Small Business Archive

SBA's Edward Haddock Gives Big Reasons to Think Small

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/29/2017 12:00 am

As director of the Arkansas District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Edward Haddock is responsible for all SBA programs and services as well as coordination among the SBA, the district's Small Business Development Centers, SCORE chapters and the Women's Business Center throughout the state.

Plans to Open The Barn Mercantile in River Market Announced

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2017 03:34 pm

Moses Tucker Real Estate Inc. and Michelle and Leroy DuBre of Kilwins on Thursday announced that the DuBres have signed a lease for 301A President Clinton Ave. in the historic Melton Building in downtown Little Rock and plan to open The Barn Mercantile there.

Aromatique Founder Patti Upton Dies At 79

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/25/2017 09:57 am

Patti Upton, founder of multimillion dollar company Aromatique, died Tuesday at her home on Eden Isle in Heber Springs following a brief illness. She was 79.

Camille Norman Joins ERI as Media Director

by Kyle Massey 5/24/2017 05:09 pm

Camille Norman, an experienced media buyer at Little Rock advertising agencies, has joined Eric Rob & Isaac as the marketing firm's media director.

5 Companies Earn Global Trade Awards, Proactive Approach Touted

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/24/2017 02:42 pm

The Arkansas District Export Council recognized five winners of the 2017 Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade at its annual awards luncheon Wednesday at the Governor's Mansion.

DRA Plans To Spend $460K Through New Arts Initiative

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/24/2017 01:53 pm

The Delta Regional Authority on Wednesday announced its new Delta Creative Placemaking Initiative and intention to contribute nearly $460,000 to stimulate economic and community development efforts in local communities through the region's arts and culture sectors.

Corrugated Specialties of Fort Smith Buys Texas Plant

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/23/2017 12:54 pm

Corrugated Specialties of Fort Smith, a manufacturer of corrugated boxes and specialty packaging items, announced on Tuesday that it is purchasing Century Corrugated Container Corp of Kilgore, Texas.

UCA Hosts Boot Camp For Entrepreneurial Students

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/23/2017 09:56 am

The University of Central Arkansas, the Conductor and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' BioVentures have teamed up this week to host a Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp that ends Friday with a demo day and award presentation.

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Tops Big Private Companies List

by Gwen Moritz 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Little Rock, with revenue doubling in the past five years to nearly $2.5 billion, has taken the top spot on Arkansas Business' annual list of the state's largest private companies.

Farm Belt Meets Conveyor Belt in Northeast Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Two of northeast Arkansas' conveyor manufacturers have deep roots in the region's farming tradition, going back a half-century and more.

Startup Activity Moves Up in 2016

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Startup activity in the United States rose in 2016 for the second consecutive year, according to the Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit based in Kansas City, Missouri, that focuses on education and entrepreneurship.

Why Your Buyers Are Scared (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 5/22/2017 12:00 am

If your prospective buyers are consistently putting off decisions that to you seem like slam-dunks, then it is time to take stock of what is happening in your buyers' minds.

A.J. Gary Says Having Game Plan Can Rescue Business from Disaster

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 12:00 am

A.J. Gary was appointed Arkansas Department of Emergency Management director by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in June 2016. In addition to heading ADEM, Gary is also the Homeland Security adviser for Arkansas.

Asa Hutchinson: Arkansas Leads Nation in Foreign Direct Investment

by Todd Traub 5/20/2017 12:24 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, speaking at the Arkansas Delta Conference, said Arkansas leads the nation in foreign direct investment.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/19/2017 11:19 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell in April to a new record low, 3.5 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from March and six-tenths of a percentage point from April 2016.

Stoby's Eyes July Reopening

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/15/2017 12:00 am

The owners of Stoby's, the popular Conway restaurant devastated by fire in March 2016, are shooting to reopen by July 21, the restaurant's 37th anniversary.

A Look Inside a $12.4 Million Slap at Wal-Mart

by Mark Friedman 5/15/2017 12:00 am

Last month a federal jury in Fayetteville ordered Wal-Mart to pay $12.4 million for damages that included willful and malicious misappropriation of Cuker's confidential information and trade secrets.

WLR Office Building Attracts $3.2M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/15/2017 12:00 am

Normandy Place LLC, led by Max Mehlburger, purchased the Markham Executive Center at 10201 W. Markham St. The seller is Security Plan Life Insurance Co. of Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

10 FinTech Accelerator Companies Named

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/10/2017 05:35 pm

Global financial services technology provider FIS and the Venture Center of Little Rock names the 10 startups selected from a pool of 295 applicants for the second FinTech Accelerator.

Video: A Conversation On Leadership with Gina Radke

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/10/2017 11:06 am

One way to motivate employees is to help them see themselves in the company's vision, says Gina Radke, CEO of Galley Support Innovations of Sherwood, in Arkansas Business' continuing series on leadership.

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