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Minority Resources: Find the Assistance that Suits Your Business

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Minority and women-owned businesses face a unique set of challenges. Luckily, Arkansas has several organizations offering assistance in all areas of business.


Arkansas Women’s Business Center
El Dorado
winrock.org/projects/awbc/
The Arkansas Women’s Business Center at Winrock International provides training, technical assistance and access to capital services customized to meet the needs of women business owners. This program ensures entrepreneurs receive the necessary support by assessing client capabilities and providing training opportunities and business plan development support.


Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Little Rock
arkansasedc.com
The AEDC’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Division helps business owners develop and grow their businesses by accessing new market opportunities and financial resources.


The Venture Center
Little Rock
venturecenter.co
The Venture Center’s VCWoman Achieve program offers members across the state the chance to develop relationships that drive professional growth. With VCWoman Achieve, women entrepreneurs are matched with experienced women executives who spend the next 12 months coaching and mentoring the younger business.
The Venture Center’s AAPI Achieve mentoring program helps foster the success of Asian American and Pacific Islander entrepreneurs.


Women’s Foundation of Arkansas
Little Rock
womensfoundationarkansas.org
The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas offers several avenues of support for women entrepreneurs. The Women Empowered initiative is there to educate people on the issues of women’s economic security. The Women’s Economic Mobility Hub applies a racial and gender lens in order to support Black, women-owned businesses specifically.


Minority Business Development Agency
mbda.gov
ar-mbda.org
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency is the sole federal agency dedicated to the growth of minority businesses. From customized business development plans to industry-focused services, the MBDA provides entrepreneurs with access to capital and market opportunities.

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