Business Resources for Women
The Arkansas Women’s Business Center provides training and access to capital for women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.
VCWoman Achieve is a mentorship program for women entrepreneurs, matching them with seasoned women executives and entrepreneurs for 12 months.
Community Development Resources
Arkansas Association of Counties
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
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
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
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.
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
301 Main St #203, North Little Rock, AR 72114 Batesville
Main Street Batesville
296 E Main St, Batesville, AR 72501
Conway Downtown Partnership
900 Oak Street Conway, AR 72032
Downtown Little Rock Partnership
101 E Capitol Ave #106, Little Rock, AR 72201
Main Street Dumas
165 South Main Dumas, AR 71639 El Dorado
Main Street El Dorado
101 W Main St #410, El Dorado, AR 71730
Main Street Eureka Springs
2 Spring St # 1, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
411 Garrison Ave Suite 109, Fort Smith, AR 72901
Downtown Jonesboro Alliance
407 Union Street Jonesboro, AR 72401
Main Street Osceola
108 W Hale Ave, Osceola, AR 72370
Main Street Ozark
300 W Commercial St, Ozark, AR 72949
Main Street Downtown Paragould
108 E Emerson St #4310, Paragould, AR 72450
Main Street Paris
301 W. Walnut Paris, AR 72855
Main Street Pine Bluff
110 North Pine Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Main Street Russellville
320 W C St, Russellville, AR 72801
Main Street Searcy
P.O. Box 1127 Searcy, AR 72145
Main Street Siloam Springs
311 S Mt Olive St, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Main Street Texarkana
819 N State Line Ave, Texarkana, TX 75501
Main Street West Memphis
231 E Broadway Street, West Memphis, AR 72301
Arkansas Planning and Development Districts
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.
Angel Capital Association
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
The Ark Angel Alliance supports investment of startup companies and supports angel investors through development opportunities.
3 E Colt Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72703
FORGE Community Loan Fund
P.O. Box 1138 Huntsville, AR 72740
Kiva Northwest Arkansas Hub
1 E Center St #270, Fayetteville, AR 72701
For a full list of funding options, visit AEDC's Funding page.
Advantage Capital is a growth and impact investment firm committed to providing capital to businesses in underserved markets. The firm's flexible, patient lending terms to the companies it works with, enabling them to create positive, lasting impacts on their communities. Advantage Capital has the flexibility to invest up and down the capital stack as either debt or equity and tailor its investments to fit the unique needs of each small business. Advantage has invested more than $3.8B in over 800 companies from a diverse array of industry sectors, including manufacturing, technology, and business services, among others.
Arkansas Capital Corporation
200 River Market Ave #400, Little Rock, AR 72201
Cadron Capital Partners
1 E Center St., Suite 270, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Little Rock, AR
NewRoad Capital Partners
110 SW A St. Suite 209, Bentonville, AR 72712
125 W. Central Ave. Suite 300, Bentonville, AR 72712
Tusk Private Investment
For a full list of venture capital opportunities, visit AEDC's Small Business Funding page.
Entrepreneur and Small Business Support
Conexion de Negocios
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 Latino 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.
Export and International Resources
National Business Resources
Studies and Reports
Arkansas Women's Commission Report
The 2022 Arkansas Women's Commission Report analyzes the role of women in the labor market and economy, identifying barriers for women. The report provides recommendations on how to reduce barriers for women in Arkansas.
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.
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.
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.