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Center For Economic Development


The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Center for Economic Development is your destination for workforce and personal training, planning, and advising. Our three distinct offices provide you with the resources and experienced partners you need to help advance your business and your career. Whether you are starting your own business, expanding into new markets, or accelerating your career – the UAFS Center for Economic Development will help you achieve your goals.

Host your next board meeting or corporate retreat at the UAFS Center for Economic Development!

Located in Fort Smith's vibrant Bakery District, our 10,000-square-foot facility features customizable classroom space for 120 collaboration spaces, state-of-the-art multimedia capabilities, and an executive boardroom. Our downtown location provides convenient access to excellent catering and lodging options.


The offices within the UAFS Center for Economic Development offer multiple opportunities for workforce and personal education and special events. Browse our offerings to find the sessions that's right for you. 



Center for Business and Professional Development

Delivers customized training and consulting services to meet your personal or company goals. You set the goal, we create the program, and together we get results.


Family Enterprise Center

Offers family businesses a learning community to meet their unique needs. Members have access to workshops, quarterly breakfast meetings, and peer groups.

Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center

Helps with every aspect of business creation, management, and operation for new and seasoned entrepreneurs. Receive confidential consulting and market research at no charge.