Stapleton Named ‘Delta Distinguished’



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 7, 2012 — Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and associate professor of entrepreneurship in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named “Delta Distinguished” by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).

DRA Federal Co-Chair Chris Masingill recently selected Stapleton, and the award was announced in the DRA’s monthly newsletter.

The DRA newsletter lauded Stapleton for his contributions as an advocate for regional collaboration in the Mississippi Delta region and his commitment to expanding the entrepreneurial community and capacity of small business owners throughout the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state designated region of the Delta Regional Authority. Under his leadership, the CIE is the lead facilitator of Operation Jumpstart in the region, conducting trainings for small business owners and entrepreneurs in communities across the Delta. Stapleton and his staff also have provided necessary support to the Delta Regional Authority in the agency’s “Access the Delta” workshop series.

In addition, Stapleton has served as project director for numerous projects funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and USDA Rural Development and is the project director for the Delta Regional Authority program Accelerating Entrepreneurship in the Delta.

“Dr. Stapleton has served as a strong leader for the Delta Regional Authority and the State of Missouri by promoting small-business growth and development, and I congratulate him on his recognition as Delta’s Distinguished,” said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

The CIE offers a wide array of academic and outreach programs and services, including: innovation development and research; entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business consulting, incubation and development services. The CIE supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to accelerate entrepreneurial growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the southeast region.

For more information about the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, call (573) 651-2929 or visit