ASBTDC at ATU Staff Members Earn Statewide Awards

Amy Brenner and Ronda Hawkins 2024 ASBTDC Awards
Photographed (from left-to-right): Amy Brenner and Ronda Hawkins.

Staff members Ronda Hawkins and Amy Brenner from the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech University were recognized for their economic development efforts during the 2024 ASBTDC spring network meeting in Little Rock.

Hawkins, director of the ASBTDC regional office at ATU, received the top consultant award in two categories for her work with current and prospective business owners. For the fourth consecutive year, she assisted the most new business starts to win the ASBTDC Startup Star award. Hawkins was also named ASBTDC Capital Projects Star as the consultant who helped clients with the highest number of funded projects for the year.

Brenner was recognized as an ASBTDC Values Ambassador for her demonstration of the organization’s core values: service, integrity, collaboration, impact and inclusion. She serves as the office’s administrative assistant.

The ASBTDC 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 ATU College of Business and Economic Development.

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

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