Fireside Chat

Chat with Entrepreneurial Giants

Get up close and personal with the most successful and influential business leaders in Arkansas.

Fireside Chats

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.

Past Fireside Chats have featured Stone Ward’s Millie Ward, Westrock Coffee’s Scott Ford, TCBY’s Herren Hickingbotham, SOMA’s Anita Davis, and Simmons Bank’s George Makris.

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Fireside Chat with Jim Keet, Arkansas Business Owner & Restaurateur

The Venture Center is honored to host Jim Keet for a night of open conversation and Q&A. If you live in the Central Arkansas area you may have heard the Keet name before. From Arkansas staples such as Cypress Social, Petit and Keet, and Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, to being a key player in bringing Wendy’s to Arkansas, Jim Keet knows a thing or two about developing a brand. With a career of almost 50 years as a chairman, board member, or president of organizations that have shaped our communities, Keet also has a heart for the people of Arkansas.

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