A Local Small Business Acceleration Program

Spark growth through mentorship and access to resources.

Venture Center Entrepreneur Support Programs

Welcome to Spark!

Spark! is a small business pre-accelerator by The Venture Center, Little Rock Regional Chamber, Arvest Bank and ASBTDC that puts the right people, opportunities, and access in place for local entrepreneurs in Arkansas to grow their venture to the next level.  

Spark! empowers entrepreneurs through mentorship, group sessions, expert-led workshops, pitch refinement, and an opportunity to win thousands of dollars in a pitch contest.

Program Details:
Spark participants are:

Meet this year's Spark! 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.


Schedule of Events

10 Weeks + mentorship + community + connections

Week 1

Welcome and Onboarding

Week 2

Intro to Mentorship & Storytelling Workshop

Week 3

Intro to Pitching

Week 4

Sales Deep Dive assessment & pitch script review

Week 5

Marketing Deep Dive assessment & pitch deck review

Week 6

Sales/Marketing strategy review from deep dives

Week 7

Global Entrepreneurship Week & Pitch Competition

Week 8

TBD based on cohort needs

Week 9

Review Sales, Marketing/engagement strategies

Week 10

Debrief & Wrap Up!

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors!

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Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors!

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