The Venture Center team is passionate about entrepreneurship and thrives on the hard work and creativity required to make ideas into viable businesses. We love partnering with people across the state and throughout the world to build better businesses and stronger communities. Get to know our team and learn why we love being here. We have an open door policy, so come for a visit any time.
Meet Ashley Jones, Program Manager, Community Programs for The Venture Center. Thanks to Ashley, we have incredible programs that benefit entrepreneurs at all levels – thank you for all you do, Ashley!
Why are you here at The Venture Center?
Whether it’s making an introduction, being a soundboard to a difficult decision, or providing a new perspective, I truly love to help people and enjoy being part of an organization whose mission is to support entrepreneurs. I’m inspired everyday by the people we work with taking a leap of faith to pursue a problem and striving to deliver a solution.
Tell us one secret no one knows!
I went skydiving at 15!
Who would you invite over for your fantasy dinner?
A room full of comedians, past and present. I LOVE to laugh!
What would your last meal be?
A Smorgasbord! Crab legs with lots of lemon butter, tortilla chips with Pancho’s cheese dip, veggie fried rice, sushi, greens, cornbread, home-grown tomatoes, and warm caramel pecan brownies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (I shouldn’t have answered this question hungry!)
What are your hobbies?
1) Camping–My husband and I bought a ‘98 Lance Truck Camper 3 years ago. Almost every weekend, you can find us at Lake Ouachita, our family’s cabin in North Central Arkansas, or exploring a new spot…with our two adventure pups, Cooper and Bindi.
2) Yoga–I’ve practiced yoga on and off since college but was reintroduced this year and I love it.
3) Cooking–I currently have 395 dinner recipes pinned to a Pinterest board and I’ve probably made 80% of them (some of them several times). Soups, curries, asian dishes and southern classics are my favorites. I make a mean coconut curry. : )
What is your fantasy travel destination?
Anywhere that’s dog friendly, secluded and has a great view.