Business Briefs (Aug. 31, 2009)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 12:00 am  

● The Arkansas Governor's Council on Fitness is accepting nominations for the 2009 Leadership in Physical Fitness Awards through Sept. 30. Organizations and individuals who have helped promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyles are currently being sought for recognition in the following categories: corporate, government agency, individual, group, senior, health and fitness club, school or school district, physical educator and trails. Individuals or organizations interested in applying for an award (or nominating an individual or organization) should visit or call (501) 918-5321.

● Four Arkansas prostate cancer-fighting advocates, Raul Blasini, Ed Moore, R.D. Saenz and state Rep. Fred Allen, recently served as full-voting members in a process to determine how Congress' fiscal 2009 appropriation of $80 million will be spent on future prostate cancer research. They were nominated by the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation to help evaluate research proposals submitted to the Prostate Cancer Research Program, a program administered by the Department of Defense.

● Yolanda Garcia Olivarez has been appointed regional administrator for the Small Business Administration, overseeing Region VI, which is headquartered in Dallas and includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Olivarez has spent more than 35 years in the trade, commerce and financial services industries. Since 1995 she has been a senior vice president/commercial lender and business development officer at Wells Fargo Bank.

● Southland Park Gaming & Racing at West Memphis has received international certification that its operations are environmentally friendly. The dog track and gambling center said it received an ISO 14001 certificate of registration from the International Organization for Standardization in mid-July. Southland Park is owned and operated by Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment.

● The Small Business Administration, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and O'Neal Technologies will provide a free business development workshop titled "Business Development-Strategic Marketing" on from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the chamber office in Little Rock. Those wishing to register should visit



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