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Home Grown Economic Engines: The State of Entrepreneurship in Arkansas

November 2015 ENGAGE Magazine

In this edition of ENGAGE, we explore public and private support for Arkansas entrepreneurs. You'll find information on public/nonprofit partnerships that are helping incubate entrepreneurship in our state, a story about a Conway-based restaurant's fight to end global hunger, and ideas on what kinds of help entrepreneurs need to be successful in Arkansas. 

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Stories Inside: 

New Energy for Entrepreneurship by Julie Johnson Holt. Entrepreneurs have succeeded in Arkansas for years. Sam Walton. Witt Stephens. Don Tyson. William Dillard. But there's a new energy today, fueled in part by partnerships between private and public players joining forces to more effectively support Arkansans with promising business ideas. Read how Arkansans are supporting entrepreneurship here. >>  

Start-up Restaurant is in the Business of Fighting Global Hunger Ashton and Austin Samuelson were already volunteering for various hunger relief programs when they heard a presentation that changed their lives - a speaker at a church event that explained how 18,000 children die of starvation every single day. It was a figure they couldn't ignore and began to dream big. They started by opening a business that addressed hunger by incorporating a meal-for-meal mission. Read how the Samuelson's vision has become a successful reality. >> 

How to Invest in Arkansas Entrepreneurs: Four essentials for communities where local businesses take root and grow. Ines Polonius, CEO of Communities Unlimited, proposed a few ways that Arkansas communities can invest in the needs of small businesses and local entrepreneurs. Read more here.>>

Competition Fuels Entrepreneurial Spirit The Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition is a laboratory where student teams are challenged to apply real-world principles to entrepreneurial goals. Competitors call the experience transformational. Read more about how this competition is fueling young minds and showcasing the entrepreneurial talent coming from Arkansas colleges and universities.>>

Arkansas Viewpoints Mike Preston, Director of Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and Veronica Davis, Owner of Ridgeline Construction, talk about how we can create communities where entrepreneurship thrives. Read their responses here.>>

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