SBA Arkansas and The Venture Center Form Alliance 

Posted on March 28, 2023
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 Little Rock, AR– Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Arkansas District Office and The Venture Center officially formed a strategic alliance to work collaboratively and further their shared mission of helping small businesses start, maintain, and grow. 

The alliance was publicly recognized with a ceremony and signing of a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) at The Venture Center headquarters in Little Rock. Under this agreement, the SBA Arkansas District Office and The Venture Center will help connect current and aspiring small business owners to resources and programs to improve opportunities and expand small business development in the state. 

“This groundbreaking partnership with the SBA demonstrates our ongoing commitment to lifting up the small business community here in Arkansas,” said Arthur Orduña, Executive Director of The Venture Center. “No matter where an entrepreneur is on their journey, we have the proven success and necessary resources to supercharge their progress and help make their vision a successful reality.” 

Arkansas Venture Center is a nonprofit focusing on education, collaboration, and acceleration within the startup ecosystem. To fuel innovation, they partner with entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, government agencies, nonprofits, venture funds, service providers, program alumni and other organizations in the community. 

Jerry Talbert, SBA Arkansas Deputy District Director stated, “We are pleased to announce our strategic alliance with The Venture Center. By ensuring SBA resources are available and cooperating with The Venture Center to support the local business community, our alliance will provide critical support to new entrepreneurs and the 99.3% of Arkansas businesses that are considered small.” 

About the U.S. Small Business Administration 

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

About The Venture Center The Venture Center is a globally recognized Arkansas-based Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO) that helps entrepreneurs turn their start-ups into viable, high-growth businesses. By leveraging the expertise of a world-class team of mentors, intensive programming, and introductions to the investor community, The Venture Center serves as an engine for economic growth in Arkansas and beyond. Learn more at Follow The Venture Center on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter(@VentureCenter), and Instagram.