Arkansas small business owners tonight won a collective $17,000 at the 2022 Pitch ‘N Pint pitch competition, produced by The Venture Center and the Little Rock Regional Chamber. Sara Hurst of Bella’s Kitchen + Wellness, Lauren Anderson of Calm + Confidence Beekeeping, and Crystal Haner and Nicole Snow of Enova Cosmetics won cash prizes after delivering pitches for a panel of judges and an audience of excited supporters at Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock.
Little Rock Regional Chamber Hires Jack Thomas as Vice-President of Economic Development and Will Faulkner as Director of Business Retention & Expansion
The Little Rock Regional Chamber is pleased to announce that Jack Thomas has been named Vice-President of Economic Development. Jack will lead all economic development work for the chamber including new business recruitment as well as existing business expansion and retention.
Will Faulkner has been named Director of Business Retention and Expansion. In this role, Will will be supporting the chamber’s MetRock 2020 economic development strategy and assistance to the region’s existing businesses by building relationships with key partners at local, regional and state levels.
New Executive Director for Leadership Greater Little Rock Has Background in Nonprofit Work
The Little Rock Regional Chamber is pleased to announce that Kellen Davis has been named Executive Director of the Leadership Greater Little Rock program. Kellen will be responsible for helping identify potential leaders in businesses, nonprofits and government and providing them with the tools and motivation to become involved in the decision-making process in their communities.
For the past 3 years Kellen has been working for Heart of Arkansas United Way in fundraising, corporate relations and mostly recently as Director of Development and Volunteer Engagement.
Nominate a minority-owned business for MED Week's 40th anniversary
Minority businesses play a critical role in our economy and the Little Rock Regional Chamber wants to recognize those going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their community. Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2022 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards.
In honor of its 40th anniversary, MED Week will be filled with unique events and networking opportunities designed to celebrate the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs while also providing tools and opportunities for all minority business owners to grow and expand.
Little Rock Regional Chamber Promotes Stacy Wilson to Chief Revenue Officer, Kristi Barr to Director of HR & Talent Initiatives
The Little Rock Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the promotion of Stacy Wilson as its new Chief Revenue Officer. Stacy has recently served as the chamber’s Director of Programs and Investor Development, leading the events portfolio, programming, and membership departments for the chamber.
As Director of HR & Talent Initiatives, Kristi Barr is expanding her role with the Academies of Central Arkansas and talent pipeline creation for employers while also adding human resources duties for chamber staff.
Little Rock SCORE to Offer Services In Person Again
Little Rock SCORE is a chapter of the national SCORE program, a nonprofit organization that seeks to match entrepreneurs with local volunteer mentors. Little Rock SCORE provides free business advice, counseling and workshops to startup entrepreneurs and small business owners.
SCORE mentors are available at the chamber every first and third Tuesday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A small business or aspiring small business can meet with a mentor in thirty-minute increments during the two-hour period. The chamber is offering these sessions free of charge. To set your appointment, please call 501.374.2001.
Revolution Expands Arkansas Facilities
Revolution, parent company of Delta Plastics, announced plans today for a 36,000 sq. ft expansion of their 100,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility in Little Rock, AR. Revolution expects to create over 60 new jobs for the state of Arkansas in addition to the company’s existing 290 jobs within the next two years from this investment, while also increasing their ability to provide film products and circular solutions aligned with its corporate mission and strategy.
Fiocchi to Establish a New Industrial Platform to Further Boost Growth in the United States
LECCO, Italy, and LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 29, 2020) – Fiocchi of America, the United States subsidiary of Italy-based Fiocchi Group, today announced plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in Little Rock, Ark. Fiocchi, a global leader in small-caliber ammunition, will invest $15 million to establish a fully-independent industrial platform in the U.S. Fiocchi has identified the U.S. as key to boosting the company’s growth.
SCA Pharma to Expand Production Facility in Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 21, 2020) – SCA Pharma, an FDA-registered outsourcing facility, today announced that it will expand its operations in Little Rock. SCA will be investing more than $10 million and will create the opportunity to double its current Little Rock workforce of 180 people.
Amazon Announces First Fulfillment Center and Second Delivery Station in Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 7, 2020) – Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its first fulfillment center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The new fulfillment center, which is anticipated to launch in 2021, will create over 1,000 new full-time jobs with industry-leading pay and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.
Groundbreaking Held to Announce Public Infrastructure Improvements at the Port of Little Rock
Local, state and federal leaders gathered today for a groundbreaking ceremony on new transportation infrastructure at the Port of Little Rock. Construction has now begun to widen and improve Zeuber Road to meet heavy industrial standards in anticipation of two new companies locating there.
Alleviant Health Centers Expands their Headquarters in Little Rock
After a nationwide search, Alleviant Health Centers decided to expand their headquarters in their hometown of Little Rock. An operator of mental health clinics across the United States, Alleviant provides a combination of traditional therapies and innovative, holistic methods for their patients.
Arcturus Aerospace Relocates to Little Rock
Arcturus Aerospace, an aerospace manufacturer located in California, announced today it will be relocating its operations to Little Rock. Veteran-owned and operated, Arcturus Aerospace is an AS9100D certified operation that provides both quality and on-time delivery of CNC machined parts to aircraft manufacturers.
Chamber Encourages Support of Small Businesses During COVID-19 Response
The Little Rock Regional Chamber joins public health officials in supporting our city, state and nation's efforts to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus through recommended practices of social distancing. While we each do our part in minimizing the impact this virus will have on our health, the economic health of our community and nation is also at risk.
Priority1 Expanding by 200 Jobs; 100 Set to Go to Little Rock
Priority1 announced Thursday it plans to add 100 jobs in Little Rock by the end of the year. The logistics company also said it would add another 100 jobs at operations across the nation.
Express Rx to Locate Headquarters in Little Rock
Following a competitive search, Express Rx, a pharmaceutical retailer with stores across the southeastern U.S., has decided to locate its new headquarters in Little Rock. To keep pace with its national expansion, the company expects to create 24 new high-paying jobs.
HMS Mfg. Co. Chooses Little Rock for New Facility
Little Rock, AR (October 30, 2019) - HMS Mfg. Co. announced plans today to open a new 550,000 sq. ft. injection molding facility in the Port of Little Rock. HMS Mfg. Co. expects to create around 90 new jobs within the next two years. HMS Mfg. Co.’s strategic expansion in Little Rock will integrate cutting-edge manufacturing practices that align with corporate growth plans.
The Venture Center, Little Rock Regional Chamber and Local Businesses Kickoff Inaugural Spark! Pre-Accelerator
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. September 18, 2019 – The Venture Center and the Little Rock Regional Chamber today announced the inaugural Spark! Cohort at a kickoff ceremony held at The Venture Center. Spark! is a pre-accelerator program offering free office space in The Venture Center, while providing mentorship and training to launch the cohort’s businesses to the next level of growth.
Little Rock Regional Chamber’s Kristi Barr Named 2019 Outstanding Economic Developer
LITTLE ROCK, AR (August 26, 2019) – During the awards luncheon at their 2019 Annual Conference in Fort Smith, the Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) recognized Kristi Barr as the Outstanding Economic Developer for 2019. Kri ...
The Venture Center and the Little Rock Regional Chamber Team Up for Spark!
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. August 13, 2019 – The Venture Center and Little Rock Regional Chamber today announced Spark!, a pre-accelerator program offering free office space in The Venture Center. Spark! is taking applications from central Arkansas small busi ...
Priority1 Inc. Announces New Little Rock Corporate Positions
LITTLE ROCK, AR (July 9, 2019) – Priority1 Inc., a Little Rock, Arkansas, based company offering third-party logistics services including truckload, less-than-truckload and warehousing solutions, announced today it will hire at least 50 new corporate ...
Metro Little Rock Alliance Launches New Website
LITTLE ROCK, AR (July 1, 2019) – The Metro Little Rock Alliance (MLRA) has launched a new brand and website to market the 12-county region to corporate executives, site selection consultants and potential new residents as a prime location to do business and live in Central Arkansas.
Chamber to Partner with SCORE
Little Rock, Ark. (April 24, 2019) – The Little Rock Regional Chamber announced a new partnership with the local SCORE chapter of Little Rock. Little Rock SCORE is a resource partner of the Small Business Administration that provides free and confid ...
CZ-USA Chooses Little Rock for Headquarters
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 23, 2019) – CZ-USA, the U.S.-based affiliate of Czech firearms manufacturer Česká zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod (CZUB), announced today plans to locate their North American Headquarters and build a new manufacturing facility on ...
AEDC Designates Little Rock as its Newest 'Competitive Community'
Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) and local officials today announced Little Rock has completed the Competitive Communities Initiative (CCI) evaluation that aims to ensure the city’s preparedness to successfully compete for jobs and inv ...
AFTERGLOW Aircraft Solutions to expand in Little Rock
The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission, the governing body of Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, has approved business terms that will allow AFTERGLOW Aircraft Solutions, an Arkansas-based company offering aircraft interior and paint re ...
Two FinTech Announcements Celebrated in October
Little Rock celebrated two FinTech announcements in October. On October 25, Gas Pos, a new technology platform for the fuel business, announced that it has relocated its headquarters to North Little Rock from Birmingham, Alabama. As part of the relocation ...
Little Rock Port Adds 600 Acres Since 2016
In 2011, the citizens of Little Rock overwhelmingly passed a sales tax initiative for the community. As a part of the initiative, the Little Rock Port Authority received $10 million dollars to purchase land for industrial development and job creation ...
Foreign-Born Residents Contributed $2 Billion to Little Rock GDP in 2016
Immigrants in the Little Rock metro area contributed $2 billion to the region’s GDP, and paid $157.8 million in federal taxes and $83.8 million in state and local taxes, according to a new research brief released by New American Economy (NAE) in part ...
Chamber Announces Ben France as New Vice President of Economic Development
The Little Rock Regional Chamber is pleased to announce that Ben France has been named Vice President of Economic Development. In this capacity Ben will lead all economic development work for the chamber including new business recruitment as well as ...
Caterpillar Expands with 250 New Jobs
Arkansas Governor, Little Rock Regional and North Little Rock Chambers of Commerce join Caterpillar to detail investment in North Little Rock facility Job fair planned; 250+ new jobs expected North Little Rock, Arkansas -- Arkansas Governor Asa H ...
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