Two leaders in Arkansas’ entrepreneurial ecosystem have been selected to serve as state organizers for Global Entrepreneurship Week and lead the GEW Arkansas campaign.
Grace Rains and Tiffany Henry, the director of operations and rural director for Conductor respectively, have been chosen to head up the campaign by the Global Entrepreneurship Network.
“Global Entrepreneurship Week magnifies our resources and global voice as we celebrate entrepreneurs, small businesses, and innovation,” Rains said in a statement. “GEN has given us a fantastic opportunity, and we can’t wait to collaborate and connect with organizations across Arkansas as we celebrate GEW this year.”
In total, 19 individuals around the country have been selected to serve as lead organizers in 18 states and regions for Global Entrepreneurship Week. The other states include Arizona, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Washington.
“Each year, Global Entrepreneurship Week amplifies the great work being done to support entrepreneurs across the country while connecting them to more opportunities to start and scale in their own communities,” Ellen Bateman, director for U.S. ecosystems at the Global Entrepreneurship Network, said in a statement.
“These individuals are active ecosystem leaders and can rally their states and communities to not only participate in GEW but to intensify efforts to support entrepreneurs at a time when we need them most.”
According to Global Entrepreneurship Network’s website, the annual week-long event engages approximately nine million individuals in 35,000 activities. These events range from small gatherings to large-scale events and competitions.
Henry and Rains will be working to engage Arkansas’ entrepreneurial community to promote Global Entrepreneurship Week.
“The State Organizer role emphasizes the Conductor’s regional approach to ecosystem building”, Henry said. “As the Conductor’s Rural Growth Initiative spans regionally to connect with communities, we will extend those efforts by collaborating across the state for Global Entrepreneurship Week”.
Global Entrepreneurship Weekend will be held November 16-22, 2020. The themes for the 2020 edition of the event are “Ecosystems, Education, Inclusion and Policy.”