Apr 14, 2021

AWBC Concludes 2nd Quarter

The Arkansas Women’s Business Center has concluded the second quarter of our 11th year of operation. We are proud to announce that we logged more than 900 hours of counseling and training, with over 850 clients served.

We started the year off with large goals to fulfill as we wanted to help as many businesses navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. On January 27 we partnered with medical professional Temekis Hampton to discuss best practices for businesses to prevent the spread of COVID-19, limit transmission of other illnesses, and protect in-store products. The next day, we hosted a ServSafe Food Safety Training with Teresa Henson Consulting, LLC.  Participants learned about basic food safety, cross-contamination and allergens, time and temperature, and the importance of cleaning and sanitation. After the workshop, attendees were given the opportunity to take a 60-minute assessment to become certified. We also partnered with our U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) office to host several trainings, including women-owned small business certification and Meet the SBA Resource throughout January.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Arkansas Women’s Business Center hosted a multitude of trainings, including “How to Start a Business in the State of Arkansas” on March 3 with AWBC Director Chauncey Holloman Pettis. This light-hearted, yet dense, training takes the guesswork out of launching a small business in Arkansas. Geared toward startups and early-stage companies, this training focused on topics such as lean canvas, registering your entity with the state of Arkansas, business licenses, employer identification numbers, and inexpensive best practices.

On March 10 we partnered with Ivan Hudson Agency to offer “Small Business Insurance 101.” Planning for business success is an ongoing task for women-owned businesses, and one unexpected event could trigger setbacks, even for mature organizations. This web-based training focused on business disaster recovery and resilience regarding small business insurance and policies. Attendees learned which insurance to consider at various life cycles of their business, as well as policies to implement to survive when the unexpected occurs.

On March 16 and March 23 we partnered with Mainstream Technologies to offer a two-part Cybersecurity training. As the world becomes more virtual, we know that small businesses need to have best practices in place. These web-based trainings offered participants insight to spam, email phishing, antivirus, multi-factor authentication, and the cybersecurity framework.

We would like to thank all of you for the support you have provided the Arkansas Women’s Business Center through GlobalGiving. For future updates on the project, please visit our website at Winrock International » Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Arkansas.

Apr 14, 2021

Fund Finalizing 2021-22 Academic Year Scholarships

The first quarter of the 2021 saw the Havener-Dowswell Scholarship Fund working to finalize the specifics of the distribution, selection, duration, and size of its scholarships. This work is being done in preparation to make the first awards before the next academic year (i.e., starting in September 2021) to African women seeking post-secondary degrees in the field of agriculture.

In many African countries women represent 40 to 60 percent of agricultural workforce and are a key pillar in this system. Your support will have a broad impact, as these scholars will be able to apply what they have learned to improve agricultural practices in their communities. This will lead to increased production and incomes and will help address the issues of poverty and hunger.

We would like to thank all of you for the support you have provided the Scholarship Fund through GlobalGiving. For future updates on the project, please visit our website at Winrock International » Havener-Dowswell Scholarship Fund.   As we work to open a new chapter of the scholarship fund, we hope that you will continue to support us in the future.

Dec 18, 2020

Winrock Combines Agriculture Scholarship Funds

Winrock is excited to announce, beginning in 2021, the Havener Doswell Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund combines two Winrock programs, the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund and the Havener Endowment Fund. The new, combined Havener Doswell Scholarship Fund will award scholarships to African women seeking post-secondary degrees in the field of agriculture. Winrock will issue scholarships through our existing programs in Africa that will manage the program. The scholarship award can be used for tuition and other required course fees and materials.

The Havener Endowment Fund, named in honor of Winrock’s former president, Robert Havener, and his wife Elizabeth, provides agricultural education and training for African women. The Christopher Dowswell Scholarship, named for Dowswell, the aide-de-camp to Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, helps increase the number of women in extension services by financially supporting women pursuing degrees in agricultural extension in Africa.

Because most extension agents are men, new practices, technologies and inputs often don’t reach women. With relatively limited investments, the scholarships provide crucial financial support to women to gain credentials to work in extension services and support women famers in their communities.

Funded by a variety of donors, including GlobalGiving contributors, Winrock has sponsored more than 89 women in Mali, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Benin, with scholarships valued at more than $225,000. Shifts in funding priorities from major donors meant that Winrock expected the program to close at the end of 2020. Fortunately, due to the contributions of generous individuals such as members of the Dowswell Family and Winrock International staff, we are instead rolling out this new program to continue the same work.

The new, combined program recognizes the close relationship between Robert Havener and Christopher Dowswell while allowing Winrock to continue to provide and increase the number of scholarships.

To qualify for the scholarship, students will need to demonstrate the potential for future successes in the field of agriculture and meet the following criteria:

• Commitment to studying the field of agriculture, with priority given to the field of agricultural extension in an African Institution.

• Commitment to the importance of the field of agriculture and interest in pursuing a job or career related to it.

• Desire to apply education obtained in local communities in Africa.

• Academic achievement.

• Financial need.

• Current student at an educational institution located where there is a Winrock International presence.

On behalf of Winrock, we would like to offer a special thank you to you, our GlobalGiving donors, for your generous support.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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