Sizing Up the Startup Ecosystem Movement in Arkansas

Sizing Up the Startup Ecosystem Movement in Arkansas
Paul Singh, a venture capitalist who spoke recently in Little Rock, says he has invested in thousands of startups in 50 countries.

Over a decade, Arkansas has fallen in line with the national trend of embracing and publicly funding a relatively new form of economic development: structured help for entrepreneurs.
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Louisiana Regulators OK $4.5B Wind Catcher Project

Louisiana Regulators OK $4.5B Wind Catcher Project

Louisiana utility regulators approved plans Wednesday for a $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project, acting about six weeks after Arkansas' Public Service Commission gave its approval to the project, known as the Wind Catcher Energy Connection.
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Venture Center CEO Lee Watson Moves to 'Chief Innovator' Role

Venture Center CEO Lee Watson Moves to 'Chief Innovator' Role

The Venture Center of Little Rock says CEO Lee Watson will move into a newly created position, "chief innovator," and that a former Acxiom Corp. leader, Bill Yoder, will be interim CEO.
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The List Largest SBA Lenders

Largest SBA Lenders in Arkansas: List ranked by total value of loans made to Arkansas borrowers in latest fiscal year. List includes lender, main location, number of loans and total loan value.

Rank Name Main Location Total No. of Loans
1 Live Oak Banking Co. Wilmington, NC 20
2 Regions Bank Birmingham, AL 23
3 Arvest Bank Fayetteville 63
4 Bank of the Ozarks Little Rock 11
5 Simmons Bank Pine Bluff 19

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Lee Watson on Supporting Startups Taking First Steps at Venture Center

Lee Watson with the Venture Center explains what it does, and how entrepreneurs are turning their dreams into businesses.