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APAC hosts Arkansas Veterans Business Forum Nov. 8

By Fred Miller 
U of A System Division of Agriculture 
Oct. 26, 2018

Fast facts: 

  • Arkansas Veterans Business Forum set for Nov. 8 in Little Rock
  • Forum will be held at Cooperative Extension State Headquarters
  • Chance to meet Arkansas veterans business community agencies

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center is hosting an Arkansas Veterans Business Forum Nov. 8 as part of National Veterans Small Business Week.

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APAC is an economic development program of Community and Economic Development, a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service.

Melanie Berman, APAC program manager, said the forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the education wing auditorium of the Cooperative Extension Service State Office, 2301 S. University Avenue in Little Rock.

The forum will be an opportunity for entrepreneurial veterans to meet representatives of the Small Business Administration, Arkansas Small Business Technology Developmen Center, Little Rock Air Force Base, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Attendees will also hear from a representative of CSP Management (, a successful APAC client, about the company’s startup experiences and the benefits of successfully acquiring government contracts, Berman said.

Colonel (retired) Anita Deason, current staff advisor for military and veterans’ issues from Senator Boozman’s office will speak on the unique benefits the veteran community brings to small business ownership.

Berman said the forum is free to attend and online registration is encouraged:

Contact APAC for more information about the forum or help with registration:, 501-671-2390. Visit the APAC website to learn more about resources, staff, training opportunities and news:

About the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center

APAC is the recognized source of knowledge and assistance for Arkansas companies seeking to compete and perform successfully as vendors to public agencies and for agencies to achieve their diversity goals.APAC serves Arkansas businesses in all 75 counties at no charge from its office in Little Rock and a satellite office at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. The County Extension staff chairs in each county help to connect the program to the local communities.

About the Division of Agriculture 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Media Contact: Fred Miller
U of A Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
(479) 575-5647

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