‘New Business Start-Up’ workshop offers tools, inspiration to local entrepreneurs

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Jeff Salzer, the Small Business Administration senior area manager for Northwest Arkansas, speaks to workshop attendees on a wide range of government contracting opportunities available through the federal government, as well as free support services and business planning/training information available through the www.SBA.gov website and at SBA offices across the state. 
Photo courtesy of Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce joined forces with the city of Berryville’s economic development office and the U.S. Small Business Administration last week to host a free small business start-up workshop in Berryville.

Topics included developing an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to develop and grow a new business venture, workbook exercises to begin the task of crafting a complete business plan and discussions on a myriad of free business resources available through SBA.

Jeff Salzer, the SBA senior area manager for Northwest Arkansas, described government contracting opportunities through the federal government, as well as a wealth of detailed information just a mouse-click away on his agency’s website SBA.gov.

“We want to be a partner with the city of Berryville and with pro-growth organizations across Carroll County to help individuals with a good idea for a business have the information and resources they need to turn that idea into a profitable business right here in Berryville,” said Steve Johnson, executive director of the Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Johnson said the main goal is for the chamber to stay relevant and help all members of the organization adapt and grow their business.

  “We’ve always focused on helping our members grow their business,” Johnson said. “Now, these new chamber workshops are an innovative way for us to deliver community outreach and help new business owners succeed in the greater Berryville area, and ultimately be there to provide networking support and valuable services when these new business owners are ready to join our chamber.”

Ken Wingate, president of the Berryville Chamber’s board of directors, said these types of workshops are one key part of the organization’s overall mission.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer these workshops for our chamber members,” Wingate said. “It’s the goal of the Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce to provide as much help as possible to help local businesses grow and prosper. These workshops are just one way we’re doing our best to reach that goal.”

The workshop included Berryville High School students enrolled in the school district’s new “Entrepreneurship” program, each of whom are presently working on business creation plans of their own. Students interacted with business owners during the workshop and shared ideas for business ventures they are creating on their own.

The Berryville Chamber’s next workshop will provide expert advice on the fundamentals of social media management. It will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the downstairs meeting room at Cornerstone Bank in Berryville. Seating is limited. To learn more contact the Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce at (870) 423-3704, or email the Chamber at info@berryvillechamber.com.

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