The Generator is part of the Economic Development Plan. It seeks to create a collaborative entrepreneurial ecosystem – through programs and partnerships to drive innovation, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas.
Mildred J. Franco, Executive Director of The Generator, and the GFPB team are currently working on securing the funding for The Generator.
The preliminary design has been completed and Franco and her advisory committee are meeting to finalize program offerings.
Workshops focusing on small business issues began in August 2018 through partnerships with the U.S. Small Business Association, Communities Unlimited and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. Workshops will continue throughout 2019.
The idea is to enhance and to leverage assets already in the community. We are working to partner with Southeast Arkansas College as well as other public and private entities in the city and the region. The Generator has an MOU in place with UAPB Business Incubator and U.S. SBA.
GFPB has been selected to join the Rural LISC network of partner organizations. Rural LISC is a national program created by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to expand its reach to include rural communities. LISC is a community development support organization working in metropolitan areas across the country. Currently, Rural LISC partners with 87 rural community-based organizations across 44 states, helping them identify challenges and opportunities, and delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs.
See The Generator’s tab on the website for more information.