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Resources for Arkansas Businesses

Small business is the backbone of the Arkansas economy. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is committed to serving new and existing small businesses around the state.

If our agency doesn’t have the answer to your question, we will provide a resource referral to help you find the agency that does. Listed below are several of our partnering organizations that serve small businesses in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise division promotes the growth and sustainability of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises by providing them with networking, capital and contracting opportunities.

The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses. The SBA has local offices around Arkansas.

The ASBTDC is a university-based economic development program that assists all types of for-profit businesses, from home-based to high-tech. Receive one-to-one confidential consulting and cutting-edge market research at no charge, or expand your expertise through their affordable educational events.

SCORE is a partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that provides free business mentoring and education. There are two SCORE offices in Arkansas located in Little Rock and Rogers.

The Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center's mission is to assist Arkansas small businesses to succeed in obtaining government contracts. These contracts stimulate the growth of Arkansas' economy.

The Venture Center is an organization focused on facilitating the grassroots growth of entrepreneurial activity in Central Arkansas through the establishment of startup acceleration, corporate innovation, and technical training programs.

Startup Junkie is an organization that exists to empower entrepreneurs and innovators by educating, inspiring, and supporting entrepreneurs and innovators through no-cost, one-on-one consulting; events, workshops, and programs; and access to capital and talent.

The Conductor is a public-private partnership between the University of Central Arkansas and Startup Junkie, that empowers entrepreneurs, innovators, and makers.