State & Local Assistance

There are a number of organizations with offices in Arkansas that can help you develop your export business.



Contact our Member Denise Thomas, CEO or her Chief of Staff, Patricia Watkins, to get started with a STEP grant, trade missions or trade leads.

Arkansas Economic Development Commission

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) helps to create economic opportunity by attracting higher paying jobs, expanding and diversifying state and local economies, increasing incomes and investment, and generating positive growth throughout Arkansas.

Address: 1 Commerce Way, Ste. 601, Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: 1-501-682-1121

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) is an economic development program that assists entrepreneurs with all aspects of business development. They offer services such as creating business plans, financial guidance, market research and analysis, and online presence.

Address: 2801 S. University Ave. , Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: 501-638-7700

Little Rock Port Authority

The Little Rock Port Authority is an intermodal transportation facility. It provides numerous methods of transporting business goods including river, rail, runway and highway. The Little Rock Port Authority aids in promoting local as well as international trade.

Address: 10600 Industrial Harbor Dr., Little Rock, AR 72206
Phone: 501.490.1468

Southern United States Trade Association

The Southern United States Trade Association is a non-profit organization that works alongside the Arkansas Department of Agriculture to assist Arkansas’s agriculture producers gain entrance to and benefits from the global market. They work hand in hand with farmers and ranchers to expand their expertise and keep them competitive in local and international markets.

Address: 1 Natural Resources Dr. , Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 504.568.5986

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture is the United States federal executive department that is responsible for executing federal laws related to farming, forestry, and economic development.

Address: 500 Woodlane St., Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501.225.1598

U.S Export Assistance Center of Arkansas

The U.S Export Assistance Center of Arkansas is the trade promotion section of the U.S Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. They specialize in assisting small and medium sized businesses export their goods and services to the international market. They offer various services including market intelligence, trade counseling, business networking, and commercial diplomacy support.

Address: 700 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 4413, Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-324-5797

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is an independent agency of the Federal Government that helps to assist in the development of small businesses by providing loan guarantees to banks for export-related purposes.

Address: 2120 Riverfront Dr. Suite 250, Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: 501.324.7379