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Small Business Development Office

Small Businesses are encouraged to do business with the City of Little Rock:

SBDO Mission Statement

To design, implement and monitor programs and activities that facilitate economic development by helping to create, sustain and expand the number of successful small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the city of Little Rock.

The Small Business Development Office (SBDO) is located in the Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center on 12th street.  The Small Business Development Office offers clerical, technical, and research assistance to citizens who are interested in business ownership.   We utilize a number of programs to accomplish our goals such as:

Entrepreneurial Training Course

Incubator Speaker Series

Other activities

Entrepreneurial Training Course

The Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETC) is an eleven (11)-week course designed to provide practical training for established and aspiring entrepreneurs.  ETC’s purpose is to help start-ups and existing businesses in the areas of business management, systems development, and business plan development.

The City of Little Rock partners with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s (UALR) Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) to create a comprehensive yet practical course . We cover topics such as: Business Concept, Market Analysis, Feasibility, all while informing participants of the other small business resources within the city which offers funding and additional training. 


  • Conduct two (2) Entrepreneurial Training courses, consisting of a total of forty (40) participants each fiscal year
  • 50% (twenty (20) participants) will complete the courses, (the industry norm is a 25% completion rate).
Fall 2013 Entrepreneurial Training Course Graduates

Fall 2015 Entrepreneurial Training Course Graduates 

Incubator Speaker Series

The Incubator Speaker Series is designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through compact lecture, interactive, or  workshop sessions. Each session is conducted by either SBDO staff or qualified professionals specific to that industry. Sessions are to be  covered in no more than a three (3) hour period.  (duration varies based on the number of  speakers and topic).

NOTE: Incubator Speaker Series topics vary based on current business and marketing trends, volunteering organizations, and direct citizen interest and input.

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Small Business Development Office

3805 West 12th Street, Suite 208 Little Rock, AR 72204 (501) 379-1505

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