Small Business Archive

Unemployment Falls in Arkansas Metros in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2016 12:00 am

Unemployment in Arkansas' metropolitan areas has fallen significantly in the last year, notes Michael Pakko, an economist at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Gearhead Outfitters' Ted Herget on Winning Regional Customers Against National Online Retailers

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2016 12:00 am

Ted Herget is the founder and president of Gearhead Outfitters in Jonesboro, the 2015 Arkansas Business of the Year winner in Category II.

Arkansas Business Recognizes Finalists of 28th Annual Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2016 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

Report: Jonesboro Weathered Recession Well, Leads State in Job Growth

by George Jared 2/12/2016 08:54 am

Jonesboro fared much better than other Arkansas cities during the economic downturn, and its job growth continues to be a standard-bearer in the Natural State.

Southern Reel Outfitters to Open Store in March

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/11/2016 03:33 pm

Southern Reel Outfitters, a 2,400-SF retail space selling fishing tackle and outdoor clothing brands, announced Thursday a grand opening date of Saturday, March 12.

Tech Park Talks Timeline with KATV; Mary Good to Step Down

by Mark Carter 2/11/2016 08:55 am

Sinclair Broadcasting will need at least three years to move its Little Rock ABC affiliate, KATV Channel 7, from its building at Main and Fourth, Little Rock Technology Park Director Brent Birch told board members Wednesday.

Innovation Hub to Host Accelerator for Students

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2016 10:03 am

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and Junior Achievement of Arkansas on Wednesday announced the launch of HubX—NextGen, an entrepreneurial development program for high school students.

Tech Park Closes on Phase 1 Properties

by Mark Carter 2/9/2016 10:22 am

Renovation for the first phase of the planned Little Rock Technology Park is expected to begin in April after tech park board members on Monday signed closing documents to purchase properties along Main Street.

Brown Sugar Bakeshop Plans to Fill Cake Hole in NLR

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/8/2016 12:00 am

Brown Sugar is planning later this month to move its retail location to the corner of JFK and McCain in North Little Rock and operate as "a drive-through dessertery."

Kent Walker Artisan Cheese Adds Wednesdays to Business Hours

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/8/2016 12:00 am

Kent Walker Artisan Cheese at 323 S. Cross St. in downtown Little Rock is adding a fifth day to its workweek.

Spencer Jones Heads Right Down the LineGard

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/8/2016 12:00 am

It may be a little early to say Little Rock wunderkind entrepreneur Spencer Jones, a member of the 2015 Arkansas Business 20 in Their 20s class, is returning to his roots. But the growth of his latest venture is allowing Jones to revisit the innovative nugget that got him started on his entrepreneurial path back in 2014.

Cities in Arkansas Scrambling to Fill Vacant Walmart Locations

by Mark Friedman 2/8/2016 12:00 am

Since Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced last month it was closing 154 stores in the United States, Gentry Mayor Kevin Johnston has been on the phone and sending emails trying to attract a grocery store to the Benton County town.

Personal Income in Arkansas Metro Areas See Increase

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/8/2016 12:00 am

The eight metropolitan areas of Arkansas reported increases in local area personal income in 2014, with growth ranging from 1.6 percent in Pine Bluff to 4.1 percent in Fort Smith.

Jerry Adams Excited About Research Talent Attracted to Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/8/2016 12:00 am

Jerry Adams started the nonprofit Arkansas Research Alliance in 2008. It partners with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to help commercialize technology produced at the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson.

YES Competition Recognizes Top Student Entrepreneurs

by Mark Carter 2/5/2016 03:08 pm

The 2016 Youth Entrepreur Showcase brought together the top 25 student teams, representing students in grades 5-8, for the competition's Expo Day.

Spencer Jones' LineGard Med Adds Vance Clement as COO

by Mark Carter 2/4/2016 12:08 pm

LineGard Med, the medical device startup from Little Rock entrepreneur Spencer Jones, has added Vance Clement of Fayetteville's BlueInGreen as its chief operating officer, the company announced.

Bourbon & Boots Acquires Tales from the South

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2016 01:48 pm

Bourbon & Boots, the "Southern-inspired lifestyle brand" based in North Little Rock, has acquired the public radio show Tales from the South, the company officially announced.

Update: Ed's Custom Bakery Says It Will Reopen in Conway

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2016 11:44 am

Ed's Custom Bakery, a longtime and popular bakery in Conway, has shut its doors but will reopen next week under new management.

Dallas Cowboys Executive to Speak at North Little Rock Chamber Banquet

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 01:43 pm

Dallas Cowboys executive Charlotte Jones Anderson will speak at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce's 31st Annual Banquet on Thursday, March 10 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

Arkansas Trucking Featured in Washington Post Story

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 12:00 am

A recent item in the Washington Post about driver retention in the trucking industry mentioned several Arkansas sources.