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The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, a unit of the University of Arizona’s Department of Economic Development, wrapped up 2022 with a bumper year for new customers, new business starts and capital acquisitions.
With a client satisfaction score of over 94 percent, the center’s eight-person team provided 2,031 hours of consulting service to 905 new clients and their respective projects. ASBTDC, UAF consultants also assisted clients in securing $17.5 million in funding and locating 48 new businesses for success in the thriving NWA small business community.
“We’re a small but mighty team, and I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished this year and our impact in 2022,” said Mary Beth Brooks, the center’s director. “We look forward to 2023 bringing new customers, new ideas and new opportunities in the small business community to create economic impact,” Brooks added.
The team at U of A Small Business and Technology Development Center serves current and potential business owners in six counties, providing guidance and expertise on starting and growing a small business, finance, marketing, innovation and technology commercialization. All services are provided free of charge to customers.
The center offers monthly in-person and virtual workshops designed to equip clients with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Information and registration for the event can be found here, and the upcoming schedule includes:of
- Tuesday, January 31 at Noon – Smart Principles of Marketing Messaging
- Wednesday, February 8 at noon – successfully onboarded employees
- Wednesday, February 15 at Noon – Optimizing Your Google Business Profile
- Thursday 23 February at Noon – Fundamentals of Finance: Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounting
Follow these links to sign up for consultations, the center’s newsletter, explore client stories and leverage ASBTDC resources for small businesses, startups and dreams big and small.
240 N. Block Ave., Suite 100, Fayetteville 72701, and 700 SE 5th St., Suite 130, Bentonville 72712
Contact: SBDC@uark.edu or 479-575-5148.