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Business Resources for Women

Arkansas Women's Business Center

Winrock International » Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Arkansas

The Arkansas Women’s Business Center provides training and access to capital for women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

VCWoman Achieve

https://www.venturecenter.co/entrepreneurs/mentorships/vcwomanachieve/

VCWoman Achieve is a mentorship program for women entrepreneurs, matching them with seasoned women executives and entrepreneurs for 12 months.

Women's Foundation of Arkansas

https://womensfoundationarkansas.org

400 W Capitol Ave Suite 1242, Little Rock, AR 72201

Community Development Resources

Arkansas Association of Counties

www.arcounties.org

1415 W. 3rd St., Little Rock, AR 72201

The Arkansas Association of Counties provides general research, directs public education programs, and conducts seminars for county governments in Arkansas.

The AAC website has a range of resources, including a list of all counties in Arkansas with population information and relevant facts, as well as contact information for local officials.

Click here to access the county list: Counties | Association of Arkansas Counties (arcounties.org)

Arkansas Economic Development Institute

www.youraedi.com

2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204

The Arkansas Economic Development Institute provides research and strategies to state, community, and industry leaders to promote economic growth and enhance the quality of life in Arkansas. The AEDI provides a range of services, including community development and planning, economic research and data analysis, and geographic information services.

Arkansas Municipal League

www.arml.org

301 W. 2nd St., North Little Rock, AR 72114

The Arkansas Municipal League is the official representative of Arkansas cities and towns before the state and federal governments.

The Arkansas Municipal League has a Local Government Portal that provides information on every county and municipality in Arkansas, including contact information, basic facts, elected officials, and online services.

Click here to access the portal: Local Government Portal (arkansas.gov)

Center for Community and Economic Development

www.uca.edu/cced

The Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) provides training and technical assistance to communities around Arkansas to improve quality of life. 

CCED organizes the Community Development Institute (CDI) which trains over 150 community leaders across the mid-south region in community and economic development. 

A chamber of commerce is your local economic development partner, aimed at furthering the interests of businesses in its area. Reach out to your local chamber to see what opportunities and services they offer.

Full list of Arkansas chambers of commerce.

Heartland Forward

www.heartlandforward.org

110 NW 2nd St., Bentonville, AR 72712

Heartland Forward is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “think and do tank” focused on improving economic performance in the center of the United States.

Main Street Arkansas

https://www.arkansasheritage.com/arkansas-preservation/programs/main-street-arkansas

Main Street Arkansas is a historic preservation program under the Division of Arkansas Heritage that works to strengthen historic downtowns and Main Street districts in Arkansas.

Argenta Downtown Council

https://www.argentaartsdistrict.org

301 Main St #203, North Little Rock, AR 72114 Batesville

 

Main Street Batesville

https://www.mainstreetbatesville.org

296 E Main St, Batesville, AR 72501

 

Conway Downtown Partnership

https://conwayarkansas.org/pages/downtown-conway

900 Oak Street Conway, AR 72032

 

Downtown Little Rock Partnership

https://www.downtownlr.com

101 E Capitol Ave #106, Little Rock, AR 72201

 

Main Street Dumas

http://www.dumasmainstreet.org

165 South Main Dumas, AR 71639 El Dorado

 

Main Street El Dorado

https://www.mainstreeteldorado.org

101 W Main St #410, El Dorado, AR 71730

 

Main Street Eureka Springs

https://www.mainstreeteurekasprings.org

2 Spring St # 1, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

 

64.6 Downtown

https://www.646downtown.com

411 Garrison Ave Suite 109, Fort Smith, AR 72901

 

Downtown Jonesboro Alliance

https://www.jonesboro.org/294/Downtown-Jonesboro

407 Union Street Jonesboro, AR 72401

 

Main Street Osceola

https://www.osceolachamber.com

108 W Hale Ave, Osceola, AR 72370

 

Main Street Ozark

https://mainstreetozark.com

300 W Commercial St, Ozark, AR 72949

 

Main Street Downtown Paragould

https://www.downtownparagould.com

108 E Emerson St #4310, Paragould, AR 72450

 

Main Street Paris

https://www.parisarkansas.com/main-street-info

301 W. Walnut Paris, AR 72855

 

Main Street Pine Bluff

https://pinebluff-downtowndevelopment.com

110 North Pine Pine Bluff, AR 71601

 

Main Street Russellville

https://www.mainstreetrussellville.com

320 W C St, Russellville, AR 72801

 

Main Street Searcy

https://searcy.com/mainstreet

P.O. Box 1127 Searcy, AR 72145

 

Main Street Siloam Springs

https://mainstreetsiloam.org

311 S Mt Olive St, Siloam Springs, AR 72761

 

Main Street Texarkana

https://www.mainstreettexarkana.org

819 N State Line Ave, Texarkana, TX 75501

 

Main Street West Memphis

http://www.westmemphisutilities.com/190/Main-Street

231 E Broadway Street, West Memphis, AR 72301

Northwest Arkansas Council

www.nwacouncil.org

The Northwest Arkansas Council is a private nonprofit that works to advance job opportunities, talent recruitment, physical infrastructure, healthcare and quality of life in Northwest Arkansas.

Arkansas Planning and Development Districts

Arkansas Planning and Development Districts - Arkansas' Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (arkansaseconomicregions.org)

The eight Arkansas planning districts provide a range of services, including grant writing and administration, for economic development projects for the counties in their regions.

Funding

Angel Capital Association

www.angelcapitalassociation.com

The Angel Capital Association is a network of 14,000+ accredited angel investors. The ACA's website allows individuals to find angel investors and learn more about angel investing.

 

Ark Angel Alliance

https://arkangelalliance.org

Conway, AR

The Ark Angel Alliance supports investment of startup companies and supports angel investors through development opportunities.

Communities Unlimited

https://communitiesu.org

 3 E Colt Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72703

 

FORGE Community Loan Fund

https://www.forgefund.org

 P.O. Box 1138 Huntsville, AR 72740

 

Kiva Northwest Arkansas Hub

https://www.kiva-nwa.org

1 E Center St #270, Fayetteville, AR 72701

 

For a full list of funding options, visit AEDC's Funding page.

Arkansas Capital Corporation

www.arcapital.com

200 River Market Ave #400, Little Rock, AR 72201

 

Cadron Capital Partners

www.cadroncapital.com

1 E Center St., Suite 270, Fayetteville, AR 72701

 

Natural Capital

www.naturalcapitalfirm.com

Little Rock, AR

 

NewRoad Capital Partners

www.newroadcp.com

110 SW A St. Suite 209, Bentonville, AR 72712

 

RZC Investments

www.runwaynwa.com/new-ventures-and-investments

125 W. Central Ave. Suite 300, Bentonville, AR 72712

 

Tusk Private Investment

www.tuskinvestment.com

Bentonville, AR

 

For a full list of venture capital opportunities, visit AEDC's Small Business Funding page.

Entrepreneur and Small Business Support

Arkansas Procurement and Technical Assistance Center

http://www.uaex.uada.edu/ptac

2301 S University Ave #110, Little Rock, AR 72204

The Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps Arkansas small businesses to obtain government contracts.

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

www.arhub.org

204 E. 4th St., North Little Rock, AR 72114

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is a nonprofit organization that inspires innovation and expands opportunities for Arkansans. The Hub provides tools, resources, and training to entrepreneurs, students, and makers.

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Arkadelphia 

http://asbtdc.org/arkadelphia

P.O. Box 7624, Arkadelphia, AR 71999

 

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Bentonville 

http://asbtdc.org/fayetteville

700 SE 5th St. Suite 130, Bentonville, AR 72712

 

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Fayetteville 

http://asbtdc.org/fayetteville

240 N. Block Ave., Suite 100, Fayetteville, AR 72701

 

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Fort Smith

www.asbtdc.org/fort-smith

5210 Grand Avenue, Flanders 207, Fort Smith, AR 72913

 

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Hot Springs

http://asbtdc.org/hot-springs

P.O. Box 7624, Arkadelphia, AR 71999

 

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Jonesboro

http://asbtdc.org/jonesboro

P.O. Box 2650, State University, AR 72467

 

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Little Rock

http://asbtdc.org/little-rock-lead-center

2801 S. University Ave. Little Rock, AR 72204

 

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Magnolia

http://asbtdc.org/magnolia

100 East University, MSC 9192, Magnolia, AR 71753

 

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Monticello

http://asbtdc.org/monticello

140 University Place, Monticello, AR 71656

 

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center – Mountain Home

www.asbtdc.org/mountain-home

1600 S. College St., Mountain Home, AR 72653

 

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Russellville

http://asbtdc.org/russellville

106 W. O St., Russellville AR 72801

 

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center – West Memphis

www.asbtdc.org/west-memphis

2000 W. Broadway Ave., West Memphis, AR 72301

Arkansas State University Innovation System

www.astateinnovate.com

The Arkansas State University Innovation System is an entrepreneur ecosystem providing support for startups, technology transfer, business resources, and partnerships with businesses and communities.

Conductor

https://www.arconductor.org

915 W. Oak Street #1004 Conway, AR 72032

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

Conexion de Negocios

http://conexiondenegocioslatinos.com/

2250 W Sunset Avenuee Suite 7&8 Springdale, AR 72764.

Conexión de Negocios (CNL) aims to provide leadership, networking, and support for the success of Latinx businesses by providing resources, information and education while promoting the awareness of our culture. We have four main pillars which are to promote, educate, connect and support.

Delta Circles

www.delta-circles.org

Delta Circles focuses on advancing economic equity, entrepreneurship, and community engagement in the Arkansas Delta.

EforAll NWA

https://eforall.org

Fayetteville, AR

EforAll is a nonprofit that aims to accelerate economic and social impact in communities around the United States through inclusive entrepreneurship.

Endeavor NWA

www.endeavornwa.org

Endeavor NWA selects, supports, and invests in entrepreneurs that are scaling their companies.

The Generator

www.goforwardpinebluff.org/the-generator

435 S. Main St., Pine Bluff, AR 71601

The Generator is an innovation hub powered by Go Forward Pine Bluff, which features a co-working space, a makerspace, and a digital space.

Innovate Arkansas

http://www.innovatearkansas.org/

Innovate Arkansas helps Arkansas entrepreneurs scale technology ventures into viable commercial enterprises.

Remix Ideas

http://remixideas.com

300 S. Spring St., Suite 604, Little Rock, AR 72201

Remix Ideas provides consulting to early-stage startups, offers a 12-week business academy, and runs an Equity in Action Group. Remix Ideas also partnered with the Central Arkansas Library System on the Rock It! Lab in Little Rock.

SCORE

https://littlerock.score.org

2120 Riverfront Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202

SCORE is the largest network of free volunteer small business mentors in the United States.

 

SCORE – Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas | SCORE

1200 W. Walnut Street, Suite 3411, Rogers, AR 72756

Startup Junkie

https://www.startupjunkie.org

1 E Center St #270, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Startup Junkie works to build entrepreneurial ecosystems in Arkansas by providing no-cost, one-on-one consulting; events; workshops; and programs, as well as providing access to capital and talent.

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service

www.uaex.uada.edu/business-communities/default.aspx

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension’s Cooperative Extension Service offers a range of services, including support for rural businesses in Arkansas, information on food entrepreneurship and how to start a food business, information on project funding, and leadership development.

University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

https://entrepreneurship.uark.edu/

The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation creates and curates innovation and entrepreneurship experiences for University of Arkansas students across all disciplines. 

 

Venture Center

https://www.venturecenter.co

417 Main Street Little Rock, AR 72201

The Venture Center is an entrepreneur support organization that helps startups become viable, high-growth businesses.


Venture Noire

www.venturenoire.org

Venture Noire focuses on bridging the income inequality gap and improving Black business health.

Export and International Resources

Arkansas District Export Council

www.exportarkansas.org

The Arkansas District Export Council is a not-for-profit corporation that provides advice and counsel about foreign markets, effective and innovative market strategies, and conducts and participates in export education workshops and seminars throughout Arkansas.

International Trade Administration

www.trade.gov/arkansas-little-rock

The International Trade Administration provides businesses with the expertise needed to connect with trade opportunities around the globe.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency

www.ustda.gov

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency connects the U.S. private sector to infrastructure projects in emerging markets.

World Trade Center Arkansas

www.arwtc.org

World Trade Center Arkansas is dedicated to growing bilateral trade for the state of Arkansas by delivering world-class services, global connections, and export development programs to Arkansas businesses.

National Business Resources

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

www.kauffman.org

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a nonprofit focused on entrepreneurship. The organization concentrates on fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems, entrepreneurial learning, and entrepreneur support organizations.

Minority Business Development Agency

www.mbda.gov

The Minority Business Development Agency is a federal agency responsible for the growth of minority business enterprises in the United States.

U.S. Department of Agriculture | Rural Development

www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/business-programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Business Programs provide financial backing and technical assistance to stimulate business creation and growth.

 

Learn more about the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program.

U.S. Department of Commerce

www.commerce.gov

The U.S. Department of Commerce is the federal department charged with promoting job creation and economic growth. The department provides businesses with tools, such as the Decennial Census, the National Weather Service, and the Foreign Commercial Service.

See a full list of U.S. Commerce bureaus and offices: Bureaus and offices | U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. General Services Administration

www.gsa.gov/small-business/small-business-resources

The U.S. General Services Administration oversees the construction, management, and preservation of government buildings, as well as leasing and managing commercial real estate. The GSA offers a range of business resources and information on doing business with the agency and contracting.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

www.uspto.gov

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is responsible for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.

U.S. Small Business Administration

www.sba.gov

 

Arkansas District Office – Little Rock

2120 Riverfront Drive, Suite 250, Little Rock, AR

501-324-7379

 

Arkansas District Office – Northwest Arkansas

35 East Mountain Street, Fayetteville, AR

Studies and Reports

Arkansas Entrepreneurship Resource Map

This is a quick reference guide for startup and small business support organizations.

See the full map here.

Arkansas Innovation Ecosystem Map

This map is a guide to innovation support in Arkansas.

See the full map here.

Arkansas Small Business Access to Capital Study

This study from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation looks at access to capital for small business owners in Arkansas.

 

Read the original study.

Read the 2020 update.

The Business Case for Equity in Arkansas

This report from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation examines economic conditions in Arkansas and the impact that equity could have on the state.

Read the full report.

Women of Color Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in Arkansas

This study from the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and the University of Central Arkansas identifies gaps in Arkansas’ entrepreneurial ecosystem and the services provided by entrepreneurial support organizations to women of color. The report has a series of recommendations for building an inclusive ecosystem in Arkansas.

Read the full report.

This report examines the growth of minority business enterprises and their impact on the U.S. economy.

The report is from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency.

Read the full report here.