Local organizations join forces to hire executive director
The Spring River Innovation Hub Board of Directors and the Sharp County Community Foundation Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Hazelle Whited has been named Executive Director for both organizations. Whited, who lives in Sharp County, is a marketing and business management professional with more than twenty years of experience in small business development.
In an effort to maximize organizational resources and community impact, the Innovation Hub and Community Foundation are partnering to share an Executive Director and are co-locating at the Hub in the Cherokee Village Town Center.
Whited will serve as the primary point of contact between the Spring River Innovation Hub and Sharp County Community Foundation with local businesses, nonprofits, community leaders and partner organizations.
As the Hub’s Executive Director, Whited will oversee Hub programming, manage day-to-day operations, and will work with local entrepreneurs, business owners and civic leaders to create growth opportunities for area small businesses.
Whited will play a similar role with the Sharp County Community Foundation, working with the Foundation’s local board to offer tools that help Sharp County residents, businesses and organizations protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars for the benefit of Sharp County.
“Hazelle is a very community-minded professional, and we are excited to have her join our work with the Sharp County Community Foundation,” said Molly Day, board chairman of the SCCF. “She brings a great deal of experience coordinating multiple organizations and has a strong marketing background, and I am confident these skills will allow us to collectively grow our endowments and grant-making capabilities.”
In addition to leading the Hub and Community Foundation, Whited will also help spearhead the next phase of the area’s CREATE Bridges grant as a regional coordinator with support from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Community and Economic Development Office.
Jonathan Rhodes, Spring River Innovation Hub Board Chair added, “Small businesses are the heart of our area economy. We are pleased to have Hazelle join the Spring River Innovation Hub at this strategic moment to help expand the Hub’s role in connecting entrepreneurs and small businesses to the resources they need to grow, expand and thrive.”