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A Message from the Chair
What happened to summer? I truly can't believe we are already into fall but let's be honest ... I love fall. I want to thank everyone who made this summer so amazing and fulfilling.

We spent time with our friends at the Zoo. 

We watched the sunset over the river at Rockwater Marina. 

We learned more about private dining opportunities at the Little Rock Club when they hosted us for happy hour.

We threw axes inside of a small warehouse at Take Aim. 
 
We learned more about each other. 
 
The fun doesn't stop!
 
This fall we are going to continue to come together to grow our skills and be visible in the community with our Unplugged Speaker Series and Pop Up In the Rock. 
 
If you are not sure how to get involved, let us know! I would love to get you plugged in. 
 
Thanks,

Rhonna Wade
2019 CLR Chair
Monthly Happy Hour @
42 Bar & Table

Thurs, Sep 19th
5:30 -7:30 pm

42 Bar & Table - at the Clinton Library


For this month's CLR Happy Hour, we're enjoying the cooler late September weather on the patio of 42 Bar and Table.  42 Bar and Table is part of the Clinton Presidential Library and is located beneath the overhang overlooking the river.  Take in the awesome views of the Arkansas River and the Clinton Bridge while sipping on craft beer, wine, or a great cocktail.  The entrance is down the outside stairs on the left just before the main entrance to the library. 




Unplugged Speaker Series
Featuring Warren Stephens


Unplugged w/ Warren Stephens
Chairman, President, & CEO, Stephens Inc.

Thurs, Sep 26th,  Noon - 1 pm
Little Rock Regional Chamber - 200 E. Markham


Create Little Rock is excited to welcome Warren Stephens  as our next Unplugged speaker!   Mr. Stephens is Chairman, President, and CEO of Stephens Inc.,  and independent financial services firm and one of the largest privately owned investment banks in the country.  

Bring your own lunch or reserve a box lunch from Bray Gourmet for $10 HERE. (Water & soft drinks included.)
 
Our Unplugged Speaker Series offers the chance to dialogue with local business leaders in a laid-back environment.  
 

About Warren Stephens:
Warren A. Stephens, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stephens Inc., is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he received his BA in economics. He later received his MBA from Wake Forest University.

He began his investment banking career as an associate in the Corporate Finance Department at Stephens Inc. Later, he was Senior Vice President of the Capital Markets Group and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1986. In addition to his management responsibilities associated with Stephens Inc., he served on the NASD District Conduct Committee for three years finishing as its chairman. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Dillard's Inc. and is a former member of the Board of Trustees at Washington and Lee University and was co-chair of the successful Capital Campaign that concluded in June, 2015.

Active in community and civic affairs, he is a past chairman of the board of the Arkansas Arts Center and is currently a member of the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Board, as well as a former chairman. He is Chair of Episcopal Collegiate School Foundation Board and he served as chairman of the Capital Campaign to renovate the current theatre for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. He also is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Central Arkansas Boys and Girls Club.

PopUp in the Rock Update
Save the Date!
Sat, Oct. 5th
The PopUp in the Rock Committee has been hard at work planning and designing this year's PopUp project: PopUp Southwest! We'll be giving our signature PopUp treatment to a few blocks of Geyer Springs Road just north of I-30.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 5th for the annual demonstration day.  There will also be a work/cleanup day the previous Saturday - September 28th.  Want to get involved? Email Jennifer Hoss and she'll add you to the list:  ja.hoss@gmail.com.


Other Things Going on Around Town
Arkansas Association of Black Professionals Presents:

Black Food Truck Festival
Saturday, Sep 7th, Noon - 4pm
@ Philander Smith College


The Arkansas Association of Black Professionals will host its third annual Black Food Truck Festival Saturday, September 7th, on the campus of Philander Smith College. This family-friendly event is designed to celebrate black entrepreneurship and culinary skills while showcasing the cultural diversity of African American businesses.  The festival will feature vendors representing various black-owned businesses from around the state including food trucks, caterers, restaurants, and retail locations.  CLICK HERE for details. Admission is free.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Presents:

News & Brews
Monday, September 9th, 5:30 - 7pm
@ Fassler Hall


Join the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at Fassler Hall for a beer (or two) on them! This event will include demonstrations of their new app, conversations with their reporters, and a discussion on the future of news. Giveaways include a free year-long Arkansas Democrat-Gazette subscription with iPad, Razorback tickets, The Rep tickets, gift cards, and more!   CLICK HERE for details.
Little Rock Regional Chamber Presents:

Innovations & Libations
as part of 
Minority Enterprise Development Week

Tuesday, September 10th, 5 - 7 PM
@ Mosaic Templars Cultural Center


This educational networking event will highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of African American businesses from the past. A $5 ticket gets you two drinks and heavy appetizers. CLICK HERE for details and tickets.

Diversity and inclusion are key to growing our regional economy. The Little Rock Regional Chamber helps minority businesses grow and celebrates their successes each September during Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. The week includes seminars, training and networking opportunities tailored specifically for the needs of minority business owners. The week's activities include the much-anticipated annual awards ceremony and luncheon. Click Here to see other MED Week events.
Little Rock Regional Chamber Presents:

Networking Fiesta
as part of 
Minority Enterprise Development Week

Thursday, September 12, 5 - 6:30 PM
@ La Terazza Rum Loungh


MED Week continues on Thursday with this multicultural networking event hosted by La Terraza Rum & Lounge featuring authentic Venezuelan food. Come meet some of the driving forces within the growing Hispanic community in a fun and relaxed environment. 

A $5 ticket gets you two beverages and authentic Venezuelan food. CLICK HERE for tickets and details.
ACANSA Arts Festival of the South
Sep. 13th - 28th


From Swing and Strings to Stand-up and the Silver Screen, ACANSA has the ideal lineup to make your September spectacular! The sixth annual ACANSA Arts Festival of the South spans three weekends in September from the 13th-28th in venues across Little Rock and North Little Rock.

ACANSA Arts Festival of the South exists as a visual and performing arts festival dedicated to building a more dynamic and engaging community through the arts and enriching the cultural vitality of the region. By fostering creative collaborations among artists, patrons, businesses, and community institutions, we facilitate the creation and presentation of more compelling art that encourages public dialogue, economic innovation, exposes people to a wider array of artistic experiences, and makes our community a stronger and more vibrant place to live.
 CLICK HERE for details.

Downtown Little Rock Partnership Presents:
Main Street Food Truck Fest
Sun, Sep. 22nd, 11am-6pm


The 9th Annual Main Street Food Truck Festival will be held on Sunday, September 22, and will feature over 80 food trucks, dozens of craft vendors, a variety of entertainers, and much more. The festival will be held from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Main Street and Capitol Avenue, right in the heart of the city. Every block will be loaded with plenty of food, entertainment, and beer. CLICK HERE for details.
YADALOO Music & Arts Festival
Sun, Sep. 22nd, 2pm-9pm
North Shore Riverwalk Park, NLR


The Yadaloo Music and Arts Festival presented by Heritage Agriculture of Arkansas is a one-day event held on the shores of the Arkansas river at the North Shore Riverwalk Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas on Sunday, September 22, 2019. 

The festival will feature a main stage with national, regional and local Americana and country music acts playing from 2pm until 9pm.   CLICK HERE for tickets and details.
9th Annual World Cheese Dip Championship
Saturday, Oct. 5th, Noon- 4 PM
@ Clinton Presidential Library Grounds


DIP, SIP, REPEAT at the 9th Annual World Cheese Dip Championship, Saturday, October 5th from noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center. Make your taste buds heard and vote to help crown the World Cheese Dip Champions.
All proceeds benefit Harmony Health Clinic which provides free medical and dental services to the uninsured in Pulaski County. 
CLICK HERE for details and tickets.

Little Rock Live Music

Date
Band
Venue
Cost (advance/day
of)
Fri, Sep 6 Dazz & Brie Stickyz $10
Sat, Sep 7 Joshua Asante solo (of Amasa Hines & Velvet Kente) White Water Tavern $6
Thurs, Sep 12 Rodney Block w/ Bijoux & others White Water Tavern
Fri, Sep 13 Amy LaVere White Water Tavern
Fri, Sep 13 Big Red Flag Four Quarter Bar $7
Sat, Sep 14 Mickey & the Motorcars Stickyz $10/12
Wed, Sep 18 Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards) White Water Tavern $12
Thurs, Sep 26 Josh Abbott Band Rev Room $20/25
Fri, Sep 27 Supersuckers Four Quarter Bar $12/15

Get Involved: Join A Committee
Looking to get involved? Create Little Rock has 4  committees you can join.  Learn about them below, and email the committee chair to get on the list.  Committee meeting schedules are determined by each of the committee chairs.

Be501 Committee:
Be501.com  was conceived by the Economic Development Committee of Create Little Rock's Think Big Little Rock initiative.  It's designed to be a 1-stop shop for things to do in the Little Rock Region.  It's in its beta phase while we build up a committee of volunteers to regularly contribute upcoming events and activities to the site.  The Be501 committee is chaired by Kody Robinson, CLR's Communications Chairman. If you'd like to be an influencer, email Kody and join his committee.  

Talent Development Committee: 
Responsible for selecting speakers for our Unplugged Speaker Series, organizing the Get on Board program, and facilitating Serve the Rock and Crew at the Zoo.
Chaired by  Brian Kutsch.
 
Land in the Rock Committee: 
Organizes and implements  our annual Land in the Rock summer program designed to entertain interns, law clerks, and medical residents who are here for the summer and demonstrate to them what Little Rock has to offer.  These events are also for young professionals who have recently moved to Little Rock.  To see last summer's schedule, visit our Land in the Rock page. 
Chaired by Jared Landrum and Devin Bates.

PopUp in the Rock Committee:
Organizes and implements our annual PopUp in the Rock project in partnership with studioMAIN.  To learn more about PopUp, visit our PopUp in the Rock page.  
Chaired by Jennifer Hoss.
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