The SBA profile for Arkansas indicates small businesses (fewer than 500 workers) employ about 48.5 percent of the private workforce. Yet, only 25 percent of these businesses are women-owned. Minority business ownership is even lower at 14.7 percent.
AEDC offers minority and women-owned businesses support services, as well as a matchmaking event Sept. 13. Some 300 minority, veteran and women-owned business representatives will meet with state agencies and private sector companies seeking vendors for things like office supplies, housekeeping and catering.
A networking reception will be held Sept. 12 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
– Brandi Hinkle, Arkansas Economic Development Commisssion