Innovation Archive

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 09:46 am

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated.

Heartbleed? No Need for Heart Attack, We've Got Help, Advice

by Mark Carter 4/14/2014 03:30 pm

In late December when bloggers and TV show hosts recount the buzz words of 2014, no doubt "heartbleed" will occupy a place on each list.

University of Arkansas Teams Win 8 of 10 Governor's Cup Awards

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 03:39 pm

Teams from the University of Arkansas won eight of the 10 awards presented Wednesday at the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business plan competition.

Students Shine at First-ever High School Startup Weekend

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 11:54 am

More than 80 students in grades 9-12 spent the weekend in Little Rock coming up with potential tech-based startup ventures as part of the first-ever High School Startup Weekend.

Noel Hamm's 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Bentonville's Sales Tax DataLink is an Innovate Arkansas startup that has developed an "intuitive" software for tax professionals. CEO Noel Hamm provides his five tips for startup success.

Through STDL, Hamm Builds Better Tax Software

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Frustration led Noel Hamm to create tax technology startup Sales Tax DataLink — you know, that whole "build a better mousetrap" idiom.

Changing Face of Manufacturing Leads to Skills Gap, Job Opportunities

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

For those half-empty-glass people, the increasing use of advanced technology — think robotics, lasers and computers — in manufacturing has led to a "skills gap" that makes finding capable employees challenging. For you half-full-glass folks, the increasing use of advanced technology in manufacturing means that job opportunities exist for those with the right abilities.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Payroll Firms Ease the Strain on Small Businesses

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Third-party payroll companies help relieve work congestion for their clients, says Janet Johnson of Paychex. Smaller companies find it more efficient to outsource the nuts and bolts.

Video: High School Startup Weekend Kicks Off in LR

by Mark Carter 4/4/2014 09:04 am

The first-ever High School Startup Weekend will be held Friday through Sunday from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

NanoMech Starts Work on New $10M Headquarters

by Mark Carter 3/31/2014 09:00 am

The new building, expected to be complete by September, will adjoin the company's existing facility on a recently expanded 9-acre corporate campus. An initial production facility will be ready by July, the company said.

CardioWise Software Chosen for National Heart Study

by Mark Carter 3/26/2014 01:49 pm

CardioWise has partnered with federal agencies to provide its cardiac analysis software for a national clinical research study, the Fayetteville startup announced Wednesday.

NWA Aims Message At Site Selectors

by Marty Cook 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Northwest Arkansas is aggressively campaigning site selectors for companies outside the region to promote itself as a place for investing and not just a "blank slate." The project comes after a survey of site selectors showed half knew little about the region beyond Wal-Mart and Bentonville.

Qbot Markets At Colleges To Foster Growth

by Luke Jones 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Little Rock's homegrown Qbot app has had its ups and downs, but the customer loyalty program has successfully used colleges as marketing bases to spread its network.

UA Leads Way with 10 Finalists in 2014 DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 3/20/2014 02:54 pm

Eighteen teams from six Arkansas colleges and universities, including 10 from the University of Arkansas, have been named finalists in the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition.

Student Entrepreneurs Launch 'Gourmet Holery,' Hope to Partner with Copper Grill

by Mark Carter 3/20/2014 09:22 am

A pair of Little Rock high-school students are in the process of launching the city's first "gourmet holery," and they might be doing so in partnership with a prominent local restauranteur.

Fellowship Program Aims to Attract, Keep Entrepreneurial Talent

by Mark Carter 3/17/2014 01:30 pm

A new entrepreneurship program called the Arkansas Fellowship has been launched as part of an effort to keep and attract entrepreneurial talent to the state.

VIC Portfolio Firm Announces Availability of Cognitive Health Supplement

by Mark Carter 3/17/2014 12:05 pm

Perceptiv, a cognitive health supplement from VIC portfolio firm Sevo Nutraceuticals, now is available over the counter at pharmacies and health-food stores across the country.

Details Emerge About 2014 ARK Challenge in Fayetteville, Little Rock

by Mark Carter 3/17/2014 12:39 am

For the first installments of 2014 planned for Fayetteville, just five startup teams will be chosen. They will receive $50,000 in seed funding up front as opposed to the $20,000 previously provided.

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.