Grand Opening of Organization Serving Spanish Speaking Entrepreneurs 

Conexión de Negocios Latinos celebrated its grand opening at its Springdale office on Saturday, April 9. Founded as a networking group in 2016, the organization seeks to help Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs in Arkansas increase their markets and grow their businesses. Businesses that become members of the network have access to a range of resources, including mentoring and networking support, office space, areas for seminars and workshops, and displays to showcase their products.

The new Conexión de Negocios Latinos office is located at 2250 W. Sunset Ave. Ste. #8 in Springdale.

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Tyson Foods Announces $1 Million Commitment to Citizenship Program

Earlier this week, Tyson Foods announced a $1 million commitment to expand its Immigration Partnership program which helps provide team members with legal services to acquire U.S. citizenship. The program, which has been supporting seven Tyson facilities over the past year, will now serve 40 company locations in 14 states.

The company works with nonprofit organizations Immigrant Connection and Arkansas Immigrant Defense to help employees with legal services, including employment authorization renewals and petitions for citizenship. The program has helped more than 500 Tyson employees in the last year. The company also reimburses its team members for citizenship application fees, costing up to $725.

Arkansas Immigrant Defense is set to visit 13 locations across the state, while Immigrant Connection will see around 27 locations throughout the country. Both will host monthly informational meetings for Tyson employees regarding their support.

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 Black Music Expo in Springdale April 15-16

The Black Music Expo, hosted by Music Moves, returns to downtown Springdale this weekend with performances by Grammy Award nominees Carl Thomas and Kirk Whalum, the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Marching Band, Funk Factory, Baang, St. James MB Mass Choir, Rochelle Bradshaw & Hypnotion, Big Lowe, Michael Fields Jr., DJ D. Sewell, The Zion Travellers, Spida, and BabeeDee Hollywood.

With a kick-off parade down Emma Ave. at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, the celebration will continue through Saturday evening with live music, soul food and fun for the whole family!

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Chancellor’s Commision on Women Recognizes Extraordinary Women and Advocates, Hosts Panel on April 18

Each academic year, The Chancellor’s Commission on Women recognizes Extraordinary Women and Women’s Advocates from the University of Arkansas community. The commission received more than 100 nominations for the 2021-22 recognitions.

A recognition ceremony will take place on Monday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and include a panel discussion on the topic of “Empowerment Through Mentoring.” Panelists include Meredith Lowery, patent attorney for Wright Lindsey Jennings; Ahn Dao Kolbe, LCSW and mentor to under-resourced youth, and Elecia Smith, executive director for the IDEALS Institute at the U of A. The panel will be moderated by Shauna Morimoto, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the U of A.

The event will stream live on Cox cable channel 214 and on social media: Facebook – UATV News.

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On this week’s edition of Undisciplined, host Caree Banton welcomes journalist Mary Hennigan and editor Rob Wells to discuss the St. Charles Lynchings of 1904 and how little news coverage it received at the time. Undisciplined is a podcast produced in collaboration with the African and African American Studies program with the university and KUAF Public Radio.

Last month, we shared the launch of a new podcast Resilient Black Women, featuring Joi McGowan and Deneshia Simpson, founders of the nonprofit by the same name. Don’t miss this week’s episode that aired yesterday on grief, how it affects the body, how it particularly affects African Americans and communities of color, and what you can do to down-regulate when you’re feeling overwhelmed by it.

Thank you for your continued commitment to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in Northwest Arkansas!

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