Boots to Business Entrepreneurship Program Trains 25,000 Transitioning Service Members


WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the leader of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), today announced that the agency’s Boots to Business program has now trained 25,000 transitioning service members. For two years, Boots to Business—the entrepreneurship track of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP)—has provided entrepreneurship and business planning training to members of America’s armed forces who are transitioning to civilian life, giving them the tools to start their own successful companies.
“My first day on the job was just over a year ago, and my first meeting was with veteran entrepreneurs because I wanted to honor them and emphasize the value they bring to small businesses across the nation. We know veterans have the courage and the determination to become great entrepreneurs, and the United States is investing in them,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “Boots to Business helps our service members and their spouses explore careers in entrepreneurship by showing them how to apply their military skills to start and grow their business. Our veterans deserve every chance at success, and our economic future requires that we help them acquire the skills necessary to start the next generation of great American businesses.”

Boots to Business is now available on more than 165 military installations worldwide. The training program provides military service members and their spouses the opportunity to explore business ownership and self-employment, helps them evaluate the feasibility of their business concepts and connects the aspiring business owners to SBA’s network of resource partners.

Initiated as a pilot in 2012 and expanded nationally in 2013, Boots to Business utilizes SBA resource partners including the Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), Women’s Business Centers (WBC), SCORE, and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University to deliver entrepreneurship education and training to transitioning service members and their dependents who are exploring or pursuing small business ownership and self-employment

Boots to Business is available at no charge on military installations worldwide to Service members and military spouses transitioning or retiring from service.

To learn more about Boots to Business, visit our webpage at

Public Meeting Set for May 7 to Discuss 12th Street Station Use

Public Meeting

Thursday, May 7, 2015

 12th Street Station

Please come share your ideas on the mixed use space of the 12th Street Station


Where: 12th Street Station, 3917 West 12th Street

Time: 6:00pm


What’s missing that would better serve the community?


Financial Institutions-Fresh Produce & Healthy Food Options-Health Clinics-Restaurants –Retail  

Frederick Gentry

Special Projects Administrator

(501) 371-4480

City Hall

500 West Markham, Room 203

Little Rock, AR 72201

CJRW Seeks Junior Web Developer

CJRW is seeking a junior web developer to join its growing and award winning Digital Team. Candidates must have experience with front-end and back-end web development.  Candidates must possess a strong desire to learn new technologies.  Candidates will be a focused, team player and have a working knowledge of basic web development technologies: including, but not limited to HTML/CSS, Javascript, content management systems, and server programming languages.  An ideal candidate would have experience using Python and Django, with some familiarity with WordPress.


  • Work with our Senior developers, web designers, content strategists and project managers to plan and strategize an approach for each project.
  • Communicate expected issues, opportunities and ideas when approaching projects or tasks.
  • Develop the front-end and back-end of basic website platforms.
  • Assist in managing content on client websites when needed.
  • Assist in training clients on the websites that you specifically developed.
  • Provided development assistance to senior development, content and social media staff.

Job Specifications/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field preferred.
  • Working knowledge of HTML/CSS
  • Experience with a server-side programming language such as Python, PHP or Ruby
  • Ability to effectively organize workload and prioritize based off project deadlines.
  • Experience with database systems specifically PostgreSQL or MySQL and an understanding of proper database design.
  • Basic Linux Server Administration.

Not required, but a plus:

  • SASS
  • Django/Python
  • Version control knowledge, specifically GIT.
  • Familiarity with test-driven development

Qualified candidates ONLY.  Please send resumes to

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Capitol Equipment Makes Hay While the Sun Shines

Hay Bale PoolHelp Hungry Kids This Summer by Filling Capitol Equipment’s Hay Bale Pool with Food During Grand Opening Celebration April 25

WHO:             Capitol Equipment and the Arkansas Rice Depot

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WHAT:          Grand Opening and foodraiser for Food For Kids

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WHEN:          8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015

WHERE:       7200 Landers Road, Sherwood, Arkansas 72117

HOW:             From Little Rock, take Interstate 30 East. Continue on I-30E then take US 67/167 North to Landers Road. Take Exit 3 then turn left onto Landers Road/US 67/167 Access Road. Capitol Equipment will be on the right.

BACKGROUND: Capitol Equipment, formerly Twin City Tractor, is launching its grand opening from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 7200 Landers Rd. in Sherwood on Sat., April 25. To celebrate its welcome into the community, Capitol Equipment and the Arkansas Rice Depot are partnering to raise food and funds for hungry kids throughout the state this summer.

Everyone is welcome to tour Capitol Equipment’s new dealership, munch on a hot dog, sip a drink, demo equipment and grab a giveaway or two. While there, visitors also can fill Capitol Equipment’s hay bale pool with food for the more than 35,000 school children and their siblings who go hungry every day. Anyone who brings a food or monetary donation will be entered to win an iPad, gift cards and a host of other prizes. 105.1 the Wolf also will be at the dealership welcoming visitors, encouraging contributions and handing out giveaways.

“We wanted to do something for our community that would make an immediate impact,” said Stephen Otwell, general manager of Capitol Equipment. “Because it’s almost summer, we have a hay expert on staff and the need for food for kids is so great, we thought a hay bale pool would be just the thing to corral what’s needed.”

Capitol Equipment will construct the hay bale pool beginning Mon., April 20 and will begin filling it with food contributions on Sat., April 25.

“It’s a first for us, and anything to help keep kids fed at school and over the summer is something we want to be a part of,” said Brandi Johnston, director of development for the Arkansas Rice Depot.

For more information about Capitol Equipment’s grand opening, the hay bale pool or how to contribute to Food For Kids, contact KD Reep at 501-766-1260 or e-mail For more information about Capitol Equipment or Arkansas Rice Depot, visit, like on Facebook at, and follow on Twitter and Instagram @GoCapEquip.


Capitol Equipment is the premier agriculture, construction and landscaping equipment dealership that provides expert assistance in new, used and rental tractors and equipment throughout central Arkansas and eastern Texas. Capitol Equipment’s brands include Kubota, New Holland, Vermeer, Krone, Land Pride, Exmark, Texas Bragg, Bad Boy Mowers, Bush Hog, Echo, Hustler Turf Equipment and Woods.


Arkansas Rice Depot was formed in 1982 to combat hunger in Arkansas. It distributes over nine million pounds of food each year, feeds as much as 15 percent of the state’s population and is a faith-based food bank. Arkansas Rice Depot is Arkansans feeding Arkansans and not a part of a national organization. The largest percentage of donations comes from individual donors.

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Donate ready-to-eat or simple-to-prepare foods that can be sent home in backpacks.

Your tax-deductible donation provides so much to so many who have so little:

  • $30 feeds a child for a month on the Food For Kids program
  • $300 feeds one Food For Kids school program for a day
  • $1,500 feeds one Food For Kids school program for a semester

Items needed:

  • Vienna Sausage
  • Beanee Weenees
  • Spam
  • Canned Soup
  • Cup of Soup
  • Cup of Noodles
  • SpaghettiO’s
  • Beefaroni
  • Canned or plastic cup Pasta Meals (e.g. Chef Boyardee)
  • Ravioli
  • Canned Chili
  • Peanut Butter/ Jelly
  • Beans & Franks
  • Tuna Lunch Kit
  • Ramen Noodles (package or cup)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pork & Beans
  • Refried Beans
  • Ranch Style Beans
  • Baked Beans
  • Chili beans
  • Green Beans
  • Corn
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Sweet Peas
  • 4 oz. canned fruit
  • Plastic cups of fruit
  • Applesauce cups
  • Boxed instant oatmeal
  • Individual boxes of cereal
  • Individual bowls of oatmeal
  • Individual bowls of cereal
  • Granola bars (including cereal bars and fruit and grain bars)
  • Pop Tarts
  • Peanut Butter & Crackers
  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Pudding cups
  • Jello cups
  • Cracker and cheese packages (e.g. Handi snacks)
  • Fruit roll-ups
  • Individually packaged nuts
  • Individually packaged trail mix
  • Individually packaged snack items

Goodwill Launches Peace Love Goodwill Run Walk in May

May 9, 2015 | Murray Park 
10k start  7:30 a.m. | crosses Two Rivers Bridge
5k start 8 a.m. | crosses Big Dam Bridge
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas helps people with disabilities and other disadvantages reach their highest potential through training, education and employment services. Participating in the Peace Love Goodwill 5k/10k is a fun and unique way to support our mission. When you support Goodwill you help make a lasting impact in your community by changing lives. So, lace up your sneakers and start training for a run that will help empower Arkansans!

In the past year, Goodwill has helped placed over 4,000 Arkansans into competitive employment.

You can help change a life by registering for our 5k/10k, cleaning out your closet and donating, or by shopping at your local Goodwill.


We are inviting all runners, walkers and strollers to find a wild, 60’s style costume at their local Goodwill. Nothing says “Peace” and “Love” like some tie-dyed shorts or a leather fringed vest! Find a local Goodwill store near you at


This is a family fun run/walk event.
Children 5 and under are free and require no registration, unless they wish to be a competitively timed participant.
First 300 paid registered participants will receive a t-shirt.
The first 300 paid finishers will receive an event medal.
Top males and females will receive prizes, based on age groups.


You may register in person on the day of the event, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., at Murray Park.


May 8 | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
109 Markham Park Drive
Little Rock, AR 72211

Timing chips must be picked up on May 9 at Murray Park, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

You may also pick up your packet or register on race day at Murray Park, between 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.


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18th Annual Youth Camp Gives Kids a Chance to Have Fun with Little Rock Police

Little_Rock_PatchLittle Rock Police Department’s 18th Annual Youth Camp will host kids from 10 to 12 years old this summer for FREE at the 4H Center in Ferndale, AR from June 21-25. Registration is open now, and participants will get a chance to swim, canoe, hike and take part in other activities. For more information or to register, access the PoliceYouthCamp Packet.

The week-long camp is a chance for local children to take part in team building and experience things that some of them have never had the chance to do before. Officers will serve as counselors and spend the week with the kids at the 4H Center in Ferndale. In addition to being outdoors, the officers will hold lessons about boosting self-esteem and dealing with bullies.