Join us • November 8-14, 2021

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 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 8-14.



All events will be held at The Generator.

Due to COVID-19:

Lunch & Learn: Demystifying the Kiva Crowdfunding Platform

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November 8, 12-1pm

The Generator presents a Lunch & Learn workshop to demystified Kiva, a global non-profit crowdfunding platform providing 0% interest loans for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Come to learn how you could add KIVA, as a valuable tool, to your Access to Capital bucket.    The Generator @GFPB is a designated LISC Kiva trustee. As a borrower, you can get one-on-one support throughout the application and crowdfunding process. Trustees endorse the borrower’s loan and enable the business to qualify for LISC’s 1:1 matching fund.

Lunch & Learn: Contracting Programs for Woman-Owned Small Businesses

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November 9, 11:30am-1:30pm

Learn about special programs that level the playing field for women business owners in the government contracting arena. When buying goods and services, certain government entities limit competition for specific contracts to women-owned small businesses. This presentation will focus on two certifications available to woman-owned small businesses headquartered in Arkansas: the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) WOSB (Woman-Owned Small Business) federal contracting program and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s MWBE (Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise) state contracting program. PTAC counselor will discuss features and benefits of both programs.

A Conversation with Beverly Morrow – Engineer, Entrepreneur, Mother, Philanthropist

#GEW2021 #Inclusion

November 9, 6:00 - 7:30pm

Join us in welcoming Beverly Morrow back to Pine Bluff. Don’t miss a chance to hear about Beverly’s life, business, and philanthropy advice. Beverly Morrow, current Chair of the Board of Arkansas Children’s Hospital comes back to Pine Bluff to have a conversation with Mildred Franco, Executive Director of The Generator. They will talk about Beverly’s move to the South from Brooklyn, her life in Arkansas as the owner of McDonald’s Restaurants in Pine Bluff and Central Arkansas, what she has learned about raising three high achieving children, and why she is dedicated to philanthropy work now. There will be networking over food and drinks, and a Q&A after the conversation. 

Lunch & Learn: Simmons Bank Supports Small Businesses

#GEW2021 #Education

November 10, 12-1pm

Simmons Bank’s Business Support Team will discuss the various programs they offer to support small businesses.

Happy Hour is the Best Hour!

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November 12, 5-6:30pm

Network and celebrate with peers and a community of supporters as we grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem!