BUILD Academy | City of Little Rock


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What is BUILD Academy?

Definition: BUILD stands for Businesses United In Leadership Development

2020 was the toughest year in modern history, and every area of life was impacted. Job loss, businesses closed, mask…a new normal. Yet we will rise together and BUILD Little Rock’s Businesses United In Leadership Development! With over 100 businesses closing in Little Rock alone, now is the time to reBUILD Little Rock Stronger – UNITED!

The BUILD Academy is an 11-week business development initiative that walks local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs through topics pertaining to business essentials.

Why BUILD Academy Matters?

BUILD matters because it connects potential with opportunity. Throughout Little Rock, an entrepreneurial spirit lives; however, not all parts of Little Rock have the resources and knowledge to turn an idea into a wealth-generating, healthy business. Through intentional location and design – as the front door for entrepreneurship in Little Rock south of I-630 – BUILD aims to create opportunity.

Where is the BUILD Academy?

The Small Business Development Office will host the BUILD Academy at the historic Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center. Additionally, BUILD will have satellite locations at local Parks & Recreation Community Centers and Housing & Neighborhood Programs Resource Centers throughout the city to create a hyper-local opportunity for businesses to thrive and collaborate.

How can you join BUILD Academy?

BUILD empowers entrepreneurs to scale their business and reach their highest potential! Join the movement and apply for the BUILD Academy. Applications for the inaugural BUILD Academy open April 15! For more information, contact the Small Business Development Office – LRSmallBusiness@littlerock.gov or 501.379.1555.

When will BUILD Academy begin?

The first cohort of BUILD Academy will begin Fall 2021! Stay tuned for additional information and exciting news about the BUILD Academy.

Little Rock Businesses United In Leadership Development Academy is an 11-week, small business-focused program that introduces businesses to the essentials to be successful and develop the best foundation to achieve their business missions.

BUILD is led by local business owners and City of Little Rock staff to explore topics ranging from business foundations, financial management, operations, marketing and sales.

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