Central Arkansas Small Business Series – Speakers


Jennifer L. Bell, JD

Bell & Company

Jennifer Bell officially joined the firm Bell & Company in 2010 upon graduating from law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; although she has worked at the firm during summer and winter breaks for the past ten years. Recently, she went back to school in order to obtain her L.L.M. in taxation from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

With legal and accounting educational backgrounds, Jennifer is finding her niche at the firm by assisting in IRS notice correspondence; she is licensed to practice in front of the U.S. Tax Court. She also assists in small business consulting and multi-state income taxation preparation.

Jennifer is actively involved with Canvas Community, a local Methodist Church, and its mission outreach work focuses on the Little Rock homeless and underserved community. She is also involved with Where the Stars Still Shine, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering education and medical treatment in third world countries such as Haiti and Ghana. Recently, she spear-headed two major fundraisers that raised over $18,000 that was used to build a primary school for children in the remote mountain village of Baie d’ Orange, Sud-Est, Haiti.

Jennifer attributes her dedication and drive to succeed, not only in the work place but to better society, to her father who taught her at an early age that it is important to give back. She also says that she is encouraged daily to give more by her brother who founded Where the Stars Still Shine.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys riding horses and attending social functions in the Little Rock area.


Kathy CampKathy Camp

Instructor

Kathy Camp has been working in public and community education for over 24 years. Half of those years have been spent in K-12 public education as a Business Education Teacher, and the other half has been spent as a Technology Instructor teaching community computer classes to adults.

Teaching business and computer classes has enabled her to stay abreast of the newest technologies that are available in business and industry. Working with individuals in the workforce, currently using the software, gives Kathy a “real world” knowledge of the tasks needed. QuickBooks is one of the software packages that small businesses most often select for their financial needs. Kathy has worked with small business startups, support, and redirection using this software for over 20 years.

Kathy has lived in the Greenbrier area for over 25 years, is married and has 4 daughters and 4 grandsons.


Laura Hanlon, CPA

Founder – Payroll VaultLaura Hanlon, CPA

A Texas native, Laura Hanlon moved to Arkansas in 1996 to attend Hendrix College in Conway. She was a multi-sport student-athlete playing basketball & golf. In 2001 Laura earned her Masters of Accountancy degree and was awarded the Eloise Raymond Accounting Award for top student in her class.

In response to an overwhelming need for full-service payroll needs of small to medium sized businesses, Laura was awarded the 6th nationwide & 1st Arkansas franchise of Payroll Vault in December 2012. This business has only enhanced Laura & her team’s ability to help small business owners and support local business. The Payroll Vault Arkansas team received the Business Achievement Award given to the top franchisee office in the nation in September of this year.

An avid outdoors woman and lifetime athlete, Laura loves the Natural State and you may see her driving her Jeep Wrangler on warm days in the fall & spring! She has participated in triathlons, various running races, post-collegiate team sports, and golf.

Education

HENDRIX COLLEGE
Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Business with an Accounting emphasis, 2000

HENDRIX COLLEGE
Masters of Accountancy degree, 2001

Activities & Affiliations

• Adjunct professor at Hendrix College in the Economics & Business department
• Volunteer scorekeeper at Hendrix men’s & women’s basketball games
• Serving on the Hendrix Warrior Booster Club Board
•  Junior Achievement
• Supporting local charities such as CASA, Bethlehem House, Single Women’s Scholarship fund, Boys & Girls Club, and Hendrix Warrior Booster Club
• Past treasurer of the Conway Morning Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow, and various activities at St. James UMC in Little Rock


Mark Miller, Small Business Consultant – Main Street Arkansas

markmillerMark Miller has been with Main Street Arkansas since January 1996. Prior to joining Main Street Arkansas, Mark worked five years for the Army Air Force Exchange Service and seven years for Wal-Mart. These are the nation’s largest government and civilian retailers respectively. Mark started his retail career in 1981 when he was a junior in high school at a Ball Rexall Drug Store in a small Southern Illinois town on Main Street. He’s glad to have come full circle and be working once again on Main Street. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in retailing/marketing from Fontbonne College in St. Louis Missouri. Mark also holds a dual Masters degree in human resource development/training and public administration from Webster University.

 


Jon & Trina Mitchell, Zetêo Coffee

Jon & Trina Mitchell are the founders and owners of Zetêo Coffee, a specialty coffee shop in downtown Conway and more recently expanded into the River Market area of Little Rock. They offer a variety of specialty drink offerings including various slow brew methods, espresso based specialty drinks, teas, smoothies, scratch-made pastries and full menu of breakfast and lunch offerings.

Jon and Trina opened Zetêo Coffee in November of 2015 after carrying the almost 10+ year dream in their hearts. Jon spent the years prior to that envisioning a gathering spot for the coffee culture community and growing in his passion for all things coffee. As part of his early training, Jon attended the American Barista and Coffee Training School in Portland, OR where he spent his days in intensive training learning various aspects of the cafe business and developing his barista skills that he would later build Zetêo Coffee with. Zetêo was the name chosen and accurately so. Zetêo is a greek word which means to “to seek, search, crave”.

As the dream developed and the Mitchell’s became involved with international missions, they began seeing how access to clean water was truly a quality of life issue. “We knew we could take our dream and allow it to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.” As such, Zetêo Coffee joined in partnership with Living Water International, where they have pledged 5% of their profits to the installation and restoration of clean water wells across the globe. They share this initiative with their community by using the #drinkwellgivewell.

Jeff Standridge, Vice President Sales-Audience Solutions – ACXIOM

jeffstandridgeDr. Jeff D. Standridge holds the position of Vice President, Sales – Audience Solutions for Acxiom Corporation headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he is directly responsible for the Distribution Partners Group, including Acxiom’s presence in the Small-Medium Business Market.  Prior to this role, Jeff served as Acxiom’s Vice President of Brazil/Latin America Region.  Jeff was also responsible for developing Acxiom’s Global Workforce Strategy, including the development of two Global Service Centers (GSCs) located in Poland and China.

From October 2003 to April 2005, Jeff served on special assignment in Europe, where he was responsible for the integration of multiple mergers and acquisitions across Europe and the United Kingdom.  While on this assignment, he also led the development of Acxiom’s international Human Resource and Organizational Development functions across multiple countries in Europe (UK, Netherlands, Poland, Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal), Australia, Japan and China.

During his tenure with Acxiom, Jeff has provided leadership to various units focused on Acquisition Integration, Organizational Effectiveness, Operations Management, Leadership Development, Risk Management, Training and Development, and Business Information Systems.  Before joining the company, he spent more than 12 years in healthcare, including six years as a professor with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  He has received a number of awards and special recognition, including being named in 2004 by Arkansas Business magazine as one of the Top 40 Business Leaders Under Forty Years of Age.  In 2000, he was recognized by the Adjutant General of the Arkansas Army National Guard as the “Soldier of the Year,” representing the 87th Troop Command.  He is now retired from the US Army National Guard.

Jeff holds a Doctor of Education degree with special work in Leadership and Organizational Development.  He has been an invited speaker, trainer, and/or consultant for numerous businesses, organizations and institutions of higher education across North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Conway (Arkansas) Chamber of Commerce, formerly serving as Chairman, the Board of Directors of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, and the Advisory Board of the University of Central Arkansas College of Business.