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Origin Program to Serve as Starting Point for Budding Entrepreneurs


by Tyler Hale

Local entrepreneurs in Arkansas will now have another resource at their disposal.

The Venture Center and the Little Rock Regional Chamber have partnered to develop a new program, called Origin, aimed at providing guidance and assistance for entrepreneurs and business founders. The program developers envision Origin as the “starting point” for launching a business in the region.

“Entrepreneurship and ideas start here at The Venture Center, and we saw an opportunity to work with our incredible community partner to provide guidance to people when they need it the most – during the idea stage,” Wayne Miller, Executive Director of The Venture Center, said in a statement. “Knowing there are resources available to help and how to access them is half the battle of starting a business. We’re excited to help entrepreneurs taking the first steps towards realizing their dreams.”

Business founders can approach the program partners, who will provide information on local entrepreneurship resources during Origin idea sessions. In addition, founders can receive assistance on honing  their pitch skills, receive mentorship, and network with fellow entrepreneurs. 

“When the Chamber helped start The Venture Center just 6 years ago, our goal was to create a team of professionals capable of teaching, mentoring and leading people with ideas through the often exhaustive entrepreneurial process,” said Jay Chesshir, President and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber.  “Origin is a program designed to help talented people utilize their really good ideas to create successful and sustainable companies.”

To sign up for an Origin idea session, visit

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