2016 NORTHEAST ARKANSAS BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
“Innovation & Inclusion: Creating Job Opportunities in the Rural Marketplace”
Innovation, inclusion and job creation in rural Arkansas will be the key words at an upcoming regional conference to be held in Blytheville, Arkansas. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, the 2016 Northeast Arkansas Business & Enterprise Development Conference, with a theme of “Innovation & Inclusion: Creating Job Opportunities in the Rural Marketplace” will bring together approximately 20 private, 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.
Hosted by the Arkansas Human Development Corporation (AHDC), Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC), Arkansas State University-Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the conference will be held Friday, September 30, 2016 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, and social media.
Join us at 8:30 am for a “Lenders Roundtable Breakfast,” where participants will network with local, regional and statewide lenders. Organizations invited to participate include Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Communities Unlimited, Eastern Arkansas Planning and Development District, FORGE, Farmers Bank and Trust, Hope Credit Union, Southern Bancorp, USDA – Rural Development …and MORE! Lunch will also be provided.
Current business owners and those just getting started, youth entrepreneurs, business and technical school students, apprentices, veterans and community and economic development professionals, are invited to attend this unique opportunity. You will engage with other business owners, 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. Mr. Samuel Rikkers, Administrator, Rural Business Cooperative Services – USDA, Rural Development, Washington, DC will be luncheon speaker.
Don’t miss the opportunity to help your community create needed JOBS by learning valuable insights to help your small business GROW! And, INNOVATE!
Click here to download the flyer.
AN INVESTMENT OF TIME IS THE COST TO ATTEND BUT REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED.
You may register by calling Arkansas Human Development Corporation at (800) 482-7641
or online at http://goo.gl/McuCqE
Information submitted by:
Arkansas Human Development Corporation
Contact: Clevon Young