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New Program Seeks to Bring International Tech Talent to Central Arkansas

AR Tech Launch will help tech entrepreneurs in other countries obtain work visas and relocate to the Little Rock area to build their business. read more >
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Venture Center Unveils First Cohort of Veteran-Owned Businesses

The Venture Center, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced its first cohort of participants in its Veteran-Owned Small Business Accelerator Program this week. read more >
Banking & Finance / Investments

Day 2 of VenCent Summit 2023: French Hill Moderates Banking Policy Panel

The VenCent Fintech Summit is underway in Little Rock for a second day; Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., vice chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, will speak about digital asset regulations. read more >
Banking & Finance / Manufacturing

Carving a Niche (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Two efforts in Arkansas, one around fintech and another around EVs, aim to fill desirable niches. read more >

The Venture Center to Host Biannual Pitch Competition June 28

Entrepreneurs will pitch products and business ideas and compete to win $3,000. read more >
Banking & Finance / Small Business

Banking & Entrepreneurship: Now’s the Time (Daniel Schutte Commentary)

Now is the time to create a brighter future for the financial services industry, a future in which predictable innovation is embraced. read more >
The Little Rock Technology Park.
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Tech Park Announces $9.6M Phase 2 Expansion

Renovations of Five Main Place have already started and are expected to be complete by spring of 2024. read more >
Anand Saik, CEO of Sequretek, speaks at the Little Rock Technology Park on Feb. 3, 2023

From India to Little Rock, Where Smaller Is Better

Sequretek announced last August it would open its U.S. headquarters in the Little Rock Technology Park, a move that defied trends of tech businesses launching operations on the East and West coasts. read more >
Daniel Schutte, vice president of strategic partnerships at The Venture Center, and Jerry Talbert, deputy director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Arkansas District, sign an agreement to form a partnership helping small businesses.
Business Services / Government & Politics / Nonprofits / Small Business

Venture Center, SBA Arkansas Partner to Help Entrepreneurs

The alliance will help connect current and aspiring small business owners to resources and programs to improve opportunities and expand small business development in the state. read more >
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Business Services / Small Business

The Venture Center Hosting Startup Competition in April

Entrepreneurs will develop business ideas for technology solutions in a number of sectors, including health, agriculture and education. read more >
Orduña has worked as an adviser for companies including Maniv Mobility of Tel Aviv and EQT Group of Stockholm.
Banking & Finance / Nonprofits / Small Business

Venture Center’s Arthur Orduña Hopes to Make Arkansas a Leader in Entrepreneurship

Orduña became executive director of The Venture Center, a nonprofit entrepreneurial support organization, in January. read more >
Small Business

21 Startups Join Venture Center’s VCWoman Achieve Program

The program pairs female entrepreneurs with experienced professionals to help build their businesses. read more >
Arthur Orduña, chief innovation officer at Circumference Group, has been named the next executive director of The Venture Center.
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Nonprofits / Small Business

Venture Center Names Arthur Orduña Next Executive Director

He's currently the chief innovation officer at Little Rock investment firm Circumference Group. read more >
Small Business

10 Entrepreneurs Win Seed Funds at Venture Center Competition

Participants delivered pitches in front of a panel of judges and an audience of supporters at the Ron Robinson Theater. read more >
Gary Edwards
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Legal / Nonprofits

Encore Bank Hires New Executive VP and Chief Audit Officer (Movers & Shakers)

Gary Edwards has worked for 21 years as an accountant serving financial institutions. read more >
Banking & Finance / Small Business

Venture Center Expands Fintech Program

The expansion comes after the inaugural VenCent Fintech Summit last month, which attracted hundreds in the industry to Little Rock. read more >
Ashley Jones and Pamela Reed of The Venture Center in Little Rock.
Education / Investments / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits

Jones, Reed Start at The Venture Center (Movers & Shakers)

Ashley Jones has been hired as director of operations and Pamela Reed has been hired as managing director of entrepreneurship and community programs at The Venture Center in Little Rock. read more >
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Nonprofits / Small Business

Venture Center Launches New Fintech Summit

The conference will feature product demonstrations from up to 75 companies who completed the accelerators the Venture Center has hosted. read more >
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New Tools Can Help Boost Business in Arkansas (Angela Frierson Shirey Commentary)

During 2021, Arkansas has seen business rebound and reset. Entrepreneurs have had to flex their creative muscle during the “creative destruction” phase — a phenomenon that usually results in economic progress. read more >
Banking & Finance / Small Business

Next FIS Fintech Accelerator Companies Named

Financial technology leader FIS of Jacksonville, Florida, and The Venture Center of Little Rock announced Wednesday the 10 companies selected to participate in their 2021 FIS Fintech Accelerator program. read more >