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.

Click Here for Details

 

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION  CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

​The next course starts on February 16!

Click Here for More Information 

 

(Free) MWBE TRAINING & EVENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (PTAC) TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Tuesday, August 23 – Wednesday, August 24, 2022VIRTUAL

Region VI Small Business Development Procurement & Contracting Conference

Regional conference designed to foster business partnerships in contracting & procurement between the federal and local government entities.

August 23-Day 1 - Procurement & Contracting Opportunities:
Panel 1 Procurement & Contracting Opportunities - How to do business with the Govt – How to become a vendor, Panel 2 Federal - Leveraging certifications and benefits of obtaining, Small business testimonials

August 24 - Day 2 - Section 3 Program - The Entrepreneurial Journey and SBA resources and information:
Presentation #1 Section 3 Program – The Entrepreneurial Journey – Where should I begin?, Panel #1 Optimizing Contract Opportunities, Presentation #2 Small Business Information Panel, Panel #2 Small Business Resources, Small business testimonials

Link to Arkansas PTAC Training

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 | 10 – 11am VIRTUAL - MEETING LINK WILL BE SHARED BY SBA CLOSE TO EVENT DATE.

SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program

Are you looking to expand your access to gaining contracts either publicly or federally? The Small Business Administration has a program that can help.

The U. S. Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program can help your small business get bonded for projects up to $10 million! Please join us if your small business has…

Limited or no bonding experience

Difficulty qualifying for bonding

The desire to increase current bond limits

Our discussion will include an overview of contract bonds - what they are and how to get pre-qualified for bonding - and how SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program can open doors to bonding for your small business by reducing barriers to bonding and increasing your contracting opportunities.

Join the SBA Arkansas District Office as we introduce Tamara Murray from the Office of Surety Guarantees to learn how to qualify for the SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program and find out what we can do for you.

Arkansas PTAC Outreach Coordinator, Kim Magee, will be on hand to answer questions and present on services provided by the Arkansas PTAC. 

Link to Arkansas PTAC Training

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 10 – 11:30amVIRTUAL - ZOOM MEETING LINK WILL BE SENT TO ALL THAT REGISTER TWO DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT.
National PTAC Day Event: Let's Talk SAM (System for Award Management)

National PTAC Day Event: Let's Talk SAM (System for Award Management)

Today, we celebrate National PTAC Day! As part of this year's annual celebration we will host a forum to discuss all things related to SAM (System for Award Management). Please join Arkansas PTAC Counselors and Program Technician to learn about the SAM and the recent transition to the Unique Entity Identification number.  The PTAC staff will talk about common issues and new changes to the SAM platform, and we will have an open forum to answer your questions and talk with you about how to use SAM and make it work for your business.

Link to Arkansas PTAC Training

Thursday, October 6, 2022 | 10am – 12pmVIRTUAL - ZOOM MEETING LINK WILL BE SENT TO ALL THAT REGISTER TWO DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT.
Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification

Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification

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 Arkansas PTAC Training

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ARKANSAS SMALL BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTER (ASBTDC) TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Starting a Business in Arkansas

Date:  8/23/22
Time:  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  8/23/22 12:00 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

 

Participating in DoD’s SBIR/STTR Programs

Date:  8/25/22
Time:  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  8/25/22 11:00 AM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Rebecca Todd (501) 831-2584

Program Format:  Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics:  Technology
Description:

With the Dept. of Defense making up almost half of the entire SBIR and STTR programs, many potential competitors should consider DoD for their funding applications. Keeping on top of DOD’s SBIR/STTR programs is challenging, however, as its individual components have adopted different proposal instructions, some are issuing topics outside of the regular solicitations, and Air Force is issuing grant-like open topics.

Attend this webinar to learn more about DoD’s SBIR and STTR programs, how to identify topics of interest, and the latest evolutions in their FY22.3/C solicitations/BAAs. The webinar also will briefly address how to prepare a competitive Phase I DoD proposal. 

Presenter: Jim Greenwood, president of Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc.

Note: This event will be via Zoom; participants are advised that their video and names will be on display during the live event and accessible via the recording.

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Introduction to the Business Model Canvas

Date:  8/25/22
Time:  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  8/25/22 12:00 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: Dmitri Scott, Entrepreneurial Education Specialist, ASBTDC

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

How to Sell Online - HYBRID

Date:  9/7/22
Time:  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  9/7/22 2:00 PM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Aimee Weever (870) 460-1910
Location:  Student Success Center Room 208, 346 University Dr, Monticello AR 71656

Training Topics:  eCommerce, Marketing/Sales, Social Media
Description:

If the pandemic taught us one thing, it is the importance of small businesses being able to successfully sell products or services online. You don't have to waste a lot of money on ads to make sales, if you know how to use organic social marketing so that you can sell. How? Join us for this content-filled workshop and discover: 

  • One simple mindset shift of your perception to increase your sales instantly
  • How to schedule income-producing activities into your busy day
  • The 5 Ps of Marketing applied to online sales success
  • How to shift the old ways of doing sales to modern online strategies
  • How effective branding leads to sales
  • What an internet sales funnel is and why you need one
  • Who do people buy from and why?

Speaker: Deborah Deras, Synergy Unlimited

Deborah Deras is a digital marketing strategist helping small business owners sell online without breaking the bank using organic strategies and leveraging social media and email marketing. She has facilitated hundreds of webinars and is a sought-after "Mindset for Success" speaker for over 20 years, speaking to Fortune 100 companies, colleges, and association groups. 

This event will be offered in a hybrid format. Instructions for attending virtually or in-person will appear in your confirmation email after registration.

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Your Social Media Marketing Guide for Holiday Campaigns- (IN-PERSON)

Date:  9/12/22
Time:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  9/12/22 2:00 PM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Dmitri Scott (501) 804-4530
Location:  2801 S University Ave, Little Rock AR 72204-1000

Training Topics:  Marketing/Sales, Social Media
Description:

Are you wondering when to plan and launch your holiday campaigns? Looking for a list of key components for your holiday marketing strategy? ASBTDC has partnered with Lauren Ramsey, owner of Puzzle Piece Media, to bring you the "Social Media Marketing Guide for Holiday Campaigns in 2022".

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Starting a Business in Arkansas - (IN-PERSON)

Date:  9/13/22
Time:  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  9/13/22 8:00 AM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Dmitri Scott (501) 804-4530
Location:  2801 S University Ave, Little Rock AR 72204-1000

Training Topics:  Business Start-up/Preplanning
Description:

This in-person seminar for beginner entrepreneurs is a must for small business owners.  

Join us as we discuss:

  • Essential Start-up steps
  • Lega business structure
  • Regulations and licensing requirements
  • Key issues
  • Common pitfalls

If you are just starting out on your journey as an entrepreneur, this seminar is perfect for you. We will help lay out the outline of how to start your business successfully.

Speaker: Dmitri Scott, Entrepreneurial Education Specialist, ASBTDC

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Getting Loan and Investment Ready

Date:  9/14/22
Time:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
Status:  Open - 18 places remaining
Registration Deadline:  9/14/22 2:00 PM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Julie Preddy 14795755148

Program Format:  Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics:  Business Financing
Description:

The time to prepare for loans and investment is now, not when you need it. In this webinar, we’ll review what banks and investors will require in order to consider your loan, as well as what factors will increase your chances of approval.

Presenter: Scott Lacy, ASBTDC Business Consultant

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Grow Your Sales with Online Marketing - HYBRID

Date:  9/14/22
Time:  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  9/14/22 2:00 PM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Aimee Weever (870) 460-1910
Location:  Student Success Center Room 208, 346 University Dr, Monticello AR 71656

Training Topics:  eCommerce, Marketing/Sales, Social Media
Description:

There is a psychology to selling. Once you discover it, you will find making online sales much easier. Like everything, success leaves clues. When you follow the blueprint that big businesses are using, simply by leveraging your social media platforms and email marketing campaigns, you will see your sales increase - even without a big budget. In this workshop, you will discover:

  • 5 strategies to close a sale
  • How to use effective marketing to attract sales
  • How to use the power of synergy
  • Resources to take your sales to the next level
  • The secret WORD that drives sales every time

Speaker: Deborah Deras, Synergy Unlimited

Deborah Deras is a digital marketing strategist helping small business owners sell online without breaking the bank using organic strategies and leveraging social media and email marketing. She has facilitated hundreds of webinars and is a sought-after "Mindset for Success" speaker for over 20 years, speaking to Fortune 100 companies, colleges, and association groups.

This event will be offered in a hybrid format. Instructions for attending virtually or in-person will appear in your confirmation email after registration.

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

20 Ways to Market Your Business - ONLINE

Date:  9/20/22
Time:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
Status:  Open - 41 places remaining
Registration Deadline:  9/20/22 12:00 PM (CDT)

Point of Contact:  Julie Preddy (479) 575-5148

Training Topics:  Marketing/Sales
Description:

Are you looking for new ways to market your business - online or offline - and want to gather a variety of ideas?  In this webinar, we will briefly introduce 20 ways to market to help you think about which ideas you want to develop more fully for your own business. This is intended as a presentation to facilitate brainstorming and creative thinking for new elements to add to your marketing strategy. Be ready to spark new ideas that you can explore further after the session!

Presented by Melissa Forziat  
A southern California-based marketer, speaker, consultant, and author, Melissa 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

 

How to Create Predictable Income in Your Business - (IN-PERSON)

Date:  9/21/22
Time:  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  9/21/22 8:00 AM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Dmitri Scott (501) 804-4530
Location:  2801 S University Ave, Little Rock AR 72204-1000

Training Topics:  Marketing/Sales
Description:

Wouldn't it be great to know what you will earn each month? How impactful would it be to add an easy stream of income to boost your bottom line? You may be selling one-off products or services and need a way to make more money or be able to predict what you‘ll make on a monthly or annual basis.  

You can do this by creating a premium service or product to offer your customers using a recurring revenue business model. Recurring revenue is predictable and dependable. This training will show you how you can do this with almost any business.

Speaker: Eyona Mitchell,  Specialist, ASBTDC

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Social Media Content Creation - HYBRID

Date:  9/21/22
Time:  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  9/21/22 2:00 PM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Aimee Weever (870) 460-1910
Location:  Student Success Center Room 208, 346 University Dr, Monticello AR 71656

Training Topics:  eCommerce, Marketing/Sales, Social Media
Description:

Are you overwhelmed by scheduling, creating, and executing your content on social media? Are you confused by all the social media platforms? The myth is that we need to be on every platform. The fact is we need to be posting ONLY on the platforms where our target market is spending their time.

The best way to get organized and efficient is to create a social media calendar. Our speaker, Deborah Deras, has a saying: "schedule it in your calendar, see it in your life," and she will show you how to do it to save time, save energy, and make money without costly ads. Every attendee will get a social media content calendar template with instructions on how to use it to save time planning and get your products/services selling.

During this interactive workshop, you will discover:  

  • Who is your ideal target market - not who you can serve, but who you would like to serve because they are your best customers/clients
  • Which platforms are they spending their time on
  • What are their top pain points/problems that your product or service solves
  • What social media platforms are best for your business
  • What to post
  • How to organize posting
  • How to systemize posting
  • How to delegate posting

Speaker: Deborah Deras, Synergy Unlimited

Deborah Deras is a digital marketing strategist helping small business owners sell online without breaking the bank using organic strategies and leveraging social media and email marketing. She has facilitated hundreds of webinars and is a sought-after "Mindset for Success" speaker for over 20 years, speaking to Fortune 100 companies, colleges, and association groups.

This event will be offered in a hybrid format. Instructions for attending virtually or in-person will appear in your confirmation email after registration.

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Creating Your SBIR/STTR Cost Proposal

Date:  9/28/22
Time:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  9/28/22 9:00 AM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Rebecca Todd (501) 831-2584

Program Format:  Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics:  Technology
Description:

If you find the world of federal government accounting and SBIR/STTR cost proposals perplexing, you are not alone. Most entrepreneurs don’t understand this world. Consequently, they lose tens of thousands of dollars on even their Phase I SBIR/STTR projects.

We will cover terminology (sometimes misused by the feds themselves), concepts like allowability, the format of the cost proposal at the larger SBIR/STTR agencies, and audits. We also will show you how to estimate your own all-important indirect rate so you can stop guessing or using the artificially low rates that the agencies encourage you to use.

This is the first of two related webinars on back-to-back days. Register for either webinar or both. The importance of pricing will be covered in the Sept. 29 session, “How to Commercialize SBIR/STTR-Funded Innovations.” This content is dependent on understanding the full costs (and profit), which will be discussed on Sept. 28.

Speaker: Jim Greenwood, Greenwood Consulting Group

(Please note: We will take a 30-minute break for lunch. This event will be via Zoom; participants are advised that their video and names will be on display during the live event and accessible via the recording. )

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Marketing Your Local Business on a Budget - (IN-PERSON)

Date:  9/28/22
Time:  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  9/28/22 8:00 AM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Dmitri Scott (501) 804-4530
Location:  2801 S University Ave, Little Rock AR 72204-1000

Training Topics:  Marketing/Sales
Description:

You started a business in your community and now you need paying customers. How do you do that without spinning your wheels every day?

You need a system to consistently attract those leads and turn them into walking salespeople for your business. People in your local community can be the key to more sales. Incorporate them into your marketing process and you will win the local marketing game. This training will teach you to develop a marketing plan for your local business that delivers consistent sales for you in your local community.

Speaker: Eyona Mitchell,  Specialist, ASBTDC

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

Creating Your SBIR/STTR Cost Proposal

Date:  9/28/22
Time:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  9/28/22 9:00 AM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Rebecca Todd (501) 831-2584

Program Format:  Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics:  Technology
Description:

If you find the world of federal government accounting and SBIR/STTR cost proposals perplexing, you are not alone. Most entrepreneurs don’t understand this world. Consequently, they lose tens of thousands of dollars on even their Phase I SBIR/STTR projects.

We will cover terminology (sometimes misused by the feds themselves), concepts like allowability, the format of the cost proposal at the larger SBIR/STTR agencies, and audits. We also will show you how to estimate your own all-important indirect rate so you can stop guessing or using the artificially low rates that the agencies encourage you to use.

This is the first of two related webinars on back-to-back days. Register for either webinar or both. The importance of pricing will be covered in the Sept. 29 session, “How to Commercialize SBIR/STTR-Funded Innovations.” This content is dependent on understanding the full costs (and profit), which will be discussed on Sept. 28.

Speaker: Jim Greenwood, Greenwood Consulting Group

(Please note: We will take a 30-minute break for lunch. This event will be via Zoom; participants are advised that their video and names will be on display during the live event and accessible via the recording. )

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

How to Commercialize SBIR/STTR-Funded Innovations

Date:  9/29/22
Time:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  9/29/22 9:00 AM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Rebecca Todd (501) 831-2584

Program Format:  Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics:  Technology
Description:

A successful SBIR or STTR project will always culminate in commercialization, whether it is through selling to the federal government, the private sector, or others. If you want to license your SBIR/STTR technology to others who will do the manufacturing and selling, then that’s still commercialization, and you need to understand at least the basics to make a wise licensing arrangement.

We will address a variety of SBIR/STTR commercialization concepts and show you how they would be applied to a sample project.

This is the second of two related webinars on back-to-back days. Register for either webinar or both. The importance of pricing will be covered in the Sept. 29 session, “How to Commercialize SBIR/STTR-Funded Innovations.” This content is dependent on understanding the full costs (and profit), which will be discussed on Sept. 28.

Speaker: Jim Greenwood, Greenwood Consulting Group

(Please note: We will take a 30-minute break for lunch. This event will be via Zoom; participants are advised that their video and names will be on display during the live event and accessible via the recording.)

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Tik Tok for Small Business - HYBRID

Date:  10/5/22
Time:  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  10/5/22 2:00 PM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Aimee Weever (870) 460-1910
Location:  Student Success Center Room 208, 346 University Dr, Monticello AR 71656

Training Topics:  eCommerce, Marketing/Sales, Social Media
Description:

The Tik Tok app took the world by storm, first with the younger Z and Y generations. Then slowly it began to surpass both Instagram and YouTube with over a billion views. TikTok snowballed into the most popular app in 2019 and 2020. TikTok was downloaded 693 million times in 2019 and 850 million times in 2020. eMarketer predicts that Tik Tok will reach over 755 million per month in 2022, making it the third largest network after Facebook and Instagram.

Learn how you can leverage the search features to be able to be easily discovered by your target market using this fast-paced, fun, and engaging micro-video platform. In this interactive workshop, you will discover...

  • The unique culture of Tik Tok
  • How long a Tok is and how often you should post
  • Goals for your business on Tik Tok
  • Trends on TikTok that you can leverage to grow fast
  • Types of content should Ito post on Tik Tok
  • Resources for getting started on TikTok, including content ideas

Speaker: Deborah Deras, Synergy Unlimited

Deborah Deras is a digital marketing strategist helping small business owners sell online without breaking the bank using organic strategies and leveraging social media and email marketing. She has facilitated hundreds of webinars and is a sought-after "Mindset for Success" speaker for over 20 years, speaking to Fortune 100 companies, colleges, and association groups.

This event will be offered in a hybrid format. Instructions for attending virtually or in-person will appear in your confirmation email after registration.

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Boosting Holiday Sales with Partnership Marketing - ONLINE

Date:  10/18/22
Time:  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
Status:  Open - 48 places remaining
Registration Deadline:  10/18/22 12:00 PM (CDT)

Point of Contact:  Julie Preddy (479) 575-5148

Training Topics:  Marketing/Sales
Description:

Join this webinar to learn how small businesses can exponentially increase their marketing power without exponentially increasing your marketing budget.  Learn how to make the most of word of mouth marketing and finding business allies you can collaborate with to get your best results this holiday season. Leveraging your community and your ambassadors is an approach that can work for almost any type of business.  Find out how it can make a difference in your bottom line and what to do next to use this as a marketing tool for your business.

Presented by Melissa Forziat

A Southern California-based marketer, speaker, consultant, and author, Melissa 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 - IN PERSON

Date:  10/18/22
Time:  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  10/18/22 8:00 AM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Dmitri Scott (501) 804-4530
Location:  2801 S University Ave, Little Rock AR 72204-1000

Training Topics:  Business Start-up/Preplanning
Description:

This in-person seminar for beginner entrepreneurs is a must for small business owners.  

Join us as we discuss:

  • Essential Start-up steps
  • Lega business structure
  • Regulations and licensing requirements
  • Key issues
  • Common pitfalls

If you are just starting out on your journey as an entrepreneur, this seminar is perfect for you. We will help lay out the outline of how to start your business successfully.

Speaker: Dmitri Scott, Entrepreneurial Education Specialist, ASBTDC

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Protect Your Small Business from Fraud

Date:  10/20/22
Time:  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  10/20/22 8:00 AM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  ATU ASBTDC (479) 356-2067

Program Format:  Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics:  Risk Management
Description:

Do you know how to avoid fraud and protect your hard-earned money? On this webinar, our speaker from Regions Bank will discuss the types of fraud, how to recognize the warning signs of fraud in your business, and how to protect yourself from it. There is no fee to attend this virtual event, thanks to Regions Bank.

Instructions:  

Special thanks to our co-sponsor, Regions Bank.

Link to ASBTDC Training Opportunities

 

Introduction to the Business Model Canvas - (IN-PERSON)

Date:  10/20/22
Time:  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Registration Deadline:  10/20/22 8:00 AM (CDT)
Fee:  No Fee

Point of Contact:  Dmitri Scott (501) 804-4530
Location:  2801 S University Ave, Little Rock AR 72204-1000

Training Topics:  Business Plan, Business Start-up/Preplanning
Description:

There are many ways to plan or evaluate your business structure. The Business Model Canvas is a visual tool perfect for new and existing entrepreneurs. It focuses on the nine building blocks that make up any successful business.

For existing businesses, the Business Model Canvas will

  • Help determine your current state of operations
  • Be used to prepare a plan for growth

For new businesses, the Business Model Canvas is perfect for:

  • Building the successful business structure
  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Developing a pitch for investors

Join us for this session, where we will walk through each section of the canvas.

Speaker: Dmitri Scott, Entrepreneurial Education Specialist, ASBTDC

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

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