The Little Rock Regional Chamber gave out five awards at the 2022 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Apptegy, on Friday, September 16th. 15 entrepreneurs were chosen out of dozens of nominations. The goal of the awards is to recognize minority business leaders that excel in their field as well as advocates and organizations dedicated to supporting these businesses.
Entrepreneurs pitch their way to NEXT LEVEL
Ten Arkansas small business owners stepped in front of a panel of judges to see if they have what it takes to go to the NEXT LEVEL in our Shark Tank-Inspired Pitch Event, held at the Brandon House Cultural and Performing Arts Center. Mariah Brown with The Vision Project took home the judge’s choice while the audience voted (by cheering!) for Michelle Mothershed with Compassionately Connected for Veterans.
Arkana Laboratories to expand Little Rock operations, create 74 new jobs
Arkana Laboratories, a global leader in diagnostic pathological services, today announced plans to expand its Little Rock operations, creating 74 new positions within the next five years. As part of the expansion, Arkana will invest more than $30 million and add 10,000 square feet to its existing 90,000-square-foot building to improve and transform the space into a cutting-edge education, research, and healthcare.
GoTextbooks expands operations, acquires second Little Rock facility
GoTextbooks has recently acquired a warehouse that will help create more than 200 jobs in the Little Rock area, the company announced today. This will be GoTextbooks’ second facility in Little Rock. Of the 200 new jobs, GoTextbooks has created 100 jobs at the company’s primary facility and will create 100 jobs at its new facility.
Academies of Central Arkansas Announces Business Partnership
The Academies of Central Arkansas announced the establishment of the Baptist Health Academy of Medical Sciences to be located at Little Rock Southwest Magnet High School. This academy partnership between Baptist Health, Little Rock Southwest, and the Little Rock School District is a core foundation of the Ford Next Generation Learning model of teaching and learning being implemented in public high schools throughout Pulaski County.
Sequretek, a Global Cybersecurity Company and FIS Fintech Accelerator Alum, Names Little Rock for U.S. Headquarters
Global cybersecurity provider Sequretek announced Tuesday the opening of their U.S. headquarters in The Little Rock Technology Park citing the innovative technology focus, talent access and growth-friendly business environment as top reasons for naming Little Rock, Arkansas their new corporate home.
Bluestem Partners Announces Groundbreaking of New Facility at Port of Little Rock
The South Port Commerce Center will be a two-building speculative industrial development totaling 966,335 square feet of class A product. Located in the Port of Little Rock, the 64-acre project will feature two buildings with clear heights of 36 feet. Phase 1 will feature a 537,845 square foot cross-dock facility with 68 dock doors, 52 future doors, 4 drive-in doors, 160 trailer parking spaces and 449 regular parking spaces. Phase 2 will feature a 428,000 square foot building cross-dock facility with 68 dock doors, 52 future docks, 4 drive-in doors, 143 trailer parking spaces and 300 regular spaces. Bluestem Partners is the developer and Sage Partners is marketing the project for lease. Completion of Phase 1 is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023.
Arkansas Entrepreneurs Win Funding and Wow Crowds
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.
W&W|AFCO Steel to Expand Arkansas Operations
W&W|AFCO Steel will be locating a new steel fabrication facility in the former LM Wind Power building at the Port of Little Rock, the company announced today. The expansion will add another 115 full-time jobs over five years and a $18.7 million investment to the company’s operations throughout the state. W&W|AFCO Steel currently has four other locations in Arkansas, including three in Little Rock, employing more than 400 Arkansans combined.
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 ...
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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