OpportUNITY Little Rock

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Launched October of 2021, OpportUNITY Little Rock is a public-private partnership that bridges access and opportunity by training business leaders to bolster their internal diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts and supporting minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) to competitively engage as suppliers. It is also designed to help grow recruitment networks and enhance retention and development of a diverse workforce.

Click this link to join the OpportUNITY Little Rock movement! By joining, your business will stay informed of upcoming events, receive access to informative, free resources, gain personalized support and much more! Also, don't forget to become a supplier with the City of Little Rock by clicking the register tab of the Supplier Portal.

DEI TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

USF MUMA COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION IN THE WORKPLACE CERTIFICATE

Three power players in the Tampa Bay business community joined together in the spring of 2021 to educate business and community leaders on the essential practices and tools designed to increase employee diversity and to create a business model that embraces equity and inclusion.  The University of South Florida Muma College of Business offered a free, seven-week certificate program, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Jabil, that focused on ways organizations can create a more diverse workplace as well as address equity issues and foster inclusivity.  More than 135,000 people registered for the program and more than 63,000 earned the certificate and badge after successfully completing the seven-week program.

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CORNELL UNIVERSITY

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION  CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

​Next course starts February 16!

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MWBE TRAINING & EVENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (PTAC)

WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS CERTIFICATION PROCESS —FREE
Tuesday, JAN 26TH | 10:00 AM | Virtual

Did you know that you can grow your business exponentially by competing for federal contracts? As a woman-owned small business, you can obtain federal contracts with less competition if you qualify.

Join Suzanne Terrazas with the SBA Arkansas District Office to learn more about how to register or continue operating as a WOSB and take advantage of contracting opportunities to build and grow your business!

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ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (PTAC) 

INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING —FREE
Wednesdays, FEB 1ST  | 10:00 AM 11:00 AM | Virtual
Businesses can diversify their revenues and customer base by expanding into sales to the government. This presentation covers federal, state, and local procurement processes; registration requirements; the role of certifications; sales and marketing strategies; and steps you can take now to begin positioning yourself for eventual success in the government marketplace.

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ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (PTAC) 

PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT —FREE
Wednesdays, FEB 9TH  | 10:00 AM 11:30 AM | 2301 S. University Ave., Little Rock
Are you exploring entrepreneurship? Are you trying to decide if entrepreneurship is right for you? Join us, as we define what an entrepreneur is, explore the different types of entrepreneurship and the benefits and challenges that entrepreneurs face. After this hour and a half webinar, you will be able to decide if the entrepreneurial lifestyle is right for you.

Speaker: Cindy Gaddis

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ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (PTAC) 

SBA SURETY BOND GUARANTEE PROGRAM -FREE
Tuesday, MAR 22ND | 10:00 AM 11:00 AM | VIRTUAL
Are you a small business that’s new to the contract bonding process? Already bonded, but need a higher bond limit? How about posting collateral or using funds control to get bonding? If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, the SBA surety bond program can assist you open doors for success! Learn how to obtain contract bonds up to $10 million!
Surety bonds help small businesses win contracts by providing the customer with a guarantee that the work will be completed. Many public and private contracts require surety bonds, which are offered by surety companies.
Guest speaker Tamara Murray, an SBA Underwriting Marketing Specialist, will be presenting on the SBA surety bond program, qualification requirements, and she will address your questions.

Speaker: Tamara Murray

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ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (PTAC) 

CPARS: HOW DOES (CPARS) IMPACT A COMPANY’S BID?  -FREE
Friday, APR 29TH | 10:00 AM 11:30 AM | 2301 S. University Ave., Little Rock
How does the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System(CPARS) impact a company’s bid?
Doing business with the federal government is challenging and often creates its own barriers for vendors due to its sheer size and complexity; however, asking the right questions to strategically identify their target market, going beyond NAICS matching, is critical to their ability to identify, bid, win, and successfully execute federal contracts. As a result of this training, business owners and/or PTAC Counselors learn how to succinctly explain and demonstrate the step-by-step process to easily identify, market to, and engage their target customer within the federal government. For smaller sessions, we can interactively engage with attendees for practical demonstration as applied to their business.

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Future events and opportunities:

DEI FOR BUSINESS LEADERS
Offered by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Extended Education Division.

BUILD (BUSINESSES UNITED IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT) ACADEMY
Hosted by the City of Little Rock Small Business Development Office and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI)—sessions in English and Spanish

OPPORTUNITY LITTLE ROCK BUSINESS AND MWBE NETWORKING
Hosted by the City of Little Rock's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

BANKING SESSION
Hosted by the City of Little Rock's Multicultural Liaison Office

MWBE EDUCATION SERIES
Hosted by the ODEI Program Assistant, and the Little Rock Small Business Administration

Disclaimer: These resources are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. They do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the City of Little Rock of any of the products, services, or opinions of the corporations, organizations, and/or individuals.

 

 

View this video to learn more about the OpportUNITY Little Rock movement.