Small Business Archive

Innovative Tax Software Gives STDL a Competitive Advantage

by Mark Carter 9/24/2014 10:41 am

Sales tax is Noel Hamm's art, and Sales Tax DataLink, the Innovate Arkansas client startup based in Bentonville, is his medium. Hamm is having some fun and even more success with sales tax, and his innovations are helping businesses experience less headaches because of it.

'Jobs Now' Summit Examines Growing Skills Gap

by Mark Carter 9/24/2014 07:30 am

Ways to address a growing manufacturing skills gap was the focus of Tuesday's "Jobs Now: Arkansas Works When We Do" summit hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

Arkansas Business Presents 2014's 'The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s'

by Gwen Moritz 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Since 2009 Arkansas Business has sought out talented young leaders in our business and nonprofit community to introduce in a feature called The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s.

Argenta Community Development Corp. Weighs Its Future

by Mark Friedman 9/22/2014 12:00 am

While Argenta Community Development Corp. of North Little Rock ponders its future — including whether to dissolve — the nonprofit first must deal with a foreclosure lawsuit filed against it last month after defaulting on a $560,000 loan.

Eric Rob & Isaac Tapped To Lead UTeach Arkansas Campaign

by Michelle Corbet 9/22/2014 12:00 am

The $240,000 contract will consume the bulk of the College Access Challenge Grant, which the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Central Arkansas at Conway are using to encourage more college students to pursue degrees that qualify them to teach math and science.

Don't Mangle Your Message (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 9/22/2014 12:00 am

The past several weeks have been filled with examples of organizations that somehow managed to lose control of their messages in the marketplace.

Latt Bachelor Joins Relyance as Hot Springs Regional President (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Latt Bachelor is Relyance Bank of Pine Bluff's new regional president for Hot Springs. He was previously regional president of Summit Bank in Hot Springs, which was acquired by Bank of the Ozarks earlier this year.

Arkansas Business Honors 'Best Places to Work'

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/19/2014 11:07 am

Arkansas Business and the Best Companies Group on Wednesday honored 12 Arkansas companies with "Best Places to Work" awards, which recognize firms that have exceptional workplace environments.

Leaders Say New School District Will Boost Businesses in Jacksonville

by Lee Hogan 9/17/2014 10:44 am

More than 94 percent voted Tuesday for Jacksonville to separate from the Pulaski County Special School District and create its own school district. Leaders expect the move to provide a big boost for business in the city.

David Allan Wins Again at Startup Weekend Little Rock

by Mark Carter 9/16/2014 10:51 am

David Allan has this Startup Weekend thing down. Allan and his Kick It Little Rock team won the latest Startup Weekend Little Rock held at Acxiom's corporate headquarters in the River Market.

ARK Challenge: Eatiply Founder Not Your Typical Young Entrepreneur

by Mark Carter 9/16/2014 10:32 am

David Woodbury isn't typical of the young entrepreneurs you'll find at startup accelerators like the ARK Challenge. Woodbury moved his family from their native Minneapolis to Little Rock to compete in the ARK and grow LinkedCause, which had already launched the TOMS Shoes-inspired Eatiply campaign.

Governor's Quality Awards Go to 28 Arkansas Organizations

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/16/2014 08:28 am

The 20th annual event was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock before an audience of more than 400 business and civic leaders. In addition to recognizing the winers, 16 past awards recipients were recognized.

Former August House Publisher Liz Smith Russell Begins a Familiar Chapter

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Nine years after selling August House Publishers to an Atlanta firm, one of the former owners and leaders of the award-winning Little Rock publishing company is getting back into book publishing.

Challenges of Family Ownership (Rudy Ortiz Expert Advice)

by Rudy Ortiz 9/15/2014 12:00 am

The irony of family business is that the same characteristics that can lead to their successes can also contribute to their demise. These competing characteristics include family trust, founder independence and tenacity, and extensive product knowledge. It is important to review each of these in fuller detail to understand the challenges family businesses face.

Technological Innovations Bring Profitable Changes to the Fayetteville Shale

by George Waldon 9/15/2014 12:00 am

New advances have enabled companies to drill deeper and more complex wells to tap the gas shale, too. Mixed in with the drilling improvements are new fracking techniques that increase the productivity of wells.

AT&T Gives $35,000 for EAST Initiative Partnership with Innovation Hub

by Mark Carter 9/11/2014 08:01 am

AT&T on Wednesday announced a $35,000 donation to the EAST Initiative as part of its partnership with the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.

Tech Founder Rod Ford Set for AVC's Build IT Series

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 03:10 pm

Little Rock tech founder Rod Ford will be the subject of the Arkansas Venture Center's Build IT series Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. from the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

ARK Challenge: Acorn Hours Solving 'Real Problem'

by Mark Carter 9/8/2014 10:41 am

Acorn wants to "intertwine" accountability and service when it comes to tracking service hours, help young people tell their stories and be "catalysts for change," and free up teachers from sometimes tedious paperwork.

SoMa Neighborhood May Soon See Another Restaurant

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

A new restaurant at 1318 S. Main St. in downtown Little Rock appears a step closer to reality. Restaurateur Bart Barlogie Jr., co-owner of The Fold, has filed an application for a mixed drink and retail beer permit.

Arkansas, You're All Wet (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/8/2014 12:00 am

It is a shame that, if my expectation comes true and the all-wet amendment passes in November, no Arkansan will have the option of living in a dry county and no county will have the option of being dry. But let us not forget how and why we got to this point.