SBA Arkansas 2020 Entrepreneurial Support Organization of the Year: ReMix Ideas

SBA Arkansas 2020 Entrepreneurial Support Organization of the Year: ReMix Ideas

Congratulations to ReMix Ideas – the SBA Arkansas 2020 Entrepreneurial Support Organization of the Year! Benito Lubazibwa founded ReMix Ideas in 2017 with the mission of building a more inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem for Black-owned small businesses.

Through its small business assistance programs, ReMix Ideas has helped 50+ businesses get started, strengthened 150+ businesses, and hosted 7 pitch competitions. ReMix Ideas programs include:

  • ReMix Ideas Business Academy (RIBA) – A 12-week program tailored to address the unique barriers faced by entrepreneurs in communities of color.
  • The Rock It! Lab – A partnership with Central Arkansas Library System that provides under-resourced entrepreneurs with no-cost co-working space, technical assistance, workshops, programs, events, and one-on-one consulting.
  • Shop Black Live (SBL) – A weekly show and online marketplace showcasing and selling Black-owned products.
  • Power of Many Grant – $1,000 micro-grants and technical assistance awarded to 12 recipients annually.
  • Little Rock Night Market: A family-friendly event for startups, artists, and entrepreneurs to showcase and test their ideas/products while encouraging shoppers to buy local and strengthening the local economy.
  • Freedom Project: Provides African Americans who have been formerly incarcerated with the tools and resources to start and run successful businesses.

The onset of COVID-19 created more challenges for Black-owned businesses which traditionally lack access to resources during a crisis. In response, ReMix Ideas launched the COVID-19 Equity in Action Group  an assembly of stakeholders who work together to anticipate, solve and advocate for equitable outcomes for Black enterprises during and after the pandemic. Learn more at www.remixideas.com

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