Innovation Archive

Bentonville Stresses Its Small-Town Feel

by Marty Cook 3/17/2014 12:00 am

A series of new planned developments in Bentonville has planned — or has already been put into action — is adding new life for its downtown area. The Thrive apartments are set to open by the end of this year in what the city calls its Arts District.

Sustainability as a Business Strategy (Nancy Landrum Commentary)

by Nancy Landrum 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Sustainability in business is, at its core, about returning to old-fashioned business values: knowing your customers and neighbors, frugality and efficiency, doing the right thing and being accountable for your actions.

Conway Remains a Big Piece of Arkansas Startup Puzzle

by Mark Carter 3/16/2014 11:54 pm

The biggest pieces to the Arkansas startup puzzle, of course, are located in the Fayetteville and Little Rock metros, but a growing component to the central Arkansas startup ecosystem can be found in Conway.

UAMS BioVentures to Host Commercialization Workshops

by Mark Carter 3/10/2014 03:52 pm

Two commercialization strategy workshops for entrepreneurs and university researchers have been scheduled for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in April.

Walmart Foundation Donates $1.5 Million to Bentonville's Amazeum

by Marty Cook 3/10/2014 12:00 am

The Walmart Foundation donated $1.5 million to the Amazeum, the interactive museum scheduled to open in 2015 in Bentonville. The money donated will allow the museum to have a temporary gallery, Amazeum officials said.

Acumen's Goal: To Own the Southern Lifestyle Marketplace

by Marty Cook 3/10/2014 12:00 am

In December, Acumen Brands of Fayetteville announced objectives for 2014 that one company executive called “insane.” The leadership wanted five new programs to keep the company vibrant and growing, among those programs “flash sales” and “Marketplace.”

Made By Few Tech Conference Sets Dates, Expands to 2 Days

by Mark Carter 3/3/2014 09:08 am

In its third year, Made By Few is a tech conference for designers, developers and entrepreneurs who design and create web and mobile applications. It drew attendees from 15 states to its 2013 version held at the Clinton Presidential Center.

NWA Entrepreneur Swings for 'Grand Slam' in Professional Development

by Mark Carter 3/3/2014 12:01 am

Adam Arroyos and GPA launched the online tool Serve2Perform.com, where users can network and connect to skills training and other learning-development opportunities.

Adam Arroyos' 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 3/3/2014 12:01 am

Adam Arroyos of Innovate Arkansas client firm Grandslam Performance Associates shares his five tips for startup success.

UALR Lab Translates Big Data Into Dollars

by Jan Cottingham 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Humans are digitizing every aspect of life, translating every thought, every endeavor into something that can be read on a computer screen. This act of translation is creating infinite bits of new information — big data, to use the phrase popular in the world of technology.

Experts See Web Sales Leveling Off After Quick Growth

by Mark Friedman 3/3/2014 12:00 am

From basically zero 20 years ago, online sales have already taken 6 percent of all U.S. retail sales. By 2017, that share is expected to jump to 10 percent. But then what?

More Workers Earning Graduate College Degrees, Earnings

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the number of adults who finished some graduate school rose 24 percent from 2008 to 2013, increasing from 29 million to 36 million.

Wal-Mart Buys Yumprint of Seattle

by Lance Turner 2/28/2014 08:10 am

@WalmartLabs has purchased Yumprint of Seattle, planning to use the company's recipe technology for its grocery delivery efforts on Walmart.com and Walmart To Go, available in the San Francisco/San Jose, Calif., and Denver areas.

JBU Dedicates Donald G. Soderquist College of Business

by Lee Hogan 2/26/2014 10:59 am

JBU students, faculty, staff and guests gathered Wednesday for the dedication of the Donald G. Soderquist College of Business.

AEDC Gives Innovation Hub $575K for Argenta Innovation Center

by Mark Carter 2/25/2014 11:08 am

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub begins renovating what will become the Argenta Innovation Center, thanks to a $575,000 grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Beebe Taps Gene Eagle To Head Arkansas Development Finance Authority

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Gene Eagle was recently appointed president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority by Gov. Mike Beebe, succeeding Mac Dodson, who retired on Jan. 31. The ADFA specializes in low-cost financing for low- to moderate-income housing development, small industries and agricultural businesses.

QU-BD of Little Rock Makes 3-D Printing Accessible

by Luke Jones 2/24/2014 12:00 am

QU-BD — pronounced “cubed” and standing for “Quintessential Universal Building Device” — has managed to create and market a 3-D printer that costs no more than $200.

Kopykat Brings 3-D Printing to Retail Sector

by Luke Jones 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Chris Walker is a former journalist who opened Kopykat 3D Printing in Fayetteville in December.

Noble Impact Bringing First High School Startup Weekend to Little Rock in April

by Mark Carter 2/20/2014 09:54 am

Little Rock's Noble Impact is bringing the first-ever High School Startup Weekend to the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service this spring.

JBU's Undergraduate Rates Rise 3.4 Percent in 2014-15

by Lee Hogan 2/19/2014 11:12 am

An increase in undergraduate rates at John Brown University will raise student costs $1,060 in the 2014-15 academic year.