Community Briefs March 2

Landon Grimes
Landon Grimes

UAM names vice chancellor

The University of Arkansas at Monticello announced the appointment of Landon Grimes as vice chancellor for University Advancement and Alumni Engagement.

Grimes, a Monticello native and 1998 graduate of Drew Central High School, has 16 years of combined experience in public and higher education. His career in education began at Monticello Intermediate School as a fifth grade teacher for three years before returning to UAM as the training coordinator for the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center.

He then worked at Monticello Middle School to teach seventh grade English for two years and was the assistant principal for two years.

In 2021, he became the partnership coordinator for the UAM School of Education and later served as the assistant dean for the school.

Grimes earned multiple degrees from UAM, including a Bachelor of Arts in English degree in 2008, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 2009 and a Master of Educational Leadership degree in 2014. He also earned an Education Specialist degree from Arkansas State University in 2019 and a Doctorate of Education degree from Harding University in 2023.

"Dr. Grimes is a graduate of UAM with a proven history of leadership as a principal, and most recently, as the assistant dean in the School of Education at UAM," said UAM Chancellor Peggy Doss. "He has a deep love for the university and is committed to its growth and success. His enthusiasm and loyalty will serve UAM well as he connects with alumni and works to advance the university's mission. We are so pleased to have him as a vice chancellor at UAM."

Grimes' appointment begins March 1.

"As vice chancellor, I'm eager to work alongside our talented team to strengthen UAM's connections with alumni and secure resources that empower our institution to thrive," Grimes said. "We have a vibrant community of alumni, and I believe by nurturing these relationships, we can harness their collective passion and support to propel UAM to even greater heights. I am truly humbled by this incredible opportunity and excited to embark on this new chapter with the passionate UAM community. Go Weevils!"

Giveaway honors SEARK's Hawkins-Dunn

Southeast Arkansas College Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations Barbara Hawkins-Dunn will be honored at the First Ward Living Grace Pantry Carnival.

The event is a spring break and Easter giveaway that will begin at 2 p.m. at the pantry, 1201 Commerce Road. Groceries and barbecue will be given away.

Seed Fund Road tour begins April 2

America's Seed Fund Road tour will stop at the headquarters of the Cooperative Extension Service, 2301 S. University Ave., in Little Rock, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 2.

The 2024 Road Tour is hosted by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center in cooperation with the Arkansas APEX Accelerator, according to a news release.

The program includes an overview of America's Seed Fund, panel and networking with Arkansas-based resources for innovators, pitches from representatives of federal agencies to businesses, and one-on-one meeting opportunities with federal agency representatives, according to a news release.

The cost to register is $55 and the registration deadline is 3 p.m. April 2. Participants can register at

The tour is a national outreach effort meant to connect innovators and entrepreneurs to technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

"Participants of the Arkansas stop of America's Seed Fund Road Tour will be connected to the program directors who manage America's Seed Fund, enabling participants to take their SIBR/STTR journey to the next level," said Melanie Berman, who is the director of the Arkansas APEX Accelerator.

The Arkansas APEX Accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense. It is embedded with the Cooperative Extension Service, the outreach arm of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Corporate Transparency webinar set

If you own a small business, farm, or share beneficial ownership of an entity, you are likely subject to the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), a new reporting requirement in 2024, according to the National Ag Law Center, a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The law center will host a webinar that dives into what the CTA means for many small businesses around the country. The webinar, "Small Entities Must File: Navigating the Corporate Transparency Act's New Reporting Requirements," will be held at 11 a.m. March 20.

The presenter will be Kristine Tidgren, director of the Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation at Iowa State University. Registration is available at

The CTA is directed at small businesses or entities who have beneficial owners, and failure to comply with reporting may result in criminal fines and penalties, according to the news release.

The CTA, requires that most small business entities, including single-member LLCs, file online reports with the federal government that disclose information about the entity's beneficial owners. Reporting can be completed online through a portal at the Financial Crimes Enforcement network website.

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