Business Briefs for October 1, 2007

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007 12:00 am  

Business Matchmaking, a public-private sector procurement program for small business, will hold a daylong event on Dec. 11 at Little Rock to provide procurement opportunities to small-business owners with particular emphasis on women-, minority- and veteran-owned companies. The Little Rock event will include a workshop and scheduled face-to-face meetings for more than 500 small businesses and some 150 U.S. government, state and local agency and private corporation buyers. Registration, which is free, opens Oct. 1 at

Developing Partnerships for Community Development is the theme of the Arkansas Community Development Society's annual conference, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. Keynote speaker for the conference is Gov. Mike Beebe. Speakers will address partnerships in housing, education, health care, tourism, marketing and entrepreneurship. Cost is $60. To register, call (501) 450-5372 or e-mail

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Little Rockwill hold its 2007 annual golf tournament at Rebsamen Golf Course on Oct. 5. The four-person scramble will tee off at noon. Team registration is $300. To sign up or get more information, visit or e-mail Dave Carter at

Capturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit, an event for small-business owners, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center in Pine Bluff. Admission is $5 and includes lunch. 

The Southern Good Faith Fund has received a $160,000 grant for the Assets for Independence Demonstration Program from the Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Community Services. The Southern Good Faith Fund will use the grant to create Individual Development Accounts for low-income individuals in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta region. 

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's new headquarters building was recognized last week as the first green state government building in Arkansas by the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes rating system. At an open house, GBI President Ward Hubbell presented Gov. Mike Beebe and ADEQ leaders with a plaque. 

Deborah Schwartz, executive director of Little Rock National Airport, is resigning effective Nov. 30. The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission said it will begin a search for a new director "as soon as possible."

Cytomedix Inc. of Rockville, Md., has won clearance from the Food & Drug Administration to market its AutoloGel system for treating non-healing wounds. The company has Arkansas roots - it was headquartered in Little Rock twice - and many of its investors are Arkansans. 

The University of Central Arkansas at Conway will use a federal grant to create an interdisciplinary Chinese studies program that will include an emphasis on Chinese language and culture. Hui Wu in UCA's Department of Writing was awarded a two-year grant of $166,339 that will be used to support developing China-related courses across various academic fields, as well as students who will study Chinese in the Chinese language immersion program at the East China Normal University in Shanghai.

Tyson Foods Inc. has received Poultry magazine's 2007 Industry Innovator Award. The company was cited for its achievements in product development. The magazine said the Tyson Discovery Center reflects the emerging intersection of food science and culinary arts that raises the culinary and scientific standard for the entire poultry industry.

The Arkansas Sustainability Net-work will present the second annual Natural State Expo Oct. 13 at the Statehouse Convention Center to showcase "the sustainable side of Arkansas." More than 60 exhibition booths will feature environmentally friendly products, services and technology from Arkansas businesses, nonprofit organizations and state and city agencies. Admission is free. For more information, visit or or call (501) 372-6996. 

Tommy Polk, a founding partner 30 years ago of Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects Ltd. of Little Rock, planned to retire from the day-to-day operation on Monday, taking on senior status. He will continue on the projects he's personally involved with and will be available to the firm for consulting work.

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, in partnership with the Ozark, Paris, Booneville and Clarksville Chambers of Commerce and Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, will hold a workshop, Energizing Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Wiederkehr Weingarten in Altus. The cost is $10, which includes lunch. For more information, call Audra Hodges at (479) 508-3304.             



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