Small Business Archive

Fort Smith No. 1 in Arkansas Tech Business Index for September, 3Q

by Lee Hogan 12/9/2014 10:27 am

Fort Smith returned to the top of the Arkansas Tech University Business Index in September, and also led the way in the third-quarter rankings.

Downtown Partnership Leader Sharon Priest to Retire

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2014 01:45 pm

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership said Monday that its executive director, Sharon Priest, will retire at the end of January.

East-Harding's Van Tilbury on Getting Students To Climb the Ladder into Construction

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

Van Tilbury is chairman-elect of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and will focus his 2015 chairmanship on issues including workforce development, education, public safety and economic development.

5 Tasks to Do Now to Reduce Your Tax Bill (Richard Bell Expert Advice)

by Richard Bell 12/8/2014 12:00 am

With the holidays in full swing, most of us aren't thinking about taxes. But before you know it, the Christmas gifts will turn to credit card bills and taking steps to reduce your tax liability now could make a jolly new year come tax time. So while you're making your holiday list, consider adding these five things to make next April a little more enjoyable too.

Traditions That Just Need to End (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

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

Smart retailers, the kind that survive, will adjust to consumer habits. They will recognize which things people buy online and which things they still want to buy in a store. But, as the NRF pointed out again last week, brick-and-mortar “Main Street” retailers deserve a level playing field.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Join In Women's Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2014 11:36 am

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock to launch a new program to honor the significant contributions of Arkansas women in business, politics, philanthropy and other fields.

ASTA Launches New Mobile-Friendly Website

by Mark Carter 12/5/2014 10:59 am

The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority (ASTA) has launched a new mobile-friendly website designed to provide easier access to grants and investments for high-tech startups with the potential to create high-paying jobs in Arkansas.

Arkansas Research Alliance Launches ARA Fellows Program

by Mark Carter 12/3/2014 11:05 am

The ARA Fellows program was created to recognize and reward distinguished research talent at the state's five research universities, and is a complement to the ARA Scholars program, which recruits new research talent to the state.

Arkansas State, Haag Brown Partner for 26-Acre Commercial Development Project

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 12:30 pm

A partnership between Arkansas State University and Haag Brown Commercial of Jonesboro is eying a 26-acre tract in northeast Jonesboro for commercial development.

Arkansans More Pessimistic About Finances, Feel Better About Major Household Purchases

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 10:40 am

Arkansans feel more pessimistic about their current and expected financial situation, but feel more optimistic about buying major household items, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Freckled Frog Goes A-Courtin' in Lawsuit Over Trademark

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

There can be only one freckled frog. That's the position taken in a lawsuit filed by the owners of The Freckled Frog Inc., a Little Rock store selling jewelry, candles and other handcrafts.

Winery Rumors Flourish on Grapevine

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Winemaking is coming to the River Market and a Wiederkher is planning another wine-and-brew operation. Dennis Wiederkehr, VP and national sales manager of Wiederkehr Wine Cellars in Wiederkehr Village, plans to open Dionysus Wine & Brew in nearby Altus for his wife, Sharla, to run.

So Change the Law (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/1/2014 12:00 am

A recent New York Times article pointed out something that had also been nagging at us here at Arkansas Business: otherwise law-abiding citizens being charged and convicted of a federal felony known as structuring.

Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Drew Smyly, Father Buy Beef 'O' Brady's In Maumelle

by Jan Cottingham 12/1/2014 12:00 am

For Todd Smyly, father of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly, going in with his son to buy the Beef ‘O' Brady's franchise in Maumelle wasn't much of a stretch, for a lot of reasons.

IRS Change Too Late for Structuring Defendants

by Mark Friedman 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Patrice Duncan said she and her husband never thought much about bank deposits for their family-owned business in Conway until Jan. 24, 2012. That's the day the Internal Revenue Service seized $94,500 from the company's account.

Spencer Jones' 5 Tips for Startup Success

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

Spencer Jones, who won the 2014 fall edition of the ARK Challenge with his Little Rock startup Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, has some advice for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to emulate his early success.

Like Hogs, ARK Challenge Winner Spencer Jones on Upward Trajectory

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

While the Razorbacks toiled themselves back to respectability in the rugged Southeastern Conference, Spencer Jones developed his Little Rock startup, Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, alongside some of the state's most promising young entrepreneurs at the ARK Challenge.

CPA Gary Cooper on What Common Mistake You May Be Making With Your Accountant

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Gary Cooper has been a featured speaker for the Arkansas State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Lorman Education Services and the National Business Institute. He is the managing partner of JPMS Cox, the state's fourth-largest accounting firm.

No More Stalling on Marketplace Fairness (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 12/1/2014 12:00 am

It has been widely reported that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has promised that the Marketplace Fairness Act will not surface in 2014. Congress' failure to act on this important measure is a huge setback for Arkansas' businesses, for our retail and commercial industries, and is another blow by Washington to Arkansas' economy.

Preventing Fraud Requires a System (Ann Dorsey Commentary)

by Ann Dorsey 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Every business should have a fraud prevention system in place that includes a solidly written fraud policy and provides training to develop a culture of fraud awareness.