-to-install plug-adaptable module to a vehicle's headlight. It monitors the headlights for failed conditions and provides an auxiliary light when the low beam fails by automatically depowering the high beam to work as both a high beam and low beam under the circumstances.
  • ALTERNATE - Xcellent Life: Victor Brown, Lexington, TN: The Xcellent Life Cloud Platform is a software platform powered by analytics and advanced artificial intelligence to empower wellness. The platform powers a mobile application with the ability to provide personalized insights to each individual about their health.

September 14, 2016 Entire Region Press Release

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Arkansas Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – Four Arkansas-based entrepreneurs, and one alternate, were selected last night as winners of the third annual Delta Entrepreneurship Network fellowship, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced. 

The winners will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

The list of winning fellows from the North Little Rock pitch competition are:

  • RaftUp, Corey Boelkens
    RaftUp is a social boating community accessible via the web, enabling people to develop connections on and off the water between friends, family, businesses, and public agencies.
  • Cocoa Belle Chocolates, Carmen Portillo
    Cocoa Belle Chocolates is launching a new line of chocolate bars and barks inspired by classic southern desserts; aimed to be sold at major retailers.
  • Polypatch, Nathan Bailey
    Polypatch is an easier, more cost-efficient patch to apply to polypipe irrigation systems, providing an innovative solution to a crucial tool in Delta agriculture.
  • Clinicpass, Tracy Simpson
    Clinicpass is a web based solution for pharmaceutical and/or device representative event/appointment scheduling and credentialing, allowing medical clinics & representatives to do what is really important . . . to help improve and extend peoples' lives.
  • ALTERNATE - My Color of Beauty, Eyona Mitchell
    My Color of Beauty is marketplace for diverse women to find information on how to use hair products, apply makeup and implement skin care routines with proven products.

September 30, 2015 Entire Region Press Release

NEWS: Federal partners announce dates and locations for economic development and resilience workshop

Federal Partners Announce Dates and Locations for Economic Development and Resilience Workshops for Local Elected Officials

CLARKSDALE, Miss. – A series of 32 technical assistance trainings to help mayors, county executives, other elected officials, and economic developers strengthen local economic development and build resilient communities will kick off in October, DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced today.

"We know that natural and economic crises will strike whether we are prepared or not,” Chairman Masingill said. “These trainings will help educate our local leadership on how to better plan for proactive economic development and post-disaster business recovery, and we look forward to working with these leaders to build economically competitive and resilient communities.”

The training series Leading Economically Competitive and Resilient Communities—announced last month at the Katrina 10 commemoration events—will help empower community leaders to strengthen their local economies and prepare for natural and economic disasters through proactive disaster risk management, business and industry recovery, and collaboration among emergency management entities.

The Delta Regional Authority is partnering with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to present the workshops and will be utilizing the International Economic Development Council for curriculum and content development.


May 19, 2015 Entire Region Press Release

NEWS: Global Experts Meet in Memphis to Discuss Rural Competitiveness for the 21st Century

MEMPHIS, TN, May 19, 2015 - Today, leaders from 34 countries gathered in Memphis for the 10th Annual Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Rural Development Conference [This is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.]  to discuss international strategies to address rural development in the 21st century, including creating jobs, building infrastructure, expanding access to health care, and making diversified rural investments. The theme of this year's conference 'National Prosperity through Modern Rural Policy: Competitiveness and Well-Being in Rural Regions' engages the world's leading policy officials, international experts, and representatives from the private sector to discuss how modern policies can help rural regions reach their full economic potential, support national growth and be globally competitive.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack leads the American delegation on behalf of the Obama Administration. OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mari Kiviniemi leads the delegation from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Conference is made possible with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Mexico's Secretariat for Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development. The Delta Regional Authority is providing additional support and special events for conference participants.


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