Small Business Resources

Your Source for All Things Related to Small Business.

The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well in Rogers and Lowell. Our area has a proven track record of fostering small businesses and growing them to be industry leaders like Walmart, Tyson Foods, Inc., J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., Collective Bias, Daisy Outdoors/Gamo Airguns/BSA Optics, and many more.

Starting, running and growing a small business is not easy. About two-thirds of businesses survive two years in business, half of all businesses will survive five years, and one-third will survive ten. The longer a company has been in business, the more likely it is to stay in business—it’s those first few years that are the hardest. Small businesses (defined as fewer than 500 employees) have consistently played a major role in economic growth because they create so many jobs—many more than large businesses.  We’re here to help you understand the helpful resources available.

 

Small Business Toolkit

The Small Business Toolkit is our free online resource that provides information to start, run and grow your small business. Business owners will find links to articles and information on relevant topics facing the business community.

STARTUP

Learn about starting a business from concept to planning to doing.

 

 

Chamber Tutorial - Part 3: Business Resources

C2C Webinar - Leveraging Freelancing for Small Business Growth

Dos and Dont's of Starting a Business | Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

Determining Legal Form of Business/Incorporating | Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

Nine Alternatives to SWOT Analysis for Business Planning | SCORE Mentors Northwest Arkansas

Steps for Starting a Business in the U.S. if You're Not a U.S. Citizen | SCORE Mentors Northwest Arkansas

Get Your Business Idea Off the Ground | Startup Junkie/Conductor

OFFICE & HR

Make better decisions protecting your business and hiring, managing, rewarding and retaining the best employees.

 

C2C Webinar - Legal Considerations for Reopening a Business

OPERATIONS

Explore strategies for running and growing your business.

 

 

C2C Webinar - Microsoft 356 Teams Workshop

C2C Webinar - Pandemic EEO Issues, Tips and Strategies

C2C Webinar - Legal Considerations for Reopening a Business

License, Permit & Tax Requirements for Arkansas Small Businesses | Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

Determining Legal Form of Business/Incorporating | Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

Seven Tips on How to Handle Challenges and Overcome Adversity as a Black Entrepreneur | SCORE Mentors Northwest Arkansas

Nine Alternatives to SWOT Analysis for Business Planning | SCORE Mentors Northwest Arkansas

FINANCE

Manage your small business and personal finances.

 

 

Funding Your Small Business | Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

Financing Your Business | Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

[Spanish] ¿Dónde está el dinero? 10 tipos de financiamiento por pequeñas y medianas empresas y cómo calificar | SCORE Mentors Northwest Arkansas

Small Business Loan Options for the Woman Entrepreneur | Startup Junkie

Small Business Loan Funding | Startup Junkie

MARKETING

Discover new marketing and promotion tactics, tools, and techniques.

 

 

C2C Webinar - Bootstrap Marketing 101

C2C Webinar - LinkedIn for Thought Leadership: Grow Your Network and Own Your Industry

C2C Webinar - Affordable Marketing Solutions with the Chamber

Selling to the Government - Your Procurement Starter Guide | Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

Sales and Marketing Go Together Like PB&J - Words of Wisdom from Mark Donnigan | Startup Junkie

TAX RETURN

Learn how to comply with federal and state obligations while lowering your tax bill.

 

 

License, Permit & Tax Requirements for Arkansas Small Businesses | Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

Federal, State and Local Taxes | Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

TECHNOLOGY

Learn about the different ways to incorporate and utilize technology properly into your business.

 

C2C Webinar - Microsoft 365 Teams Workshop

C2C Webinar - Video Tips for Businesses on a Budget

12 Reasons Why Small Businesses Need a Website | SCORE Mentors Northwest Arkansas

11 Tips on How to Run an Internet Business | SCORE Mentors Northwest Arkansas

The Small Business Guide to Cybersecurity | SCORE Mentors Northwest Arkansas

Inexpensive Tech Tools for Startups | Startup Junkie

 

 

 
Entrepreneur's Guide

This free resource is filled with information for those seeking to start a business in Rogers and Lowell.  You can find information from where to go to get a business license to contact information for training and market research. This guide is a must-have for anyone looking to start their own business. Download your free copy.

 

Minority Business Development

Rogers and Lowell have a strong minority community comprised of and entrepreneurial spirit and thriving small business community comprised of minority owned businesses. We are committed to helping all businesses by offering robust programming aimed at minority-owned businesses.  Programming includes the Spanish Seminar Series, Spanish language materials for starting and running a business, and the Community Diversity Celebrations that showcase the diverse nature of our communities.

To learn more contact Geovanny Sarmiento.

 

Small Business Council

The Small Business Council is the voice of the small business and provides guidance to the Chamber on the needs of the small business community.  The Small Business Council is comprised of business owners and employees of small businesses who volunteer their time to serve on this committee.  Responsibilities of the Small Business Council include nominating and selecting a worthy small business to be named as the Small Business of the Month, selecting educational programming, and working with area schools to help with entrepreneur programs and student business plans.

Click here for more information on the Small Business Council.

 

 

Partner Organizations

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center provides free resources that can help you pinpoint your target customer’s likes, dislikes, buying habits and lifestyle. Using cutting-edge market analysis tools the ASBTDC can help you find new customers, choose a new location or identify potential markets for your products or services.



SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need.

 

Startup Junkie Consulting marked its beginnings in 2008 and formally organized as an LLC in 2011 by offering consulting services at no-cost to entrepreneurs. In order to expand the reach, impact, and depth of services, Startup Junkie Foundation was born in 2015. As two companies sharing the same purpose, mission, vision, and values, the team is jointly building entrepreneurial ecosystems in Northwest Arkansas through providing no-cost, one-on-one consulting; events, workshops, and programs; and access to capital and talent.

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