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Rural business conference scheduled July 9

By submitted, 07/1/21 9:43 AM

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 virtually via Zoom, with a remote
location in Prescott, Arkansas. Funded by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS), Arkansas Human
Development Corporation (AHDC), Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), and the
United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA, RD), the 2021 Southwest Arkansas Rural Business
Development Conference, with a theme of “Using Existing Resources and Creating Innovative Approaches to Rebuild
Rural Arkansas” 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 Small Business and
Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the conference will be held
Friday, July 9, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. For participants without computer access, the conference will
also be held remotely at Nevada County Library, 121 W. Main Street, Prescott, AR 71857. Space is VERY limited! Social
distancing, temperature checks, masks, and release forms will be required. 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, how to use the many services of the ASBTDC to develop and/or expand your business, and a new afternoon
session on personal finance will be conducted.
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, Bank of Delight,
Communities Unlimited, Farmers Bank and Trust, FORGE, along with Rural Missouri, Inc. (RMI), and 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. Dr. Karama Neal,
Administrator for Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA Rural Development, will deliver the luncheon address.
Don’t miss the opportunity to help your community create needed JOBS by learning valuable tools to help your small
business GROW! And, INNOVATE!
You may register by calling Arkansas Human Development Corporation toll free at (800) 482-7641 or (501) 374-1103,
ext. 10, or online at h ttps://bit.ly/2tuT7Qh.