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Arkansas Women's Business Center

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Operation Jump Start (OJS) is a 12-session comprehensive business development training program. The program is designed for persons who desire to start or expand a small business. Often upon successful completion of the course requirements, participants may compete in a business plan competition for seed capital. This program is held in various locations across the state. Check with the AWBC for potential dates and locations.

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Arkansas Women's Business Center

Welcome to the Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC). The AWBC is committed to providing technical assistance, training, and access to capital services tailored to meet the needs of women business owners. The Center is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is in a network of over 100 Centers located through the nation.


Winrock’s staff and team of professional consultants provide the following technical and financial assistance to women entrepreneurs:

  • Assess interested companies to ensure disadvantaged entrepreneurs receive support.
  • Assess current client capabilities.
  • Provide opportunities to participate in training activities.
  • Provide business plan development support.
  • Develop market feasibility studies.
  • Provide mentoring assistance.
  • Enhance links to capital investments.
  • Locate federal, state, and local funding assistance.
  • Download templates and access other online resources.

Computers are available for clients to prepare business documents, access online information, and participate in online training activities. In addition, space at the Center is set aside to serve as a business accelerator.

The AWBC is located on the South Arkansas Community College campus at 404 South West Avenue, El Dorado, Arkansas.

For more information about the Arkansas Women’s Business Center contact Shay Kaldem at (870) 864-8429 or

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Shay Kaldem, 404 South West Avenue, El Dorado, AR 71730, (870) 864-8429.

Arkansas Women's Business Center