2018 EASTERN ARKANSAS RURAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
“Retooling Rural Arkansas: Getting Rural Arkansas Back into the Game”
Equipping 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 Forrest City, 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 2018 Eastern Arkansas Rural Business Development Conference, with a theme of “Retooling Rural Arkansas: Getting Rural Arkansas Back into the Game” 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 AHDC, Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center (APAC), East Arkansas Enterprise Community (EAEC), Forrest City Chamber of Commerce, Forrest City Mayor’s Office, RMI, Inc., St. Francis Assisted Living, St. Francis County Community Development Corporation (SFCCDC), University of Arkansas at Little Rock-Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the conference will be held Friday, November 30, 2018 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm at the Forrest City Civic Center, 1335 N. Washington St., Forrest City, Arkansas 72335. 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 and the EAEC 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. Organizations invited to participate include Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Communities Unlimited, FORGE, Hope Credit Union, RMI, Southern Bancorp, and a host of local lenders.
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. Randy Zook will deliver the luncheon address. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas and serves on the boards of KIPP Schools in Helena-West Helena, Economics Arkansas and McGehee Farm & Real Estate Co.
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/2Dq1qzT