SMB Mission Statement Facilitate the growth, development and expansion of small and minority businesses by helping them gain access to valuable information, new market opportunities and financial resources.
SMB Today • Small and Minority Business is a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission – a state agency • 4 employees • Seven member Minority Advisory Council • This Council meets quarterly.
Minority Business Advisory Council Council Members are appointed to by the Governor, President Pro Tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representative Term of office of the council shall be at the pleasure of the appointing officer
Council Members Leanna Godley – Goddess Products, Little Rock Terri Hollingsworth –Arkansas Baptist College - Little Rock Ivan Hudson – Arkansas Scholarship Lottery – Little Rock ExcellLaFayette – WalMart - Bentonville Phanie Wicks – Entrepreneur – Little Rock Greg Hunt – Sandstone Real Estate Group - Conway
What SMB Does Minority Business Certification Program Procurement Reporting and Coordination of Act 1222 Financing/ Minority Loan Mobilization Revolving Fund Program On-line Directory Technical Assistance
Certification Certification is a review process designed to ensure that a minority business is actually owned, controlled, and operated by the applicants and meets the eligibility criteria of the program.
Benefits of Certification Receive an official CMBE certificate Business appears in the online directory as certified Minority Business Enterprise (CMBE) Receive access to training opportunities Receive notification of state bid opportunities Receive notification of special events targeting MBE owners
Eligibility Requirement Must be at least 51% owned by a minority or group of minorities, (African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, American Indian, Pacific Islander) Legally entitled to conduct business in the United State and can demonstrate the capacity to conduct business with the State of Arkansas. The firm must be owned by a permanent resident or residents of the state of Arkansas, and its annual revenue must not exceed $10,000,000.
Supporting Documentation Completedapplication Copy of the Articles of Incorporation or Fictitious Name Certificate Copy of Bank Authorization Document Copy Federal Tax Identification Number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Copy of Birth Certificate, Passport, Green Card or Tribal Card Copy of resume of owner(s)
Supporting Documentation Proof of state and federal income tax filing for previous three (3) years, business or personal (at least two years of business filings) Copy of insurance* Bonding information* Copy of professional license* Partnership or Operating Agreement for businesses with two (2) or more owners, evidencing division of shares and profit distribution *If required or accepted as a normal function of the business
Procurement Act 1222 of 2009 established a minimum goal that 10 percent of purchases made by each state agency will be done through a minority business. It also required that each agency would appoint a minority business officer and develop an annual minority procurement plan.
The Small and Minority Business Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission is charged by this Act to coordinate activities that will lead to successfully implementing Act 1222 and to assist agencies in creating a plan to reach the 10 percent goal.
Procurement SMB works collaboratively with numerous state agencies to collect procurement data and provide statistical analyses and reports regarding the State’s procurement of goods and services from minority vendors. The Procurement and Reporting Area focuses on the two very important aspects of the Procurement Initiative: increasing expenditures with minority vendors through match-making and providing accurate statistical data.
Financing Minority Business Loan Mobilization Revolving Fund Program (MBLMP). The program will provide guarantee to Certified Minority Business Enterprise (CMBE) firms for contract start-up and emergency working capital needs involving Arkansas State Procurement contractual agreements and/or other legally recognized contracts that are acceptable to the Commission. This program is designed to promote the development of minority business enterprises to compete for contract opportunities and sustain the economic growth of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) in Arkansas.
On-line Directory Did you know that SMB currently has an online directory of small and minority businesses that is accessible to anyone with Internet Access? The directory is used by government agencies, private corporations and other small businesses to identify eligible minority and/or women-owned businesses for their procurement opportunities/bids as well as locating businesses that provide the products and services needed.
Online Directory How do I list my business in the Directory? It’s easy as 1,2,3. 1. Go to our website: www.arkansasedc.comm, Small and Minority businesses link. 2. Complete the directory submission form. 3. It’s Done! Now your information is ready to be submitted to our agency for publishing in the directory.
Technical Assistance Start-up kit customized to your particular business. A copy of "Starting A New Business in Arkansas" -- a simple-to-use guide for both new start-ups and seasoned business owners. Information on state-level licenses, fees, permits and regulations affecting your business and copies of many state forms. Assistance in obtaining a sales tax number. Help in communicating and resolving problems with state government agencies. Information on sources of financing.
Technical Assistance Referral to local, state and federal agencies, professional associations and local organizations that provide business education and counseling. Information on writing a business plan. Help in locating an Arkansas supplier or manufacturer of specific products and services. Provide training sessions and workshops.
Upcoming Events Procurement Opportunities Pre-Conference Training March 9, 2011 Pine Bluff – UAPB Economic Research and Development Center March 16, 2011 El Dorado – El Dorado Chamber of Commerce March 23, 2011 Little Rock – AR State Chamber of Commerce MBE Certification Workshop April 5, 2011 Ouachita Valley Business and Technology Development Center 6:00 pm. – 8:00 pm Procurement Opportunities Conference April 28, 2011 Verizon Arena http://arkansasprocurement.org/ Training times not mentioned will be 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Assistance is Available to You We are always willing to Help. Patricia Nunn Brown – Director of Small and Minority Business(501) 682-2559 – email@example.com Karen Castle – MBE Certification and Minority Procurement(501) 682-7782 – firstname.lastname@example.org Felecia Whitley – Business Analyst and Financing Resources(501) 682-5060 – email@example.com Clay Marks – Administrative Director and Small and Minority Business Directory (501) 682-6105 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Us Arkansas Economic Development Commission Small and Minority Business Division 900 West Capitol, Suite 400 Little Rock, AR 72201 501.682.6105 www.ArkansasEDC.com