Small Business Archive

VentureBeat: Fayetteville's Qbox Raises $2.4M

by Mark Carter 9/2/2015 03:05 pm

Qbox is a cloud-based, search database for businesses. Formerly known as StackSearch, it won the ARK Challenge accelerator in 2012. The funding round was led by Vulcan Ventures and other funds based in Silicon Valley.

Cree Rebrands Division That Includes Fayetteville as Wolfspeed

by Mark Carter 9/2/2015 08:32 am

Semiconductor manufacturer Cree Inc. has rebranded its power and radio frequency division, which includes the former Arkansas Power Electronics International of Fayetteville, as Wolfspeed, the publicly traded company announced.

Startup Junkie's 2.7.0 Accelerator Launches with 11 Firms

by Mark Carter 9/1/2015 02:32 pm

Promoting startups owned by women, minorities and military veterans is the aim of the 2.7.0 accelerator from Fayetteville's Startup Junkie that began its 14-week run on Tuesday.

Southern Bancorp Community Partners Raises $2.5M to Expand Loans

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2015 10:38 am

Southern Bancorp Community Partners has raised $2.5 million toward a $5 million goal to expand its revolving loan fund for underserved communities in Arkansas and Mississippi.

Bentonville Retains Top Spot on ATBI

by Mark Carter 9/1/2015 09:33 am

Bentonville retains its spot atop the Arkansas Tech Business Index, while eight of the 18 cities listed on the index finished the second quarter of 2015 with a rating greater than 100.

Cree Fayetteville Receives $4M from USAF for F-35 Power Module

by Mark Carter 9/1/2015 09:03 am

Cree Inc., the LED and semiconductor manufacturer that purchased Arkansas Power Electronics International of Fayetteville in July, received a $4.1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force.

City Market Chain Bags Up Mayflower Food Stores

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2015 12:00 am

City Market, a small chain of grocery stores based in Little Rock, has signed an asset purchase agreement with Mayflower Food Stores Inc. to buy that company's two stores, one in Stuttgart and another in Carlisle (Lonoke County).

John James Looks to Make New Mark With Hayseed

by Marty Cook 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Hayseed, which moved into the Old Post Office building on the downtown Fayetteville square, hopes to raise $6 million to help the next generation of Acumens. James said Hayseed has already partnered with four startups and is consulting a fifth.

Startup Apptegy Aims to Improve School Communication

by Mark Carter 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Apptegy, the Little Rock startup from Jeston George, has meshed all school communication channels into one platform.

Harrison's ReBounces Puts Extra Life Into Tennis Balls, Courts

by Mark Carter 8/31/2015 12:00 am

ReBounces, founded in 2008 and one of the first startups affiliated with the Innovate Arkansas program, developed a way to repressurize old tennis balls and give them new life.

Jeannette Balleza Collins on the Agility of Arkansas Startups

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Jeannette Balleza Collins is a freelance strategic consultant with Scribe Marketing, which she founded in 2004, as well as the manager of the Tonic NWA Fund, an angel investment fund she co-founded.

Build IT to Feature Mainstream Technologies Founders

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/28/2015 10:18 am

Next week's Venture Center Build IT "fireside chat" speaker series features the founders of Little Rock's Mainstream Technologies.

Phyzit Adds Former A Briggs Passport Chief Mike Blanchat as President

by Mark Carter 8/28/2015 08:44 am

Blanchat is the former president for A Briggs Passport & Visa Expeditors, which was sold last fall to CIBT. Phyzit, founded by Little Rock pediatric urologist Stephen Canon and his father Mike, has developed an app that enables doctors and patients to communicate post-visit via telemedicine and mobile messaging.

Online Research Tool Helps Spur Economic Development in Delta

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/26/2015 04:27 pm

A new online research tool from the Delta Regional Authority connects economic developers and civic leaders to demographic and economic data.

The Hive, LR's Newest Entrepreneurial Space, Goes Live Sept. 1

by Mark Carter 8/24/2015 03:31 pm

The Hive is being billed as a co-working lifestyle space for creatives and entrepreneurs. It's part of Bespoke Media Group's new headquarters at 2207 Cantrell Road.

Cranford Co. Makes Move into Arkansas Building

by Alexis Hosticka 8/24/2015 01:27 pm

After a long drawn-out wait and taking over delayed work themselves, Cranford Co. has moved into an office in the Arkansas Building.

Being Interesting to Buyers (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 8/24/2015 12:00 am

The rules of customer engagement have changed dramatically in recent years: Your potential buyers know more — or at least believe that they know more — than ever.

Sissy's Log Cabin President Bill Jones on Selling Jewelry in the Diamond State

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/24/2015 12:00 am

Bill Jones, the son of Sissy Jones, founder and CEO of Sissy's Log Cabin, and Murphy Jones, secretary-treasurer, runs much of the day-to-day business of the jewelry franchise, which has locations in Pine Bluff, Little Rock, Jonesboro and Memphis.

Securities Department Issues Third Order Against Timothy Lilly

by Gwen Moritz 8/21/2015 03:49 pm

A Mayflower man with a history of problems with state regulators is the subject of a cease-and-desist order issued Thursday by Arkansas Securities Commissioner Edmond Waters.

Update II: DAV Construction Searched by Federal Agents

by Gwen Moritz 8/20/2015 02:49 pm

The subject of a federal law enforcement search at a North Little Rock office on Wednesday was DAV Construction Co., according to a statement issued Thursday afternoon by Powers of Arkansas.