ASBTDC plans week of activities to encourage entrepreneurship

Anyone at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock interested in exploring entrepreneurship can turn to the on-campus experts at the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center.

Part of the College of Business, ASBTDC offers no-cost consulting and market research to budding entrepreneurs, along with a variety of educational events.

During Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 12-18, the center will host a slate of free entrepreneurship-focused activities, including Small Talk, an event for UA Little Rock students.

Small Talk is set for 5-7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Reynolds Business Center atrium. Students are invited to network and have a bite to eat ,then hear from three young entrepreneurs: Mario Settles of Trukplease, Liz Sniegocki of Haven Massage Therapy, and Matthew Young of ListingVillage. The trio will share their startup stories through TED-style talks. The event is a joint effort of ASBTDC and the College of Business.

Additional GEW events include:

  • Startup in a Day – Nov. 13, The Centre in University Park. “Startup in a Day” combines three of the center’s most popular seminars, “Starting a Business in Arkansas,” “Writing a Business Plan,” and “Financing Options.”
  • The ABCs of Protecting Your Intellectual Property – Nov. 14, Little Rock Technology Park. The Business Innovations Clinic at the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law will share ways to safeguard inventions, written material, apps, symbols, names, images and other types of intellectual property.
  • Helping First-Time Business Owners Start Smart (webinar) – Nov. 14

ASBTDC will kick off its new “Boost Business in Your Community” online series for mayors, county judges, and other local elected officials. The webinar will discuss what communities can do to assist new and potential business owners.

All the events are free of charge. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center assists entrepreneurs at every stage of business development and growth. Learn more at

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups. Through local, national and global activities, GEW inspires people everywhere to take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. Last year, events took place in 167 countries.

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