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ASBTDC Kicks Off 2020 With Wide Range of Entrepreneur Events

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by Jeremy Peppas

From a summit to a chat in Spanish, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center has a full calendar of events for entrepreneurs to attend.

With the new year, the Center starts its events on Jan. 14 in Hot Springs with a seminar titled “Launch your Dream” that is geared for those looking to start their own business.From there, a total of 26 more events will be held in January and February, and in all corners of the state

Locations for the events range from Mt. Ida to Fayetteville to Little Rock and all points in between. Some of the seminars are also available online. The events will also have a bilingual flavor as one will be held for those Spanish-speaking residents of Arkansas.

One Highlight from those two months, according to Gwen Green, the Center’s communications manager, is the the Small Business Startup Summit to be held Jan. 30 at the U.S. Small Business Administration Arkansas District Office in Little Rock.

The event was described by Green as, “In one day, learn how to start your business the right way” and that the event is actually three seminars in one and will include:

  1. Starting a Business in Arkansas
  2. How to Write a Business Plan
  3. Financing Options

Green adds, “Participants will learn practical ways to avoid pitfalls new business owners often experience.”

The seminar, like most of the Center’s events, is free to the public to attend, but pre-registration is encouraged.For more information on it, call, 501-683-7700 or go online to asbtdc.org.

Also online is the next event Green highlighted, “Delivering the Perfect Pitch Webinar” and it will be held Jan. 30.Hosted by Russellville’s Arkansas Tech University, the free webinar will be conducted by Amy Hopper with Winrock International and Jeff Standridge from Arkansas Conductor. Both will share tips for a successful investor pitch and how to make them stick.

Participants in that would then be eligible to compete in an Arkansas Conductor pitch contest to be held Feb. 20 at Tech. For more information, call 479-356-2067.

The first big event in February, Green says, is Empezando un Negocio in Arkansas and will be for Spanish speakers. It will be held on Feb. 4 at the Reynolds Business Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Empezando un Negocio translates to “Starting a Business” and the seminar will be led by  Eileen Devereux Dailey, a bilingual business consultant based at the Center’s lead office at UALR.

Dailey says about 20 percent of her clients speak Spanish as their first language and adds, “We are still learning and figuring out how to best serve this community that is very entrepreneurial and independent.”

That’s typical of all newcomers to this country, but, Dailey says they, “do not come with the mentality of thinking that there will be an organization or available resources for them to get help and guidance for their entrepreneurial activities.

Other resources available in Spanish include:

  1. Guía de la Puesta en Marcha de Empresas (New Business Guide) – available to “Empezando un Negocio en Arkansas” attendees and consulting clients
  2. Al Punto Esquema Del Plan De Empresa (To the Point Business Plan Outline) – available online
  3. Plan de Negocio de Muestra al Punto (To the Point Business Plan Sample) – available online

The event is free, and for more information, call 501-683-7700 or Spanish-speakers can e-mail Dailey directly at eddailey@ualr.edu.

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