The DEC Network is pleased to announce it has hired a new senior director. Demetra Brown joined the organization this summer, bringing more than 10 years of diverse experience in talent management, operations and strategic relationship cultivation to The DEC. Her focus will be on the Southern Sector Expansion and The DEC@Redbird in Oak Cliff.

Brown comes to The DEC Network from Generation USA, which prepares young people for the workplace and finds them employment. She served most recently as a Regional Partnerships Lead, establishing new relationships with regional and national employers. Previously, she worked in business roles at Regis Corporation, JCPenney and Target.

“We feel very fortunate to have found such a passionate leader to help us serve our small businesses and entrepreneur constituents at this critical time,” said The DEC CEO Bill Chinn. “Demetra has already had a huge impact as she professionalizes and organizes our efforts.”

As the Senior Director of The DEC Network, Brown will oversee the Southern Sector Expansion. However, the role also has a broader focus on inclusive entrepreneurial and small business support for the Southern Dallas community. Brown has already set goals for her tenure at The DEC@Redbird, which provides co-working space, mentorship, events and programming to support startups and small business owners. 

“We are focused on being a resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners as our community navigates the economic impact of the pandemic,” Brown said. “We see entrepreneurship and innovation as a critical piece of our region’s economic recovery.”

Brown’s strategy for the Southern Sector of Dallas focuses on providing essential resources to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. “We are looking to make our core programs more robust and increase awareness through strategic community collaborations,” she said.

The virtual climate during the COVID-19 pandemic has removed many geographic barriers to networking and entrepreneurial learning. The DEC@Redbird has the resources, supporters and knowledge to provide quality access to technical assistance, mentorship and community.

Additionally, Brown says it is extremely important to continue to support women and entrepreneurs of color. “We are compelled to be a part of the solution to reducing barriers to entry for entrepreneurs,” she said. “Our partners at UNT Dallas as well as Paul Quinn College are critical in our effort to make entrepreneurship an accessible wealth-creation tool regardless of race, gender, location or background.”

Brown added, “We are committed to supporting our peers and the city in developing a small business ecosystem that puts entrepreneurs and small business owners at the center.”

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The DEC Network is a 501c3 non-profit organization driving innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs start, build, and grow their businesses. Since 2013, it has launched a number of innovation hubs across DFW that provide entrepreneurs with education, mentorship, community, and advocacy.

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