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River Valley Black Small Business Panel

September 15, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

African American business owners were one of the hardest hit groups at the beginning of the pandemic, with the number of self-employed people dropping 31% from the first quarter of 2020 to the second. But now, this group is making a comeback. Just over 1.2 million African Americans were self-employed in February 2022, compared to slightly under 1.1 million in February 2020.

Another study found that Black owners have accounted for 26% of all websites created for new businesses since the pandemic began, compared to 15% before. Minority-owned business is on the rise in the River Valley, but there is still much work to do. Network and hear from local small business owners. This is a fre event.

Join our panel as they discuss opportunities and resources.

  • Jeanetta Henry,┬áCareer Services Coordinator at University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
  • Katrina Steward, Owner Miss K’s Dance Bungalow
  • Chris Cheny,┬áCisterna Management LLC
  • Denisha Campbell, Owner Sacred Treasure Spa


September 15, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Bakery District
70 S. 7th. Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901 United States
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