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