Small Business Archive

Spencer Jones' 5 Tips for Startup Success

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

Spencer Jones, who won the 2014 fall edition of the ARK Challenge with his Little Rock startup Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, has some advice for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to emulate his early success.

Like Hogs, ARK Challenge Winner Spencer Jones on Upward Trajectory

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

While the Razorbacks toiled themselves back to respectability in the rugged Southeastern Conference, Spencer Jones developed his Little Rock startup, Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, alongside some of the state's most promising young entrepreneurs at the ARK Challenge.

CPA Gary Cooper on What Common Mistake You May Be Making With Your Accountant

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Gary Cooper has been a featured speaker for the Arkansas State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Lorman Education Services and the National Business Institute. He is the managing partner of JPMS Cox, the state's fourth-largest accounting firm.

No More Stalling on Marketplace Fairness (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 12/1/2014 12:00 am

It has been widely reported that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has promised that the Marketplace Fairness Act will not surface in 2014. Congress' failure to act on this important measure is a huge setback for Arkansas' businesses, for our retail and commercial industries, and is another blow by Washington to Arkansas' economy.

Preventing Fraud Requires a System (Ann Dorsey Commentary)

by Ann Dorsey 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Every business should have a fraud prevention system in place that includes a solidly written fraud policy and provides training to develop a culture of fraud awareness.

No Daily Report, Morning Report or E-newsletters on Thursday, Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/26/2014 11:03 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report, Morning Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Thursday and Friday in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Picasolar Gets New Funding, Works to Scale Innovative Solar Cell

by Mark Carter 11/26/2014 09:31 am

Fresh off a new round of federal SunShot Initiative funding and a $1.2 million round of equity capital, Fayetteville's Picasolar will spend the next 10 to 12 months scaling its solar cells to meet the industry standard.

Civik Connects Legislators, Constituents Through Targeted Surveys

by Mark Carter 11/25/2014 09:27 am

Trent Atwood's Civik enables elected officials to use targeted questions, based on ZIP code or demographics, to survey constituents on specific issues.

US Economy Grew at 3.9 Percent Rate in 3Q

by Associated Press 11/25/2014 08:30 am

The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, even faster than first reported, giving the country its strongest six months of growth in more than a decade.

North Carolina Likely To Join Legislative Push on Uber, Lyft

by Associated Press 11/24/2014 01:40 pm

North Carolina has become an attractive market for smartphone-based car services such as Uber and Lyft, which are drawn to the state's mid-sized cities that have college students and young professionals but lack extensive mass transit. It's also one of many states where little regulation exists outside of traditional cab and limo services.

Innovate 2 Educate Event Allows Students to Solve Problems

by Mark Carter 11/24/2014 08:09 am

Students from eStem Public Charter High School in downtown Little Rock spent Friday morning pitching startup ideas designed to innovate the current educational model.

Evaluating New Minimum Wage's Effects (Michael Pakko Commentary)

by Michael Pakko 11/24/2014 12:00 am

With the passage of ballot initiative No. 4, the minimum wage in Arkansas will increase in three steps to $8.50 per hour in 2017, $1.25 above the current federal minimum, making Arkansas one of many states to increase the minimum wage above the federally mandated level.

Holiday Shopping By the Numbers

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Even before the table is cleared and the dishes are washed, a good number of Americans will be abandoning the Thanksgiving feast for the shopping centers and big box retailers. The National Retail Federation's annual Holiday Consumer Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, reports that the mood of consumers is a bit brighter this year, if spending plans are an indicator.

Watson Furniture Gets New Lease on Life (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Philip Taldo has had a busy, happy month. Top on his list is his purchase of Watson Furniture Store on Main Street in downtown Springdale. Taldo, a Springdale real estate agent, paid $250,000 for the two-story, 10,720-SF building that he remembers fondly as the place his father started working at in 1951.

Red Lobsters Serve Up $8.4M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/24/2014 12:00 am

ARCP RL Portfolio V LLC purchased the Red Lobster at 3707 McCain Blvd. in North Little Rock for $4.98 million. ARCP RL Portfolio VI LLC bought the Red Lobster at 8407 W. Markham St. in Little Rock for $3.44 million

Fayetteville Anti-bias Ordinance Splits City, Chamber

by Marty Cook 11/24/2014 12:00 am

On Dec. 9, Fayetteville voters will decide the fate of Ordinance 5703 — commonly known as Chapter 119 — which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace or in housing based on veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic background.

DRA Investing $3.7M in Delta Projects

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/20/2014 01:46 pm

The DRA estimates the eight Arkansas investments can help create and retain 1,050 local jobs for local residents. The projects include water and sewer improvements for the Big River Steel project in Osceola.

GWI to Acquire Pinsley Shortline Rail in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/20/2014 10:53 am

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) has reached an agreement with Pinsly Railroad Co. to acquire Pinsly's subsidiaries in Arkansas for $40 million, GWI announced Thursday.

Video: ARK Challenge Concludes Fourth Run in Little Rock

by Mark Carter 11/19/2014 11:16 am

The ARK Challenge startup accelerator last week concluded its fourth installment, and first in Little Rock, with Demo Day presentations of company pitches held inside the Clinton Center's Great Hall.

Connect Arkansas Announces Small Business Internet Study

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/18/2014 01:22 pm

Connect Arkansas has plans for a statewide study to help small- and medium-sized businesses develop strategies and be more competitive in the digital economy.