OpportUNITY Little Rock

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Launched in 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

​The next course starts on February 16!

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(Free) MWBE TRAINING & EVENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Calling all suppliers, vendors, and prospective businesses of the City of Little Rock!

Town Hall Meeting - City of Little Rock Procurement Division 

Date and time

Fri, June 17, 2022

9:30 AM – 1:00 PM CDT

About this event

We want to hear your feedback, opinions, and complaints regarding how to improve the City of Little Rock Procurement process. The event is FREE and open to the public. A networking lunch provided by the City of Little Rock will follow the discussion.

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Professional facilitation services and meeting design are provided by the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, a nonprofit organization that continues Winthrop Rockefeller’s collaborative approach to creating transformational change. (SPACE IS LIMITED TO 50) REGISTER NOW!

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ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (PTAC) TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

Bids and Proposals; Determining YOUR Strategy

Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 12 – 1pm VIRTUAL

Join Tim Hicks of PTAC as he shares on determining your strategy for bids and proposals for government contracting.

Strategy: noun: strategy; plural noun: strategies; a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.

In this workshop, learn how to create and tailor your business strategy when responding to local, State, and Federal contract opportunities. Foundational elements are explored as a start point for developing your own unique business strategy.

Link to register for Arkansas PTAC Training Opportunities

 

SAM - What is it and how can it help your small business?

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | 2 – 3:30pm VIRTUAL

In this workshop, learn how to register or renew your business in the System for Award Management (SAM), the primary supplier database for the federal government. This class is for business owners who are new to SAM and those already registered in the database.

Link to register for Arkansas PTAC Training Opportunities

 

Wide Area Work Flow with David Kern

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 | 10 – 11:30am VIRTUAL

This webinar is broken into three modules:  Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment (PIEE) registration, creating & submitting payment requests and tracking payments & resolving payment issues.  This training will guide the user through the process with easy to understand charts and language.

Link to register for Arkansas PTAC Training Opportunities

 

AEDC - Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification - Karen Castle

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 | 10am – 12pm VIRTUAL

Would you like to increase the opportunity for your minority or women-owned business to sell products and services to the State of Arkansas? The Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE) Certification program is a review process designed to ensure that a minority or women-owned business is owned, controlled, and operated by the applicants and meets the eligibility criteria of the program. Join the Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) as we host Karen Castle of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) to teach about how to become certified MWOBE with the State of Arkansas.

Link to register for Arkansas PTAC Training Opportunities

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ARKANSAS SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & TECHNICAL CENTER (ASBDTC) TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

Introduction to the Business Model Canvas

Date: 6/9/22
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline: 6/9/22 8:00 PM (CDT)
Fee: No Fee
Point of Contact: Dmitri Scott (501) 804-4530
Program Format: Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics: Business Plan, Business Start-up/Preplanning, Marketing/Sales
Description:

The Business Model Canvas is a visual tool used by both new and existing entrepreneurs to focus on the nine building blocks of successful businesses. For existing businesses, it can help determine your current state of operations or be used to prepare a plan for growth. This session will walk you through each section of the canvas.

Speaker: Whitney Horton, Strategic Partnerships Manager, ASBTDC

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Create a Profitable Marketing Strategy

Date: 6/15/22
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
Status: Open - 24 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/15/22 2:00 PM (CDT)
Point of Contact: Julie Preddy (479) 575-5148
Program Format: Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics: Marketing/Sales
Description:

In this online session, we will talk about how to build a marketing funnel for your business to grow the relationships with your audience and generate more sales.  You will discover how to build more sales, referrals, and loyalty from your audience. Having a lead retention strategy is critical to have a profitable business! We will examine how to drive every conversation forward with the right calls to action to make your marketing efforts more efficient and effective. 

Melissa Forziat is a Southern California-based marketer, speaker, consultant, and author. She teaches small businesses how to market on a budget and helps them execute their marketing strategies, in addition to working with business organizations to train their trainers. She offers keynotes, presentations, workshops, and webinars, and her national and international speaking schedule has taken her as far as New Zealand! To date, she has delivered over 160 workshops and webinars to thousands of attendees. Before starting Melissa Forziat Events and Marketing, Melissa’s career involved roles with the Olympic Winter Games, Rugby World Cup, and the US Olympic Committee. 

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Starting a Business in Arkansas

Date: 6/21/22
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline: 6/21/22 6:00 PM (CDT)
Fee: No Fee
Point of Contact: Dmitri Scott (501) 804-4530
Program Format: Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics: Business Start-up/Preplanning
Description:

This basic seminar discusses essential startup steps, legal business structures, regulations and licensing, key issues that affect your business success, and common pitfalls entrepreneurs face. A must for first-time small business owners.

Speaker: Dmitri Scott, Entrepreneurial Education Specialist, ASBTDC

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Sleep Better at Night: Cash Flow Forecasting

Date: 6/22/22
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
Status: Open - 28 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/22/22 3:00 PM (CDT)
Point of Contact: Julie Preddy (479) 575-5148
Program Format: Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics: Cash Flow Management
Description:

Second, in a series and following #1 Killer of Small Business: Cash Flow, you now understand the importance of cash flow. In this webinar training, you will learn how to plan and forecast for your business's future cash needs.

Presented by Scott Lacy, ASBTDC-UA finance consultant

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

How to Write a Business Plan

Date: 6/23/22
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline: 6/23/22 6:00 PM (CDT)
Fee: No Fee
Point of Contact: Dmitri Scott (501) 804-4530
Program Format: Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics: Business Plan, Business Start-up/Preplanning
Description:

All businesses, especially new ventures, need a business plan. Crafting a plan helps you define your concept, evaluate your competition, determine risks, and estimate costs. Using our "To the Point" outline, learn how to put together a plan that will guide the growth of your business and that you can share with lenders and investors.

Speaker: Dmitri Scott, Entrepreneurial Education Specialist

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

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.

 

 

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