ASBTDC Lauds ATU’s Hawkins as Statewide Leader

Ronda Hawkins ASBTDC Awards 2022
Ronda Hawkins

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center recognized Arkansas Tech University’s Ronda Hawkins as a top performer at its statewide meeting Oct. 11 in Little Rock.

Hawkins, director of the regional ASBTDC office at ATU, received employee excellence awards in three categories.

She won the Startup Star award for assisting the most new business starts last year. With Hawkins’ support, her clients started 33 businesses. She was named the Capital Projects Star for helping clients get 90 capital projects funded, the most of any ASBTDC consultant.

Hawkins was also recognized as a member of the $10 Million Club. The club honors staff for the dollar value of loans and other forms of capital investment they help their small business clients obtain in a year.

The awards were presented by Laura Fine, ASBTDC state director.

“I am honored to recognize Ronda for her outstanding work helping small businesses start and grow,” said Fine. “She is well respected by clients, colleagues and partners for her expertise and dedication.”

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.

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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