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Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance CenterPhone: 501-671-2390Email: PTAC@uada.edu
by Kim Magee - May 31, 2022
Portia Carr, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist, founded Infinity Therapy,
LLC in 2016. The company provides teletherapy and in-person speech, language, cognitive,
and swallowing therapy to individuals across the life span. Dr. Carr and her team
provide services to private clients, health care facilities, and schools in the Little
As many business owners did when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Carr had concerns about
the future of her business. She decided to be proactive instead of reactive.
Thanks to a favorite podcast, she learned of the services offered by Arkansas Small
Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) and Arkansas Procurement Technical
Assistance Center (PTAC) and immediately took action to remedy some of the unknowns
by working with Eyona Mitchell from ASBTDC and PTAC Counselors Liz Russell and Tim
Dr. Carr is not only a motivated business owner; she is a motivated individual. She
is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the
Vice President for the Arkansas Affiliate of the Black Association of Speech-Language
and Hearing, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association State Advocate for
Medicare Policy in Arkansas. Within a 12-month period, Carr accepted the assistant
professor position (August 2021), earned her Ph.D. (December 2021), and won her first
government contract (March 2022). The state of Arkansas contract is with the Department
of Human Services for speech therapy services for both pediatric and adult patients
at the Arkansas State Hospital.
Before, during, and after submitting the bid proposal, Russell and Hicks helped Carr
navigate the government contracting landscape in several respects: proposal review,
overview of the 8(a) Program, System for Award Management (SAM), state opportunity
discussions, Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS), Minority Woman-Owned Business
Enterprise (MWBE) certification assistance, and understanding of laws and regulations
regarding eligibility as a state employee with UAMS.
“They guided and facilitated the process providing great, thorough feedback along
the way,” Carr said.
Connect with our Arkansas PTAC counselors at 501-671-2390 to learn how you may also
be able to expand your business through government contracting.