HIGH POINT, N.C., April 1, 2016 – Kathy Elliott, assistant professor and director of Belk Entrepreneurship Center at High Point University, is a recipient of the Triad Business Journal’s 2016 Outstanding Women in Business award.
Elliott was selected among business and community leaders who have provided leadership through their professional careers and philanthropy. She will be recognized at the Women in Business awards luncheon on April 4 in Greensboro.
“I am so honored and excited to receive this recognition,” Elliott says. “I’m privileged to have been involved in work that has resulted in a flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Now, I hope to inspire students in the same way.”
Elliott teaches undergraduate business and entrepreneurship classes at HPU. She also leads the Belk Entrepreneurship Center, which fosters innovation and provides students assistance with developing their business plans. The center offers competitions with opportunities for students to compete for funds to get their ventures off the ground as well as access to experienced business people. On April 21, HPU will host the sixth annual Business Plan Competition where students will compete for $15,000 in start-up funds.
She also serves as adviser for HPU’s Entrepreneurship Club, which includes students from a variety of majors, and she is a member of HPU’s Service Learning Committee that supports students in contributing more than 100,000 hours of service each year.
Before joining HPU in 2014, Elliott gained extensive experience working with business development organizations, entrepreneurs and small businesses. She was vice president of the entrepreneur connection for the Greensboro Partnership and spent 17 years with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, serving in the role as vice president of entrepreneurship and small business.
“For years, Kathy has worked tirelessly as a champion for small business in the Triad region,” says Cindy Thompson, CEO and founder of Boundless Impact, who nominated Elliott for the award. “She has been a part of developing stronger networks of entrepreneurs and service providers to benefit the local economy. Now, her comprehensive network of business contacts is benefiting her students at High Point University. I am proud to have worked along with her on community projects and to see her recognized for these efforts.”
Elliott has also been involved in a number of civic and philanthropic efforts within the community. She has served as a member of various boards and councils, including the board of directors for the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, the Degrees Matter Future Talent Council, City of Greensboro Minority/Women Business Enterprise Program Advisory Council, Welfare Reform Liaison Program Board, N.C. State Employee Credit Union Advisory Board, and the N.C. Business Resource Alliance. She is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro and the Center for Creative Leadership – Leadership Development Program.