Oct 28, 2020

Startup Junkie and Bank OZK to Host Virtual Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs

In this first of its kind event, Startup Junkie and Bank OZK will celebrate the woman entrepreneurs’ journey in a day-long workshop that will cover “Getting Your Business Off the Ground,” a women’s networking session, and “Small Business Loan Options for the Woman Entrepreneur.” 

Startup Junkie’s Martha Londagin will start the day of events at 9 a.m. with a review of the lean canvas design for starting any small business, be it a “side hustle” started while still employed, a small sole-proprietorship d/b/a model, or an official LLC startup entity. She’ll cover business structures, first steps to take as a road map for starting a business or expanding a side hustle, funding ideas, low or no-cost marketing ideas, personal testing of the consumer or client market base, along with educational examples explaining small business bank products from a Bank OZK representative. This session will take place over Zoom from 9 to 10 a.m. 

From 12 to 1 p.m., the Startup Junkie and Bank OZK team will return for an hour-long virtual networking event for women entrepreneurs. During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to make 60-second introductions of their startups or small businesses. 

At 4 p.m., Martha Londagin will review options for funding a small business currently operating and/or a future startup. Topics covered will include crowdsourcing platforms, investors, personal funds, micro-loans, traditional bank loans, and other extensions of credit like credit cards and lines of credit and their various sources available in Northwest Arkansas and online. A Bank OZK representative will also provide financial expertise and insights on what banks look for in a viable small business loan application. Attendees will learn the pros and cons of each option. 

During each session, two attendees will be chosen at random to win a $50 gift card to a local, woman-owned business. Winners must be present to receive the gift card. 

This day-long event is sponsored by Bank OZK. 

Registrants can attend all three events or pick and choose which events they would like to participate in. A Zoom link for each session will be emailed to those who sign up. Registration is required to receive links to attend.