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Minority Task Force of Clark County

The Henderson State University Small Business and Technology Development Center partnered with the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance to form the Minority Task Force of Clark County.

Leah Hasley and Stephen Bell formed the task force in 2017 to address minority needs in Clark County. Hasley is director of the Henderson State University Small Business Technology Development Center, which serves 10 counties, including Clark County. Bell is president and CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance.

Made up of individuals holding positions in the Clark County community who have contact with business owners and/or entrepreneurs, the task force will assist minorities, including various ethnic groups, women and service-disabled veterans, who desire to start or expand a business and propose solutions by providing these individuals with real-world assistance. The task force will also help minorities in the areas of wealth building and housing. 

In addition, The Minority Task Force of Clark County hosts annual events along with Southern Bancop and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to inform minorities, women, and service-diasbled veterans of the programs and services that are available in the county and state.

Other members of the task force include (back row, from left) Bell, Kyle Jones, development & outreach coordinator at Arkansas Hospice and minister of Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church; Jeremy Hughes, a Shelter Insurance agent; Bill Wright, CEO of the Western Region for Southern Bancorp; Jennifer Story, clerk and human-resources manager for the city of Arkadelphia; Anita Wiley, manager of the city of Arkadelphia building and code-enforcement department; Hasley, and Tiffany McNeal, director of communications for the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance.

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If you have questions about the Minority Task Force, its upcoming events or assistance with business needs, please contact 870-230-5184 or email asbtdc@hsu.edu.

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