Under the community navigator approach, trusted community partners act as “spokes.” Each spoke will reach into specific sectors of the state’s entrepreneurial community. As the “hub,” ASBTDC will provide centralized support and structure for the spokes.
Arkansas Business Navigator spokes include the following.
Central Arkansas Library System
The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is the largest library system in Arkansas. Created in 1975, the system includes fifteen branches located in Pulaski and Perry counties. The mission of CALS is to provide resources and services to help residents reach their full potential, and to inspire discovery, learning, and cultural expression. CALS has a service population of 344,553 people.
One of CALS's newest programs is Rock It! Lab, a partnership of the library system and Advancing Black Entrepreneurship. This learning and start-up hub promotes entrepreneurship, particularly in under-resourced communities. Located in the Cox Building at 120 River Market Avenue in downtown Little Rock, the Rock It! Lab was developed as a place for aspiring business owners to access useful, reliable, and free information to aid them throughout the process of starting their company. Join our program and receive acces to our free spaces: 501 Makers Makerspace, the Village co-working space, and the River Shop retail and vendor training space.
We serve entrepreneurs in the Central Arkansas area.
Leah Patterson, Rock It! Lab Program Coordinator
Conexión de Negocios Latinos
Conexión de Negocios Latinos (CNL) is a non-profit entrepreneurship support organization that seeks to promote, educate, and support Latino entrepreneurs in Arkansas. CNL aims to help Latino businesses in Arkansas thrive by cultivating healthy relationships between businesses, connecting them to resources and referrals, and giving them information that they can use to grow. Through leadership development, networking opportunities, services, and promotion of Latino businesses, CNL empowers Latino entrepreneurs to be involved politically, socially, and within their communities. Ultimately, CNL hopes to see prosperity among Latino business owners in Arkansas, and in turn, prosperity for Arkansas as a whole.