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AEDC Launches New Division Led by Katherine Andrews

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The Arkansas Economic Development Commission announced Thursday that it has established a new Small Business and Entrepreneurship Division and named Katherine Andrews to lead it.

Andrews, who has been a project manager with AEDC’s Business Development Division since 2016, will serve as director of small business and entrepreneurship development, effective June 1.

In her new role, she’ll be responsible for guiding AEDC’s efforts to assist, champion and promote small businesses and entrepreneurs. The division will also work to identify and implement best practices to increase entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas. It will offer resources that are currently offered through the AEDC’s existing Business Development, Science and Technology, and Minority and Women-owned Business Divisions.

“Arkansans are known worldwide for their entrepreneurial spirit,” Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said in a news release. “Small businesses and entrepreneurship are the heartbeat of our business community, and we understand the value they bring to our economy. Through this division, we will be able to provide more partnership to existing small business resource providers and support our business community more efficiently. I’m confident that Katherine will provide outstanding leadership toward these efforts.”

Before joining the AEDC, Andrews worked as a commercial real estate sales associate at the Hathaway Group in Little Rock.

She is a graduate of Leadership Arkansas Class XIII and Leadership Little Rock Class XXXV. Andrews was also an Arkansas Business “20 in Their 20s” honoree in 2019.

She volunteers for Our House, Women and Children First, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She formerly served on the Mount St. Mary Academy Alumnae Board and serves as president of the Rotaract Club of Little Rock.

Andrews earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

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