The Bayou Region Incubator will provide and connect training, services, mentorships, networking and other support to existing and aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses, with a specific focus on those operating within the Bayou Region. The Incubator will assist in new business development to impact economic development in response and proactively due to the pandemic and economic threatening risks. The BRI will focus on ever-changing threats to the coast, community, health and economy by continuous response, assistance, need adaptation, and development.
The mission of Bayou Region Incubator, Inc. (BRI) is to motivate, grow and support a diverse, sustainable and inclusive economy in the Bayou Region of South Louisiana. This will be accomplished through intentional investments in entrepreneurship and small business development. BRI’s mission is to assist develop industries addressing Louisiana’s coastal crisis and strengthen the economic vitality following the negative economic effects resulting from both COVID-19 and ongoing environmental threats to coastal communities.
Our vision is to economically strengthen and contribute to an inclusive community by operating with the innovative forefront of Louisiana’s coastal and water crisis where entrepreneurs emerge, jobs are created and businesses thrive.
We approach all aspects of our work, our behavior and our team in accordance with our values:
Representative: We are dedicated to ensuring that the participants, leadership and beneficiaries are reflective of the Bayou Region’s greatest strength, it’s people. By way of race, gender and other important measures, our outcomes will represent opportunity for all people in the Bayou Region.
Collaborative: Our success is driven by our ability to build relationships, break silos and connect across teams, functions and geographies. We believe that diverse skill sets can be leveraged for greater efficacy impact and regional prosperity. The Incubator will encompass a growth mindset, which reflects equality, voice, reflection, dialogue, praxis and reciprocity.
Inclusive: We are committed to equity at all levels of the organization. We respect and
value people of all backgrounds. Together, we create a more equal workplace and world.
Integrity: We act with sound moral judgment, honesty and transparency in service to the Bayou Region community.
Rigor: We take a logical and data-driven approach to decision making and measure our effectiveness using quantifiable outcomes and metrics.
Outcome-Driven: We are dedicated to enterprises whose value add is environmentally and economically advantageous to the Bayou Region. We take ownership for the quality of our individual work but also take pride in what we deliver as a team; our focus is on a thriving Bayou Region.