64.6 Downtown will accomplice with the College of Arkansas at Fort Smith Heart for Financial Improvement and The Arkansas Small Enterprise and Know-how Improvement Heart (ASBTDC) to host the fifth annual Make investments Fort Smith Nov. 16 throughout International Entrepreneurship Week.
International Entrepreneurship week is Nov. 14-20.
This yr’s summit will likely be held on the UAFS’ Heart for Financial Improvement on the Bakery District, 70 S. Seventh St., and is designed to listen to from and community with like-minded
enterprise house owners, builders, and entrepreneurs, mentioned Talicia Richardson, govt director of 64.6 Downtown.
Together with altering the situation this yr, the convention is including a perk for the primary 50 to register – free swag baggage that includes merchandise from native companies price $50 every.
“We (64.6 Downtown) acquired a grant this yr that we’re utilizing to purchase the merchandise. We needed to reinvest in our native companies and promote their merchandise on the similar time. We didn’t need to ask them to donate the merchandise,” Richardson mentioned.
From 1 to 1:30 p.m. throughout the convention, native small enterprise house owners can have an commercial time to advertise their merchandise.
“We need to give everybody there the chance to not solely find out about what services and products can be found, but additionally to get to know the entrepreneurs and enterprise house owners behind them,” Richardson mentioned.
Following are matters for the session.
• Contracting with Governments and Colleges: Be taught from the Procurement Departments
of presidency companies and academic establishments relating to their product/service
wants whereas gaining understanding of the method to develop into a vendor.
• Financial Advantages of Inclusion: Panelists will focus on why it’s necessary to enterprise
sustainability for entrepreneurs and companies to interact within the promotion of inclusivity
inside enterprise practices associated to hiring/promotion, buyer relations, and provider
• Getting ready for Enterprise Development: Panelists will focus on how the neighborhood can put together
for alternatives developed across the army installations and different companies within the
This yr’s occasion won’t embody space faculties or Fort Smith Public Faculty’s Peak Innovation Heart because it has performed the previous two years. Richardson mentioned they didn’t need to take focus away from instructors at Peak who would give attention to what college students might do to arrange for the occasion.
“We stay up for working with them once more in 2023,” Richardson mentioned.
Link here to register for the free occasion.
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