Conductor Annual Report presents 2023 as a year of growth & new services

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Conductor releases 2023 annual report

Growth and new services are themes of the 2023 annual report released recently by Conductor, a public-private partnership between the University of Central Arkansas and Startup Junkie Consulting. Conductor’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs, innovators, and small business leaders in Arkansas at no cost.

Conductor releases annual report
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Significant outcomes from the 2023 annual report include:

  • 49% of clients reported entering a new market
  • 60.5% increase in outreach engagements over 2022
  • 96.1% reported they learned something new at Conductor activities
  • 88+ net promoter score
  • 52.8% of clients reported adding new products or services
  • 141 total members of the Arnold Innovation Center

In 2023, Conductor expanded their services to entrepreneurs and saw growth in their clients, consults, and overall reach, which equaled 9,429 entrepreneurs served. They expanded services through their Conductor Connect SME network, AIC Lending Library, and AIC Peer Groups. There was additional expanded reach through outreach efforts across central Arkansas and the state.

“We saw great success in our programming and growth in 2023, but more importantly many of our clients were able to grow their teams and increase revenues.”, said Grace Rains, Conductor Executive Director.

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Feedback in the report from an entrepreneur included “The Conductor and its team members are knowledgeable, well-networked, adaptable, and prompt. They take the initiative to forward potentially fruitful business opportunities and ideas. And, they are consistently positive, encouraging, and innovative. We are thrilled to have them as partners during this season of our business development and extension.”

Jeff Standridge, Conductor Managing Director, shared, “The Conductor has been empowering entrepreneurs and small business leaders for over seven years now, and our overall reach and impact continue to grow. I am so proud of this team, and I am so grateful to our many supporters and financial partners who make our work possible. This annual report is just a glimpse of what we get to do every single day.”

To see the full report, visit

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