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Vet Net E- Newsletter - June 2009

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June 2009

Webinars will present business basics

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present live webinars June 27 and 29 aimed at Arkansas military veterans who are interested in owning a business.
The free webinars are based on two of ASBTDC's most popular traditional seminars. "Starting a Business in Arkansas" covers all the basics for start-up businesses, including keys to success and common pitfalls to avoid. "Writing a Business Plan" can help entrepreneurial-minded veterans define their business concept and communicate their strategies and challenges.

Webinar Schedule
June 27
"Starting a Business in Arkansas," 2 p.m. CDT
"Writing a Business Plan," 3:15 p.m. CDT
June 29
"Starting a Business in Arkansas," 6 p.m. CDT
"Writing a Business Plan," 7:15 p.m. CDT
For these interactive Internet-based seminars, participants sit at their own computers to view and listen to a live presentation and can submit questions to the instructor and respond to poll questions. Vets can register for the free sessions at
Army veteran Herb Lawrence will lead the webinars. Lawrence is center director of the ASBTDC at Arkansas State University, a post he has held since 1996. He spent seven years on active duty in the U.S. Army Signal Corp and served 13 years with the Arkansas National Guard. Lawrence, a Certified Business Consultant®, helped develop ASBTDC's business mobilization planning guide, Ready to Go.


Look up the resource directory


Want to quickly locate other veteran assistance providers in Arkansas? The Arkansas Veteran Resource Directory is the place to look. The directory is an easy-to-use online tool for locating veteran-focused assistance providers in the areas of benefits, claims, employment, health, small business, and much more. Users can search by county, by the type of assistance provided, or by zip code proximity. An interactive Google Map shows the location of each provider.
Find the directory at

Boots 2 Books

The Arkansas Veterans Symposium for Higher Education is next week at Camp Robinson. 

Sponsored by Governor Beebe's Yellow Ribbon Task Force, the June 24-25 conference seeks to establish an on-going dialogue among institutions of higher education across the state to develop "best practices" regarding the education of veterans.

Presentations and discussions will center around the needs of student veterans on campuses across Arkansas. Online registration is available


A place to call home


The Arkansas Veterans Home, 4701 W. Charles Bussey Ave. in Little Rock, provides a meaningful living environment for honorably discharged veterans who are totally disabled by Veterans Administration guidelines and meet other admission criteria. The home has 55 domiciliary and 61 intermediate care nursing beds. Residents can go on weekly outings, visit the canteen, or take advantage of the computer room, library, or pool tables for entertainment. Services include 24-hour nursing care.

The Fayetteville Veterans Home opened in 2006 at 1125 N. College Ave. It is a 108-bed skilled care nursing facility. All veterans admitted to the Fayetteville Veterans Home have their names, branches of service and years they served engraved on a plaque placed on the Veterans Wall located on the facility grounds.

Both homes operate under the direction of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

General Wofford receives SBA honors


General William D. Wofford of the Arkansas Army National Guard received the District Director's Special Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the 19th Annual Arkansas Small Business Awards Luncheon June 2 at the Statehouse Convention Center. Wofford was also recognized as the 2009 Veteran Small Business Champion. The awards were presented by Linda Nelson, Arkansas District director of the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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