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Linda Nelson of Little Rock, Arkansas’ district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration, guest lectured Thursday, March 8, at the Ozark Campus.

Nelson, who was appointed to the position in 2004, discussed the “state of small business,” as well as the “philosophies of survivors and thrivors” to Deborah Wofford’s special topics class.

She is responsible for directing SBA activities in Arkansas, including finance, counseling, training and government-procurement programs specifically designed to foster the formation and growth of small business. Also, she is responsible for the oversight of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and its six sub-centers, as well as three active SCORE chapters.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Nelson began her SBA career in 1967 and has served the Arkansas District Office in numerous positions, as well as a six-month tour of duty beginning January 2004 at the then newly opened National Guaranty Purchase Center in Herndon, Va., as the assistant director for Guaranty Purchases. In 2000, Nelson was named the Outstanding CPA in Government by the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a member of the Arkansas Society of CPAs and one of its board member, a member of the American Institute of CPAs and serves on the District Export Council for Arkansas.