The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is among 10 centers to receive a grant award to increase entrepreneurial assistance to veterans. The grants will provide funding for programs to veterans that promote business ownership and provide services to small businesses dealing with the deployment of key personnel overseas.
The Arkansas SBDC developed Arkansasveteran.com as a one-stop virtual veterans' center, providing information about health, education, employment, entrepreneurship and family issues. This portal links federal, state and local resources available to veterans.
Several colleges and universities have joined in this initiative and offer free online courses to veterans through the site. The Arkansas SBDC also joins other veteran organizations to provide transition assistance for deployment as well as for transition back to civilian life.
Each SBDC receiving funds will promote increased coordination of services to veterans, and will use multimedia tools to connect veterans through distance learning and customized online business counseling by providing services to reach the local veteran business community.
Five of the centers were previously awarded grant funds to provide these services, and will now receive a second year of funding. Five centers will receive grant funds for the first time.
Five SBDCs will receive a second year of funding. They are located at the Research Foundation at the State University of New York, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Kentucky Research Foundation in Lexington, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and George Mason University in Virginia.