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New Faces, Same Mission at ASBTDC

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The staff at the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) regional office at Arkansas Tech University has seen some changes in recent weeks, but the mission remains the same. 
 
“The nature of our office is that we help small businesses with all aspects of business from start-up to expansion with our free consulting and affordable training seminars,” said Cass Capen-Housley, interim center director for the ASBTDC regional office at Arkansas Tech. “We work with start-up companies and existing businesses. They all face the same challenge --- how to grow without spending a lot of money. We can serve as a coach, encourage business owners to make a plan, help them review it and understand the financing options that are available to small business owners.”
 
Capen-Housley (photographed, center) was appointed interim center director for the Arkansas Tech ASBTDC by the Tech Board of Trustees earlier this month.

A 2009 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Capen-Housley had previously served the Arkansas Tech ASBTDC as a training coordinator.

That role is now filled by Jennifer Terrell (photographed, left), who was selected by the Tech Board of Trustees to serve as interim training coordinator for the Arkansas Tech ASBTDC. Terrell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Arkansas Tech earlier this year.

Add in Christina Williams (photographed, right), a 2010 journalism graduate who joined the ASBTDC staff as an administrative assistant this summer, and all three staff members at the ASBTDC are Arkansas Tech alumni.

“Small business owners take risks and work hard every day,” said Capen-Housley. “We want to serve as a resource for those individuals. We can consult them on emerging opportunities such as social media and QR codes. Many of our consulting services are offered at no cost to small businesses. We will take the time to sit down and help small business owners make good decisions for their specific situation.”

The ASBTDC regional office at Arkansas Tech serves a nine-county region --- Conway, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Pope, Scott, Sebastian and Yell. The office is located on the fourth floor of Rothwell Hall at 106 West O Street.

For more information about the services offered by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech, call (479) 890-4196 or visit www.atu.edu/asbtdc.

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