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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.

An Entrepreneurship Guide for Women in Technology Fields


This guide features a range of resources, including steps for starting a tech company, information on grants, and more.

VCWoman Achieve


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


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

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.

Full list of Arkansas chambers of commerce.

Heartland Forward


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


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


64.6 Downtown


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

Northwest Arkansas Council


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.


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


Conway, AR

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

Communities Unlimited


 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


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


Natural Capital


Little Rock, AR


NewRoad Capital Partners


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


RZC Investments


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


Tusk Private Investment


Bentonville, AR


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

Entrepreneur and Small Business Support

Arkansas APEX Accelerator


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

The Arkansas APEX Accelerator helps Arkansas small businesses to obtain government contracts.

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub


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 - Bentonville 


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


Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Fayetteville 


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


Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Fort Smith


70 S. 7th St., Fort Smith, AR 72901


Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Jonesboro


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


Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Little Rock


2801 S. University Ave. Little Rock, AR 72204


Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Magnolia


100 East University, MSC 9192, Magnolia, AR 71753


Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Monticello


140 University Place, Monticello, AR 71656


Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center – Mountain Home


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


Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center- Pine Bluff


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


Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center - Russellville


106 W. O St., Russellville, AR 72801


Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center – West Memphis


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

Arkansas State University Innovation System


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



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


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.


Delta Circles


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

EforAll NWA


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


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

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


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

Remix Ideas


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.



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


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


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


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


Venture Center


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


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

Export and International Resources

Arkansas District Export Council


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


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


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

World Trade Center Arkansas


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

U.S. Small Business Administration



Arkansas District Office – Little Rock

2120 Riverfront Drive, Suite 250, Little Rock, AR



Arkansas District Office – Northwest Arkansas

35 East Mountain Street, Fayetteville, AR

Studies and Reports

Arkansas Entrepreneurship Policy Framework

This is a set of policy recommendations for developing a thriving small business and entrepreneurial community in Arkansas.

Read the policy framework here.

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.

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.

Read the report here.

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.

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.

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.

Arkansas Capital Scan

The 2022 Arkansas Capital Scan from the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Arkansas examines the capital resources flowing into small businesses, startups, and growth companies in the state of Arkansas during a calendar year.

Read the full report.