Video: Windstream CEO to Speak at Commerce Arkansas Business Expo Today

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 4:16 pm  

Today's Commerce Arkansas business expo features an array of seminars and speakers, including Windstream CEO Jeffery Gardner.

New Financing Options Designed for Troubled Businesses

Linda Nelson, CPA, U.S. Small Business Administration

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides some real cost savings and flexibilities when it comes to financing options for your business. Traditional loans, even through SBA's guaranteed loan programs, may not be enough for your business. Fee waivers can save your business more than $50,000, and there are greater incentives for lenders who want to help you but face increased scrutiny from their regulators. There is even an interest-free program designed to help you meet your debt obligations. Plus, there are opportunities to get more stimulus money through contract and sub-contract opportunities. Find out about these services and programs that can help you help yourself.

Business Trends and the Economy Pavilion

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Commercial Real Estate: Fundamentals in this Business Cycle, U.S. and Arkansas

Henry Kelley, Jr. SIOR, CPM, CEO, Flake and Kelley Commercial

A discussion on fundamentals that affect values, financing, vacancy rates, loan restructuring and recovery. A comparison to previous business cycles, as well as what drives recovery in our industry.

1:30-2:15 p.m.

Community Development Opportunities from the Federal Stimulus Packages

Amy B. Simpkins, Community Development Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Little Rock Branch

Defining community development, reviewing available resources and partnership opportunities, and discussing why community development is a critical component of any business development strategy. This session is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs, community and economic development professionals, and anyone interested in community development.



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