BY MELANIE BUCK –
Polk County recently celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week and Small Business Week together during the first few days of May.
The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain, in conjunction with Henderson State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, hosted an event at the Ouachita Center. Leah Hasley, Certified Business Advisor, and Karen Musick, Lender Relations Specialist, both spoke at the event, giving helpful advice and ideas to local small business owners.
Joe David Rice, Tourism Director for Arkansas Department Parks and Tourism, also spoke at the Ouachita Center the following week. He said your town should be thought of much like an amusement park, including bringing in a new attraction each year to keep the tourists coming and the tax dollars they bring, flowing.
Also during the weeks’ events, all of the county’s Mayor’s signed proclamations claiming National Travel and Tourism Week.