This Little Rock business leader sells the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as one of our cityâ€™s shining stars, and receives honors at UALRâ€™s 10th annual Taste of Little Rock.
Story by Kim Meyer-Webb | Photography by Sara Blancett | Shot on location at Sweet Love
Janet Jones is a one-of-a-kind lady, with a one-of-a-kind business and a special talent for outfitting clients in their dream homes. Donâ€™t let her southern charm and beautiful smile fool you â€“ sheâ€™s a business professional who knows what it takes to make it and gives back to the community along the way.
With her business, the Janet Jones Company, over 30 years strong â€“ she recognizes the importance of a truly urban institution, like UALR, in the mix of our cityâ€™s amenities. She served as the first female chairman of the board for the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce and sells our city and its university alongside the homes in her portfolio. â€śIt is so fun to share that one of our shining stars in Little Rock is our fine metropolitan university. UALR provides unique learning and internship opportunities because of the one-of-a-kind connections in the Little Rock business community,â€ť explains Jones.
For its 10th year, the UALR Alumni Association will host Taste of Little Rock at the Bailey Alumni and Friends Center on Thursday, March 14. Taste of Little Rock features delicious food from some of Little Rockâ€™s best restaurants. This yearâ€™s event honors Jones for her dedication to Little Rock and her service in elevating the UALR Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences. Led by director and chief scientist Dr. Alex Biris, this center integrates new discoveries into new products and jobs in Arkansas. â€śJanet is a tireless supporter of the UALR Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences,â€ť said Dr. Biris. â€śEach year, Janet provides the support for our program that places high school students with a passion for science to study alongside the best scientists in the region. New discoveries are made possible through Janetâ€™s commitment to the program.â€ť These innovations create business opportunities in a variety of industries.
And Jones understands business in Central Arkansas â€“ named Business & Professional Leader of the Year by the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Business Executive of the Year by Arkansas Business, Sustainer of the Year by Junior League of Little Rock and ranked in the Top 100 Women in Arkansas â€“ and knows a center for learning, like UALR, offers residents a perfect venue for continued learning. â€śMost of my immediate family â€“ my husband, my daughters, myself â€“ have taken advantage of the variety of courses offered at UALR. Weâ€™re all alumni.â€ť
Proceeds from Taste of Little Rock benefit the UALR Alumni Associationâ€™s student scholarship program and support Gov. Mike Beebeâ€™s goal to increase the college graduation rate in Arkansas.
Ticket and party details are available at www.ualr.edu/alumni, or call 501.569.3142.