Friday, July 29, 2016

Opportunity For Small Business

On the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello is an office that many people do not know about.  It is located in Harris Hall and exists to help and assist small business get started and grow. The office helps businesses put together loan packages, helps develop marketing plans, assist with human resources and provides training.

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Center exist to help individuals and existing small businesses get started and where they already exist, grow and expand.  Stephanie Harton is the center Director and directs the office's activities in the nine counties of Southeast Arkansas.  The center is financed by the United States Small Business Administration and the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  There is no charge of any kind for the services provided.

While the center does not loan money or make grants, it does help businesses locate potential lenders, any available grant options and assist in locating other services that can make a new business a reality and give a commercial endeavor a chance to expand jobs and production, thus adding economic worth to our communities.

The Small Business and Technology Center is not able to make every business idea a reality or make each business that comes to them expand, but it will help research the possibilities and get them useable advice.  According to the office,  Bradley County is one of the major users of the Small Business Center.

For any individual with a business idea or any small business desiring to expand, feel free to contact the Small Business Center by calling 870-460-1808 or contact Stephanie at  For anyone needing to talk to Ms. Harton about ways the center can help in Warren and Bradley County, she is available at the Bradley County Economic Development Commission office located on Myrtle Street the first Monday of each month from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.  Everyone with an idea for business is urged to visit.

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