ASBTDC red recibe Nacional de Acreditación
28 de de febrero de, 2017 por Gwen Verde
Bet Melnik, presidente de la Comisión de Acreditación de Centros de Desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas de la América, anunció la noticia por carta febrero. 24.
“The review encompassed both the general accreditation standards and technology accreditation standards developed and deployed in cooperation with our federal funding partner, los Estados Unidos. Administración de Pequeños Negocios,” said Melnik.
America’s Small Business Development Centers, the national accrediting body for SBDC programs, reviews each state or regional network every five years. Mandated by Congress, the accreditation review process assures that SBDC programs operate efficiently and effectively. Accreditation is also a requirement to receive federal funding.
Committee members Katie Sewell of Idaho and Jill Kline of Wyoming visited Arkansas Nov. 6-11 for the on-site portion of the review. The committee voted Feb. 3 to award full accreditation without conditions and included six commendations highlighting best practices in its final report.
“We set the bar high for ourselves, and this report illustrates the caliber of our services and staff,”Dijo Laura Fine, Director estatal ASBTDC. “We take pride in never having conditions with any of our accreditation reviews.”
The mission of the nationwide network of SBDCs is to help new entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and to assist existing businesses so they can remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy. Hosted by leading universities, colleges and state economic development agencies, and funded in part by the SBA, the network includes nearly 1,000 service centers that provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training.
In Arkansas, the lead center is located in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business. Regional offices are at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and University of Arkansas campuses at Fayetteville and Monticello.
The centers have assisted Arkansas small businesses with obtaining nearly a half-billion dollars in capital investment ($493,827,933) over the last decade, including an all-time best $69.9 millones en 2016. Over that same timespan, the ASBTDC network has helped its clients create and retain more than 10,000 empleos.