Providing rural residents with the skills and tools needed to create and expand small businesses and engage in job creation activities are the goals of an upcoming regional business conference to be held virtually via Zoom, with a remote location in Prescott.
Funded by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas Human Development Corporation, Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, and the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, the 2021 Southwest Arkansas Rural Business Development Conference, with a theme of “Using Existing Resources and Creating Innovative Approaches to Rebuild Rural Arkansas” will bring together approximately 20 private, state, federal and nonprofit organizations with a singular mission of equipping small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and resources to start and expand their businesses, a news release said.
Hosted by the AHDC, Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, and U.S. Small Business Administration, the conference will be held Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom.
For participants without computer access, the conference will also be held, with very limited seating, remotely at Nevada County Library, 121 W. Main St., Prescott. Social distancing, temperature checks, masks, and release forms will be required.
Topics will include but are not limited to, building effective business…