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Arkansas Small Business Events in November

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by Jeremy Peppas

Two events are scheduled in the coming weeks that might be of interest to small business owners in Arkansas.

The first is the Small Business Summit for Veterans and will be held on Nov. 8 at the Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which is hosted by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

The second is a fraud workshop hosted by the Business Innovations Legal Clinic at UALR’s Bowen School of Law. It will be held Nov. 15.

The veterans summit is part of National Veterans Small Business Week and the program’s manager in Arkansas is Melanie Berman.

“Last year we hosted a smaller scale veteran small business half day event,” she said. “This year we anticipate closer to 100 to attend the all-day event.”

The summit, as designed, is something of a first for Arkansas as more than a dozen organizations and agencies will come together to offer assistance to veterans so they can, “learn about the programs and services that can help,” their business succeed.

In addition to the host, here’s some of the other organizations that will have representatives on hand for the event: The Arkansas District Office of the Small Business Administration, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, the Arkansas Women’s Business Center, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, the Arkansas National Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers, Camp Alliance, The Conductor and SCORE. Veterans Affairs will have staff from the offices of:  Patient Eligibility & Intake, VocRehab and Service Connected Disability & Appeals Process.

“Last year we did not include a resource fair,” Berman said, which has been added to the event for this year. “We hope to connect more veteran small business owners or those small businesses wanting to hire veterans to the extensive network of providers in Arkansas.”

Berman added, “We find that most small businesses are not familiar with all the free resources available to them. The goal of this event is to connect them with these resources – including those veteran support agencies.”

But it is more than just organizations lending a helping hand, those attending will also hear from veterans.

“We will also have a few Veteran owned businesses to share their success story,” Berman said and “while this event is important to share all the resources available, it is more important to give our veteran owned businesses a platform to share their success.

“We are proud of our clients and want to see jobs and dollars remain in our state.”

The event is free, and lunch is included, with the keynote speaker being Col. Anita Deason, (Ret.) who currently is on staff for U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. Deason handles military and veteran issues for Boozman’s office.

Pre-registration is required for the summit that is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and close at 3 p.m.

Those interested in attending can go online or call 501-671-2390.

For more information, Berman can be reached at 501-671-2361 or  msberman@uaex.edu.

The legal workshop dubbed, “Risky Business” will be taught by the student attorneys of the Business Innovations Legal Clinic and is free.

It will start at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 and lunch will be provided by the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office. The workshop is, “designed to assist small businesses in avoiding fraud.”

In addition to the Bowen School, other organizations assisting are the Attorney General’s office and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center.

For more information, or to register in advance, go to the group’s Facebook event page here.

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