Arch Grants Honors Maxine Clark with Entrepreneur Award at Upcoming Gala

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Arch Grants, a non-profit organization in St. Louis that funds early stage ventures, will award Build-A-Bear Founder Maxine Clark the Entrepreneur Award at its first annual Gala.

Maxine Clark will be honored at the Arch Grant Gala on Saturday, October 12, 2013, in St. Louis.

The mission of Arch Grants is to create an entrepreneurial culture and infrastructure to build successful companies in St. Louis.

Arch Grants, the global startup competition that provides $50,000 non-dilutive grants to early stage ventures, announces that Maxine Clark, Founder, Build-A-Bear Workshop® will receive the Arch Grants Entrepreneur Award, which recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of St. Louis’ top entrepreneurial leaders.

Ms. Clark served as Chief Executive Bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. from its inception in 1997 to June 2013. She is a member of the company’s board of directors and is chair of the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation. She is also a member of the board of Footlocker, Inc. Throughout her distinguished 30-year retail career she has been recognized as an industry innovator and entrepreneur.

“It is an honor to receive the Arch Grants Entrepreneur Award from an organization that does so much for St. Louis and our economic future,” said Clark. “I consider St. Louis to be my adopted hometown and I appreciate the work that Arch Grants is doing to promote economic development and entrepreneurism in our region.”

“Maxine is a great entrepreneur who started her business from scratch and built it into a global corporation in St. Louis,” said Jerry Schlichter, President of Arch Grants. “She is the perfect role model of success for Arch Grants entrepreneurs to follow, and very deserving of being the inaugural Arch Grants Entrepreneur Award winner.”

About Arch Grants
Arch Grants is the global startup competition providing $50,000 non-dilutive grants to early stage ventures. Its mission is to create an entrepreneurial culture and infrastructure to build successful companies in St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.archgrants.org.

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