So you have a great idea for a business but how do you go about it and make it a reality? This program is for you. It's the “Start Smart, Grow Smart” entrepreneurship program at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana

Applications are now being accepted from entrepreneurs. If you want to turn your ideas into a real live viable business or if you are a new business owner looking to increase your business's chances of sustainability then sign up now.

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The program will help your business grow by teaching you the tools you need to start and grow a business.

According to a press release;

Selected startup founders will participate in a small cohort of entrepreneurs in a 6-week program that will take them through essential business planning for new business owners and those hoping to start a new enterprise.


Classes are on Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The cohorts will alternate between the Hope and Texarkana campuses with the first one being held at Hempstead Hall on the UA Hope campus from October 6 through November 10, 2022.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting with large scissors in front of a business.

How will this work? The applicants will share their business concept or information about their early-stage existing business.  Students will pitch their business or startup ideas. Then there will be prizes awarded to the top three pitches.

Register or get more information at or contact Akili Moses Israel at (870) 722-8568 or

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