The Arkansas Human Development Corporation, with assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, has partnered with public and private organizations to hold a regional conference designed to support and grow small businesses in Northeast Arkansas. This event will bring together approximately twenty private sector, state, federal and nonprofit organizations with a singular mission of equipping small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and resources to start and expand their businesses. This forum is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and hosted by the Arkansas Human Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Arkansas Northeastern College, Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Commission and the Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC).
The conference will be held Friday, September 4, 2015 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm at the Holiday Inn - Blytheville, 1121 Main Street, Blytheville, AR 72315. Topics will include but are not limited to, building effective partnerships, securing capital, how to sell goods and services to the government, social media, and disaster relief for small businesses.
Join us at 8:30 am for a Continental Breakfast featuring a “Lenders Roundtable,” where participants will network with local, regional and statewide lenders. Organizations invited to participate include Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Communities Unlimited, Farmers Bank and Trust, LiftFund, Southern Bancorp, USDA – Rural Development, Eastern Arkansas Planning and Development District…and MORE! Lunch will also be provided.
Aspiring and current business owners, youth entrepreneurs, veterans and community and economic development professionals, are invited to attend this unique opportunity. You will interact with lenders, and following the breakfast, receive help with research and business planning, learn how to increase your networking results and learn to do more business with government and private industry. Luncheon guest speaker is Ms. Carolyn Parker, Director, Office of Outreach and Advocacy and former Director of Business & Industry Programs USDA – Rural Development, Washington, DC.
Do not miss the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge and tips that will help your small business GROW! Let’s all come together to BUILD ARKANSAS!
ALL ASPECTS OF THE CONFERENCE ARE FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED.
You may register by calling (800) 482-7641 Arkansas Human Development Corporation
or online at https://goo.gl/CVG0Gz
Press release submitted by
Arkansas Human Development Corporation