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Arkansas Veterans Small Business Summit set for Nov. 8

By Tracy Courage
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts: 

  • Arkansas Veterans’ Small Business Summit set for Nov. 8 in Little Rock
  • Event celebrates National Veterans' Small Business Week.
  • Resource will be available to veterans and businesses wanting to employ veterans

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LITTLE ROCK – Veteran entrepreneurs can get information about programs and services to help them succeed on Nov. 8 at the Arkansas Veterans’ Small Business Summit hosted by the Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service headquarters.

The free event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the education wing of the Cooperative Extension Service state office, 2301 S. University Ave., Little Rock. The event, which coincides with National Veterans' Small Business Week, will include a panel discussion and resource fair and will offer information about small business certifications and how small business owners can access counseling, capital and contracts with Arkansas-based federal agencies. 

Colonel Anita Deason (ret.), current staff advisor for military and veterans’ issues from U.S. Sen. John Boozman’s office, will be the keynote speaker. Deason served with the Arkansas National Guard for 31 years.

Participants include the U.S. Small Business Administration, Arkansas Small Business Technology Development Center, Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), The Conductor, Arkansas Women's Business Center, U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs, Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Camp Alliance, Arkansas National Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“These events are very important for networking purposes and to ensure our small business owners are aware of all the existing resources available to them at little to no cost,” said Melanie Berman, program director for the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. 

“Successful veteran-owned small businesses will also be on hand to share how they were able to break into the government marketplace,” she said.

The forum is free to attend, and lunch will be provided. Online registration is required:

To contact APEX Accelerator for more information, or help with registration, email  or call 501-671-2390.

To learn more about community and economic development in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow the Cooperative Extension Service on Twitter at @uaex_edu.


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.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your (insert appropriate office) as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 


Media Contact: Tracy Courage
Dir. of Extension Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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