New Website Aims to Help Entrepreneurs Open Business

by Lee Hogan  on Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014 3:50 pm  

This photo shows the newly launched DreamItDoItArkansas.com. The site is meant to provide first-time entrepreneurs with help navigating the process and requirements of opening a business in Arkansas. (Photo by DreamItDoItArkansas.com)

"We wanted this to be different," he said. "We wanted it to feel more private sector and more innovative."

A One-Stop Shop

Several other states have already created one-stop sites for entrepreneurs that brings together the regulatory and filing processes under one domain.

Matayo said it's a collaboration that has been seen between agencies in many states across the country.

"It's time to begin that conversation [in Arkansas], and we think this could be a great first step toward that," he said.

Matayo said he's confident Arkansas will accomplish this type of site for entrepreneurs one day, and believes that day could come sooner rather than later if the stars align. There is no doubt that INA could complete the one-stop site for Arkansas entrepreneurs, Matayo said, but legislative backing is needed first.

"It's definitely an initiative we would want to get behind," he said. "Hopefully, the governor, whomever that may be, would be enthusiastic about its as well. I think it could happen fairly quickly and happen in a legislative session because so many other states have done it."

In the meantime, Matayo said the work at hand includes monitoring web traffic, conducting internal benchmarks and making sure there are no major problems with the site.

Arkansas Venture Center Contest

In a promotion for the site launch, Arkansas.gov is giving entrepreneurs a chance to win an Arkansas Venture Center membership through a social media photo challenge. Through July 9, entrepreneurs are asked to share startup advice, take a selfie and post the photo and advice to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #DreamItDoItArkansas. For more on the contest, click here.

Check out a promotional video created for the site below.

 

 

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