Small Business Archive

SoMa Neighborhood May Soon See Another Restaurant

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

A new restaurant at 1318 S. Main St. in downtown Little Rock appears a step closer to reality. Restaurateur Bart Barlogie Jr., co-owner of The Fold, has filed an application for a mixed drink and retail beer permit.

Josh Moody's Overwatch Headed to San Francisco for TechCrunch 'Disrupt'

by Mark Carter 9/5/2014 10:53 am

Innovate Arkansas client firm and ARK Challenge alumni startup Overwatch will participate in the prominent national tech conference TechCrunch Disrupt next week in San Francisco.

ARK Challenge Hosts Early Demo Day for NWA Teams

by Mark Carter 9/4/2014 02:35 pm

The "lean and mean" theme adopted for the third installment of the ARK Challenge carried over to the startup accelerator program's Demo Day, held Thursday in the Great Hall at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

Little Rock Police Arrest 11 in Minimum Wage Protest

by Lance Turner 9/4/2014 10:31 am

Arkansas Business news partner THV 11 News reports that Little Rock Police arrested 11 people during a Thursday morning demonstration calling for a higher minimum wage.

Little Rock's RxResults Raises $4M Investment Round

by Mark Carter 9/3/2014 12:26 pm

UAMS startup RxResults, a pharmacy risk management company based in Little Rock, on Wednesday announced a $4 million investment by Ansley Equity Partners and Ansley Equities of Naperville, Ill.

Harvey Hughes' 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 9/1/2014 12:01 am

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.

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

by George Waldon 9/1/2014 12:00 am

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.

Foreign Patent Trolls Threaten Arkansas Economy (Warwick Sabin Commentary)

by Warwick Sabin 9/1/2014 12:00 am

“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.

IA Client Firm SEAS Education not Typical 'Startup'

by Mark Carter 9/1/2014 12:00 am

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.

ARK Challenge: My Color of Beauty Aims to Fill Niche

by Mark Carter 8/29/2014 10:53 am

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.

Video: Attendees Give Made by Few Rave Reviews

by Mark Carter 8/29/2014 08:40 am

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.

Student Entrepreneur's Doughnut Holes Available Soon at Spokes

by Mark Carter 8/28/2014 09:04 am

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.

ARA Scholars Program Announces Two New Scientists

by Mark Carter 8/27/2014 11:01 am

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.

Startup Weekend Returns to Little Rock Sept. 12-14

by Mark Carter 8/26/2014 10:05 am

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.

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

by Lee Hogan 8/26/2014 09:18 am

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.

VIC Develops Own Startup ‘Venture Ecosystem'

by Mark Carter 8/25/2014 12:00 am

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.

Central Arkansas Commercial Office Vacancy Rate Declines

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

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.

Clothes Mentor Opens in NLR, Plans More Sites

by Brandon Riddle 8/25/2014 12:00 am

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.

Buying From You (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 8/25/2014 12:00 am

What is it like to buy from your company? I have been reminded of this seemingly simple question during the past few weeks while presenting to two groups on customer service, prepping conversations for a nationally dispersed sales force, and even re-examining my own outbound marketing tactics.

Lou Ann Nisbett On What Attracts Industry to Pine Bluff

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Lou Ann Nisbett is the president and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County.