Small Business Archive

Little Rock Startup Launches RaftUp App

by Sarah Campbell 5/26/2016 10:35 am

RaftUp gives boaters access to an interactive map while on the water and an SOS notification service that alerts nearby boaters and emergency services providers when they experience a breakdown or another emergency.

Broadband Development Group, Provider Of Hyperleap Internet, Joins RasorNET

by Sarah Campbell 5/25/2016 12:17 pm

Broadband Development Group of Little Rock, which provides the fixed wireless broadband internet service called Hyperleap, announced this week that it has joined RasorNET, an Arkansas-based consortium of five regional carriers.

5 Companies Given Global Trade Awards, Trans-Pacific Partnership Touted

by Sarah Campbell 5/25/2016 09:10 am

Esterline Defense Technologies, CAT Squared, RH Preyda, Cobb-Vantress Inc. and Rock Town Distillery Inc. were recognized at an annual luncheon Tuesday.

Land in the Rock Program Helps Interns Connect, Plug Into City

by Alexis Hosticka 5/25/2016 08:36 am

Create Little Rock is providing a way for interns, law clerks, medical residents and new hires to get plugged in stay entertained during the summer through the annual Land in the Rock program.

Arkansas Coding Academy Aims to Provide Affordable Tech Education

by Alexis Hosticka 5/24/2016 09:22 am

A collaborative effort between the University of Central Arkansas, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and many area business partners, the Arkansas Coding Academy is designed to create a talent pipeline from the classroom to the workforce.

Federal Contracting Forum Taking Place in North Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/23/2016 01:36 pm

With more than $1.7 billion in contracting opportunities available during fiscal year 2016 and 2017 the Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District is helping to host a federal contracting forum June 14-15. The registration deadline is May 30.

Tux Dollars at Work as Menguin Raises Nearly $1M from Investors

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/23/2016 12:00 am

Menguin Inc., an online tuxedo rental company in Fayetteville, raised nearly $1 million in a recent offering, according to a document on file with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

Inside New Overtime Regulations, Traps to Avoid, How to Prepare (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 5/18/2016 01:22 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor published the final rule updating overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than 50,000 employees and their employers in Arkansas will be affected. Here's how to prepare.

Arkansas Consumer Sentiment Continues to Climb

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2016 09:36 am

The current consumer sentiment index for Arkansas is 84.9, up from 77.8 in September, according to the spring 2016 Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey, released Tuesday.

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.

In Alcohol Debate, Northeast Arkansas Residents Weigh Social Concerns, Dollars

by George Jared 5/9/2016 10:54 am

Beer, wine and spirit sales in northeast Arkansas have always provided residents with a conundrum. The social fabric of the region is steeped with strong religious ties, but alcohol sales account for millions of dollars of economic activity in the area.

Sissy's Log Cabin Rings Stone Ward for Ad Buys

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/9/2016 12:00 am

Sissy's Log Cabin, the jewelry company with stores in Pine Bluff, Little Rock, Jonesboro and Memphis, has switched its advertising contract from Albright Ideas to Stone Ward.

Groups Strive to Support Latino Entrepreneurs

by Marty Cook 5/9/2016 12:00 am

Jay Amargos of Startup Junkie Consulting said a lack of money is just one of many barriers for the prospective Latino entrepreneur.

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.