ATU Athletics Helps Feed Area Children

Arkansas Tech University Athletics has presented a $1,520 donation to River Valley Food 4 Kids to assist the organization in its efforts to provide nourishment to local children.

Money was raised through events hosted by the volleyball, women’s golf and women’s cross country programs at ATU.

The check presentation was made by Steve Mullins (left), ATU director of athletics, and Kristy Bayer (right), ATU associate director of athletics and head volleyball coach.

Kristin Foster (middle), president of the River Valley Food 4 Kids Board of Directors, received the donation on behalf of the organization.

Training Offered as Part of Business Expo

The regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville will host three free training sessions in conjunction with set-up day for the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce River Valley Business Expo on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Presentations, which will be open to the public and hosted in Rothwell Hall room 138, will include information about how to become a notary in the State of Arkansas (8:30-10 a.m.), utilizing free and low-cost online tools to promote any business (10:30 a.m.-noon) and implementing a positive customer service environment (1-2:30 p.m.).

Pre-registration is required for all three training sessions. Registration will remain open at http://asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events until July 31 or when seats are full.

For more information, contact Ronda Hawkins at rhawkins2@atu.edu or (479) 356-2067.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency (LEP) will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance by contacting Hawkins.

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.

For more information, visit www.atu.edu/asbtdc.

New Automation Training Coming to ATCC

Secondary and post-secondary classes in automation technology will be available to learners ranging from high school students to adults at Arkansas Tech Career Center in Russellville beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

Bruce Sikes, chancellor of Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, said the offerings will connect individuals with job opportunities and industries with training opportunities for their current employees.

“The automation technology program located at Arkansas Tech Career Center is the university’s response to providing a trained workforce supporting our regional industries,” said Sikes. “This project is a culmination of planning that began in 2015. The skills obtained through working in the automation industry are utilized in manufacturing and include a number of other industries, including warehousing. We feel the Russellville community has great capacity to support the automation program. The Arkansas River Valley is a great place to raise a family, the industry is here and with some training a good salary is a reality.”

Classes are forming for the fall 2017 semester. Individuals interested in enrolling in the automation technology courses may call (479) 968-5422 or (479) 667-2117.

Learn more about Arkansas Tech Career Center.

Photographed: Cody Harkness (right), automation technology instructor at Arkansas Tech Career Center, demonstrates one of the new automation lab robots to Mike Murders (left), Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus chief academic officer, and Pat Edmunds (middle), director at Arkansas Tech Career Center. ATCC will open its new automation lab for secondary and post-secondary students at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester.

July, August Training from ASBTDC at ATU

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

QuickBooks Online for Beginners (Hands on) | July 20
This workshop is designed for business owners and their employees with little or no experience using the cloud-based version of QuickBooks. Topics include navigation, setting up a company, transactions, reconciling accounts, and more. A computer with internet is provided during each interactive session. Cost per session is $65. Seating is limited with registration required no later than July 19 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

QuickBooks Online Day-to-Day Basics (Hands on) | July 20
This workshop is designed for business owners and their employees using the cloud-based version of QuickBooks. Topics include using invoices, payments, bills, bank feeds, reports, and more using the cloud-based version of QuickBooks. A computer with internet is provided during each interactive session. Cost per session is $65. Seating is limited with registration required no later than July 19 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Starting a Business in Arkansas | July 27
This workshop discusses essential startup steps, legal business structures, regulations, licensing, key issues that affect your business success, and common pitfalls entrepreneurs face. A must for first-time small business owners! Cost to attend is $30, and veterans attend free. Seating is limited and registration required no later than July 26 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Starting a Business in Arkansas | August 1
Notaries verify signatures on legal and business documents to deter fraud and ensure the proper execution of these documents. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office will walk participants through the application process and discuss best practices and issues facing notaries today. All current and prospective notaries public are encouraged to attend. Special emphasis will be given to new laws that have recently passed affecting all notaries. Although there is no fee to attend, registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Using Your Online Promotional Toolbox | August 1
This fast-paced workshop will highlight free and low-cost online tools to promote your business. Get tips for using your website, social media, email marketing, and other online tools to attract your audience. Although there is no cost to attend, registration is required no later than July 31 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Customer Service | August 1
Excellent service is imperative for a positive customer experience and repeat business. Join us as the Russellville Chamber of Commerce shares tips for making a positive first impression, fine-tuning customer service skills, handling unhappy customers, and creating a positive customer service environment. Although there is no cost to attend, registration is required no later than July 31 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Marketing to Millennials | August 8
Millennials dominate the consumer market. These young adults, between the ages of 18 – 34, are digital natives with enormous social influence and purchasing power. Learn the marketing tools and methods necessary to engage this diverse and socially connected generation. You will leave with your own media marketing plan. Cost to attend is $30. Seating is limited and registration required no later than August 7 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Boosting Business with Great Customer Reviews | August 17
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 August 16 at (479) 356-2067 or 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.

Blood Drive June 20 at Arkansas Tech

The Arkansas Blood Institute will conduct a blood drive at Arkansas Tech University on Tuesday, June 20.

The drive will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Bloodmobile, which will be located in the Chambers Cafeteria parking lot.

Donors will receive a T-shirt and a ticket for one entry to Magic Springs Theme and Water Park in Hot Springs.