A beginning entrepreneurship accelerator designed by The Generator, for those seriously considering starting a business and those who have already started a business but are searching for clarity and a fuller understanding of running a successful business in Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas.

This 12-week accelerator will be delivered in a hybrid format. Lessons will be self-paced on Accenture’s online-platform, weekly evening meetings will be in-person to discuss and amplify the lessons with presentations by subject matter experts and experienced entrepreneurs, videos, and more. The program will start the week of March 15th and will end the week of May 31st

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 5, 2021

The Generate for Generations program is designed for community patrons based on the Lean Startup methodology that focuses on the build, measure, and learn loop. It will be a three-part series taking place February – April.

Part III: Makerspace 103 - Making Your Mark

In Part III of the series, patrons will learn to implement designs for production, and they will also learn how to safely use equipment. Patrons will learn how to navigate equipment from the software that supports it, and how to produce material on 3D equipment.

The Generate for Generations program is designed for community patrons based on the Lean Startup methodology that focuses on the build, measure, and learn loop. It will be a three-part series taking place February – April.

Part II: Makerspace 102 - Raising your Ideas

Part II of the series, it is an introductory course that takes patrons from 2D to 3D concepts in design and takes a more in-depth look into creating g-codes. A continuum of training around the basic use of Makerspace equipment. Raising Your Ideas will cover software basics, the Z-Axis, the G-Code and extruding the design.

WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE?

A makerspace is a room that contains tools and components, allowing people to enter with an idea and leave with a complete project. It is a communal area that helps people learn, collaborate, and share ideas. Makerspaces help people to explore, create new things, or improve things that already exist.

WHAT DOES THE GENERATOR’S MAKERSPACE MEAN TO BUSINESSES, ENTREPRENEURS, WOULD-BE ENTREPRENEURS, AND MAKERS IN PINE BLUFF?

The Generator’s Makerspace at 435 South Main Street in Pine Bluff provides an opportunity for inventors, engineers, business owners, entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs, and makers to work and collaborate on ideas and projects for product development, business improvements, hobbies, and events. The Generator’s Makerspace provides a platform to engage community and business development for the young and old.

HOW AND WHEN WILL THE SPACE BE UTILIZED?

The Generator’s Makerspace will open the first week in February. It will be open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. It will offer periodic after hours for working members to utilize the space. Members can schedule appointments to have one-on-one consultations, attend workshops for assistance in using the equipment and/or design software. The space is equipped with 3D printers, a laser engraver, a CNC router, and workspaces that are ideal for designing and tinkering. An on-site makerspace facilitator is available to assist members in product development.

Coming in April

Part III: Making Your Mark - Makerspace 103 - April

In Makerspace 103, patrons will learn to implement designs for production, and they will also learn how to safely use equipment. Patrons will learn how to navigate equipment from the software that supports it, and how to produce material on 3D equipment.

For questions, you may email Verna Perry
Makerspace Facilitator
perryverna@goforwardpb.org

The Generate for Generations program is designed for community patrons based on the Lean Startup methodology that focuses on the build, measure, and learn loop. It will be a three-part series taking place February – April.

Part I: In Plane View - Makerspace 101

In Part I of the series, patrons will be trained on the basic concepts of working out ideas on a plane from a 2D perspective in relation to designing for production in 3D. Patrons will be introduced to Makerspace equipment (3D printers, Laser Engraver, CNC Router) and software used to develop products. The course will also introduce the concept around developing a product for consumers or for general purposes related to their business..

WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE?

A makerspace is a room that contains tools and components, allowing people to enter with an idea and leave with a complete project. It is a communal area that helps people learn, collaborate, and share ideas. Makerspaces help people to explore, create new things, or improve things that already exist.

WHAT DOES THE GENERATOR’S MAKERSPACE MEAN TO BUSINESSES, ENTREPRENEURS, WOULD-BE ENTREPRENEURS, AND MAKERS IN PINE BLUFF?

The Generator’s Makerspace at 435 South Main Street in Pine Bluff provides an opportunity for inventors, engineers, business owners, entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs, and makers to work and collaborate on ideas and projects for product development, business improvements, hobbies, and events. The Generator’s Makerspace provides a platform to engage community and business development for the young and old.

HOW AND WHEN WILL THE SPACE BE UTILIZED?

The Generator’s Makerspace will open the first week in February. It will be open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. It will offer periodic after hours for working members to utilize the space. Members can schedule appointments to have one-on-one consultations, attend workshops for assistance in using the equipment and/or design software. The space is equipped with 3D printers, a laser engraver, a CNC router, and workspaces that are ideal for designing and tinkering. An on-site makerspace facilitator is available to assist members in product development.

Coming in March and April

Part II: Raising Your Ideas - Makerspace 102 - March

Patrons will learn how to go from 2D to 3D concepts in design and takes a more in-depth look into creating g-codes. A continuum of training around the basic use of Makerspace equipment

Part III: Making Your Mark - Makerspace 103 - April

In Makerspace 103, patrons will learn to implement designs for production, and they will also learn how to safely use equipment. Patrons will learn how to navigate equipment from the software that supports it, and how to produce material on 3D equipment.

For questions, you may email Verna Perry
Makerspace Facilitator
perryverna@goforwardpb.org

March 9th - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Selling to the government is different than selling in the private sector. Come learn about different government contract types, state and federal procurement processes, and how you can register your business to sell products or services to the government. This course is of special benefit to those companies that have no experience in government contracting or are relatively new to the process. The instructor is Liz Russell, Procurement Counselor with Arkansas PTAC.

March 30th - 6:00 - 7:30 PM

This training provides an overview and best practices for understanding what government buyers need and communicating your company’s value proposition to them. Topics include small business set asides, the role of certifications, vendor registration sites, market research tools, federal and state spending thresholds, and marketing tools such as the SBA Marketing Profile, capability statement, your company’s online presence, and networking events. The instructor is Liz Russell, Procurement Counselor with Arkansas PTAC.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

THE BLACK ESTABLISHMENTS OF PINE BLUFF

THE BLACK ESTABLISHMENTS OF PINE BLUFF

Yancy’s Furniture and Appliances

“Anything you start, you have to be dedicated to it. If you tell people you are going to open at a certain time, you must be there. You are not going to get rich overnight.”

Queen Esther Yancy

Queen Esther Yancy sits regal in her appearance after over fifty years in business at Yancy’s Furniture at 1610 West 2nd Street. Yancy’s Furniture and Appliances began with the late Lewis Yancy, Sr. fixing radios and televisions in 1946. Lewis, Sr. started the business in 1969 at 1602 West Second Avenue and moved across the street shortly after to 1610 West Second Avenue,

The Flowers family is recognized in Arkansas as one of service in the professional fields of law, medicine, and politics. Three Flowers siblings have served thousands of patients in their respective Pine Bluff businesses for well over many years of service between the two brothers and sister. They continue to serve their patients under one roof at the Flowers Medical Building, located at 1401 South State Street, where their father, the late Dr. Cleon A. Flowers, Sr. owned and operated The Links Hospital and where the family resided for over three decades.

THE BLACK ESTABLISHMENTS OF PINE BLUFF

Trammell’s Beauty and Barber Supply

“They met in high school and my father helped my mother to get into the business, because he could see that she was gifted in haircare. He recognized her developing talent for haircare, because he had watched his sister perform the craft and he knew my mother could do it.”

Rosemary Trammell Norman

The Trammell’s Beauty and Barber Supply, Inc. is a black love and black business story intertwined that deserves the honor to be recognized as a Black Establishment in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Clincy Trammell, Jr. and Thedora Clemmons Trammell started the business in the summer of 1965 on University Avenue in U.S. Brown’s building.

THE BLACK ESTABLISHMENTS OF PINE BLUFF

Pop’s Barber and Beauty Shop

“One day I was walking downtown to go to Looking Good’s Clothing Store and saw the building, and I said, I like that corner and started to think about how it could become my barbershop.”

Kendrick “Pop” Williams, Sr.

Established in 2003, Pop’s Barber and Beauty has quickly become a cornerstone to downtown Pine Bluff. The Generator@GFPB had to walk only a couple of blocks to find a business that has become an establishment in less than two decades of service. Kendrick Williams represents a large entourage of barber and beauty establishments that serves Pine Bluff and the surrounding communities.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 #GEW2020
Join us • November 16-22, 2020.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is celebrated each November in 170 countries by more than 9 million participants through more than 34,000 events. This year, Pine Bluff will be joining 18 other communities in Arkansas to celebrate our entrepreneurs and showcase the impact they have in our community. In spite of COVID-19, our entrepreneurs have demonstrated resilience and shown lessons in adaptation as most businesses find themselves adapting their operations due to the pandemic. Join us for the events during the week of November 16-22.
#GEWArkansas

Gentrepreneurship: Creating a Business

A 12-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs with less than three years in business with the insights, relationships and tools needed to turn their business ideas into action. If you have a business idea that is ready to be put in action, or if you have already started your business and you are searching for clarity in marketing and a fuller understanding of running a successful business., join us to learn how this program may be for you.

#GEWArkansas

Registration is now closed

Monday, November 16, 2020
5:30 PM

Zoom

Google My Business

It is a free tool for businesses to manage their online presence and connect with customers across Google Search and Maps. It is for businesses and organizations that make in-person contact with customers. Showing up when customers are searching online is more important than ever. Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use. In this workshop, you will learn how to create and manage a Google business profile from start to finish. In this session we’ll show you how to: Create or claim your Business Profile on Google Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers.

#GEWArkansas

Registration is now closed

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Zoom

Celebrating Small Business Stories

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Pine Bluff Small Business Association presents the entrepreneurial journeys of a couple of its members: Fathers & Sons Clothier – David Maddox, and Uptown Salon & Boutique – Jan Robinson. Mildred Franco will present a short program about The Generator as a resource for small businesses.

#GEWArkansas

No Registration

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Donald D Reynolds Center
211 W 3rd Ave, Pine Bluff, AR 71601

A Brew of Entrepreneurial Journeys

Join us for a cup of coffee at The Generator’s first in-person event in our new facility to hear the entrepreneurial journeys of Marvin Cawthon Jr. – 5 Star Cutz Reggie Cole – Natural Bliss Verna Perry – Carpenter’s Daughter Latasha Taggart – Tagg’d Fashion Boutique.

#GEWArkansas

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited, and registration is required.

Registration is now closed

Thursday, November 19, 2020
9-10 AM

The Generator
435 South Main Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

Gentrepreneurship: Creating a Business

A 12-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs with less than three years in business with the insights, relationships and tools needed to turn their business ideas into action. If you have a business idea that is ready to be put in action, or if you have already started your business and you are searching for clarity in marketing and a fuller understanding of running a successful business., join us to learn how this program may be for you.

#GEWArkansas

Registration is now closed

Monday, November 16, 2020
5:30 PM

Zoom

Google My Business

It is a free tool for businesses to manage their online presence and connect with customers across Google Search and Maps. It is for businesses and organizations that make in-person contact with customers. Showing up when customers are searching online is more important than ever. Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use. In this workshop, you will learn how to create and manage a Google business profile from start to finish. In this session we’ll show you how to: Create or claim your Business Profile on Google Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers.

#GEWArkansas

Registration is now closed

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Zoom

Celebrating Small Business Stories

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Pine Bluff Small Business Association presents the entrepreneurial journeys of a couple of its members: Fathers & Sons Clothier – David Maddox, and Uptown Salon & Boutique – Jan Robinson. Mildred Franco will present a short program about The Generator as a resource for small businesses.

#GEWArkansas

No Registration

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Donald D Reynolds Center
211 W 3rd Ave, Pine Bluff, AR 71601

A Brew of Entrepreneurial Journeys

Join us for a cup of coffee at The Generator’s first in-person event in our new facility to hear the entrepreneurial journeys of Marvin Cawthon Jr. – 5 Star Cutz Reggie Cole – Natural Bliss Verna Perry – Carpenter’s Daughter Latasha Taggart – Tagg’d Fashion Boutique.

#GEWArkansas

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited, and registration is required.

Registration is now closed

Thursday, November 19, 2020
9-10 AM

The Generator
435 South Main Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

Join Our Team!

Front Desk Associate

The Front Desk Associate (FDA) will be a passionate champion for the visitors and members, and responsible for setting the stage for an incredible experience at The Generator...

Education Programs Coordinator

The job of the Education Programs Coordinator at The Generator is to develop, coordinate, deliver, implement, and evaluate The Generator’s education programs...

Front Desk Associate

The Front Desk Associate (FDA) will be a passionate champion for the visitors and members, and responsible for setting the stage for an incredible experience at The Generator...

Makerspace Facilitator

The job of the Makerspace Facilitator at The Generator is to develop, coordinate, deliver, implement, and evaluate The Generator’s makerspace programs ...

Education Programs Coordinator

The job of the Education Programs Coordinator at The Generator is to develop, coordinate, deliver, implement, and evaluate The Generator’s education programs...

Front Desk Associate

The Front Desk Associate (FDA) will be a passionate champion for the visitors and members, and responsible for setting the stage for an incredible experience at The Generator...

Makerspace Facilitator

The job of the Makerspace Facilitator at The Generator is to develop, coordinate, deliver, implement, and evaluate The Generator’s makerspace programs ...

Makerspace Facilitator

The job of the Makerspace Facilitator at The Generator is to develop, coordinate, deliver, implement, and evaluate The Generator’s makerspace programs ...

Front Desk Associate

The Front Desk Associate (FDA) will be a passionate champion for the visitors and members, and responsible for setting the stage for an incredible experience at The Generator...

The Generator is partnering with the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI), a national non-profit action tank working to advance economic prosperity in small towns across the country, and Udacity, an online learning platform whose mission it is to advance careers through tech education to bring The Future Is Digital Challenge to the Jefferson County community. The challenge focuses on training rural Americans interested in learning new digital skills to help them participate in the nation’s growing tech economy. 

Learn more The Future is Digital Challenge

  • Nurturing Innovation
  • Supporting Self-Empowerment
The Generator is an innovation hub powered by Go Forward Pine Bluff. The Generator houses a coworking space, a makerspace and a digital space with the latest in technology. It is a space that creates a fun environment where risk-taking, imagining, problem-solving, discovery, collaboration, and exploration brings the community of Pine Bluff together to learn and grow.
The Generator is an innovation hub powered by Go Forward Pine Bluff. The Generator houses a coworking space, a makerspace and a digital space with the latest in technology. It is a space that creates a fun environment where risk-taking, imagining, problem-solving, discovery, collaboration, and exploration brings the community of Pine Bluff together to learn and grow.
The purpose of The Generator is to generate economic growth through programs, partnerships, and technology.

The mission of The Generator is to empower makers, dreamers, and doers that generate a thriving and inclusive community by providing space, tools, and programs to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. The Generator’s values are to generate Growth, Entrepreneurship, Networking, Empowerment, Resources, Advocacy, Technology, and Education.
Through experiences at The Generator, individuals and the community are engaged in building relationships and developing businesses and innovative ideas to contribute to the economic growth of the region, as well as eliminating barriers along the way – creating a collaborative, diverse and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas.
The Generator activities are aimed at:
• Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Pine Bluff and throughout the region with special emphasis on minority innovators and entrepreneurs.
• Training the next generation of innovators by providing entrepreneurial education using the Lean Start-up methodology.
• Serving as a coordinating hub to integrate and efficiently leverage existing entrepreneurial support resources in the region, the state, and the nation. The Generator is a member of the Rural Innovation Network, a program of the Center on Rural Innovation in Vermont, as well as RuralRISE, a nationwide entrepreneurial ecosystem builders alliance.
• Raising the level of digital skills in the community.
• Bringing visibility to Pine Bluff as an attractive location for the creation of businesses.

POSTPONED

Due to the evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 public health crisis, and after much thought and consideration Go Forward Pine Bluff has elected to postpone the 2020 Job Fair scheduled for April 22-23. The health and safety of our community, our participating partners and companies are our top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and heed the recommendations of our city and state officials. We will be announcing a new date as soon as it is possible. Please stay connected to our website www.goforwardpinebluff.org and Facebook pages for announcements.

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.
But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.
But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.