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Venture Center Unveils First Cohort of Veteran-Owned Businesses

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The Venture Center of Little Rock unveiled members of its first cohort for its Veteran-Owned Small Business Accelerator program.

The program is being run in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s district office in Arkansas. The program provides veterans with training and resources to help kickstart business plans.

“We’re excited to announced this dynamic group of veteran-owned businesses as part of our inaugural accelerator cohort,” Daniel Schutte, The Venture Center’s vice president of strategic partnerships, said in a statement. “These entrepreneurs represent the resilience and innovative spirit of our nation’s veterans, and this program is designed to give them a specialized platform to grow and succeed in todays’ competitive marketplace.”

The inaugural cohort includes: Construction and property management firm Tyce ConstructionThe Flying Company, an aviation service industry business; HR consulting and equal employment advocacy firm Reelyfe Solutions; Business productivity solutions company Razor City IT; Trucking company recruitment firm CDL Hunter; Food Recycling Solutions, an eco-friendly waste management business; Effective Organization Management Consultant, consultancy that helps nonprofits raise funds; Digital marketing firm Collins Media; and AR Shades Blinds and Shutters, a window treatment solutions provider.

The launch coicides with The Venture Center’s 10th Anniversary. The entrepreneurial support organization said its economic impact totals $30 million and has supported the creation of more than 120 jobs in the state. It’s launched three unicorn companies and $2.5 billion in investment capital has been raised across its accelerator cohorts, the organization said.

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