John Caver will lead the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University. As its new director, Caver will coordinate a team of university-based consultants to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses in a 10-county area.
Caver brings more than 30 years of Fortune 500 technology company experience with executive roles in sales, marketing, and strategic planning. He was named “Best in Job” nationally four times during his career for three different companies.
“The current pandemic is providing an impetus for potential entrepreneurs to consider opening their own business,” Caver said. “We are here to help guide them through the process of researching their idea, building a business plan, and creating a package ready to present to a lender for financing the venture.
Caver said the ASBTDC consulting services are provided at no cost to the client.
“We are jointly funded by partnership between Henderson State and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to foster development in our 10-county region,” he said. “We partner with lenders and civic organizations to provide a resource for individuals who come to them with a business idea or the desire to expand their existing businesses.”
Caver said his team also works with existing businesses to create a plan to grow their operation or create a succession plan to transition the business to new owners without interrupting ongoing operations.
“I am really excited at having the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs in our region and watch their dreams turn into reality, all while make our part of Arkansas stronger and more prosperous,” he said.
Caver is a native of Hot Springs and a 1987 graduate of Henderson State. He and his wife Stacy have owned a small business in the Dallas area since 2018 which their son now manages.
For more information about the ASBTDC, go to asbtdc.org/arkadelphia. The Henderson State office serves the counties of Clark, Dallas, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Howard, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, and Sevier.