Small Business Archive

For Parents of Preemies, A Little Innovation from Angel Eye

by Mark Carter 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The tech-based startups that make up the portfolio of Innovate Arkansas client companies have taken innovation to new heights in Arkansas, from the potentially groundbreaking solar-cell technology of Picasolar to the e-commerce genius of Acumen Brands. Now another IA client firm, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences startup Angel Eye Camera Systems, has applied some innovation to the NICU.

Leaders Deem AMS Innovation Summit A Success, Seek More Events

by Mark Carter 5/1/2015 10:27 am

Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions director Dan Curtis and Innovation Hub director Warwick Sabin said they would like to partner on more events like the Arkansas Manufacturing Innovation Summit.

April Economic Report Suggests Slow Growth Ahead in Midwest

by Associated Press 5/1/2015 07:33 am

A new monthly survey report says April results suggest that slow economic growth remains ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

First Arkansas Manufacturing Innovation Summit Underway at Hub

by Mark Carter 4/29/2015 10:46 am

The first Arkansas Manufacturing Innovation Summit is taking place at the Innovation Hub in downtown North Little Rock, as business leaders from across the state meet to discuss ways to infuse innovation into the state's manufacturing industry.

US Economy Ekes Out 0.2 Percent Growth Rate in 1Q

by Associated Press 4/29/2015 07:50 am

The U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year, battered by a triple whammy of harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling.

Innovation Hub Receives $1M EDA Grant for Argenta Center

by Mark Carter 4/27/2015 02:25 pm

The nonprofit Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub has received a $1 million federal grant to complete renovation of its Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock, it announced Monday.

The Cool Side of Warren Stephens

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/27/2015 12:00 am

The relationship between Marc Gorlin, the founder and CEO of Atlanta startup Roadie, and Warren Stephens, CEO of Stephens Inc., goes back to the late '90s, Gorlin says.

‘Secret' Little Rock Company Priority1 Has Big Plans

by Marty Cook 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Priority1 Inc. of Little Rock is a logistics company that helps transportation companies find more efficient ways to ship products. Priority1 uses Web-based software — generally aimed at small- to mid-sized companies that spend up to $5 million annually on shipping — to help companies decide the most cost-efficient way to ship products.

How America's Middle Class Has Shrunk Since 2000

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/27/2015 12:00 am

The struggles of middle-class American families and growing income inequality have risen to the top of the national agenda.

Conway Startup Grainster's Boasts Wildly Optimistic Projections

by Mark Friedman 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Grainster, an online grain-trading business based in Conway, launched in August and has since made eye-popping claims of being a $200 million startup and having a potential valuation of $1 trillion in just 14 years.

Innovate Arkansas Accelerating Startup Success in State

by Mark Carter 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Before 2012, Arkansas startup founders looking to join an accelerator program to fast-track their ventures had to look out of state. The ARK Challenge gave them a reason to stay home. The state's first startup accelerator, the ARK was funded into life in 2012 when Innovate Arkansas submitted an application to the $37 million Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge, an effort by the U.S. Department of Commerce to spur job creation within targeted regional industry clusters.

nGage Labs Cuts 15 Jobs in Little Rock, But Still Open for Business

by Mark Carter 4/24/2015 09:38 am

nGage Labs laid off 15 workers last month, but its office in Little Rock remains open, a company spokesman says.

Bid to Repeal Arkansas Anti-Discrimination Limits Advances

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/24/2015 07:44 am

An effort to repeal a new Arkansas law preventing local governments from extending anti-discrimination protections to gays and lesbians moved closer toward appearing on next year's ballot Thursday.

Arkansas State, Harding Teams Take Top Awards at DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 4/22/2015 02:54 pm

Teams from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Harding University in Searcy took top honors at the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition awards.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:53 am

The state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6 percent in March, reflecting a revised rate for February. According to DWS, the state's civilian labor force rose by 4,900 from January to February, a result of 5,800 more employed and 900 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

by George Waldon 4/20/2015 12:00 am

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains.

A Mad, Mad, Mid-Mod World (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/20/2015 12:00 am

“Mad Men” has, however, introduced a whole new generation to the good and the bad of the 1960s. I don't think many young women are interested in going back to the typing-pool days, and I hope “Mad Men” hasn't inspired a new love affair with cigarettes and bourbon-buzzed workplaces. But the “midcentury modern” look in clothing and furniture and home decor is back with a vengeance.

Foam Home Advocates Tout Energy Efficiency, Strength, Fire Resistance

by Marty Cook 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Foam homes have their believers. Now those believers are doing their best to convince others of the virtues of foam homes. The technique uses the foam — EPS — in combination with a steel frame that advocates say make a home airtight, flame-resistant and termite-free.

New Owners Reviving Batesville's Melba Movie Theater

by Mark Friedman 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Janelle Shell said the curtain will rise again for the Melba Theater in Batesville. But before the doors open to the historic one-screen theater on the city's Main Street, a long list of repairs has to be made.

Patent Primer: A Visit with Jeff Stinson of UALR TechLaunch

by Mark Carter 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Jeff Stinson leads the technology commercialization efforts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as director of UALR TechLaunch. He's also executive director of Fund for Arkansas' Future, the state's first private angel fund. Stinson believes startups born of university research can bolster the state's growing tech startup ecosystem. Many Innovate Arkansas client firms are university startups that hatched a patentable idea and commercialized it.