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Arkansas State SBTDC To Kick Off New Year With Workshop, Seminar


JONESBORO, Ark. — The Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Jonesboro Association (DJA) will host two seminars for small businesses Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the ASU Delta Center for Economic Development, 319 University Loop Circle.

The workshop is “Starting a Business in Arkansas: How to Get a New Business Started Right,” from 9-11:30 a.m. and is aimed at anyone who is considering starting a new business and wants to make sure that the business has the best potential to succeed regardless of economic conditions.

“If you are going to start a business in 2014, then this seminar is the place to start,” said Laura Miller, director of the SBTDC.

Topics will include business plan keys for success, legal requirements, licenses, fees and permits required by Arkansas, how to determine the feasibility of the business idea, common pitfalls to avoid, information about financing options and more.

In conjunction, a seminar, “Small Business Loans: How to Find Capital to Start or Expand Your Business” is also available and will be conducted by Robert Bahn, business consultant at the SBTDC. The seminar is designed to show attendees how to use a variety of options in finding financing for their venture.

“Getting the financing you need is never an easy task for a small business,” continued Miller. “In today’s challenging economic times it can be even more difficult. But funding can be found if the entrepreneur knows where to look.”

During the seminar Bahn will discuss sources of capital for small businesses, alternative and participating lenders, how to develop a funding request, information about the U.S. Small Business Administration’s guaranty loan programs, information on several new SBA programs, the truth about grants and more.

Registration for the workshop is $30 per attendee, $20 for Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce and DJA members, and $15 for A-State faculty, staff and students. Registration for the small business loans seminar is $35 per attendee, $25 for Chamber of Commerce and DJA members, and $20 for faculty, staff and students.

For more information or to register for the seminars, contact the Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center at (870) 972-3517, e-mail asusbtdc@astate.edu, or register online at http://asbtdc.ualr.edu/training/jonesboro.asp.

The seminars are co-sponsored by Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Jonesboro Association, First Security Bank, First Community Bank, Focus Bank, and Simmons First Bank.