The Walton Family Foundation is rooted in Northwest Arkansas, a place infused with entrepreneurial spirit. Today, ensuring that all residents have the opportunity and resources they need to start and grow a business is central to the work of our Home Region program. A thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem not only strengthens the local economy, but helps ensure that Northwest Arkansas continues to lead as one of the most thriving and inclusive communities in the country.
To learn more about these efforts, I sat down with Rodrigo Salas, executive director of the Northwest Arkansas chapter of EforAll, a national nonprofit that helps underrepresented entrepreneurs successfully start and grow their businesses through training, mentorship and professional support. We discussed inclusive programming for the region’s growing Hispanic population, along with his vision to support local businesses of all kinds grow and thrive.