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Spencer Jones Heads Right Down the LineGard

Spencer Jones Heads Right Down the LineGard

It may be a little early to say Little Rock wunderkind entrepreneur Spencer Jones, a member of the 2015 Arkansas Business 20 in Their 20s class, is returning to his roots. But the growth of his latest venture is allowing Jones to revisit the innovative nugget that got him started on his entrepreneurial path back in 2014.
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Brown Sugar Bakeshop Plans to Fill Cake Hole in NLR

Brown Sugar is planning later this month to move its retail location to the corner of JFK and McCain in North Little Rock and operate as "a drive-through dessertery."
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Kent Walker Artisan Cheese Adds Wednesdays to Business Hours

Kent Walker Artisan Cheese at 323 S. Cross St. in downtown Little Rock is adding a fifth day to its workweek.
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YES Competition Recognizes Top Student Entrepreneurs

The 2016 Youth Entrepreur Showcase brought together the top 25 student teams, representing students in grades 5-8, for the competition's Expo Day.
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