Arkansas District Office

u s small business administration

Arkansas Celebrates National Veterans’ Small Business Week!

October 31- November 4, 2022

Photo of five people framed around an illustration of the U.S. with text, National Veterans Small Business Week, Oct.31-Nov.4,


About National Veterans Small Business Week


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.


Small Business Spotlight:

Brighter Days Expected in 2023 for Veteran-Owned Small Business


Introducing Shirley Walker, President & CEO of Team CPR, Inc. 


Shirley Walker, President & CEO of Team CPR, Inc.

Team CPR is a medical billing and provider resources firm located in West Little Rock, Arkansas. Shirley Walker, President & CEO founded the woman-, minority-, and veteran-owned business in 2010 after working one-on-one with provider offices and healthcare facilities and realizing that many offices were understaffed and unable to find qualified personnel to manage their billing and reimbursement processes. By handling this process for the clinic, CPR allows businesses to keep the revenue cycle flowing so the medical provider can continue seeing patients.  

When the first case of coronavirus was identified in Arkansas, Shirley’s team sprang into action. She knew that fear would deter individuals from seeking healthcare and telemedicine would provide an alternative way for patients to be seen and clinics to remain open. Times weren’t easy, and even with the support of Team CPR many clinics began to close.

Shirley recalls one day in March vividly: “We gathered the staff that Monday morning and I announced that we were going to have to lay off most of the remaining staff. We were a tight-knit group, and it was one of the most painful things I’ve ever had to do. We all stood there in the conference room, crying.”

When the pandemic assistance from the SBA became available, she stayed in constant contact with the SBA Arkansas District Office and utilized both the Paycheck Protection Program and the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan to catch up on bills and strategize about next steps. By transitioning functionality to allow employees to work from home safely and the wins of medical and technological advancements towards patient care, Team CPR managed to double their business from 2019, add a new customer service department, and boasts a staff of 14.

“The SBA really came through for us and helped see us through one of our darkest times. We continue to recover and grow, and I have the faith and confidence that we’re absolutely going to get there,” states Shirley. “We are a stronger company now for all of that, and I couldn’t have done any of it without the support of the PPP and EIDL. Now we look forward to a productive 2023.”


Continue the #VetBiz Celebration



Don’t forget to shop and support veteran-owned small businesses!


Need assistance with your business?

Please reach out to one of our local Resource Partners.

Note: All webinars are in Central Time.

For further assistance, please contact

To see all upcoming webinars, please visit:

Sign up for email updates from SBA at SBA Updates.  

Follow us on Twitter @SBA_Arkansas

All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

The information contained in this publication does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the U.S. Small Business Administration.