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Arkansas Venture Center Names Operations Team
Gov. Mike Beebe helped officially launch the AVC in May. The AVC on Wednesday announced its operations team funded through a state matching grant.

Arkansas Venture Center Names Operations Team

Joining AVC co-founder, president and CEO Lee Watson on staff are Caroline Ford as director of communications and development and Marshal Kenneday as director of operations. AVC was founded in 2013 and officially launched in May with a $500,000 matching grant from the state. It serves local entrepreneurs with nationally recognized networking and mentorship programs.
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Aurora Digital Signage Partners with Verizon for Internet Coverage

The partnership with Verizon will enable Aurora clients to use the Verizon Wireless network to power their digital signage and eliminate the need to run internal cables.
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Josh Moody's Overwatch App Ready to Hit Market

Gamers can expect to see the free Overwatch combat gaming app in the iTunes store within a couple of weeks, Overwatch CEO Josh Moody told his 1 Million Cups audience Wednesday in Little Rock.
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Alma Firm Receives Federal Grant for 'Quad Rider'

InvoTek, a research and development firm from Alma, has received a $175,000 federal grant for development of the "Quad Rider," a gear and braking device that helps people with disabilities safely operate a handcycle.
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