The Arkansas Women's Business Center (AWBC) is partnering with five organizations in the Delta to implement Operation Jump Start, an award-winning comprehensive business development training program. Locations include: South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, Houseaboutit in Little Rock, Black River Technical College in Paragould and Pocahontas, and University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension in Ash Flats. Participants will work for six weeks evaluating the feasibility of their business ideas. Graduates will then have an opportunity to compete for seed capital. In August, the AWBC partnered with National Park Community College to offer an Operation Jump Start Roundtable. The feature for the Roundtable was Social Media Expert, Isaac Wardell, Vice-President of Be Sighted Marketing. Participants learned why Facebook is important for their business and tips and tricks to increase sales.The AWBC is working to implement the Small Business Education Program. This program will offer classes in business development, money management, email marketing, financial planning, and retail operations and management. The AWBC is also working with five women-owned businesses to put their business success stories on video. These videos will be used as marketing tools for their business and for the AWBC. Since its inception in April 2011, the AWBC staff has counseled and/or trained 168 clients.
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