Small Business Archive

100 Girls of Code Lands in Arkansas, Aims to Address Gender Gap

by Mark Carter 2/13/2015 01:43 pm

An initiative called 100 Girls of Code that aims to close the gender gap that currently exists in STEM-related fields officially has come to Arkansas.

Arkansas Carriers Looking for Innovative Ways to Attract Millennials

by Mark Carter 2/13/2015 10:46 am

The Arkansas trucking industry is looking at new ways to attract young drivers, and Startup Weekend organizer Max Farrell of Little Rock, himself a millennial, suggested some ways to do that.

AAEA Hosting Advanced Energy Day at Legislature Tuesday

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 10:32 am

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association will host its second Advanced Energy Day at the Legislature on Tuesday. The event is open to the public and will feature advanced energy and technology exhibits in the Capitol Rotunda throughout the day plus a policy luncheon.

Labor Force Dropped in Central Arkansas Since 2007

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

The labor force fell 1.9 percent in central Arkansas from 2007 to 2014, though the population grew 7.3 percent, according to planning agency Metroplan.

NWA Job Market Calling for Soft Skills

by Marty Cook 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Mike Harvey, the COO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, says job growth in the area is impressive but work has to be done to help today's students prepare for tomorrow's jobs. It's a sentiment echoed by other experts in the economic field.

Chambers of Commerce Worried Over Judge's Payment Ruling

by Mark Friedman 2/9/2015 12:00 am

A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge's ruling last month that ordered the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock to stop paying chambers of commerce and related entities for economic development programs sent shock waves through chamber offices across the state.

Rockfish Announces 2015 Corporate Giving Partners

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/5/2015 09:18 am

Rockfish, the digital marketing agency based in Rogers, has announced the recipients of its corporate giving program for 2015: the Children's Safety Center of Northwest Arkansas and ToolBank USA in Atlanta and Cincinnati.

WR Foundation Awards $35k to EAST Initiative, Innovation Hub for Entrepreneurship

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/4/2015 10:43 am

The matching grant will complement a recent $35,000 donation from AT&T and assist with the procurement and setup of technology and equipment to be used in the EAST Initiative's STEAM Lab at the Hub's Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock.

Blaylock Threet Engineers Merges with Harbor Environmental

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2015 02:10 pm

Harbor Environmental and Safety of Little Rock has absorbed Blaylock Threet Engineers, the company announced Tuesday.

ARK Challenge Pivot Was Right Time for Justyn Hornor, Real Agent Guard

by Mark Carter 2/2/2015 08:41 am

Justyn Hornor chose to place Politapoll on hold while he and co-founder Tim Brasuell pivoted to Real Agent Guard, which provides security measures for real estate agents.

State Lays Foundation for Entrepreneurial Growth

by Mark Carter 2/2/2015 12:00 am

When April Seggebruch launched Innovate Arkansas client firm Movista of Bentonville with Stan Zylowski in 2010, both freshly adorned with MBAs from the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, the state's tech startup scene was alive but only taking baby steps.

ADFA: Four Funds to Help Grow Startups

by Mark Carter 2/2/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas Development Finance Authority's Arkansas Venture Capital Investment Trust consists of four funds created to provide a unique set of financial resources for startups.

Spending Your Gasoline Savings (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 2/2/2015 12:00 am

The highest average recorded price of regular gasoline at the pump in Arkansas is $3.97. That pinnacle was reached in July 2008. More important, however, is the fact that only one year ago, the average price was $3.09. And today, the average at-the-pump price of regular is $1.90. There exists in the Arkansas economy today a gas price dividend. And that means weekly consumer savings of at least $15.25. So how are you spending the extra money? Or how should you?

UAMS Startup Receives $14.5M to Help Drug Users Break Addiction

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2015 11:24 am

InterveXion Therapeutics LLC, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures startup company, has received two federal grants totaling $14.5 million for development of drug therapies that can help methamphetamine drug abusers break their addiction.

Three Tech Firms Moving to Downtown Conway, Plan to Hire 140

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2015 10:44 am

The firms making the announcement with Gov. Asa Hutchinson from downtown Conway were Metova Inc., of Franklin, Tennessee; Atlanta-based Big Cloud Analytics; and Conway's Eyenalyze.

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital Announces Entrepreneurial Scholarship Program

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 11:08 am

XCelerate Capital of Little Rock has launched an annual Entrepreneurial Programming Scholarship program to help aspiring entrepreneurs, it announced Tuesday. XCelerate Capital is an early-stage venture fund launched earlier this month by tech founder Rod Ford.

Innovate Arkansas Bringing Iron Yard Coding School to Little Rock

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 10:15 am

The Iron Yard offers intensive courses in Python, front-end, rails and mobile engineering as well as a startup accelerator, web design and kids classes. Little Rock courses will include front-end, rails and mobile and will begin in mid-2015. The Iron Yard aims to grow developers and help them find jobs after graduation from its courses.

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 09:35 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

Ross Cranford on the Current 'Revolutionary' Climate in Advertising & Marketing

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Before leaving to create his new agency, Ross Cranford worked for 19 years at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, starting as a junior copywriter in 1995, then writer, digital creative director, associate creative director, director of strategic planning, vice president for tourism services and member of the board of directors.

Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Metroplan last month released its latest “Metro Trends: Economic Review and Outlook,” which examines what it calls “the new economy” in central Arkansas in the aftermath of the Great Recession.