Join Us for a Small Business Forum in Fort Smith, Ark.

Friday, September 12 at 07:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center are pleased to present Small Business Forum: Ask the Experts on Oct. 10. Attendees will learn the top things every business owner should know, and ask the experts questions specific to their business. This free event will be held at the Fort Smith Public Library main branch at two times: 10 a.m. – noon and 1 – 3 p.m. Registration required at the ASBTDC website.* Refreshments will be served.

Meet the Experts:

J. Gregory Magness is an attorney and partner at Hardin, Jesson & Terry, PLC, who brings legal knowledge in the areas of corporations, commercial transactions, creditor rights, and bankruptcy matters to the table. Magness is a member of the Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Sebastian County Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts, in the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and in the Northern District of Oklahoma. Magness holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas. Mr. Magness can effectively answer many legal questions you may have as a business owner.

Chris Raible is a vice president for Arvest Bank and the Business Resource Center Manager for the Fort Smith location. Mr. Raible has been with Arvest for twenty-five years, serving in various roles including his previous position as Loan Operations Manager. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and attended the ABA National Commercial Lending School, the ABA National Consumer Lending School and RMA Lending Academy. He has also completed Omega Performance Financial Training, attended the Walton Institute, is a Questa Certified banker and a Leadership Fort Smith alumnus. Mr. Raible is sure to be a wealth of information regarding the financial health of your business.

Deana Infield is a certified public accountant and a partner at Beall Barclay & Company, PLC, in Fort Smith. She is actively involved in the firm’s accounting and auditing division and the management of key client accounts. Ms. Infield is licensed in Arkansas and Oklahoma; graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Arkansas Tech University; holds a securities license; and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accounts and the Association of Government Accountants. Because Ms. Infield focuses her attention on working with businesses, keeping up-to-date on the latest accounting regulations, and best practices for efficient accounting processes, she is certain to address any business accounting questions you may have.

Nathan George is the director of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center located at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. A current small business owner, George is well versed in matters of business startup, operations and market research. George holds a Bachelor of Arts from Arkansas Tech University and has served in the Arkansas State General Assembly as a District 61 State Representative and on many committees and boards. George’s aggregated experience gives him a vast amount of knowledge to answer your business startup and management questions.


Ronda Hawkins is a training specialist and business consultant for the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. With many years’ experience in direct sales and marketing, Hawkins consults and teaches on topics related to small business marketing and online presence development including social media marketing, website creation, search engine optimization and more. Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts from Arkansas Tech University. Hawkins’s experience and up-to-date marketing knowledge qualifies her to address questions regarding the effective promotion of your business.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the two hour sessions on Oct. 10.

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Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Biz, Business Banking, Fort Smith
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