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Two NWA businesses move to final round of Good Food Awards, The Racket gets the party rolling, and an indoor triathlon at the Jones Center.
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Heartland Forward Launches Inaugural Stepping Stones Cohort
Bentonville nonprofit Heartland Forward, in collaboration with D.C. firm Builders + Backers, has launched the inaugural Stepping Stones program to help entrepreneurs in the Heartland launch revenue-generating companies and create jobs.
Let’s Get It Started: Builders + Backers selected 12 entrepreneurs for the first cohort of the year-long Stepping Stones program, offering $25,000 in non-dilutive funding and support to help get their businesses off the ground.
Local Leaders: Two Northwest Arkansas-based startups are participants in the Stepping Stones program, including Abily — a tech startup working on a picture-based web browsing experience for people with motor and visual disabilities — and Gnargo Bike Co., which repurposes classic steel bike frames into electric-assisted cargo bikes.
Read more about Stepping Stones in Talk Business & Politics HERE.
Two Northwest Arkansas Businesses Are Finalists In The 2024 Good Food Awards
Selected from over 1,700 entries, Onyx Coffee Lab and Pink House Alchemy have each been named finalists in the 14th annual Good Food Awards. How’s that for some Northwest Arkansas excellence?!
Tastes Good, Too: The Good Food Awards is an annual program in the U.S. that recognizes outstanding food and drink producers committed to sustainability, social responsibility, and craftsmanship across various categories through blind tastings and a rigorous vetting process.
Simply Sweet: Onyx earned a finalist spot in the chocolate category for both its 69% Madagascar and Chai Milk Chocolate bars. Pink House made the top list in the elixirs category with its pH Delight. Passing intense category-specific standards demonstrates each brand’s commitment to quality and sustainability.
See the complete list of finalists HERE.
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Arts & Culture
Gain Insights Into Navigating Your Creative Career During The Next Table Talks With CACHE
The next installment of Table Talks by CACHE, Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange, will feature local artists Jeremiah Pickett and Brandy Lee Harris for a night of community and inspiration on Wednesday, Jan 31, from 6-8p.
Food For Thought: Table Talks is a monthly gathering at the Medium in Springdale, intended to gather local creatives for an evening of inspiration and community building over a shared meal. The event is free, but registration is encouraged to save a spot at the table and ensure you get a plate!
At The Table: The theme for this month is Re-direction: finding your way through key turning points in your career, featuring thought-provoking musician and artist Jeremiah Pickett, aka Baang, and Brandy Lee Harris, the founder of Big Sister Studio, a fashion design and sewing studio in Fayetteville.
Food is provided, and registration is free. Sign up HERE.
Ready, Set, Tri: Start Training For The Jones Center’s 2024 Indoor Triathlon
The Jones Center will host its 2024 Indoor Triathlon — a swim, bike, and run competition held entirely indoors — on Saturday, Mar 2.
Tri It Out: From beginners to experienced triathletes gearing up for spring competition season, the Indoor Triathlon is a great way to start the year. With the Training Add-On, participants can get unlimited access to The Jones Center’s fitness classes and fitness center leading up to the event.
Going The Distance: Participants will have 10 minutes to swim, 20 minutes to bike (stationary), and 15 minutes to run (treadmill) to log as many miles as possible. First, second, and third-place winners will receive awards, and all participants will receive medals and an Indoor Triathlon T-shirt.
Cost is $40 per person/$32 for Jones Center members. Register HERE.
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In other news…
🎻 Well Cello There: Composed of members from China, Brazil, South Korea, and the United States, the Galvin Cello Quartet will perform at Walton Arts Center on Tuesday, Jan 30, at 7p.
🧑⚕️ Nursed Up: The University of Arkansas made a recent top ten list of Best Online RN-to-BSN Programs in 2024 by Forbes Advisor.
🥎 At Bat: Arkansas Softball is ranked No. 8 in the preseason poll by Softball America and has five players named among its Top 100 college players.
🛶 Down By The River: Fayetteville city officials are seeking community input on plans for Combs Park, part of a restoration project on the West Fork of the White River that will be Fayetteville’s first true river access park.
🦈 Sharkansas Time: We’re giving away two tickets to the Arkansas Mens’ Basketball matchup with Kentucky at Bud Walton Arena this Saturday, Jan 27, at 5p. Head over to our Instagram to enter!
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