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VIC Develops Own Startup ‘Venture Ecosystem'

VIC Develops Own Startup ‘Venture Ecosystem'

A unique technology transfer model is helping a Fayetteville company incubate early-stage, high-tech startups and place them on a path to market success.
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Startup Weekend Returns to Little Rock Sept. 12-14

The 54-hour event, at which ideas are turned into potential tech-based startup ventures, is scheduled for Sept. 12-14 from the Charles Morgan Auditorium at Acxiom's River Market corporate headquarters.
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Clothes Mentor Opens in NLR, Plans More Sites

Clothes Mentor, a franchise based in Columbus, Ohio, has opened its first location in Arkansas in North Little Rock and plans to open two additional stores in Little Rock and Conway.
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Harvey Hughes' 5 Tips for Startup Success

Founder Harvey Hughes of Mountain Home's SEAS Education, an Innovate Arkansas client firm, likes to keep things simple. Here are his five tips for startup success. read more >

Metro Builders Property Weighs In at $3.8 Million (Real Deals)

A commercial project in North Little Rock shifted ownership in a $3.8 million transaction. Dozens of lots in North Little Rock's Villages of San Luis residential development were sold in combined transactions totaling $1.56 million. And a 17,234-SF nonprofit facility in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.35 million. read more >

Foreign Patent Trolls Threaten Arkansas Economy (Warwick Sabin Commentary)

“Patent trolling,” the practice of obtaining large buckets of intellectual property rights with the intention of using them to extract damages and settlement revenue rather than to protect innovation or produce anything, is not a new idea. read more >

IA Client Firm SEAS Education not Typical 'Startup'

One Innovate Arkansas client firm stretches the "startup" tag. SEAS Education of Mountain Home has been around since 1995 and quietly has become a leading national provider of education plan management software. read more >

ARK Challenge: My Color of Beauty Aims to Fill Niche

Eyona Mitchell is experiencing first hand how the other half lives. A one-person team competing in the fourth installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator in downtown Little Rock, Mitchell used to help businesses at previous stints working with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and Alt.Consulting in Pine Bluff. read more >

Video: Attendees Give Made by Few Rave Reviews

Videographer Barry Deere captured the enthusiasm surrounding the tech conference for "makers of the web," with reaction from attendees, event organizers plus speaker James Victore, a renowned independent designer/artist from Brooklyn, N.Y. read more >

Student Entrepreneur's Doughnut Holes Available Soon at Spokes

Downtown workers can get their doughnut hole fix beginning Friday, Sept. 5, at Spokes' coffee and smoothie shop inside Orbea's North American headquarters in the 100 block of Main in Little Rock. read more >

ARA Scholars Program Announces Two New Scientists

Carolina Cruz-Neira and Gareth Morgan were introduced from the Governor's Conference Room at the state Capitol by Gov. Mike Beebe and ARA director Jerry Adams. read more >

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans Have Debts, Saving Rates Similar to Region

Arkansas consumers have similar debts and saving rates to their neighbors in Missouri and Oklahoma, according to the final release of the first Arvest Bank Consumer Sentiment Survey. read more >

Central Arkansas Commercial Office Vacancy Rate Declines

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas continued its downward slide in the second quarter of this year, according to the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange. read more >

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