ASBTDC Offers Business Startup Training for Deaf Entrepreneurs

September 16th, 2015 by Gwen Green

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will offer free business startup training in American Sign Language for deaf entrepreneurs, as well as free events for existing businesses that want to become more “deaf friendly.”

On Oct. 13, licensed ASL interpreters will help conduct “Starting a Business in Arkansas” and “How to Write a Business Plan,” ASBTDC’s fundamental startup seminars. “Starting a Business in Arkansas” will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by “How to Write a Business Plan” from 1 to 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Arkansas School for the Deaf in Little Rock.

The morning program will cover essential startup steps, legal business structures, regulations and licensing, key issues that affect business success and common pitfalls entrepreneurs face. The afternoon session will go over a simple business plan format participants can use to craft plans that will guide the growth of their ventures.

“How to Be a Deaf Friendly Business” will be offered Sept. 30 and Nov. 12 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Local businesses will receive an introduction to deaf culture, learn basic ASL signs, and discover how to appear on the review website used by deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers.

Pre-registration is required. Please visit to register online, call ASBTDC at (501) 683-7700 or contact ASBTDC’s Shannon Roberts at

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