For several years I searched for quality and nutritious food products for my son and the more I learned about nutrition and the foods available, the more I realized that food manufacturers were not providing any truly nutritious foods in a convenient way. This motivated me to solve the problem that most people have in their struggle with all of the confusion surrounding eating more nutritiously and especially in finding simple solutions. My decision was, “someone needs to do this right, why not me?"
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. November 4, 2019 – The Venture Center today announced South on Main as the location for its 2019 Pitch ‘N Pint competition to be held December 10, 2019, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Pitch ‘N Pint is a 60-second pitch competition that pits entrepreneurs in a real-time "Shark Tank" style pitch competition where winners leave with cash and connections.
Entrepreneurship education thrives at community colleges in many different shapes and forms, and at the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College (UA-PTC) entrepreneurship is front and center in six key areas. From supporting students and local businesses to structured supports for business expansion in the region, the state’s flagship two-year college is blazing an entrepreneurial trail like no other.
As Program Manager, my role is building The Venture Center's fintech accelerator program, of which ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator and ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0 are part. We have an incredible team, including Brian Bauer, our Managing Director of Fintech Accelerators.
As a minority and woman construction business owner, I have experienced hurdles with the lack of professional mentors in a typically male field. It took time building relationships and taking small jobs, patiently waiting to build trust for larger jobs. Another hurdle was difficulties accessing loans and working capital, which are key components in a strong business future. I’m driven and motivated to succeed in business, though, as I’m a single mom of two young sons. I would like to build a successful business they can inherit in the future. And as an Arkansas native, I want to grow and help create jobs in my community.
The recruitment period for ICBA ThinkTECH 2.0 has officially ended and the Selection Committee is in the process of evaluating the incredible applicants. We are particularly excited about the opportunities that exist with this Accelerator because in this 2nd year, we are primed to experience a tremendous level of growth.
At The Venture Center, we're often thrilled by the number of program applicants we get from across the globe. It's exciting to know that the work we are doing makes an impact from Little Rock to Australia, Israel, and beyond. But, we haven't had a chance to take our mission beyond Little Rock and to other areas of the world that could also benefit from our experiences. That changed when we learned that our friend Xuan Do, a YSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative) Outbound Fellow from Vietnam, had a project selected for funding.
The Venture Center team is passionate about entrepreneurship and thrives on the hard work and creativity required to make ideas into viable businesses. We love partnering with people across the state and throughout the world to build better businesses and stronger communities. Get to know our team and learn why we love being here. We have an open door policy, so come for a visit any time.
The Venture Center's 2019 JOLT Cyber Challenge concluded on Sunday for nearly 150 participants from across the region. This year's top prize went to the University of Arkansas student team, "That Team Over There," who earned the most points during the weekend-long cyber event.
On October 2, 2018, after ten years of running my company Little Rock Fashion Week, LLC (LRFW) – a local fashion, events and talent management firm that owns fashion weeks in Little Rock, Baton Rouge and Plano (TX) – I started a new phase of my career as Director of Small Business and Inclusion at the Little Rock Regional Chamber.