The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to launch the Delta Small Business Academy (DSBA)a program to help small businesses and entrepreneurial communities in the Mississippi Delta and Alabama Black Belt.
DRA is now accepting proposals from qualified organizations, including non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and other entities to work in partnership with DRA to develop and deploy a globally recognized technical assistance program. National level.
DSBA is designed to complement and enhance traditional public and private small business support networks. The program will provide technical assistance and training programs to facilitate economic stability and viability for small and medium-sized business owners and terminally ill entrepreneurs in the DRA footprint, with an emphasis on those in rural areas as well as on 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 approximately two-thirds of new American jobs each year, and the Delta Regional Authority is committed to helping them thrive and prosper,” said DRA Alternate Federal Co-Chair Leslie Durham. “The Delta Small Business Academy will help small businesses and early-stage entrepreneurs by creating an ecosystem of technical expertise, mentorship, peer networking, and resources so they can grow and grow to strengthen prospects. economies throughout the Delta region.”
The purpose of the RFP is to solicit proposals for a cooperative agreement in the development and administration of programming, training and resources for DSBA. DRA seeks an organization or consortium of organizations with a demonstrated track record of providing technical assistance and/or capacity building programs to entrepreneurs, small businesses and similar organizations.
Responding organizations should submit their proposals in PDF format electronically to [email protected] no later than April 8.