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A Central Arkansas Small Business Accelerator

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?

Spark! Participant Criteria:

Meet the Fall 2022 Cohort

Kathleen Lawson, Founder, Sprinkles and Spice

Cheryl Humphrey, Founder, Candy Butta

Bo Dillon, Founder, Builder Bid

Will Tidwell, Founder, SpeakUPZee, L.L.C.

Kenitra Jones, Founder, Kenitra’s Travel

Mariah Brown, LPC, Founder, The Vision Project

Marisa Cahill, Founder, Cahill Exterior Design

Meet This Year's Cohort!

Kathleen Lawson - Sprinkle & Spice

Please meet Kathleen Lawson, founder of Sprinkles & Spice, a North Little Rock-based bakery.

Marisa Cahill - Cahill Exterior Design

Please meet Marisa Cahill, founder of Cahill Exterior Design, a property renovation company.

Mariah Brown - The Vision Project

Please meet Mariah Brown, founder of The Vision Project, a mental health service.

Kenitra Jones - Kenitra's Travels

Please meet Kenitra Jones, founder of Kenitra's Travels, a full-service travel agency.

Will Zee' Tidwell - Speak up Zee

Please meet Will Zee' Tidwell, founder of Speak Up Zee, a hybrid company that focuses on social impact, communications, media, and business consulting.

Bo Dillon - BuilderBid

Please meet Bo Dillon, founder of BuilderBid, a construction technology startup that provides home builders & contractors with modern tools to quote jobs faster.

Cheryl Humphrey - Candy Butta

Please meet Cheryl Humphrey, founder of Candy Butta, a very high quality, pure, organic, homemade & handmade shea butter based all natural FULL body moisturizer.


Thanks to the Spark! Founding Partners

Little Rock Regional Chamber

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors

Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors

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