Delta Regional Authority to Launch Delta Small Business Academy

February 08, 2022

Now accepting proposals from qualified organizations to help develop, deploy a nationally recognized technical assistance program for small and medium sized businesses and late-stage entrepreneurs.

CLARKSDALE, MS - Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to launch the Delta Small Business Academy (DSBA), which renews its commitment to supporting those in small business and entrepreneurial communities within the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt. DRA is now accepting proposals from qualified organizations, including non-profits, institutions of higher education, and other entities to work in partnership with DRA to develop and deploy a nationally recognized technical assistance program.

DSBA is designed to complement and enhance traditional public and private small business assistance networks. The program will provide technical assistance and training programs to facilitate economic stability and viability for small and medium-sized business owners and late-stage entrepreneurs in the DRA footprint with an emphasis on those in rural areas as well as members of underserved, minority, and/or marginalized groups by helping to improve their ability to navigate business operations.

“Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy, creating about two-thirds of new American jobs each year, and Delta Regional Authority is committed to help them flourish and thrive,” said DRA Alternate Federal Co-Chairwoman Leslie Durham. “The Delta Small Business Academy will help small businesses and late-stage entrepreneurs by creating an ecosystem of technical expertise, mentorships, peer networking, and resources so they can develop and grow to strengthen the economic outlook throughout the Delta region.”

The purpose of the RFP is to solicit proposals for a cooperative agreement in the development and administration of the programming, training, and resources for DSBA. DRA is seeking an organization or a consortium of organizations with demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance and/or capacity-building programming to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and similar organizations.

Responding organizations must submit proposals in PDF format electronically to smallbusiness@dra.gov no later than 11:59 PM CT on April 8, 2022.

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About the Delta Regional Authority

Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt. DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development. DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

DRA Media Contact:
Shawna Blair
202-515-1354
sblair@dra.gov