Thrive High Point: Minority Entrepreneurship Initiative is a new program offering of Business High Point: Chamber of Commerce, formally launching fall 2021. High Point, NC has a diverse population of business owners and budding entrepreneurs. Thrive has been developed to support the broad needs of minority and women-owned businesses in the city.

    The concept for the program originated from the High Point Equity Project. Launched in Summer 2021, the High Point Equity Project is a sustainable course of action that supports the growth and development of minority-owned and economically challenged businesses in the City of High Point through the provision of non-traditional business financing, technical assistance, entrepreneurial mentorship, and business coaching.

    Several new partnerships helped to generate the project’s momentum, starting with High Point University’s $500,000 challenge gift and the High Point Community Foundation’s agreement to act as the fiduciary agent. These commitments prompted a steering committee of local leaders, facilitated by High Point’s social innovation consulting firm Change Often, to identify the National Institute of Minority Economic Development (The Institute) as the best partner for collaborative programming.

    Through training, counseling, mentorship, and networking, Thrive High Point will be a driving force in enhancing and broadening High Point’s inclusive economic ecosystem


    To empower and engage minority business owners through intentional programming that maximizes their entrepreneurial efforts



    A robust and THRIVING business environment that embodies and embraces the diversity of an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem.











    Dr. Bryle Henderson Hatch is the Executive Director of the Minority Entrepreneurship Initiative (MEI). He is a native of Guilford County, and is proud to now call High Point, North Carolina home. Before joining The National Institute for Minority Economic Development, he served as Vice President and Chief of Staff at West Virginia State University, inaugural Executive Director for Community Engagement at North Carolina A&T State University and spent several years as a Director of Workforce Development and Continuing Education within the North Carolina Community College System.

    He is active in several civic, social and community organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad (NCCJ); also, previously serving on boards for the YWCA and United Way.

    Dr. Hatch earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication, a master’s degree in adult and higher education and a doctorate in leadership studies, all from North Carolina A&T State University.  He also completed post-baccalaureate studies in public communication at American University in Washington, D.C. and is a Certified Employment Mediator.

    Dr. Hatch is also a business owner and is proud to be serving the city that his family called home for over 60 years and where his grandfather successfully ran a commercial artist business for over 50 years.



    As a new initiative we are actively seeking collaborators and partners. Our stakeholders and partners make the work we do possible!


    High Point University

    Business High Point

    Guilford County 

    High Point Community Foundation

    Congdon Family Foundation 

    The National Institute for Minority Economic Development

    Change Often, LLC


    Community Partners 

    High Point Discovered 


    If you are interested in partnering and/or collaborating with THRIVE High Point (MEI) please contact Dr. Bryle Henderson Hatch at bhhatch@theinstitutenc.org


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