Roundtable

A local non-profit is holding a free resource event for the community in De Queen this month.

The MAC group of Southwest Arkansas will be hosting the “Rural Resource Roundtable” panel discussion and community information session on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Party Room Candela, 110 N. 3rd Street in downtown De Queen.

Door prizes, including multiple $50 gift cards, will be given out at the conclusion of the event and free drinks and snacks will be available.

The purpose of the panel discussion is to hear from experts on important categories for rural communities. Healthcare, business development, diversity, disability inclusion, local government, and infrastructure will be featured subjects. Each panelist will be asked questions in their field of expertise and the information will be shared to the public who attend in person and on the Facebook Livestream.

Participating panelists include Lori House, CEO of the Sevier County Medical Center, John Caver, director of the Arkansas Small Business Development and Technology Center, Tony Soto of the National Guard and De Queen School Board, and Evelyn Beasley, an education leader with the De Queen Public Schools.

Lorena Esquivel, a local business owner and community figure of Iglesia Centro Cristiana de De Queen, will be hosting the event and Josiah Matthews of the ARPPC, will serve as keynote-speaker. The program will be guided in prayer by Lewis Temple of De Queen and everyone is welcome to attend this evening of community education.

Social distancing and mask use is encouraged for in-person attendance and viewing on livestream will be available through the MAC Facebook page. (Minority Affairs Council of Southwest Arkansas)

Other projects by the MAC group include the “Welcome to De Queen” mural on the eastern edge of town and local leadership recognition initiatives. The non-profit’s goal is to organize programs that uplift the underserved and unite the community as a whole.

For questions about the Roundtable or MAC, contact DQunity@gmail.com

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