Small Business Archive

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.

Conway Remains a Big Piece of Arkansas Startup Puzzle

by Mark Carter 3/16/2014 11:54 pm

The biggest pieces to the Arkansas startup puzzle, of course, are located in the Fayetteville and Little Rock metros, but a growing component to the central Arkansas startup ecosystem can be found in Conway.

Arkansas Business Seeking 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 08:15 am

The 2014 class of 40 Under 40 honorees will be profiled in the June 23 issue of Arkansas Business. Included in this issue will be a listing of their accomplishments within their businesses, organizations and/or community.

UAMS BioVentures to Host Commercialization Workshops

by Mark Carter 3/10/2014 03:52 pm

Two commercialization strategy workshops for entrepreneurs and university researchers have been scheduled for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in April.

CJRW Takes On Changes in Marketing Industry

by Luke Jones 3/10/2014 12:00 am

CJRW has been roiled by staff defections recently, departures that have left the state's largest ad agency increasingly dependent on its big clients, the biggest being the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism worth $8.4 million this year.

Veteran Restaurateur Denis Seyer Recharged After 4-Year Hiatus

by Jan Cottingham 3/10/2014 12:00 am

The chef and businessman behind a string of legendary Little Rock restaurants — Alouette's, Graffiti's, to name a couple — takes on a new project four years after a stroke ended his “semi-retirement” in the Cayman Islands. This time he brings his love for great food prepared simply to 1620 Savoy.

Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

by Mark Friedman 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it's aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.

Arkansas Restaurants Projected To See Sales Growth of 3.2 Percent This Year

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas is expected to see an increase of 3.2 percent. Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Florida and Colorado will see the fastest restaurant sales growth this year, the association predicts.

Accountability Sans Jerkiness (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 3/10/2014 12:00 am

A CEO can delegate just about everything except culture. And every company will have a culture, whether it just happens or is implemented purposefully and continually by leadership in every decision and hire.

Made By Few Tech Conference Sets Dates, Expands to 2 Days

by Mark Carter 3/3/2014 09:08 am

In its third year, Made By Few is a tech conference for designers, developers and entrepreneurs who design and create web and mobile applications. It drew attendees from 15 states to its 2013 version held at the Clinton Presidential Center.

NWA Entrepreneur Swings for 'Grand Slam' in Professional Development

by Mark Carter 3/3/2014 12:01 am

Adam Arroyos and GPA launched the online tool Serve2Perform.com, where users can network and connect to skills training and other learning-development opportunities.

Adam Arroyos' 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 3/3/2014 12:01 am

Adam Arroyos of Innovate Arkansas client firm Grandslam Performance Associates shares his five tips for startup success.

Board Game Stores Thrive in 21st Century, Provide Customers With 'Anti-Tech' Activities

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

In a world of photorealistic video games and constant entertainment via tablets and smartphones, the old standard of games printed on paper and cardboard is increasingly popular.

Customer Service Key to Fighting Online Sales

by Mark Friedman 3/3/2014 12:00 am

While some retailers are happy with the growth of online sales, it's not good news for everyone.

Fleming at Top, SAIC Off IT Consulting List

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

Fleming Network Services remains at the top on this year's list of the state's largest IT consulting companies. One major change in this year's list was the removal of Science Applications International Corp. The company was replaced by Leidos of Reston, Va., which has 200 employees in multiple locations in Arkansas. SAIC reported 192 employees in Arkansas last year.

AY Drops Publication of Talk Business

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

A shakeup has occured between former publication partners Vicki Vowell and Roby Brock. Since 2012, Vowell Inc., which publishes Little Rock's AY Magazine, had also been printing Brock's bimonthly Talk Business Arkansas publication. But late last month Brock announced that he and Vowell were no longer working together.

QU-BD Hears Complaints From All Sides Over 3-D Printer Pre-orders

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

Some customers of QU-BD say their printers have not been delivered and requested refunds have not been paid.