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The Division of Economic Development works to expand economic opportunity and prosperity in Arkansas through talent development, innovative research and technologies, community service, and place-making strategies. As the state’s flagship university and a land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas is committed to engaging, collaborating and providing outreach to the residents, businesses, and governmental and civic entities of the state to make sustained advances in economic capacity and quality of place.

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Division of Economic Development

The Division of Economic Development works to expand economic opportunity and prosperity in Arkansas through talent development, innovative research and technologies, community service, and place-making strategies.

Mike Malone
Mike Malone
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Andy Albertson
Andy Albertson
(UREL)-University Relations
Director of Research and Economic Development Communications
Laura Mabry
Laura Mabry
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Director of Operations and Projects
ADMN 321

Affiliated Units

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at UA Fayetteville (ASBTDC,UAF) is part of a statewide network of university-based centers that work with all types of small businesses through confidential, on-on-one consultation at no cost to the client. The center serves six counties in Northwest Arkansas: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, and Washington. With offices in Fayetteville and at The Collaborative in Bentonville, consultants and specialists offer services in business planning, financial analysis, marketing, and social media strategy to small business clients.

Mary Beth Brooks
Mary Beth Brooks
(SBDC)-Small Business Development Center
Director and Executive in Residence
Julie Preddy
Julie Preddy
(SBDC)-Small Business Development Center
Assistant Director, Communications & Events
Lori Lieblong
Lori Lieblong
(SBDC)-Small Business Development Center
Business Consultant
Rachel Majors
Rachel Majors
(SBDC)-Small Business Development Center
VCED Project Worker
Catherine Corley
Catherine Corley
(SBDC)-Small Business Development Center
Business and Innovation Consultant
Carolina Mejia
Carolina Mejia
(SBDC)-Small Business Development Center
VCED Project Worker
Stephanie Parsons
Stephanie Parsons
(SBDC)-Small Business Development Center
VCED Project Worker

Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation creates and curates innovation and entrepreneurship experiences for students across all disciplines. Through the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub, McMillon Innovation Studio, Startup Village, and Greenhouse at the Bentonville Collaborative, OEI provides free workshops and programs – including social and corporate innovation design teams, venture internships, competitions, and startup coaching. A unit of the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Division of Economic Development, OEI also offers on-demand support for students who will be innovators within existing organizations and entrepreneurs who start something new.

Sarah Goforth
Sarah Goforth
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Executive Director, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Adjunct Professor, SEVI-WCOB
Deb Williams
Deb Williams
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Senior Director, Operations & Student Programs
Justin Urso
Justin Urso
(RITL)-McMillon Retail Innovation & Tech Lab
Director, McMillon Innovation Studio & MSPI
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Joshua Mast
Joshua Mast
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Graphic Designer
Jason M. Riley
Jason M. Riley
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Program Manager, Venture Intern Program
Laura Moix
Laura Moix
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Program Manager, BioDesign Sprints and Graduate Entrepreneurial Programs
BREW
Sjah Yudonis Gonzales
Sjah Yudonis Gonzales
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Assistant Director, Program Operations
Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Fiscal Support Analyst
Allie McMurry
Allie McMurry
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program Assistant
Phil Shellhammer
Phil Shellhammer
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Director, Greenhouse Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP)
Kristen Kiefer
Kristen Kiefer
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Program Manager/Executive Assistant
BREW
Brandon James Howard
Brandon James Howard
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Communications Manager
Maddy Stricklen
Maddy Stricklen
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Program Manager for the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Jessica Andrews
Jessica Andrews
(RITL)-McMillon Retail Innovation & Tech Lab
Associate Director
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Hilola Tuychieva
Hilola Tuychieva
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Project Manager, Operations and Student Programs
Jerra Hill
Jerra Hill
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Associate Director of Operations, Executive Education & Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Sam M. Walton College of Business
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Office of Industry and Community Engagement

The Office of Industry and Community Engagement (OICE) fosters strategic partnerships with industry and community organizations in the region and across the state to help them navigate and engage campus – a concierge service to create deeper ties with units across campus, facilitating holistic partnerships by understanding unmet needs.

Cherie Rachel
Cherie Rachel
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Senior Director
Donna Katherine Graham
Donna Katherine Graham
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Industry and Community Engagement Director
Catherine Norman Beasley
Catherine Norman Beasley
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Industry and Community Engagement Director
ADMN 323A

The University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation

The University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation (UATDF) handles all affiliate, faculty research, communications, partnerships, and marketing inquiries for the Arkansas Research & Technology Park (ARTP), as well as leasing and building maintenance inquiries for the Enterprise and Innovation Centers. The mission of UATDF is to stimulate a knowledge-based economy in the state of Arkansas through partnerships that lead to new opportunities for learning and discovery, that build and retain a knowledge-based workforce and that spawn the development of new technologies that enrich the economic base of Arkansas.

Arkansas Research and Technology Park

The Arkansas Research and Technology Park is a knowledge community focused on innovation and technology development in association with the University of Arkansas and is rapidly gaining recognition as a hub for commercialization of emerging technologies.

Technology Ventures

Technology Ventures manages, protects, and commercializes the intellectual property portfolio of the University of Arkansas. Technology Ventures serves the university’s faculty, staff, and students as well as external inventors and entrepreneurs to disseminate knowledge, technology, and products to the public market to generate revenue and future research support.

David J. Hinton
David J. Hinton
(TLTR)-Technology Ventures
Executive Director, Technology Ventures
Sarah O'Brien
Sarah O'Brien
(TLTR)-Technology Ventures
Assistant Director - Marketing and Business Compliance
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Willie Haley
Willie Haley
(TLTR)-Technology Ventures
Business Analyst
INOV 107
Mahsa Haseli
Mahsa Haseli
(TLTR)-Technology Ventures
Licensing Associate
INOV 105

World Trade Center Arkansas

The World Trade Center Arkansas is dedicated to growing bilateral trade for the state by delivering world class services, global connections, and export development programs to Arkansas businesses.

Denise Thomas
Denise Thomas
(AWTC)-Arkansas World Trade Center
Director of Africa & Middle East Trade
Trish Watkins
Trish Watkins
(AWTC)-Arkansas World Trade Center
Chief of Staff
WTC
Felicia Garner
Felicia Garner
(AWTC)-Arkansas World Trade Center
Development Specialist

The Collaborative

The Collaborative is the University of Arkansas education and research presence in Bentonville, and catalyst to propel the state’s innovation ecosystem. Bentonville is a special place, fueled by the migration of creators from all around the world. The University of Arkansas is uniquely qualified to accelerate innovation ecosystem development through workforce development, startup acceleration in strategic sectors, the application of data science, and the commercialization of research and technology.

Toby Teeter
Toby Teeter
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Director, The Collaborative in Bentonville
Phil Shellhammer
Phil Shellhammer
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Director, Greenhouse Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP)
Brandon Ray Rogers
Brandon Ray Rogers
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Prototyping Project and Facility Manager / Model Maker
Renee Roth
Renee Roth
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Facility Administrator - Bentonville Facility

Division of Economic Development
Administration Building
ADMN 312
1125 W. Maple St.
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Campus Map

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development
240 N. Block Avenue, Suite 100 
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development
700 SE 5th Street, Suite 130
Bentonville, AR 72712

Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
123 West Mountain St.
Fayetteville, AR 72704
(479) 575-2470
oei@uark.edu 
entrepreneurship.uark.edu

Campus Map

Office of Industry and Community Engagement
1125 W. Maple Street
ADMN 312
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Technology Ventures
535 W. Research Center Boulevard
Fayetteville, AR  72701

World Trade Center Arkansas
3300 S Market St #400
Rogers, AR 72758
(479) 418-4805
www.arwtc.org

The Collaborative
700 SE 5th Street, Suite 130
Bentonville, AR 72712