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A Central Arkansas Small Business Accelerator

Fall Applications are now open!

Apply by September 1 to get the tools you need to succeed

What is the Spark! Accelerator?

Spark! is a 10-week small business accelerator brought to you by The Venture Center and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. This accelerator is designed to help Central, AR entrepreneurs scale their business. The program uses education, collaboration, connection, and exposure to best-in-class resources as the basis for helping entrepreneurs grow. Participants who are selected for this program will experience learning through mentorship, expert led workshops, networking, and more.

What do you need to know before applying?

Who should apply?

Application deadline is September 1, 2022

Meet the Spring 2022 Cohort

Sara Hurst, Bella’s Kitchen & Wellness – Food Services

Alicia Adams-Talbert, Talbert Lawn Services – Home Care Services

Taliah Ragland, Aspiring Medical Training Institute – Professional Training

Dianna Donahue, URBANE Magazine – Publishing

Nicole Snow & Crystal Haner, Enova – Beauty

Lendel Aikens, Med Unlimited – Medical Mobile Units

Lauren Anderson, Calm + Confidence – Biodiversity Preservation

Nicole Winstead, WoofCat – Pet e-Commerce

Kristy Carter, Kristy Carter Consults – Mission-Driven Consulting

Meet Last Year's Cohort!

Kissa Kimble - Elite Recruiting

Please meet Kissa Kimble, founder of Elite Recruiting! Elite Recruiting matches Class A CDL Drivers with career tractor-trailer opportunities.

Miya Blackman - Little Rock Lightening

Meet Miya Blackmon, co-owner of The Little Rock Lightning! The Little Rock Lightning is a professional basketball team that focuses on providing a professional basketball experience to the Little Rock community, fans, and business partners.

Whitney Gray - Whit's End

Meet Whitney Gray, founder of Whit’s End! Whit’s End is a professional, KonMari certified organization service!

Soroya Tucker - VLS Waste Solutions

Meet Soroya Tucker, founder of VLS Waste Solutions. VLS Waste Solutions is a valet trash service provider devoted to a seamless process that benefits our clients and environment.

Ayana Baraka - Edamame Films

Meet Ayana Baraka, founder of Edamame Films. Edamame Films produces films by and about disenfranchised communities.

Ben Harrison - FareMarket

Meet Ben Harrison, founder of FareMarket! FareMarket deliver local food to your door.


Thanks to the Spark! Founding Partners

Little Rock Regional Chamber

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors

Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors

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