Small Business Archive

David Allan Wins Again at Startup Weekend Little Rock

by Mark Carter 9/16/2014 10:51 am

David Allan has this Startup Weekend thing down. Allan and his Kick It Little Rock team won the latest Startup Weekend Little Rock held at Acxiom's corporate headquarters in the River Market.

ARK Challenge: Eatiply Founder Not Your Typical Young Entrepreneur

by Mark Carter 9/16/2014 10:32 am

David Woodbury isn't typical of the young entrepreneurs you'll find at startup accelerators like the ARK Challenge. Woodbury moved his family from their native Minneapolis to Little Rock to compete in the ARK and grow LinkedCause, which had already launched the TOMS Shoes-inspired Eatiply campaign.

Governor's Quality Awards Go to 28 Arkansas Organizations

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/16/2014 08:28 am

The 20th annual event was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock before an audience of more than 400 business and civic leaders. In addition to recognizing the winers, 16 past awards recipients were recognized.

Former August House Publisher Liz Smith Russell Begins a Familiar Chapter

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Nine years after selling August House Publishers to an Atlanta firm, one of the former owners and leaders of the award-winning Little Rock publishing company is getting back into book publishing.

Challenges of Family Ownership (Rudy Ortiz Expert Advice)

by Rudy Ortiz 9/15/2014 12:00 am

The irony of family business is that the same characteristics that can lead to their successes can also contribute to their demise. These competing characteristics include family trust, founder independence and tenacity, and extensive product knowledge. It is important to review each of these in fuller detail to understand the challenges family businesses face.

Technological Innovations Bring Profitable Changes to the Fayetteville Shale

by George Waldon 9/15/2014 12:00 am

New advances have enabled companies to drill deeper and more complex wells to tap the gas shale, too. Mixed in with the drilling improvements are new fracking techniques that increase the productivity of wells.

AT&T Gives $35,000 for EAST Initiative Partnership with Innovation Hub

by Mark Carter 9/11/2014 08:01 am

AT&T on Wednesday announced a $35,000 donation to the EAST Initiative as part of its partnership with the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.

Tech Founder Rod Ford Set for AVC's Build IT Series

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 03:10 pm

Little Rock tech founder Rod Ford will be the subject of the Arkansas Venture Center's Build IT series Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. from the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

ARK Challenge: Acorn Hours Solving 'Real Problem'

by Mark Carter 9/8/2014 10:41 am

Acorn wants to "intertwine" accountability and service when it comes to tracking service hours, help young people tell their stories and be "catalysts for change," and free up teachers from sometimes tedious paperwork.

SoMa Neighborhood May Soon See Another Restaurant

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

A new restaurant at 1318 S. Main St. in downtown Little Rock appears a step closer to reality. Restaurateur Bart Barlogie Jr., co-owner of The Fold, has filed an application for a mixed drink and retail beer permit.

Arkansas, You're All Wet (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/8/2014 12:00 am

It is a shame that, if my expectation comes true and the all-wet amendment passes in November, no Arkansan will have the option of living in a dry county and no county will have the option of being dry. But let us not forget how and why we got to this point.

Trans-Atlantic Trade Expedition Bears Promise of Arkansas Jobs

by George Waldon 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Gov. Mike Beebe and Grant Tennille, executive director of the AEDC, hinted that meetings in Europe would yield announcements in the not-so-distant future regarding new jobs and capital investment in Arkansas.

Josh Moody's Overwatch Headed to San Francisco for TechCrunch 'Disrupt'

by Mark Carter 9/5/2014 10:53 am

Innovate Arkansas client firm and ARK Challenge alumni startup Overwatch will participate in the prominent national tech conference TechCrunch Disrupt next week in San Francisco.

ARK Challenge Hosts Early Demo Day for NWA Teams

by Mark Carter 9/4/2014 02:35 pm

The "lean and mean" theme adopted for the third installment of the ARK Challenge carried over to the startup accelerator program's Demo Day, held Thursday in the Great Hall at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

Little Rock Police Arrest 11 in Minimum Wage Protest

by Lance Turner 9/4/2014 10:31 am

Arkansas Business news partner THV 11 News reports that Little Rock Police arrested 11 people during a Thursday morning demonstration calling for a higher minimum wage.

Little Rock's RxResults Raises $4M Investment Round

by Mark Carter 9/3/2014 12:26 pm

UAMS startup RxResults, a pharmacy risk management company based in Little Rock, on Wednesday announced a $4 million investment by Ansley Equity Partners and Ansley Equities of Naperville, Ill.

Harvey Hughes' 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 9/1/2014 12:01 am

Founder Harvey Hughes of Mountain Home's SEAS Education, an Innovate Arkansas client firm, likes to keep things simple. Here are his five tips for startup success.

IA Client Firm SEAS Education not Typical 'Startup'

by Mark Carter 9/1/2014 12:00 am

One Innovate Arkansas client firm stretches the "startup" tag. SEAS Education of Mountain Home has been around since 1995 and quietly has become a leading national provider of education plan management software.

Foreign Patent Trolls Threaten Arkansas Economy (Warwick Sabin Commentary)

by Warwick Sabin 9/1/2014 12:00 am

“Patent trolling,” the practice of obtaining large buckets of intellectual property rights with the intention of using them to extract damages and settlement revenue rather than to protect innovation or produce anything, is not a new idea.

Metro Builders Property Weighs In at $3.8 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/1/2014 12:00 am

A commercial project in North Little Rock shifted ownership in a $3.8 million transaction. Dozens of lots in North Little Rock's Villages of San Luis residential development were sold in combined transactions totaling $1.56 million. And a 17,234-SF nonprofit facility in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.35 million.