Jonesboro Arkansas may not seem like the hubub of startups, but since we started Nibletz back in 2009, we’ve proven time and time and again that the startup movement is everywhere. The folks at Arkansas State have seen the light in universities partnering with local communities for the benefit of local commerce. Some folks call this economic development.
Colleges and Universities across the southeast and the country from Auburn University to the University of New Mexico, have started offering startup workshops and classes for the masses.
Obviously a few couple hour events and workshops can’t replace the value of a four year education, but the ability for breakneck entrepreneurs to get some extra business education helps attract or uncover local entrepreneurs.
Arkansas State’s Small Business And Technology Center his kicked off the new year with a series of classes open to the public and focused on launching a business. Each class costs less than $40 for the members of the public and veterans are free.
“Starting a Business in Arkansas,” sponsored by Focus Bank, begins Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 9-11:30 a.m., and prepares learners for the intensive business planning process by identifying major steps crucial to starting and growing a small business.
“Getting to Know Your Customers: Market Research for Small Businesses” is next on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 9-11 a.m., and is available for $35 to the general public. This forum covers market research for small businesses.
The series ends with “How to Write a Business Plan,” scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 9-11 a.m., followed by “Business Financing Options” at 12:30-2:30 p.m. Both sessions are $35 to the public.
Pre-registration is required for each seminar. To register, call (870) 972-3517, or visit the training calendar to register online. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested in advance. Contact Kelli Listenbee, SBTDC training specialist and business consultant, at (870) 972-3517.