ASBTDC Praises ATU’s Hawkins as State Leader


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The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center recognized Ronda Hawkins of Arkansas Technological University as one of the best at its statewide meeting Oct. 11 in Little Rock.

Hawkins, director of the ASBTDC regional office at ATU, received employee excellence awards in three categories.

It won the Startup Star award for helping the most new businesses last year. With Hawkins’ encouragement, his clients started 33 businesses. She was named a Capital Projects Star for helping clients get 90 capital projects financed, the most of any ASBTDC consultant.

Hawkins was also recognized as a member of the $10 Million Club. The club honors staff for the dollar value of the loans and other forms of capital investment they help earn their small business clients in a year.

The awards were presented by Laura Fine, ASBTDC State Director.

“I am honored to recognize Ronda for her outstanding work helping small businesses start and grow,” said Fine. “She is highly respected by clients, colleagues and partners for her experience and dedication.”

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Arkansas Technological University College of Business.

The ASBTDC Regional Office at ATU is designed to assist new, existing, and expanding businesses in a six-county region by offering a variety of services including free one-on-one confidential consulting, free market research, and free or low-cost training.

For more information, visit www.atu.edu/asbtdc or call (479) 356-2067.


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