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Rural Placemaking Initiative Challenge: Arkansas Delta Rhythm and Bayous

Winrock International is implementing the Arkansas Delta Rhythm and Bayous Placemaking Initiative project with local and multi-jurisdictional efforts to improve the quality of life, rural economies, and e-connectivity in four Delta communities. The Delta Rhythm and Bayous Highway is the Arkansas-Louisiana-Mississippi corridor along U.S. Route 65 South and Bayou Bartholomew that connects seven rural, Delta […]

Community Leaders Empowered with Adaptation and Response (CLEAR)

Rural municipal leaders are on the front lines supporting their citizens and businesses on a broad range of issues, yet they often lack the appropriate tools for the task at hand. The Community Leaders Empowered with Adaptation and Response project provides technical assistance, training and mentoring to five rural municipalities in Arkansas with the goal […]

Advancing Sustainability and Preparedness in Rural Economies (ASPIRE)

Contributing to USDA Rural Development’s mission of improving the economy and quality of life in rural U.S. communities, the Advancing Sustainability and Preparedness in Rural Economies project will provide technical assistance, training and mentoring to four rural municipalities in Arkansas with the goal of enhancing local capacity to plan, implement, and sustain innovative community and […]

Multicultural Business Xcellerator (MBX)

The Multicultural Business Xcellerator (MBX) project, funded by the Walton Family Foundation, will provide tailored support and funding to a cohort of self-identified socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs who are founders or co-founders of Seed/Series A investment-ready companies. This support will include mentorship, access to capital and networking opportunities. By addressing under-represented entrepreneurs in the…
Supporting Health Advances for Rural Employees (SHARE I and SHARE II)

Supporting Health Advances for Rural Employees (SHARE I and SHARE II)

Productivity is highest when employees are healthy. Increased sick time, disability, and employee turnover are all costly to employers. In rural areas, access to healthcare is limited, while rates of chronic disease are often much higher than in urban areas. For rural employers, this means that employees are more likely to have health concerns and […]
Microbusiness Empowerment Project

Microbusiness Empowerment Project

The Microbusiness Empowerment Project will assist approximately 50 low-income Arkansas-based entrepreneurs, especially minority and female-owned businesses, with the mentorship, technical assistance, and business leadership skills they need to prepare for capital acquisition and deployment. Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the project helps disadvantaged entrepreneurs seeking support with financial management, product and target market…
Science Venture Studio

Science Venture Studio at Winrock International

Science Venture Studio at Winrock International is a science-and-technology startup facilitator that helps promising new, Arkansas-based ventures commercialize and obtain federal funding. The SVS project works with early-stage companies to help them obtain critical, non-dilutive federal funding – front-end cash that does not require startup entrepreneurs to forfeit any equity in their new businesses. The…

Readying Small Businesses for Capital Access

The COVID-19 crisis and associated economic downturn disproportionately impact Black and other minority-owned businesses across the U.S., in part because they have more difficulty securing business loans than non-minority-owned enterprises. Minority-owned businesses can also lack the cash flow buffer needed to remain liquid during downturns, as well as lacking access to traditional sources of capital…

Small Business E-commerce Local Learning (SELL)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for small businesses, particularly those without an online presence. The Small Business E-commerce Local Learning (SELL) project addresses these challenges by supporting small businesses in Northwest Arkansas. SELL leverages Winrock’s proven entrepreneurial programming support, coaching and mentorship to provide websites, e-commerce platforms, training and long-term consultation to 150…

Southern Opportunity and Resilience Fund

The SOAR Fund is a partnership of local and national community finance organizations created to address the capital needs of historically disenfranchised communities across the South and Southeast U.S. as they attempt to rebuild after the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.
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