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Daily Digest: December 2, 2019

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Growing a Thriving Ecosystem for Minority Entrepreneurs in Arkansas

Starting and operating a small business is a difficult enterprise, even when business owners have a full array of resources and tools at their disposal. It becomes even more difficult when business owners lack access to capital and other essential ingredients for business success.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and Think Rubix, a global social impact firm, are partnering for a comprehensive study of minority – specifically black and brown – entrepreneurs in central Arkansas. Read the full story here.

 

New Product Lets Clients Have Their CBD and Chocolate, Too  

Carmen Portillo is a Little Rock entrepreneur who became the state’s first certified professional chocolatier.

Her company, Cocoa Belle Chocolates, has developed a national reputation for her luxury creations, produced out of a nondescript manufacturing space in Bryant. Not long ago, CBD entrepreneur and Cocoa Belle fan Jason Martin reached out to Portillo with an idea.  Read the full story here.

Two Arkansas airports receive $2.9 million in funding.

 

 

Marianne Williamson Discusses Presidential Campaign, Platform

Last week at the World Woman Summit, Oprah’s spiritual advisor, social activist and Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson appeared as a keynote speaker. After following Heifer International CEO Pierre Ferrari up an escalator, our reporter covering the summit walked right into Williamson and her team, who were preparing for her speech.

When asked what her strategy going forward will be after not being featured in recent debates, Williamson replied that her campaign’s main thrust will be hitting the bricks in Iowa and New Hampshire after Thanksgiving. Read the full story here.

Democratic Party will not field a candidate for U.S. Senate race.

 

 

Arkansas Heart Hospital Restructures, Citing ‘Efficiency’ Measures

The Arkansas Heart Hospital is reportedly making employment changes, with Arkansas Money & Politics learning of at least one employee whose lengthy tenure for the organization recently came to an end.

According to the hospital, any job displacements are not lay offs, but rather, standard restructuring. Read the full story here.

Arkansas joins the fight to diagnose and treat PANS.

 

 

UA Division of Agriculture Hosting 2020 Winter Production Meetings

During the winter months in 2020, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will be holding a series of meetings concerning agriculture markets and production techniques.

The department has released a preliminary schedule of its meetings, which span January and February. Read the full story here.

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