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A Central Arkansas Small Business Accelerator

This year, Spark! will host TWO cohorts for growth through mentorship and access to resources.

Announcing the 2022 Spark! Cohort

Congratulations to the 2022 Spring 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

Make Plans to Attend Pitch N Pint!

Pitch ‘N Pint pits entrepreneurs in our Spark! accelerator program in a Shark Tank-style pitch competition. Winners leave with cash prizes and connections – we’ll have drinks and snacks – come cheer them on!

First round is on us! 🍻

The competitors are the entrepreneurs from our Spring Spark! Small Business Accelerator – this will be the culmination of the 10-week program in which they have honed their businesses through education, collaboration and acceleration at The Venture Center.

Tickets are $5 early bird, $10 at the door at the Ron Robinson theater on June 23rd. Doors open at 5:30 – be there!

Thanks to the Little Rock Regional Chamber for co-creating this event!

Fall Applications are now open!

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

Are you ready to take your venture to the next level? Applications are now open for the Fall 2022 Spark! Program and close September 1. This cohort will focus on growing skills in sales, marketing, and small business finance 

Spark! is a local small business accelerator co-founded by The Venture Center and the Little Rock Regional Chamber that empowers entrepreneurs through mentorship, group sessions, expert-led workshops, and feedback on pitches. BIG NEWS this year: We’re hosting a Spring and a Fall Spark! program!  Both will culminate in YOUR chance to win thousands in seed capital when you pitch at Pitch N’ Pint. You’ll also be featured in Arkansas Money & Politics magazine.

About Spark!’s Spring Program

Application criteria

Application deadline is September 1, 2022

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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