Tag: Rock it lab

Things are rockin’ at the Rock It Lab!

Last year was a big year for the Cox Building. In January, the bookstore moved out and a brand-new business incubator program moved in – The Rock It! Lab. The RIL is a partnership between CALS and Advancing Black Entrepreneurship (ABE) focused on helping business owners (or aspiring business owners) in under-resourced communities. The program is multi-pronged,


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The Rock It! Lab kicks off with the first class

On October 17, the Rock It! Lab officially inaugurated the first class of entrepreneurs. The class includes individuals with businesses that run the gamut from simply an idea to those who already have a full-fledged business and want to take their ideas to the next level.

If you’re not familiar with the Rock It!


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Rock It! Lab rocks on after successful ribbon cutting

 

 

On Thursday, July 22, onlookers cheered as Benito Lubazibwa, Director of ABE (Advancing Black Entrepreneurship) cut the ribbon held by CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter,  Mayor Frank Scott Jr., and Andre Webster. Guests were invited to tour the Cox Building, previously housing the bookstore, as the new home of the Rock It!


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Two businesses with Hearne at the helm

What is there to say about Garbo Hearne that hasn’t already been said? Grace, tenacity, well-educated and vastly so. A business owner driven by her convictions that art should be accessible and attainable. And dedicated to the idea that art in the African American community is something that should be celebrated.


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Barriers to capital cause for discussion

A recent study released about Arkansas small business owners and how they access capital to build and grow their businesses has raised some eyebrows and some questions. In a three-year study of small businesses, it was found that the barriers to capital for Arkansas business owners is a two-fold problem.


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