Small Business Archive

OJ's, Razorclean Kick Up Dirt After Losing Bid Leads to Lawsuits

by Mark Friedman 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Losing a bid in February to clean the headquarters of the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department to Madre Hill's Razorclean Maids spurred O.J.'s Service Two owner Charles Hinson to launch his own investigation into his cleaning rival.

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

ARK Challenge Readies for Third Installment

by Mark Carter 7/7/2014 12:00 am

The third installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator in Fayetteville, scheduled to run for three months beginning later this summer through September, will be leaner and meaner.

Mike Beebe Signs Lottery, Insurance, Prison Bills Into Law

by Associated Press 7/3/2014 04:22 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law measures approved during this week's special session addressing teacher health insurance premiums, new limits on the lottery and additional funding for state prisons.

Launch Retreat Hopes to Fill Niche in Startup Ecosystem

by Mark Carter 7/3/2014 11:30 am

Part startup accelerator, part Startup Weekend, a new event in northwest Arkansas is designed to nudge early-stage startup ventures on their way to healthy growth.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

Survey: Midwest Economy Growing

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 09:23 am

The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states including Arkansas should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.

CEO: Wal-Mart Taught Me How To Be A Leader, Manager

by Lee Hogan 6/30/2014 09:45 am

The co-founder and CEO of SmartStar, a mobile application that teaches children life skills, says everything she knows about herself as a leader and manager was learned during a summer internship at Wal-Mart.

Trail Boosts Springdale's Downtown Effort

by Marty Cook 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The city of Springdale's master plan calling for rejuvenating its downtown is estimated to be about $20.5 million in improvements, coinciding with the opening of the Razorback Greenway trail later this year.

Revised Figures Show Improved Rate for Arkansas Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A government report earlier this month on gross domestic product included revised figures that affected data on Arkansas' growth rate back to 1997, according to Michael Pakko, the state economic forecaster.

Home Design Firm Relocates to NLR

by Brandon Riddle 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Inside Effects' focus is natural stone granite, marble countertops, kitchen cabinets and house project tools, while Outside Effects sells outdoor kitchen equipment. The businesses' employees provide consulting, computer-assisted design and full installation.

Redesigned Online Job Board Debuts

by Brandon Riddle 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Go Ye Employment Services, based in Fort Smith, launched a redesigned WorkFortSmith job board website this month for employers to post job leads and listings. A “100 Jobs in 100 Days” campaign also began June 23.

Help Card Offers Funeral Financing

by Brandon Riddle 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The Help Card in Springdale and Continental Computer Corp. in Jonesboro have joined forces to provide a processing component to the Directors Assistant program, a service for funeral directors.

Bear & Beagle Creative Provides Online Marketing

by Brandon Riddle 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Bear & Beagle, which launched May 26, offers marketing strategies to help businesses increase their online presence using blogs and social media. With an English degree from Hendrix College in Conway, Herrington said she has always been passionate about telling the story of businesses in a way that reflects their potential.

Insurance Company Hot Over Craighead County Halloween Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

An incident last Halloween season is still haunting the owners of a spook house in Craighead County. Nightmare Productions Haunted House owners Cody and Nicole Russell are facing a lawsuit filed last month by Western World Insurance Co. of New Jersey.

Judge Jolts Electric Supplier in Noncompete Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Not only did U.S. District Court Judge Billy Roy Wilson recently rule in favor of a group of workers who were sued for quitting their jobs to join a competitor, but he awarded the lawyers who represented them attorneys' fees and costs in the case.

Activity Picking Up at Springdale Supercenter Site

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Business activity is picking up at the site of the Walmart Supercenter that is scheduled to open in August on Elm Springs Road in Springdale.

New Website Aims to Help Entrepreneurs Open Business

by Lee Hogan 6/26/2014 03:50 pm

First-time entrepreneurs in Arkansas have a new online tool that was constructed to help them navigate the process of opening a business.

Fayetteville's CrossFleet Launches Mobile App for Field Service Industries

by Mark Carter 6/25/2014 08:01 am

CrossFleet, the Fayetteville startup and Innovate Arkansas client firm that launched the LOCATE tracking app for the trucking industry in 2012, has turned its attention to field service industries.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.