Upcoming ASBTDC Training Events Announced

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech University has announced training opportunities during August, September and October 2017.

The ATU ASBTDC regional office is designed to assist new, existing, and expanding businesses by offering a variety of services including free one-to-one confidential consulting, free market research and low cost or free training.

For more information go to www.atu.edu/asbtdc or call (479) 356-2077.

Boosting Business with Great Customer Reviews | Thursday, Aug. 17
The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “Boosting Business with Great Customer Reviews” from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce. Do you know what customers are saying about your business online? Customer reviews on sites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp are influential. We will look at popular review sites, the content you control about your business, how you can turn negative feedback into a positive, and tips for getting great reviews. Workshop is free to attend thanks to a partnership with Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce, Uncommon Communities of Pope County, and Arkansas River Valley Tri Peaks Tourism Association. Seating is limited and registration required no later than Aug. 16 at (479) 356-2067 or http://asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

5 Legal Issues All Business Owners Should Know | Wednesday, Sept. 20
The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “5 Legal Issues All Business Owners Should Know” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m.-noon at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Learn how to minimize risks associated with five common legal issues whether you are new to small business or a veteran. During this session, LynMarie Liberty-Ellington of Liberty-Ellington Law and Mediation will discuss: corporate formation, personal liability, contracts, taxes, and debt collection. Cost to attend is $35. Seating is limited and registration is required no later than Sept. 19 at (479) 356-2067 or http://asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Passions to Profits: Starting a Woman-Owned Business | Thursday, Sept. 21
The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “Passions to Profits: Starting a Woman-Owned Business” on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Women who are considering entrepreneurship or have recently started a business are encouraged to attend. This interactive session includes information and exercises designed to help each participant assess their entrepreneurial aptitude and take an in-depth look at their business idea in order to develop next steps for turning their passion into a profitable business. Cost to attend is $30. Seating is limited and registration is required no later than Sept. 20 at (479) 356-2067 or http://asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Website in a Day | Thursday, Oct. 12
The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “Website in a Day” on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Does your business need a website? Have you been held back by a lack of funds or technical skills? Come sit down in our computer lab and design a free website using Weebly. Step-by-step, we will help you create a free account and an attractive, functional, five-page website. Cost to attend is $50. Seating is limited with registration required no later than Oct. 9 at (479) 356-2067 or http://asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Free webinars for small businesses are now offered on a wide range of topics. The live sessions are led by ASBTDC staff and subject matter experts. Go to asbtdc.org/training/webinars for a list of seminars and registration information.

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Arkansas Tech University College of Business.

All ASBTDC programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Ronda Hawkins at (479) 356-2067.

Summer Camps Draw Over 3,000 to ATU

Approximately 3,300 individuals turned to Arkansas Tech University during summer 2017 to hone their academic, artistic, athletic and career skills through a variety of camps and conferences.

Camps for youth accounted for the majority of traffic on campus during the months of June, July and August. Band camps for middle school, junior high and high school students attracted more than 800 participants, while attendance at camps focusing on baseball, basketball, football, softball, tennis and volleyball totaled close to 2,000 young athletes.

ATU Upward Bound, a federally-funded program that helps high school students with identified barriers to higher education prepare for college, drew 110 students from area high schools to campus for a chance to experience life as a college student.

Additional youth from the Arkansas River Valley came to the Tech campus in Russellville for camps for culinary arts and cheerleading and dance, while high school students and teachers from China traveled to ATU for the Great American Adventure Camp.

Arkansas Tech Career Center, a facility operated by ATU-Ozark Campus and located adjacent to Russellville High School, developed and offered two new camps this summer, one in culinary arts and the other in computer coding.

Opportunities during summer 2017 at ATU extended to adult learners through conferences for firefighters, agriculture teachers, educators seeking to teach English to speakers of other languages and teachers specializing in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Visit www.atucampsandconferences.com to learn more.

ATU Library Earns Grant for WWI Events

Arkansas Tech University’s Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center is one of 120 organizations in the United States selected to receive grant funding from the Library of America in support of educational programming about World War I.

The public programming coincides with the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I. Through the first two rounds of grant announcements, ATU is the only entity in Arkansas selected to receive the Library of America grant funding for the program.

A traveling exhibition that provides an overview of America’s role in World War I will be on display at Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, 305 West Q Street in Russellville, Sept. 5-25.

ATU events as part of the program will also include a series of five live presentations, all of which will begin at 7 p.m. in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300 south:

Thursday, Sept. 7
Dr. Buck Foster, Arkansas Department of Heritage, “World War I and Arkansas”

Thursday, Sept. 14
Dr. Jan Jenkins, ATU, “Propaganda and Persuasion”

Thursday, Sept. 28
Master Sgt. Lee Fields, retired, U.S. Army, “Ozarks to the Argonne Forest”

Thursday, Oct. 19
Dr. Stanley Lombardo, ATU, Reading from “WWI and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It”

Thursday, Nov. 9
All Veterans Appreciation Event, Discussion Panel on Veterans’ Issues

All programs as part of the World War I commemoration are free and open to the public. For more information, call (479) 964-0569, send e-mail to lheffley@atu.edu or visit http://library.atu.edu.

Lean Six Sigma for Employers Coming to ATU

Employers in the Arkansas River Valley seeking to improve their business processes by utilizing statistical analysis are invited to register for a one-day Lean Six Sigma white belt certification course that Arkansas Tech University will host on Thursday, Aug. 24.

Lean Six Sigma is a concept that seeks to teach employers about process improvement, variability, process performance and the specific roles that different team members play.

The course will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Doc Bryan Student Services Center room 242 at 1605 Coliseum Drive in Russellville. Cost is $35 and includes lunch.

Kevin Clay, president and chief executive officer of Six Sigma Development Solutions, will facilitate the course.

Registration in advance is required. To register, send e-mail to Justin Smith, chief business and community outreach officer at ATU-Ozark Campus, at jsmith30@atu.edu.

Ag Teachers from Coast-to-Coast Visit ATU

Twenty-six agriculture teachers representing 13 states shared knowledge and earned graduate credit during the 2017 Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Institute at Arkansas Tech University.

The teachers were engaged in one of two tracks: CASE Principles of Agricultural Science-Plant or CASE Agricultural Power and Technology. Those who successfully completed the two-week institute, which concluded on Friday, July 21, earned three hours of graduate credit.

Teachers from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and West Virginia were among the 22 participants and four lead teachers who traveled to Russellville for the professional development opportunity, which was sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

According to information published at www.atu.edu/case, CASE Institute sessions “provide teachers important background related to the pedagogy used in CASE curricula and practice teaching various lessons to prepare them for classroom instruction.”

Dr. Lucas Maxwell, assistant professor of agricultural education at ATU and director of the ATU CASE Institute, said there are multiple benefits beyond that baseline.

“What CASE does for these teachers is to provide them with the tools to engage with their students in real, hands-on, minds-on learning activities,” said Maxwell. “As a result, students take the science and math concepts they are studying in other classes and see how they apply to the growing agriculture industry.”

Visit www.atu.edu/agriculture to learn more about the ATU Department of Agriculture.