Arkansas State University: New Directives and Resources in NE Arkansas Foster Innovative Entrepreneurship (Sponsored Report)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jul. 9, 2012 12:00 am  

Arkansas Biosciences Institute

The Krueger Drive facility in Jonesboro’s industrial park area offers several 150 square foot, furnished executive offices, training and conference rooms, and a 3,000 square foot area suitable for small scale manufacturing and/or warehouse or distribution type operations.

The DCED also works in conjunction with RDI through RDI’s Catalyst Innovation Accelerator which is housed on the ASU campus in Jonesboro in the ABI building. Catalyst’s facilities include eighteen laboratories, varying in size from 105 to 425 square feet, ten executive offices, and a conference room and reception area.

Clients residing in the Catalyst facility are literally steps away from research faculty, students, equipment and facilities in the Arkansas State University Colleges of Business, Engineering, Sciences and Mathematics, Agriculture and Technology, and Nursing and Health Professions.

Clients of Catalyst and the DCED’s business incubation program receive business services to drive success and growth, including business planning and market research services, student interns, and access to ASU faculty experts, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, and alt.Consulting.

Collectively, the latter provide comprehensive business services and professional training opportunities to both the ASU and Northeast Arkansas communities. These services include Small Business Innovation Research proposal development, business plan writing, networking and professional development.

For example, the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is a training and research service, provided by the Small Business Administration, that exists to provide professional assistance to businesses in the region. Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions (AMS) is a program of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority that provides management and operational consulting to existing Arkansas manufacturers. Lastly, alt.Consulting conducts feasibility studies and provides business and financial planning services, among other things.

For more information on exciting new developments in research and scholarship at ASU, click here. Learn more about what’s going on at the DCED. Inquire about opportunites with the Catalyst Innovation Accelerator.



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