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Arkansas Business Navigator assists entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Learn more about how ABN impacts small businesses through their own success stories.

Haley Childers has a deep love for animals, and for the last eight years, she has worked as a Veterinary Technician caring for them big and small. And for as long as she could remember, she had dreamt about starting a pet supply store and running her own business.

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Kayla Lott purchased an existing equine and tack supply store in Ash Flat, AR the fall of 2022, and she wanted to differentiate her business from the previous owner. As a new business owner, Kayla had a vision for what she wanted to accomplish but needed help with some topics.

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Lakeisha Sharpley’s life as a small business owner and entrepreneur began shortly after experiencing a career in dance working alongside local dance instructor, Michael Tisdale.

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Henry y Vanessa Garcia tomaron la decisión más importante de sus vidas cuando decidieron viajar a Estados Unidos en el 2015. Ellos, junto a sus hijos, hicieron un viaje de turismo a Miami, Florida en donde conocieron la técnica italiana venetian plaster. Fue ahí donde despertó esa pasión del arte que Henry Garcia había perdido. Henry, estudió diseño gráfico en la Universidad Don Bosco en San Salvador y al mismo tiempo era fotógrafo profesional.

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Right on the state line in Texarkana, Parker Bäckerei is growing into a community staple. Owner Taylor Parker has turned a family obligation into a growing enterprise, selling additive-free, European-influenced American baked goods throughout Southwest Arkansas and Northeast Texas. After an impressive run at Pitch it! Texarkana, Parker's business is booming in 2023. Arkansas Business Navigator and U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service are helping position her for long-term success.

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Originally from Petén, Guatemala, Reyna Marina Najera Gonzalez moved to Arkansas on July 4, 2019, alongside her husband, daughter, and son thanks to an asylum agreement. Her husband started working on construction right away and Reyna started working as a dishwasher before moving into housekeeping for a well-known hotel. After a couple of weeks she began cleaning houses because the schedule worked better for her and her family. She stayed at that job for a year and a half and finally started working cleaning apartments for a cleaning company. Reyna started worrying about the impact of all the chemicals she was using when cleaning and she started thinking of a better way to make money.

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In the heart of Little Rock, Stokes Haircare LLC is significantly impacting the lives of African-American women seeking natural, protective, or low-maintenance hairstyles. Owner and licensed cosmetologist, Tanisha Stokes, has dedicated her business to providing services that enhance physical appearance, boost self-confidence, and promote overall wellness. With the support of $7,000 financing from Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and guidance from the Arkansas Business Navigator Program, Ms. Stokes has turned her vision into a thriving reality.

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