Fordyce Conference Theme on Rural Economic Development | Company

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“Win Where You Are: Innovative Approaches to Ensuring Economic Growth in Sustainable Rural Communities” is the theme of a business conference to be held online with a small audience onsite in Fordyce and Pine Bluff.

Providing emerging small business owners with the skills, tools and contacts needed to start and grow their businesses and better engage in job creation activities are the goals.

The conference will bring together 20 private, quasi-state, state, federal, non-profit and international organizations focused on helping new or aspiring entrepreneurs with the resources needed to start and grow their businesses.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 1.

The event is hosted by the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services (ADWS), AHDC, ASBTDC, Arkansas Supply and Technical Assistance Center (APTAC) and USDA, Rural Development.

Up to 40 attendees, including select presenters, will be able to participate from a physical location at the Fordyce Civic Center, located at 300 Hwy. 79/167 Bypass, or at the Pine Bluff (Main) Library, located at 600 S. Main St.

Social distancing, temperature checks, masks and release forms will be required.

Topics will include building strategic relationships, exploring and securing the right kind of capital, how to sell goods and services to government, the basics of personal finance, and how to use the many services of the ‘ASBTDC to start and grow your business.

Some invited and confirmed lenders include: Arkansas Capital Corporation Group; Unlimited communities; Fordyce Bank and Mortgage; TO FORGE; Dependency bank; MRI; Inc.; Simmons Bank; Stone Bank; and, USDA, RD B&I.

The Lender Roundtable will be moderated by Herb Lawrence, Lender Relations Specialist, Arkansas District Office, US Small Business Administration.

Current and new business owners, young entrepreneurs, trade and technical school students, apprentices, veterans, religious leaders, and community and economic development professionals are invited.

Bill Walker, president and CEO of Premier Funeral Home in Little Rock and Chicken King Restaurants in central Arkansas and serial entrepreneur, will deliver the luncheon keynote.

Register by calling Arkansas Human Development Corporation toll-free at 800-482-7641 or 501-374-1103, ext. ten.

Click here to register online.

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