Southwest Arkansas Rural Business Development Conference 2020
Providing rural residents with the skills and tools to start and grow small businesses and engage in job-creating activities are the goals of an upcoming regional business conference to be held virtually via Zoom, with a remote location in Hope, Arkansas. Funded by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS), Arkansas Human Development Corporation (AHDC), and United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA, RD), the 2020 Southern Rural Enterprise Development Conference western Arkansas, with the theme “Equipping rural Arkansas with the tools and resources to generate business opportunities, partnerships, and expansion,” will bring together approximately 20 private, state, federal, and nonprofit organizations with uniquely dedicated to providing small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and resources to start and grow their businesses.
Organized by the AHDC, the Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (APTAC), the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) and the US Small Business Administration (SBA), the conference will be held on Friday, December 4, 2020 at from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. For attendees without computer access, the conference will also be held remotely at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, located at Hempstead Hall, 2500 S Main Street, Hope, AR 71845. Space is VERY limited! Social distancing, temperature checks, masks and release forms will be required. Topics will include, but are not limited to, building effective business relationships, securing the right kind of capital, how to sell goods and services to government, and how to use the many services of the ASBTDC to expand and/or grow your business.
Join us at 8:30 a.m. for a “Breakfast with the Lenders Roundtable,” where attendees will network with local, regional and statewide lenders. Lenders invited to participate include BancorpSouth, Bank OZK, Diamond Bank, Farmers Bank & Trust, FORGE, as well as Rural Missouri, Inc. (RMI), Southern Bancorp and USDA, Rural Development. The roundtable will be moderated by Herb Lawrence, Lender Relations Specialist, Arkansas District Office, US Small Business Administration.
Current and new business owners, young entrepreneurs, trade and technical school students, apprentices, veterans, religious leaders, and community and economic development professionals are invited to attend. You’ll engage with other business owners, receive help with business research and planning, learn how to increase your networking results, and learn how to do more business with government and private industry. Ms. Renée Bender, Senior Advisor, US Small Business Administration, Office of Rural Affairs, will deliver the luncheon address.
Don’t miss the opportunity to help your community create needed JOBS by learning valuable tools to help your small business GROW! And, INNOVATE!
AN INVESTMENT OF TIME IS THE COST TO PARTICIPATE BUT REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED.
You can register by calling Arkansas Human Development Corporation toll-free at (800) 482-7641 or (501) 374-1103, ext. 10 or online at https://bit.ly/2tuT7Qh.