64.6 Downtown, UAFS partner in the “Invest Fort Smith” event.

64.6 Downtown will partner with the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Center for Economic Development and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) to host the fifth annual Invest Fort Smith on November 16 during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Global Entrepreneurship Week takes place from 14th to 20th November.

This year’s Summit will be held at the UAFS Center for Economic Development in the Bakery District at 70 S. Seventh St. and is designed to hear from and network with like-minded individuals
Business owners, developers and entrepreneurs, said Talicia Richardson, general manager of 64.6 Downtown.

Along with the change of location this year, the conference is adding a benefit to the first 50 to register — free swag bags of $50 worth of local business products.

“We (64.6 Downtown) received a grant this year that we use to buy the products. We wanted to reinvest in our local businesses while promoting their products. We didn’t want to ask them to donate the products,” Richardson said.

From 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the conference, local small business owners will have a promotional period to promote their products.

“We want everyone there to have the opportunity not only to learn about what products and services are available, but also to learn about the entrepreneurs and business owners behind them,” Richardson said.

Below are topics for the session.
• Government and School Contracts: Learn from procurement departments
from authorities and educational institutions regarding their product/service
needs while gaining an understanding of the process to become a provider.

• Economic Benefits of Inclusion: Panelists will discuss why it is important for business
Sustainability for entrepreneurs and companies committed to promoting inclusion
within business practices related to hiring/promotion, customer relationships and suppliers
diversity.

• Preparing for Business Growth: Panelists will discuss how the community can prepare
for opportunities that have developed around the military establishments and other businesses in the
Pipeline.

This year’s event will not include regional schools or the Fort Smith Public School’s Peak Innovation Center, as has been the case for the past two years. Richardson said they didn’t want to take the focus away from the instructors at Peak, who would focus on what students could do to prepare for the event.

“We look forward to working with them again in 2023,” said Richardson.

Link here to register for the free event.

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