ASBTDC Sets February Training Sessions

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech University has announced training opportunities during the month of February 2017.

Local small businesses have the opportunity to attend ASBTDC training workshops on a variety of business operations. The workshops cover business creation, management and operation.

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

Primary areas of assistance include start-up planning, financial analysis, market research, loan packaging, online and traditional marketing, growth and expansion, management and profitability.

Cybersecurity for Small Business | Wednesday, Feb. 15
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “Cybersecurity for Small Business” from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. This free webinar will dispel the myth that cyberattacks only happen to big businesses. Common ways criminals access and use business data and techniques small businesses can use to protect themselves and their customers from cyberattacks are the focus of this presentation. Dr. Rick Massengale, associate vice president for university initiatives and professor of computer and information science will be the presenter. Although there is no charge to participate, registration is required at

Using Your Online Promotional Toolbox | Friday, Feb. 17
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “Using Your Online Promotional Toolbox” on Friday, Feb. 17, from 10-11 a.m. at Kay Rodgers Park Expo in Fort Smith. 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 and delight your audience. There is no cost to attend. This workshop will be held during the Greater Fort Smith Association of Home Builders’ 2017 Home Show and is open to the public with limited seating. Registration is recommended no later than Feb. 16 to reserve a seat at (479) 356-2067 or

Starting a Small Farm Business | Tuesday, Feb. 21
The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “Starting a Small Farm Business” from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Pope County Extension Office in Russellville. Those who are raising animals, operating a greenhouse, doing small-scale canning or other farm-based activities are encouraged to attend. This workshop will address startup steps, legal business structures, regulations and licensing, sources of capital and other key issues that can affect business success. A representative from USDA Rural Development will also discuss the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant program. Although there is no charge to attend, registration is required no later than Feb. 20 at (479) 356-2067 or

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 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.