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Small Business and Technology Development Center Opens 2016 With Startup Series


JONESBORO — The small business seminar series of the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Arkansas State University kicks off the new year with four key sessions designed for an intensive business planning process and identifies major steps crucial to starting and growing a business.

The series is at the Delta Center for Economic Development, 319 University Loop Circle. The cost is $30 for the public and is free to veterans. All seminars are free of charge for A-State faculty, staff and students.

“Starting a Business in Arkansas,” sponsored by Focus Bank, begins Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 9-11:30 a.m., and prepares learners for the intensive business planning process by identifying major steps crucial to starting and growing a small business.

“Getting to Know Your Customers: Market Research for Small Businesses” is next on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 9-11 a.m., and is available for $35 to the general public. This forum covers market research for small businesses.

The series ends with “How to Write a Business Plan,” scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 9-11 a.m., followed by “Business Financing Options” at 12:30-2:30 p.m. Both sessions are $35 to the public.

Pre-registration is required for each seminar. To register, call (870) 972-3517, or visit the training calendar to register online. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested in advance. Contact Kelli Listenbee, SBTDC training specialist and business consultant, at (870) 972-3517.

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas State is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the University of Arkansas-Little Rock College of Business and A-State’s College of Business. The ASBTDC assists start-ups, existing businesses and technology businesses. Core services include free consulting and market research plus low-to-no cost training. Learn more at astatesbtdc.org.