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Videos Offer Startup Training in ASL

December 11th, 2015 by Gwen Green

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center’s two most popular seminars for prospective business owners are now available in American Sign Language on YouTube.

New and future entrepreneurs who are deaf or hard of hearing can watch “Starting a Business” and “Writing a Business Plan” presented in ASL by licensed interpreter Timothy Lowe.

The 1.5-hour “Starting” video looks at business feasibility, financing, startup requirements and more. The 52-minute “Business Plan” video discusses why having a written business plan is important and elements to include.

Both are available on the center’s YouTube channel,

ASBTDC produced the videos as part of an inclusive entrepreneurship project targeting the deaf and hard of hearing community and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The center also developed and presented training for existing businesses this year on how to be deaf friendly. Business owners can download a “deaf friendly” logo to display online or at their place of business at

“According to statistics from the Gallaudet University Library, Arkansas ranks seventh in the nation for highest percentage of population with hearing difficulty. I am pleased the ASBTDC was able to facilitate opportunities for Arkansas’ deaf and hard of hearing residents to learn more about entrepreneurship,” said Janet Roderick, ASBTDC state director.

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