Back to All Events

VC Lift The Rock Presents SoMa 501 + The Green Corner Store


This month, Lift the Rock features Nate Kennedy, Executive Director of SoMa 501 and Shelley Green, Founder of The Green Corner Store! We’re excited to hear how they are enhancing economic development, public relations, and the quality of life in SoMa.

Special thanks to Haybird Chicken for providing lunch!

About SoMa 501
SoMa 501 (formerly Southside Main Street Project, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing economic development, public relations, historic integrity and quality of life for the citizens of the neighborhood. As an accredited Main Street America program, they work with local businesses, government partners, and other stakeholders to deliver events, improvement projects, and programming for the benefit of everyone that visits our stretch of Main Street.

About Nate Kennedy
Nate Kennedy is the Executive Director of SoMa 501. Originally of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Nate has been a resident of Little Rock since 2012. In 2014 he graduated from the Clinton School of Public service with a Masters in Public Service, and he holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. Throughout his career, Kennedy has worked on political campaigns in Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas. In 2016, he helped establish the Poplar Bluff Learning Lab, a nonprofit tutoring center in his hometown. He is also active in the local music scene and plays mandolin.

About The Green Corner Store
A certified business of The Green Business Network ®, The Green Corner Store is a sustainable daily living store and tea bar. They offer locally-made and sustainable goods for everyday needs.

About Shelley Green
Shelley Green is the founder and owner of The Green Corner Store in downtown Little Rock. She opened the eco-friendly general store 10 years ago to showcase local, sustainable and organic products. The store is an anchor in the SoMa district. She has an extensive background in retail and a passion for the environment. She has been an educator, lecturer, and columnist. Her public relations and event firm, Green & Associates, served a diverse clientele base from the entertainment, hospitality and non-profit worlds. She has worked closely with fashion designers, manufacturers, and national retail giants such as Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Since moving to Little Rock in 2006, she has been advocating for making choices that benefit our personal and planetary well being. She has been active in the community. She served on the City of Little Rock Mayor's Sustainability Commission and received the Small Business of the Year award at The Little Rock Sustainability Summit. She served as a director for Local First Arkansas and SoMa 501. Her business is gold certified with Green America’s Green Business Network.