About Mark Stodola, Kauffman Mayors' Council and Former Mayor of Little Rock, AK

Mark Stodola is a lawyer and a member of The Kauffman Foundation’s Mayors’ Council. He served as mayor of Little Rock from 2001 to 2019 and as President of the National League of Cities in 2018.

The Blueprint for Community Business Success

There is a lot that a city leader can do just by being a vocal champion for entrepreneurship. Mayors uniquely understand their communities’ assets and are therefore in a position to communicate and advocate on behalf of the city’s entrepreneurs. Engaging entrepreneurs and regulators in focus groups, appointing a special city official or liaison to entrepreneurship, and requiring city departments to review procurement and contracting, are all cost-effective tools that mayors have at their disposal to reduce the barriers for entrepreneurs.

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