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Start the New Year With ASBTDC Training Events

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The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech University has announced training opportunities during January and February 2020.

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

For more information go to www.atu.edu/asbtdc or call (479) 356-2067.

QuickBooks Desktop | Wednesday, Jan. 22
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “QuickBooks Desktop Basics & Beyond” from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 22, at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. This interactive workshop is for those using or planning to use QuickBooks Desktop (Pro, Premier, or Enterprise) software. Topics build from navigation and company set up to reconciling accounts, handling revenue, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bank feeds, inventory, customizing reports and more. A computer and take-home workbook are provided. Cost to attend is $130. Seating is limited with registration required no later than Tuesday, Jan. 21, at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/russellville-events.

Delivering the Perfect Pitch | Thursday, Jan. 30
The Arkansas Small Business and Development Center presents “Delivering the Perfect Pitch” Thursday, Jan. 30 from noon-1 p.m. Are you interested in pitching your idea to potential investors? Would you like to participate in a pitch contest? If so, join us on this no-cost webinar as Amy Hopper from Winrock International and Jeff Standridge from the Arkansas Conductor share tips for a successful pitch including understanding your audience, putting a compelling pitch deck together and making your idea stick. Webinar attendees are eligible to apply to participate in a pitch contest co-hosted by the Arkansas Conductor on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville for a prize package. Although attendance on this webinar is required to be eligible to participate in the pitch contest, you need not apply for the pitch contest to attend this webinar. Registration is required no later than Wednesday, Jan. 29, at asbtdc.org/russellville-events.

USDA: Helping Small Businesses in Small Communities | Tuesday, Feb. 11
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “USDA: Helping Small Businesses in Small Communities” from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11. USDA provides tools and resources that ensure rural businesses and communities have the help they need to prosper, today and in the future. Join us on this no-cost webinar as speakers from USDA Rural Development discuss ways the agency can assist small businesses through its rural business programs. Topics include the USDA Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program, the Rural Energy for America Program, the Value Added Producer Grant Program and more. Registration is required no later than Monday, Feb. 10, at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/russellville-events.

Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest | Thursday, Feb. 20
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Arkansas Conductor are hosting an entrepreneurial pitch contest for a prize package from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville (direct link: https://asbtdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/70370711). To enter the pitch contest, participants must: 1) attend the webinar, "Delivering the Perfect Pitch," Thursday, Jan. 30, and 2) submit a pitch contest application after the webinar. Registration for the webinar is required no later than Wednesday, Jan. 29, at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/russellville-events.

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 asbtdc.org/training/webinars 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.