Della Clark’s vision for minority entrepreneurship is not about counting the number of successful businesses but about making businesses count. Since 1992, Ms. Clark has brought this vision to fruition as President of The Enterprise Center (TEC) – an organization at the forefront of its region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, guided by the mission to cultivate and invest in minority entrepreneurs to inspire working together for economic growth in communities. The Enterprise Center accomplishes this by accelerating the capacity of minority business enterprises to compete in any marketplace through business education, access to capital, management support, and connections.
Motivated by her belief that businesses success is a team sport, Ms. Clark epitomizes the core values of collaboration and economic growth that drive the outcomes of TEC as operator of a MBDA Business Center of Pennsylvania (MBC-PA), a DOT Small Business Transportation Resource Center, and a U.S. Small Business Administration Microloan Program. Under Ms. Clark’s leadership, businesses have been made to count through more than $ 631 million in contracts, $131 million in intermediary financing, and 2,127 jobs created through MBC-PA. in last 7 years. Minority- and women-owned businesses have secured more than $13 million in loans to start, grow, and succeed through The Enterprise Center Capital Corporation.
In 2016, Della Clark received the Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement for making a significant contribution to minority entrepreneurship from Secretary Penny Pritzker, US Dept of Commerce. Her award is only granted to individuals with an integral role in the creative, technical, or professional progress of minority business development. Della has received numerous recognitions but her greatest pride is helping minority enterprises scale and create jobs.