Small Business Archive

Farmers Markets Sprout In Arkansas' Urban Areas

by Jan Cottingham 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Farmers markets have mushroomed in Arkansas in the last couple of decades. "The whole buying local concept was just starting to take off," says Zachary Taylor of the Arkansas Agriculture Department. "Now, it's really grown by leaps and bounds."

What Happened to Saline County's Only Radio Station KEWI-AM?

by Luke Jones 3/24/2014 12:00 am

In 2011, Grant Merrill bought KEWI-AM, 690, in Benton: Saline County's only functioning radio station. Before he owned it, the station had run stably for years, but three years after his purchase, it's closed and silent.

Qbot Markets At Colleges To Foster Growth

by Luke Jones 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Little Rock's homegrown Qbot app has had its ups and downs, but the customer loyalty program has successfully used colleges as marketing bases to spread its network.

Women Can — And Men Can, Too (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/24/2014 12:00 am

There may be a few jobs out there in which every man — person — for himself is a winning strategy, but a rising tide generally does lift all boats. All of us should ask: Am I protecting myself to my own detriment? Would I be more successful or happier or richer or less stressed if I shared the opportunity?

UA Leads Way with 10 Finalists in 2014 DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 3/20/2014 02:54 pm

Eighteen teams from six Arkansas colleges and universities, including 10 from the University of Arkansas, have been named finalists in the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition.

Jason Stallcup Gets 27 Years in Prison for Fayetteville Jewelry Store Robbery

by Lee Hogan 3/20/2014 02:31 pm

A Michigan man was sentenced Thursday to 327 months, or more than 27 years, in prison and ordered to pay more than $173,000 in restitution for the 2008 armed robbery of a Fayetteville jewelry store on Dickson Street.

From Wal-Mart to Small Business, Health Care Law Has Uneven Effect

by Associated Press 3/20/2014 11:11 am

The health care overhaul affects businesses both big and small in ways that are wide-reaching. Wal-Mart expects $330 million in additional health care costs this year. But a small business in Philadelphia will save money because its 12 workers can shop for coverage on public insurance exchanges.

Student Entrepreneurs Launch 'Gourmet Holery,' Hope to Partner with Copper Grill

by Mark Carter 3/20/2014 09:22 am

A pair of Little Rock high-school students are in the process of launching the city's first "gourmet holery," and they might be doing so in partnership with a prominent local restauranteur.

Tenants on Main Street in Little Rock See Progress

by Lance Turner 3/19/2014 10:07 am

Our all-new sister site, Little Rock Soirée, is checking in on progress along Main Street in Little Rock, where millions of dollars in renovation is promising a new "creative corridor" of arts, culture and tech.

Mike Beebe Names 36 Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 03:08 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday announced a judicial appointment as well as 36 appointments to state boards and commissions.

Fellowship Program Aims to Attract, Keep Entrepreneurial Talent

by Mark Carter 3/17/2014 01:30 pm

A new entrepreneurship program called the Arkansas Fellowship has been launched as part of an effort to keep and attract entrepreneurial talent to the state.

VIC Portfolio Firm Announces Availability of Cognitive Health Supplement

by Mark Carter 3/17/2014 12:05 pm

Perceptiv, a cognitive health supplement from VIC portfolio firm Sevo Nutraceuticals, now is available over the counter at pharmacies and health-food stores across the country.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.3 Percent in January

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 09:40 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point from December to 7.3 percent in January, according to the state Department of Workforce Services.

Details Emerge About 2014 ARK Challenge in Fayetteville, Little Rock

by Mark Carter 3/17/2014 12:39 am

For the first installments of 2014 planned for Fayetteville, just five startup teams will be chosen. They will receive $50,000 in seed funding up front as opposed to the $20,000 previously provided.

State Gets Its First N-Hance Wood Renewal Franchise

by Eric Monson 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Former Miss Arkansas Kimberly Forsyth and her husband, Jared Pitney, recently started the first N-Hance Wood Renewal franchise in Arkansas after researching other methods of wood repair as they bought and renovated houses.

Kent Walker Artisan Cheese Rebounds After Disaster

by Jan Cottingham 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Six months after an equipment failure spoiled 2,500 pounds of carefully handcrafted cheese — his entire inventory, worth about $60,000 retail — Kent Walker is looking into the future, and, he says, it's bright.

Brent Salter: No Mixed Opinions on Where Conway's Next Hot Spot Will Be

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Salter Properties has been a key player in the revitalization of downtown Conway, including the renovation of the old Smith Ford dealership on Front Street.

Majestic Fire Puts Spotlight on Hot Springs' Vacant Buildings

by Luke Jones 3/17/2014 12:00 am

The February fire that destroyed the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs has focused concerns on two troubling issues facing the resort city's historic downtown: the fire danger posed by other largely vacant properties and the failure of building owners to maintain their properties.

Conway Reimagined For $100M And Change

by George Waldon 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Tandem retail projects in Conway are poised to reshape the commercial landscape along Interstate 40. The biggest on the drawing board is Central Landing, a mixed-use redevelopment of the 151-acre municipal airport with a 750,000-SF lifestyle center.

Lakewood Village Ready To Debut New Tenants

by Gwen Moritz 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Lakewood Village is bouncing back nicely from the one-two blow of losing two of its major tenants. In place of USA Drug, which closed in the fall of 2012 after the chain was sold to Walgreen Co., two retailers new to North Little Rock are set to open in the next few weeks: Ulta Beauty and Dress Barn.