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SBTDC to co-sponsor NEA creative conference
October 13, 2010
Arkansas State University’s Small Business and Technology Development
Center (SBTDC), the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and United
States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development are jointly
supporting a two-day regional conference, Thursday and Friday, October
14-15 at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville. The conference is
designed to support and grow small businesses in the northeast and
north-central regions of the state.
Entitled the "2010 Northeast Arkansas Business, Education and Creative
Economy Conference: Sharpening Your Competitive Edge," the event will
bring together more than 20 private sector, state, federal and nonprofit
organizations with the singular mission of equipping small business
owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and resources needed
to start or expand their businesses.
Topics will include but not be limited to building effective
partnerships, understanding the keys to marketing and sales,
understanding Arkansas's business climate, unlocking the purchasing
process and exploring the creative economy.
Day one will begin at 3:30 p.m. and is comprised of a half-day of
presentations focusing on the creative economy. Day one will be
centered on the presentation of key findings from a series of studies
supported by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation that looked into the
contributions of those involved in this segment of the economy.
Presentations will highlight successes in this segment of the economy
and include information on how to prepare, expand and help this vital
segment of the economy gain more attention. A networking reception
featuring a live performance will follow this event and will be held at
the Holiday Inn in Blytheville from 7:00-10:00pm.
Day two will focus on the nuts and bolts of the small business
development process and will formally begin at 8:00am with a breakfast
roundtable featuring bankers and small business lenders. Small business
owners will get the opportunity to meet and interact with
representatives who can professionally discuss the whole range of
financing options. Attendees will also receive the latest available
information about Arkansas's business climate and expanding industries,
which undoubtedly will be helpful in guiding small business decisions.
A series of speakers will provide information on the topics previously
listed above and three small businesses will be highlighted through
personal presentations during the luncheon.
All aspects of the conference are free but registration is encouraged. You may register on-line at asbtdc.ualr.edu/rural or call
870-972-3517. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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