The initiative, sponsored by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension, in partnership with Ozarka College, Community and Economic Development, Arkansas Women's Business Center, Winrock International, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Delta Regional Authority, will be offered in Izard, Fulton and Sharp Counties.
Designed to allow participants an opportunity to complete a feasibility plan, Operation JumpStart will guide students through the start-up process. Business plans developed in the course will also be evaluated by a committee of local business professionals who will assist in determining probability of success.
Areas of study will include concept development, market research, market analysis, financial projections, and case studies.
The cost to attend the program is $100, however, half will be reimbursed to participants upon completion of the program. There will also be an opportunity to compete for start-up seed capital to go toward your small business.
The classes will kick-off on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. and will run until 3:30 p.m. The remaining classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The final class, which includes a graduation celebration, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8.
Classes will rotate between Ozarka College -- Melbourne, Ozarka College -- Ash Flat and North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Salem.
The deadline to register is Sept. 4. Seating is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
For additional information or to register, please contact local extension offices in Izard County at 870-368-4323, Fulton County at 870-895-3301 or Sharp County at 870-994-7363.