Small Business Archive

A Steno Pool Survivor (Linda Nelson Commentary)

by Linda Nelson 5/18/2015 12:00 am

We were in the old post office on Capitol Avenue, which is now a part of the federal court complex in downtown Little Rock. It was old and had radiators, windows that opened and manual typewriters and calculators. I was 18 and already married one year. I was a GS-3 (on a scale of GS-1 to GS-15) clerk-steno, meaning I actually knew shorthand and could read it back and could type with all fingers.

IABC Plans 'New Media' Workshop

by Sean Beherec 5/18/2015 12:00 am

The “Navigating the New Media” workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 26 at the Heifer International Village in Little Rock. The cost to attend is $50 for students, $75 for IABC members and $100 for nonmembers, the group said in a news release.

Women Share Stories, Strategies About Leading, Growing Ranks in Business

by Lance Turner 5/15/2015 12:07 pm

Women must have an expectation that their potential is limitless, and organizations must understand that diversity is key to powering success, three women business leaders said at a panel discussion Friday morning. Includes video.

Tech Park Board Chooses WDD Architects for Phase 1 of Project

by Mark Carter 5/14/2015 03:55 pm

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board has selected Wittenberg Delony & Davidson as the architect for the first phase of the tech park, planned for the Main Street corridor in downtown Little Rock.

PTI to Provide Projection Mapping on Old State House for LR Film Festival

by Mark Carter 5/14/2015 09:19 am

The projection mapping used to illuminate and transform Cinderella's castle at Disney World in Orlando will be a part of the Little Rock Film Festival, thanks to Power Technology Inc. of Alexander, an Innovate Arkansas firm.

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital Acquires Bourbon & Boots

by Mark Carter 5/14/2015 08:39 am

Little Rock startup Bourbon & Boots, the Southern-themed online marketplace that offers more than 2,000 artisan items with more than 250,000 customers across the country, has been acquired by XCelerate Capital.

VIC Portfolio Firm Develops Treatments for Poultry Bacteria

by Mark Carter 5/13/2015 10:01 am

Akeso Biomedical of Boston, a portfolio company of VIC Technology Venture Development of Fayetteville, announced Tuesday that it has licensed a new class of compounds to treat bacterial infections, including one transmitted to humans from chickens.

No More 'Night Market' This Year in Little Rock River Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock Farmers Market's Tuesday market will return to morning to mid-afternoon hours once the Tuesday market opens on June 2. Last year's “night market” from 3-7 p.m. was an experiment that failed, said Diana Long, director of River Market operations.

The Business Value of Listening (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 5/11/2015 12:00 am

There are reams of articles on listening, with approaches that vary widely. Most of what is required to listen, however, is to pay attention, remove distractions and remain fully present for the work in front of us.

$5.1M Purchase Arrives At Westland Apartments (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/11/2015 12:00 am

A foreclosed apartment project in west Little Rock resold for $5.1 million. More than 600 acres and the Stone Links Golf Course in North Little Rock are under new ownership after a $1.73 million sale. And a 12.7-acre mixed-use tract in west Little Rock changed hands in an $850,000 transaction.

Enrollment Continues Post-Recession Slump at Top Universities, Colleges

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

College enrollment in Arkansas topped out in the 2011-12 academic year, the second year of lottery scholarships when the state's unemployment rate was near its post-recession peak.

Riggs Tractor an Example of Teaching Students Their Options

by Jan Cottingham 5/11/2015 12:00 am

J.A. Riggs Tractor Co. sells heavy construction equipment, things like motor graders and earth movers. But technicians are the biggest segment of its 400-employee workforce, people “working on fairly sophisticated equipment,” said John Riggs, company president.

Professional Degrees Edge Doctoral in Earnings, Unemployment Rates

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The education categories in the graphic reflect only the highest level of education attained. They don't take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates.

Arkansas Worker Education Ready for Makeover

by Jan Cottingham 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Over a year after state Sen. Jane English began her crusade to reform workforce education in Arkansas, Charisse Childers is poised to carry out what English thinks is the centerpiece of that reformation: Act 892 of 2015, signed into law last month.

Computer Courses Measure Puts Arkansas at Forefront of Expanding Coding Opportunities

by Sean Beherec 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson drew the attention of educators and the tech industry when he ushered a bill through the Legislature requiring all high schools in the state to offer a computer science course.

Employers Turning to Two-Year Community Colleges for Workforce Training Needs

by Marty Cook 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Workforce development has become a popular issue as industry leaders have said they have a hard time finding enough quality workers to fill their needs. It's a renewed focus of groups like the Northwest Arkansas Council, which recently announced a three-year plan to strengthen the area's workforce development and the ties between employers and schools.

XCelerate Capital Invests $250K in Real Agent Guard

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/8/2015 10:09 am

Real Agent Guard developed a mobile-enabled personal security system for real estate agents. It was created by founders Justin Horner and Tim Brasuell in the aftermath of the murder last year of a central Arkansas agent.

Hayseed Ventures to Take Over Old Post Office Building in Fayetteville Square

by Marty Cook 5/6/2015 10:49 am

Acumen Brands of Fayetteville will move its Country Outfitter flagship store out of the Old Post Office Building in the downtown Fayetteville square.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Venture Center's Pre-Flight Program Graduates Second Class

by Mark Carter 5/5/2015 10:53 am

The Venture Center's latest Pre-Flight class includes three startups that identified specific problems in their respective markets and proposed solutions.