University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

About Us

Serving Arkansas

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) is part of a national network of more than 1,000 small business development center offices that provide training, research, and consulting services to existing and potential business owners. The SBTDC network is the largest small business assistance program in the United States. The University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business Small Business and Technology Development Center operates as a regional office of the ASBTDC and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business and the Sam M. Walton College of Business. All ASBTDC programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

Any for-profit small business located or intending to locate within our service area may receive assistance from the University of Arkansas SBTDC. This center provides service to businesses in the following counties: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Washington.

The ASBTDC serves all of Arkansas through UALR's Little Rock-based lead center and six regional offices. To locate other centers within the state visit our lead center or to find other SBTDC's throughout the U.S. visit SBA Local Information.

The ASBTDC is not a funding source for small business in Arkansas; however, through our training, research, and consulting services we can help identify financial sources and strategies to obtain financing.

The rapid and vigorous growth of business in Arkansas creates new and exciting opportunities for persons considering or actually engaged in operating a small business in our area. The University of Arkansas SBTDC serves the public in three areas:

Volunteer Speaking Opportunities

Presenting a seminar for the SBTDC provides a great way for you to reach potential customers while contributing to your community. Our seminars are usually three hours in length and provide an opportunity for attendees to learn valuable tools in managing their small business.

We are always looking for volunteers to teach any of our seminars. Also, if you have an idea for a training topic we haven’t thought of, please share it with us.

It is preferred that our presenters use Microsoft PowerPoint as the presentation mechanism. Our Training Coordinator is available to assist anyone presenting in developing their presentation and handout materials.

Please contact Makenna Collins, business consultant, if you are interested in volunteering. You may also call the SBTDC at (479) 575-5148.

Economic Impact

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) offers a variety of services to assist entrepreneurs at various stages of business development and growth. Business consulting, training, market research, and innovation-based business assistance is provided via a statewide network of seven offices. Arkansas businesses assisted by the ASBTDC provided significantly more economic impact than the average Arkansas small business over the last decade. ASBTDC clients have an average sales growth 15.9% higher than the average Arkansas business. Over the last decade, ASBTDC clients created 2.7 new jobs per day for a total of 9,807 new jobs. SBTDC clients made $249,612 in new sales per day for a total of more than $911 million in new sales. ASBTDC clients obtained more than $124,000 in financing per day for a total of more than $478.8 million in financing. Additionally, ASBTDC clients generated $46.9 million more in state and $29.1 million more in federal taxes than if they had performed like the average business in the state.