Small Business Archive

WRI Event to Focus on Social Entrepreneurship

by Mark Carter 7/14/2015 10:14 am

The rise of social entrepreneurship — providing goods and services that provide a positive impact on society — will be the subject of the 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at the University of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain.

Arkansas Fellowship Announces Second Class

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/13/2015 02:06 pm

The Arkansas Fellowship, a nonprofit program that matches graduating Arkansas college seniors with Arkansas host companies, has announced its second class.

Cranford Co. Building on Experience

by Sean Beherec 7/13/2015 12:00 am

One year after splitting with the company their father helped found and launching their own, the Cranford brothers still focus on their father's legacy.

Petit Jean Meats Ventures South, West

by Austin DuVall 7/13/2015 12:00 am

Almost 90 years and four generations after Felix Scholsser started his first meat market, the ham, bacon and other products of Morrilton Packing Co. are gradually gaining an audience in far-flung places — southeast Arkansas, Texas and, through a private-label relationship with Whole Foods, as far away as Colorado and California.

Mary Maestri's Keeps On Cooking in Springdale

by Marty Cook 7/13/2015 12:00 am

​Renowned Italian restaurant Mary Maestri's once occupied a stately building on the outskirts of Tontitown, far removed from the hustle and bustle of northwest Arkansas. Now the restaurant, which first opened in 1923, stands on a busy four-lane Springdale street, an icon in name but just another restaurant by outside appearance.

Relationships Form Core of Wood Smith Schnipper Clay & Vines

by Jan Cottingham 7/13/2015 12:00 am

Though no family members of the founders are now associated with Wood Smith, the firm still understands the importance of relationships, particularly in a town the size of Hot Springs. And its members understand the importance of stories, narratives that explain their place in the world.

RaiseTheMoney.com Promises To Revolutionize Political Fundraising

by Austin DuVall 7/13/2015 12:00 am

RaiseTheMoney.com, a nonpartisan online fundraising company in Little Rock, signed on 71 new campaigns in June, totaling more than 200 accounts since its founding 18 months ago by Chris Stewart, the company's CEO.

Overtime Rule Big Change for Business (Missy Duke Commentary)

by Missy Duke 7/13/2015 12:00 am

On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor released a proposed rule that would increase the minimum salary for employees exempt under the “white-collar” exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to $970 per week, the equivalent of $50,440 annually, which represents the 40th percentile of earnings for all full-time salaried workers throughout the United States.

State Economic Forecaster Michael Pakko Says Arkansas Economy Could Be Dampened by These Two Industries

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/13/2015 12:00 am

Michael R. Pakko took on the job of chief economist and state economic forecaster position at the Institute for Economic Advancement at UALR in August 2009.

Millennials Rising as Biggest Share of Workforce

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/6/2015 12:00 am

The millennial generation earlier this year passed Generation X to become the largest share of the U.S. workforce, the Pew Research Center says.

Growing Participation Means Longer List of Largest Trade & Professional Unions

by Austin DuVall 7/6/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas Business list of the state's largest trade and professional associations is back after a four-year hiatus, complete with 15 new entries because of greater participation.

Lawnly Goes Yard in Fayetteville With Uber Model

by Sean Beherec 7/6/2015 12:00 am

A new company, dubbed Lawnly, is now doing business in the northwest part of the state. The service is similar to Uber in that users log on to the Lawnly application and find someone willing to take the job in the area. It varies slightly because it uses actual lawn care companies, as opposed to individual contractors.

Sissy's Log Cabin Heights Location to Grow

by Austin DuVall 7/6/2015 12:00 am

The Sissy's Log Cabin location at Grant and R streets in Little Rock is set to expand this summer “in an effort to continue making Sissy's Log Cabin an exciting customer experience,” a company press release said.

Woodland Heights Sells In $13.9M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 7/6/2015 12:00 am

A 142-unit independent living center in Little Rock tipped the scales at $13.9 million. A nearly 1,150-acre farm in southeast Pulaski County weighed in at $2.25 million. And a 3,708-SF residence-turned-business in Little Rock's Hillcrest area changed hands in a $525,000 deal.

Dean Jane Wayland on Keeping UALR's College of Business in the Mix

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Before being named dean, Jane Wayland was interim dean of the UALR College of Business for two years. She also has served as associate dean of graduate studies and chairwoman of the Marketing & Advertising Department. The College of Business Advising Center was established within a year of her appointment, and she initiated the Ambassador program to showcase top students.

Hutchinson Announces State Board Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/2/2015 09:29 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the latest round of appointments to state boards, panels and committees.

What's Next After Export-Import Bank Charter Expires at Midnight?

by Associated Press 6/30/2015 11:31 am

Congress failed to renew the bank's charter because of opposition from Republicans who say it amounts to corporate welfare. However, the shutdown may end up being only temporary.

Hark Announces Entrepreneurial Summer Tour of Southeast

by Mark Carter 6/29/2015 11:33 am

Hark announced that it will launch a six-week tour of the Southeast beginning in July in partnership with Bespoke Video Production of Little Rock.

UAMS BioVentures Building Entrepreneur Support System

by Mark Carter 6/29/2015 11:07 am

Nancy Gray, the new director of the BioVentures business incubator at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, is developing an entrepreneur-in-residence program to help mentor potential startup founders at the school.

Slideshow: 40 Under 40 Honorees Recognized At Luncheon

by Alexis Hosticka 6/29/2015 12:00 am

The 2015 class of Arkansas Business' 40 Under 40 were honored at a luncheon at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock on Wednesday. Each honoree gave a brief acceptance speech and answered questions such as, “What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?” and “What do you want your legacy to be 20 years from now?”

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