Aligned Small Business Seminar
The 2022 Southern Arkansas Small Business Development Conference will be held via Zoom and in person from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 1.
Up to 40 people will attend in person at the Pine Bluff Main Library, 600 S. Main St., and the Fordyce Civic Center in Fordyce, according to a news release.
The conference is free but registration is encouraged. Social distancing, temperature checks, masks and release forms will be required at in-person events.
Funding is provided by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, and Arkansas Human Development Corp., according to the release.
The conference will bring together approximately 20 agencies focused on equipping existing and potential entrepreneurs with the resources to start and grow their businesses.
Attendees are also invited to join the group at 8:30 a.m. for a “Lender Roundtable Breakfast,” where attendees will network with local, regional and statewide lenders.
The roundtable will be moderated by Herb Lawrence, Lender Relations Specialist, Arkansas District Office, US Small Business Administration.
Bill Walker, president and CEO of Premier Funeral Home in Little Rock and Chicken King Restaurants in central Arkansas and serial entrepreneur, will deliver the luncheon keynote.
The conference is organized by the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, AHDC, ASBTDC, Arkansas Supply and Technical Assistance Center and USDA/Rural Development.
Topics will include building strategic relationships, exploring and securing the right kind of capital, how to sell goods and services to government, personal finance basics, and how to use government services. ASBTDC to start and grow businesses.
Some lenders at the roundtable will include: Arkansas Capital Corporation Group; Unlimited communities; Fordyce Bank and Mortgage; TO FORGE; Dependency bank; MRI; Inc.; Simmons Bank; Stone Bank; and, USDA, RD B&I.
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 the conference.
To register for the conference, contact Arkansas Human Development Corp. at (800) 482-7641 or (501) 374-1103, ext. 10, or visit https://bit.ly/3zG1ne3.