Small Business Archive

Hamra Ready To Expand Potbelly Franchise

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2016 12:00 am

His father put him to work when he was 12, says Ryan Hamra, owner of the Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Little Rock, and now at 39, he's still working hard, preparing to open at least four more Potbelly restaurants in Arkansas in the next four years, an agreement that “secures me the entire state of Arkansas.”

Business Travel Fuels Uber Growth in Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Business travelers needing a ride in Arkansas are increasingly using their thumbs — not to hitchhike, but to tap the Uber app on their smartphones.

Uber Job Helped Veteran Jason Shelby Heal

by Kyle Massey 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Jason Shelby, who has moved from Fayetteville to Bentonville, now has his master's degree and has fielded offers to become an athletic trainer, but with earnings of up to $1,200 in a good week, he says he's sticking with Uber.

Rock Town Distillery Reports Jump In 2016 Sales

by Jan Cottingham 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Phil Brandon has come far since 2010, the year he opened the state's first legal distillery since Prohibition. Rock Town Distillery's sales in the first four months of 2016 are up 67 percent compared with 2015.

Killing Gators vs. Draining Swamp (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 5/16/2016 12:00 am

All organizations find themselves in overload occasionally, a prolonged period when there simply are not enough resources to go around. Here are a few thoughts I have picked up over the years from knowledgeable authors and talented leaders.

Tech Park Board Told FinTech Startups Will be Named Monday

by Sarah Campbell 5/12/2016 11:52 am

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board on Wednesday was told the first phase of the development, which includes work on 415 and 417 Main St., is on time and going smoothly.

Your Startup Business Plan (Marcus Guinn Expert Advice)

by Marcus Guinn 5/9/2016 12:00 am

As entrepreneurs prepare to enter the marketplace, here are some of the important factors that financial institutions want to see in your business plan in order to “green light” your loan application.

Ron Sherman Sets Guinness World Record for TV Commercials

by Kyle Massey 5/3/2016 04:50 pm

After a year and a half of counting, documenting, and sending evidence to New York, Ron Sherman was certified Tuesday as the Guinness World Record holder for the most TV commercials produced in a career.

Arkansas State Chamber Honors Small Businesses

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/3/2016 02:52 pm

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas hosted the 2016 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on Tuesday at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Little Rock.

Hanna's Candle Gets Burned in Court Judgment

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Last week, Bank of America received a final judgment totaling $6.2 million against Hanna's Candle Co. of Fayetteville, its owner, Burt Hanna, and two of his limited liability companies.

After Oh Baby Sale, It's Back to Basics for Fran Free

by Marty Cook 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Fran Free is enjoying life after selling her Oh Baby Foods brand to Blackhive Corp. of Fayetteville for an undisclosed amount this past winter.

Designer Jamie Davidson's Strong Suit? Vision

by Jan Cottingham 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Jamie Davidson, the founder of Little Rock clothing company Strong Suit, is ready to take on the next retailing frontier: the millennial customer.

US Employment, Earnings Gains Rose in March

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

The U.S. economy continued to rebound in March, as private-sector employment and average hourly earnings rose.

Gateway Town Center Tracts Top $10.4M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Undeveloped commercial land in Little Rock's Gateway Town Center project generated two seven-digit transactions.

US Consumer Spending Inches Up in March

by Associated Press 4/29/2016 11:41 am

U.S. consumers boosted their spending by a tiny amount in March as purchases of nondurable goods such as clothing offset a big fall in spending on autos and other long-lasting items.

In Arkansas, Seven Campaigns Aim for Alcohol Sales

by Sarah Campbell 4/25/2016 10:53 am

Five counties and two cities are collecting signatures in hopes that voters can decide in November whether to allow alcohol sales in their communities.

Construction Booms in a Growing Northwest Arkansas Market

by Marty Cook 4/25/2016 12:00 am

The costs of building things have gone up in northwest Arkansas, developers say. It's not just that land value has risen, but construction and labor costs have also grown.

Fayetteville Primed for Second Raising Cane's Restaurant (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 4/25/2016 12:00 am

Raising Cane's is poised to put a second chicken fingers restaurant in Fayetteville after a $1.3 million purchase.

Little Rock Tech Park Sees New Tenants at Temporary Location

by Sarah Campbell 4/25/2016 12:00 am

With construction on the Little Rock Technology Park underway at 415 and 417 Main St., it's easy to forget that tenants have been coming and going at the park's temporary space at 107 E. Markham St.

Finding Your Marketplace Identity (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 4/25/2016 12:00 am

The decisions involved in buying or selling the places where we live or work can be tightly wrapped in aspirations, hopes and anxiety.