Start a New Business

Through a partnership between PCCUA and Helena's own innovative non-profit design firm, Thrive, the Helena Entrepreneur Center (HEC) was born. It is now know as the Helena Start-Up Program

This program helps local entrepreneurs create new small businesses. Recently recognized as a “best practice” by the Arkansas Legislative Task Force on Reducing Poverty and Promoting Economic Opportunity, The Helena Start-Up Program is a comprehensive one-year business development program designed to help lower barriers and increase the likelihood of success for new entrepreneurs and their ventures. It includes classes in core business topics, one-on-one technical assistance in the development of a business plan, and the design of all marketing materials (e.g. logo, website, brochures and packaging). 

In addition, with the recent opening of Phillips Community College’s business incubator in downtown Helena, Helena Start-Up participants will have access to free office and light manufacturing space from which to launch their new ventures. For more information on the Start-Up program (including information on applying to participate), visit the Start-Up website or call 870-338-3800.