News & Updates


News & Updates

August 28, 2018


SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

Thrive Co-founders, Will & Terrance 2018 Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 committee meets with Governor Hutchinson.

Thrive co-founders Terrance Clark and Will Staley and fellow committee members of the 2018 Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 cohort delivered the 2018 report to Governor Asa Hutchinson on Monday. Our task at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute was to discuss how we can build a better brand for the state. We were honored to advocate for the creative opportunities available across Arkansas. What's great is that we weren't alone! We met so many leaders that felt highlighting the creative industries was important enough to make it one of 4 topics included in the report by under 40 leaders. 

"Under 40 Leaders advocate for the state to adopt the addition of Art in STEM education to better reflect the importance of creative industries and their impact on the state’s economic development policy. A study in 2013 identifies the inclusion of art in STEM programs as crucial to promote innovation and creativity in technology."

It's strategies like STEAM that we have used as we work in Helena and are confident they will work in other rural communities as well. 

Take a look at the report to find out more!

Special thanks to Arkansas Business, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, The Clinton School for Public Service, and NWA Business Journal for the experience.

The second year of ThriveArts programming launches and introduces Design Mentors to Helena, Arkansas's Central High School.

Get a sneak peek into the experiences of the Design Mentors!

Candace Dolls
Katelyn Gabbard
Sarah Melby
Paul Morquecho


July 5, 2017

Delta Magazine features Thrive in list of active Helena team members 


AUGUST 13, 2017
SUnday Paper

Thrive featured in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "Better Days Ahead" - Rex Nelson


June 14, 2017

Thrive's Terrance Clark & Will Staley named 40 under 40 by Arkansas Business Publishing Group


April 17, 2017

Thrive gains contract with Helena West Helen School for Design Mentorship program

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September 23, 2016

Abby Clark speaks at Philidelphia Federal Reserve Conference

2016 Reinventing Our Communities

AUGUST 16, 2016
4:21 pm

The 2015 Annual Report
has arrived!


Click here to view.

may 1, 2015
2:23 PM

Thrive profiled in Arkansas Life

in their may "delta rising" issue, arkansas life magazine profiles thrive co-founder will staley & his wife misti, as well as helena start-up program client reclaimed helena

Check out the article by clicking here!

DECEMBER 17, 2014
4:58 PM

Thrive Turns Five!

This past November marked five years since we started working in the Delta, and it’s been nothing short of an incredible ride.

We’ve met amazing people who welcomed us into this community with open arms and went out of their way to offer words of wisdom, moral support, and true friendship. Our programs are going strong; the Cherry Street Fair drew upwards of 500 visitors per event this past season, the Helena Entrepreneur Center continues to foster the start and growth of new businesses in Phillips County, and the Helena Community Garden has been restored to a state of full usability and will yield its first of many harvests next year.

Additionally, we’ve been honored to work with a long list of wonderful clients—large and small, near and far— from Southern Bancorp Community Partners to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas.

We believe in designing opportunity in Helena and the Delta, and we are so very grateful to those who share that vision with us. Your support means the world to us, and we truly wouldn’t be here without it.

So, from all of us at Thrive to you, thank you. Here’s to the next five years.


JUly 31, 2014
3:36 PM


2014 Class Photo

Today we took our 2014 staff photo! Always a fun event.

From left to right: Terrance Clark, Will Staley, Abby Carr, Maria Burke, and interns Ruth Linford,  Jordan Daniels, & Sonja Meighan.


december 17, 2013
10:53 aM


Shelwes Tools and Body wins big at national SEMA trade show

We’re extremely proud to announce that Shelwes Tool and Body has won two extremely prestigious awards in the process of unveiling their Automatic Contour Sander product.

Shelwes is a tenant of the Helena Entrepreneur Center program managed by Thrive. Shelwes unveiled their product at the Las Vegas based SEMA automotive trade show.

Read the press release.


december 17, 2013
11:04 am

Thrive receives regional Community Advancement Award


Thrive received the 2013 Pat Audirsch Community Advancement Award at the East Arkansas Crossroads Coalition 2013 Dinner.

Click here to read more!


November 25, 2013
3:30 pm

The 2013 Annual Report
has arrived!

Check out the past year in review at Thrive.

Click here to view.


SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
3:13 PM

Thrive's birth & passion captured in Talk Business Arkansas magazine

“I knew when I first came here that there was something mysterious and even romantic about this city on the Mississippi River,” said Staley. “I saw potential for growth.”

Read the article here.


july 22, 2013
9:35 am

Thrive mentioned in the New York Times

Our Board President, Doug Friedlander, is featured in this article which examines the presence of Teach For America in the Delta.

Towards the end of the article, Co-Founder of Thrive Terrance Clark and our graphic design services for small business and non-profits are mentioned. Please read the article to get a sense of what life is like where we live and work.

Click here to read the article.


june 13, 2013
4:32 pm

Will Staley interviewed by Insight Labs

Thrive Co-Founder Will Staley offers his perspective on community design in an interview with Andrew Benedict-Nelson from Insight Labs. 

Read the full interview here.


MAY 24, 2013
2:46 PM

Thrive & Kiva Zip partnership announced in Huffington Post

"Strategic partnerships at home and across the country are at the heart of Thrive's work. Its newest partnership as a Trustee for Kiva allows Thrive to expand its offerings to [business incubator] participants, and makes Helena an environment that is friendly to entrepreneurs and innovators."

Read more here.


january 30, 2013
2:47 pm

Helena Second Saturdays recognized at Delta Byways banquet

Helena Second Saturdays was recognized at the Arkansas Delta Byways Awards for its efforts.

Thrive’s program was recognized in the “Boot-Strap” category for accomplishing much within a tight budget. The evening was shared with supporters and partners of the program.


august 6, 2012
2:34 pm

Thrive awarded grant by Arkansas Community Foundation

Arkansas Community Foundation recently announced a total of $60,000 in grants to five organizations serving the Arkansas Delta region.

These grants were awarded from the Arkansas Delta Endowment for Building Community, established at the Foundation in 2009 to provide a source of funding for innovative, community-based projects that will improve social and economic conditions for children and families in 26 Delta counties in Arkansas.

We were funded for the implementation of the Design Measures Fellowship Program which will provide marketing and design support to entrepreneurs in the Arkansas Delta region.

We are thrilled that we have received this funding and will now begin the process of hiring two mission-driven graphic designers to be with us here in Helena for a one-year fellowship position.


OCtober 19, 2012
4:43 PM

Just launched: The Phillips County Voter Guide

Today, Thrive, with a partnership of the Leadership Goal Team of the Phillips County Strategic Plan (Delta Bridge Project) and the Helena Daily World launched the Phillips County Voter Guide.

It’s our responsibility to be informed voters, right? And, like it or not, the people we vote for on the local level can make a big difference on our quality of life. Early voting begins October 22nd! Pick up the paper at the Daily World's office or check it out digitally. Go vote!

Click here to view the PDF version of the guide.