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National Veterans’ Small Business Week!

October 31- November 4, 2022

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SBA celebrates, connects with, and empowers aspiring and current service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouse entrepreneurs during National Veterans Small Business Week.

During the week, October 31-November 4, SBA and its extensive partner network celebrate the strength and resilience of the #VetBiz community by hosting events across the country and sharing information about the resources available to veteran entrepreneurs.


Veteran and Women-Owned Business Conference


Cultivating Veteran and Women-owned Businesses: Full Speed Ahead!

Providing veteran and women-owned businesses with the skills, tools, and contacts needed to develop and sell their products and services are the goals of an upcoming conference to be held at Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Join us at 9:00 a.m. for presentations from state, federal, and private sector partners. The afternoon will feature in-depth comments and guidance from public and private sector procurement professionals, as well as on-site technical assistance from lending professional through a Lenders Roundtable.

The Lenders Roundtable will be facilitated by Mr. Edward Haddock, District Director, Arkansas District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration. Lenders will represent local, regional, and statewide organizations.  Invited lenders will include a host of private banks in the region as well as non-traditional lenders such as Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, Communities Unlimited, FORGE, RMI Finance, Inc., U.S. Small Business Administration, and USDA, RD B&I.

Current and aspiring business owners, especially veterans, including spouses and women-owned business status as well as faith-based leaders, and community and economic development professionals, are invited to attend. You will engage with other business owners, receive help with research and business planning, learn how to increase your networking results, and learn to do more business with the government and private industry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to help your small business GROW AND INNOVATE!



Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies

Northwest Arkansas Community College

One College Drive

Bentonville, AR 72712


Tuesday, November 1st

9:00 am – 12:00 pm CT


In-Person Registration


Arkansas Federal Surplus Property for Veteran Owned Small Businesses


SBA Arkansas District Office will be hosting experts from ADEM Arkansas Federal Surplus Property Program and Arkansas PTAC!

Are you a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) in the state of Arkansas? Do you know about the Arkansas Federal Surplus Property Program?

The Arkansas Federal Surplus Property Program is a unique program that allows certain businesses to purchase property from around the world that has been deemed surplus by the federal government. This excess property can include: tools and building supplies, furniture and office supplies, aircraft, and much more!

We will be hosting experts from ADEM Arkansas Federal Surplus Property Program and Arkansas PTAC to tell you more about how to register your business and purchase these supplies!


Thursday, November 3rd

2:00 pm CT


Virtual Event Registration


boots to business reboot


Attention to Veterans of all eras, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses who are interested in business ownership: Join us for Boots to Business Reboot!

What is Boots to Business Reboot

This one-day in-person course is offered off installation and provides participants with an overview of business fundamentals, while introducing techniques for evaluating the feasibility of business concepts.

What You’ll Learn

The curriculum provides assistance to those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading participants through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan. Participants are introduced to a broad spectrum of entrepreneurial business concepts and resources available to access start-up capital, technical assistance, contracting opportunities, and more.


University of Arkansas Research & Technology Park

700 W Research Center Blvd

AT&T Conference Room

Fayetteville, AR 72701


Friday, November 4th

9:00 am- 5:00 pm CT


In-Person Registration


Arkansas Veteran's Small Business Summit


Please join us for the Arkansas Veterans’ Small Business Summit to learn about the programs and services that can help your small business succeed.

Representatives from entrepreneurial support organizations across Arkansas will be on-hand to give you a short overview of how they can help your business access the counseling, capital or contracts your business needs. This local network of resources is available to small business at all stages and offers free confidential business counseling, no or low-cost training programs and other networking opportunities.

We include time for us to hear from you — the veteran business owner — about the needs you face and how we can help your business.

There will also be a training focused on how to receive certification for the service-disabled veteran owned small business owner and a government contracting panel discussion with federal agency representatives.


2301 South University Ave. 

Little Rock, AR 72204


Friday, November 4th

9:00 am- 12:00 pm CT


In-Person Registration


Boots to Business, Veterans


What is Boots to Business?

Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate. 

What You’ll Learn

The “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” course is the foundational piece of Boots to Business (B2B). Participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. This two-day in-person program is facilitated by subject matter experts from the SBA and their extensive network of skilled business advisors.


Family Readiness Center

B940 Arnold Drive

Little Rock AFB, AR 72099

Must have DOD ID for base access


Monday, November 7th & Tuesday, November 8th

8:00 am- 4:00 pm CT




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