Clinton is the first community to establish a micro-loan program for their youth.

Through the partnership with Elevate and Acciòn, Clinton and Van Buren County now have a $30,000 loan fund for youth who want to start a business in Van Buren County.

Acciòn and Elevate has presented a $5,000.00 check to a group of Clinton students that formed Imprintice — a youth owned digital design and screen-printing business.

The company was formed through the Elevate Entrepreneurship Systems Program, brought into the county two years ago by founder Matthew Hampton.

The program was funded by the Arkansas Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. The students developed an idea to create Imprintice, an online screen printing and digital design company. This spring the students presented their idea to a number of leaders at the state level.

This fall the youth will open the business and begin hiring other students to work with the company.