community programs


Lift the Rock connects local economic development resources to entrepreneurs and inspires business professionals by sharing the stories of Arkansas entrepreneurs and small businesses owners – all over lunch! Whether you are an entrepreneur, business leader, investor, or just an interested community member, come connect and learn from our featured speakers about topics like starting a business, building strategic relationships, scaling your startup, and more.


The Venture Center’s Workshop instructors are from Arkansas’ biggest and brightest companies, and generously share real-world experience and insight in The Venture Center classroom each month. Developed by industry experts and tailored to meet the demanding needs of top employers, our workshops position candidates for professional and entrepreneurial success.


The Venture Center’s Fireside Chats feature Arkansas’ brightest stars and biggest economic drivers, candidly sharing their experiences, successes and even failures to foster and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in Arkansas. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to succeed in the fast-paced business world, this program is right for you.


The Venture Center’s Annual Pitch ‘N Pint pits entrepreneurs in a real time Shark Tank style pitch competition where winners leave with cash and connections. Entrepreneurs will deliver a 60 second elevator pitch to three investor judges, and a crowd of beer-lovin’ startup folks. Onlookers' votes are tallied instantly via state-of-the-art, text-your-vote technology.