March 28, 2023

64.6 Downtown, UAFS companion on Make investments Fort Smith occasion

64.6 Downtown will companion with the College of Arkansas at Fort Smith Heart for Financial Growth and The Arkansas Small Enterprise and Expertise Growth Heart (ASBTDC) to host the fifth annual Make investments Fort Smith Nov. 16 throughout International Entrepreneurship Week.

International Entrepreneurship week is Nov. 14-20.

This yr’s summit will likely be held on the UAFS’ Heart for Financial Growth on the Bakery District, 70 S. Seventh St., and is designed to listen to from and community with like-minded
enterprise house owners, builders, and entrepreneurs, stated Talicia Richardson, government director of 64.6 Downtown.

Together with altering the placement this yr, the convention is including a perk for the primary 50 to register – free swag baggage that includes merchandise from native companies value $50 every.

“We (64.6 Downtown) acquired a grant this yr that we’re utilizing to purchase the merchandise. We wished to reinvest in our native companies and promote their merchandise on the similar time. We didn’t need to ask them to donate the merchandise,” Richardson stated.

From 1 to 1:30 p.m. throughout the convention, native small enterprise house owners may have an commercial time to advertise their merchandise.

“We need to give everybody there the chance to not solely study what services and products can be found, but additionally to get to know the entrepreneurs and enterprise house owners behind them,” Richardson stated.

Following are matters for the session.
• Contracting with Governments and Colleges: Be taught from the Procurement Departments
of presidency businesses and academic establishments concerning their product/service
wants whereas gaining understanding of the method to grow to be a vendor.

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• Financial Advantages of Inclusion: Panelists will talk about why it’s essential to enterprise
sustainability for entrepreneurs and companies to interact within the promotion of inclusivity
inside enterprise practices associated to hiring/promotion, buyer relations, and provider

• Making ready for Enterprise Progress: Panelists will talk about how the group can put together
for alternatives developed across the army installations and different companies within the

This yr’s occasion won’t embrace space colleges or Fort Smith Public Faculty’s Peak Innovation Heart because it has accomplished the previous two years. Richardson stated they didn’t need to take focus away from instructors at Peak who would deal with what college students might do to organize for the occasion.

“We sit up for working with them once more in 2023,” Richardson stated.

Hyperlink right here to register for the free occasion.