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Four Winners Named at Helena Startup Challenge

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/16/2015 01:39 pm

Four Helena-West Helena businesses were named winners and split $80,000 in prize money at Southern Bancorp's Helena Startup Challenge.

CJRW@SXSWi: Biz Stone of Twitter on Creativity, Success

by Rob Anderson 3/16/2015 05:59 am

Rob Anderson of CJRW is at South-by-Southwest Interactive in Austin. Today, he shares highlights from a session on creativity and defining success featuring Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

Innovate Arkansas Connects Client Firms to Funding Options

by Mark Carter 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Over the past six years, Innovate Arkansas has helped its client firms raise $197 million in private capital.

Seed Capital Sources Growing to Meet Arkansas Deal Flow

by Mark Carter 3/16/2015 12:00 am

As the state's tech startup ecosystem has evolved over the last decade, public and private resources are providing the seed capital funding necessary to help tech founders avoid the dreaded entrepreneurial “valley of death,” that tenuous time between launch and first revenue.

Two New Restaurant Projects Announced for Downtown Bentonville

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2015 11:58 am

Two new restaurant projects for downtown Bentonville were announced Friday: The Belfry and the relocation of the Pressroom. RopeSwing, a boutique hospitality company in Bentonville, is behind the projects, which will hold soft openings this summer.

Innovation Hub Will Host Maker Faire Event in Argenta on May 2

by Mark Carter 3/12/2015 08:00 am

The event will run in conjuction with the fourth-annual Argenta Arts Festival and will take place on about three acres of property surrounding the Hub at Poplar and Broadway in downtown North Little Rock.

Field Agent Receives $2M Round from Kansas City VC Firm

by Mark Carter 3/10/2015 09:01 am

Field Agent CEO Rick West said the money will be used for new product development and international expansion. Field Agent has grown a network of more than 600,000 international "agents" who use their smartphones to provide retail intelligence through a Field Agent app.

Asa Hutchinson Taps Aaron Burkes to Lead ADFA

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 01:27 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants former Republican lawmaker Aaron Burkes to be the next head of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. Hutchinson on Monday submitted Burke's name to the ADFA board. Gene Eagle currently serves as ADFA president.

BridgeWay Center Sells for Big Price in Recent Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 12:00 am

A 103-bed behavioral health facility in North Little Rock, a pair of pharmacy stores, a 62-room hotel in North Little Rock, a Sherwood tractor dealership and a Little Rock home comprise this installment of million-dollar real estate deals in Pulaski County.

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Extends Century Farm Honor to Longtime Farm Families

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Families who have owned and farmed their land for at least 100 years are eligible for an honor through the state Agriculture Department.

Innovations Boost Water Conservation, Financial Savings

by Rick Fahr 3/9/2015 12:00 am

To be sure, the state's soil is tailor-made to grow rice, cotton, soybeans, corn and sorghum, but it is producers' ability to irrigate the vast majority of the state's farm acreage that helps guarantee a decent crop in even the worst drought years. When corn and soybean fields are withering in Iowa, Indiana and Missouri, Arkansas' crop thrives as irrigation systems provide a boost when necessary.

BlueInGreen Announces North American Sales Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2015 11:34 am

Water treatment startup BlueInGreen of Fayetteville is expanding its North American sales presence with partnerships that will help make its products more readily available in Atlantic Canada, Texas and Virginia.

InnovateHER Business Plan Competition to Focus on Women

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2015 10:57 am

Startup Junkie of Fayetteville will host the SBA's InnovateHER competition on March 27. It will feature innovate products and services that can help empower women's lives.

ADFA Invests $5M in Atlanta's Noro-Moseley Partners, Early Investor in Acumen Brands

by Mark Carter 3/5/2015 10:17 am

Noro-Moseley is a venture-capital fund that has been increasing its activity in Arkansas. In 2010, it invested $3.5 million in Fayetteville's Acumen Brands.

Charles Morgan to Entrepreneurs: Surround Yourself with Good People

by Mark Carter 3/4/2015 09:32 am

Former Acxiom Corp CEO Charles Morgan has some advice for entrepreneurs: surround yourself with good people, secure adequate funding, learn from your mistakes and believe in yourself.

ARK Challenge Startup Politapoll Merging with Little Rock's Civik

by Mark Carter 3/4/2015 09:17 am

With Politapoll on hold, and with Civik still searching for traction, Atwood said it made sense to explore a melding of the minds, of sorts. (RIP, Leonard Nimoy.) And a natural fit, it is.

Nine Billionaires with Arkansas Ties Make Forbes 500 List

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 10:33 am

Nine billionaires with Arkansas ties find themselves on the most recent Forbes 500 list of the world's richest people, released this week.

Iron Yard Coding School: A 'Game Changer' for Arkansas Tech Startup Scene

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 12:02 am

The Iron Yard coding school will launch in Little Rock this May, and it's being hailed as a “game changer” for the state in the evolution of its budding tech startup ecosystem.

Franchises Still Rule the Roost of Top Restaurants in the State by Receipts

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The Chik-fil-A location at 6201 W. Markham Street reported more than $4.6 million in 2014 gross receipts, up 4.8 percent from 2013. Chik-fil-A locations, owned by CFA Properties Inc. of Atlanta, also appeared at No. 6 on the Little Rock list, No. 4 in North Little Rock, No. 1 in Conway, and at Nos. 2-4 on the Top NWA Restaurants list.

Arkansas Travel Agents Say: We're Still Flying High

by Marty Cook 3/2/2015 12:00 am

A decade after the airline industry bid them bon voyage, travel agents have found niches that allow them to survive and even thrive.

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