Fort Smith Nonprofit Association Hosts Economic Development Event

64.6 Downtown hosted the “Invest Fort Smith” event to raise awareness of local business opportunities.

FORT SMITH, Ark. — 64.6 Downtown hosted the “Invest Fort Smith” event to raise awareness of local business opportunities. Wednesday’s conference was free, open to the public and designed to raise awareness of downtown economic development opportunities.

“Partners this year include the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, the Center for Economic Development, as well as the Arkansas Center for Small Business and Technology Development,” said Talicia Richardson, Executive Director from 64.6 Downtown.

The non-profit organization has held the event for five years and Richardson says the importance of the various panels was to bring more information to the public.

“Tell them what they can do to engage with city, county, and school system procurement departments, and how to embrace diversity and inclusion in this environment when we’re expecting a new group. of people in our community,” Ricardson explained.

Dolores Chitwood attended Wednesday’s event, and she says it was good to hear from successful business owners with different backgrounds.

“Today’s program was great because it provided an opportunity to learn how to sell to government entities, and of course the diversity was a good opportunity,” Chitwood recalled.

Chitwood owns an insurance agency, so when she learned of the Air Force mission schedule at Fort Smith, she realized it was closer than she expected. .

“I plan to bring people together in our industry to let them know that the Air Force mission is upon us and that they need to start preparing for the influx of new people who are going to buy a house, a car, life and health insurance,” Chitwood said.

With all the new information she learned at the conference, she can now incorporate it into her business.

“The diversity conversation is a conversation that I think is very important from the perspective that it’s a new day, and we have to be inclusive in understanding that we have to learn to be sensitive to all kinds of people.”

In the future, the non-profit organization plans to organize more community events while developing more partnerships. The organization will also host Small Business Saturdays and downtown Christmas activities will begin November 25 and run through the end of December.

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