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ASU SBDC hosts seminar for Arkansas
veterans in business July 16
July 9, 2008 --
University’s Small Business Development Center (ASU SBDC) is sponsoring
a seminar for Arkansas veterans in business. The seminar, “Arkansas
Veterans in Business: Vets Helping Vets Succeed,” will be held
Wednesday, July 16, at ASU’s Convocation Center. Major General William
D. Wofford, The Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard, will be the
special luncheon guest speaker. Maj. Wofford will address challenges
facing Arkansas National Guardsmen as they continue to transition from
civilians to citizen soldiers in continued deployment, and how
communities can help these soldiers’ families.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Session I will be held from 8:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Session II will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. This
seminar is free to veterans and their spouses and members of the
Arkansas National Guard and Reserves. The cost is $30 per person for
non-veterans. Early registration is advised to ensure adequate workshop
materials. Lunch will be provided free only for those who register by 9
a.m., Friday, July 11. Later registrants must make alternate luncheon
Hosts for the event are the ASU Small Business Development Center, the
ASU Beck PRIDE Center for Wounded Veterans, Arkansas Capital
Corporation, the ASU Delta Center for Economic Development, the ASU
College of Business, and the Arkansas National Guard.
The symposium is designed for all Arkansas veterans, as well as
currently serving members of the Arkansas National Guard or the Army
Reserves, who own their own businesses or are thinking of starting a
business. A series of workshops will be offered on a variety of
business-related topics to help individuals start or expand businesses.
Workshops include “Starting a Business in Arkansas,” presented at 8:30
a.m. Presenters are Stephen Hollowell, director of government affairs,
Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office, and Susan Glasgow, training
coordinator, ASU SBDC. In a concurrent session, “Recession-proofing Your
Business” will be presented by Herb Lawrence, center director, ASU SBDC.
At 10: 30 a.m., concurrent sessions are “Smart Borrowing,” presented by
Al Hodge, senior vice president, Arkansas Capital Corporation, and
“Selling to Uncle Sam,” presented by Richard Evans, Arkansas
Procurement Assistance Center.
At 1:30 p.m., “The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Programs for
Veterans’ Businesses” will be presented by Charles (Chuck) Davis,
business development specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration.
Concurrently, “Market Research for Small Businesses” will be offered by
James Atkinson, market analyst, Arkansas Small Business Development
At 3 p.m., “IT Issues for Small Businesses” will be offered, along with
“The Arkansas National Guard Business Mobilization Planning Guide,”
presented by Herb Lawrence, coauthor of the planning guide.
Numerous cosponsors will have booths set up to inform seminar attendees
of their services and offerings. Cosponsors include the American Legion
and Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Arkansas National Guard, Office of The
Adjutant General, Bancorp South, ASU’s College of Nursing and Health
Professions, the Craighead County Veteran’s Center, East Arkansas
Planning and Development District, Jonesboro Regional Chamber of
Commerce, Liberty Bank, Military Officers Association of America, and
Simmons First National Bank.
For more information, contact Susan Glasgow, training coordinator, at
(870) 972-3517, or register online at http://sbdc.astate.edu.