Providing rural residents with the skills and tools needed to create and expand small businesses and engage in job creation activities are the goals of an upcoming regional business conference to be held in Wynne, Arkansas. Funded by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS), Arkansas Human Development Corporation (AHDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA, RD), the 2019 Eastern Arkansas Rural Business Development Conference, with a theme of “Equipping rural Arkansas with the tools and resources to drive business opportunities, partnerships, and expansion,” 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 tools and resources to start and expand their businesses.
Hosted by the AHDC, Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (APTAC), Arkansas State University-Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), Cross County Chamber of Commerce, East Arkansas Community College, East Arkansas Crossroads Coalition, East Arkansas Enterprise Community, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the conference will be held Friday, October 11, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at The Merriman, which is located at 203 Merriman Ave, Wynne, AR 72396. 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 the government, and how to use the many services of the ASBTDC to develop and/or expand your business.
Join us at 8:30 am for a “Breakfast with the Lenders Roundtable,” where participants will network with local, regional and statewide lenders. Lenders invited to participate include Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Communities Unlimited, Cross County Bank, Evolve Bank and Trust, Farm Credit Midsouth, First National Bank of Eastern Arkansas, First National Bank of Wynne, FORGE, Partners Bank, Regions Bank, along with USDA, Rural Development. The panel discussion will be moderated by Herb Lawrence, Lender Relations Specialist, Arkansas District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration.
Current business owners and those just getting started, youth entrepreneurs, business and technical school students, apprentices, veterans, faith-based leaders and community and economic development professionals, are invited to attend. 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. John Edwards, past state director of USDA Rural Development, now serving as General Counsel and Economic Development Director of the Helena-West Helena/Phillips County Port Authority, will deliver the luncheon address. He will discuss the strategic methods of creating business opportunities for rural Arkansas.
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 ATTEND BUT REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED.
You may 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/2Bwbi8E.