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Downtown Hope business certified by AEDC

By Dale Gathright, Jr., 02/20/24 10:49 AM

LITTLE ROCK – In 2023, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) certified 50 businesses as minority- and women-owned business enterprises through the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Certification Program. These 50 businesses bring the total number of Arkansas businesses that have received the MWBE certification to 335.

The newly certified minority-owned business enterprises include Hebrews 11:1 in downtown Hope.

“Congratulations to the Arkansas businesses that achieved this certification in 2023,” said Esperanza Massana Crane, director of AEDC’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Division. “The MWBE certification provides a wide range of benefits for businesses that will set them apart in a competitive landscape, and we hope that this will open the door for future opportunities for these companies.”

MWBE-certified businesses receive access to a statewide network of support services, including workshops, B2B networking, and notification of bid opportunities, as well as opportunities to do business with local, state, and federal governments; higher education institutions; lending institutions; and the private sector.

Thirty-four Arkansas businesses were certified as minority- and women-owned business enterprises in 2022.

Businesses that apply for the MWBE Certification Program are evaluated in a review process that ensures that each business is owned, controlled, and operated by the applicants and that each business meets the eligibility criteria of the program. AEDC’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Division administers the MWBE Certification Program.