Small Business Archive

ARK Challenge Startup Politapoll Merging with Little Rock's Civik

by Mark Carter 3/4/2015 09:17 am

With Politapoll on hold, and with Civik still searching for traction, Atwood said it made sense to explore a melding of the minds, of sorts. (RIP, Leonard Nimoy.) And a natural fit, it is.

Nine Billionaires with Arkansas Ties Make Forbes 500 List

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 10:33 am

Nine billionaires with Arkansas ties find themselves on the most recent Forbes 500 list of the world's richest people, released this week.

Iron Yard Coding School: A 'Game Changer' for Arkansas Tech Startup Scene

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 12:02 am

The Iron Yard coding school will launch in Little Rock this May, and it's being hailed as a “game changer” for the state in the evolution of its budding tech startup ecosystem.

Franchises Still Rule the Roost of Top Restaurants in the State by Receipts

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The Chik-fil-A location at 6201 W. Markham Street reported more than $4.6 million in 2014 gross receipts, up 4.8 percent from 2013. Chik-fil-A locations, owned by CFA Properties Inc. of Atlanta, also appeared at No. 6 on the Little Rock list, No. 4 in North Little Rock, No. 1 in Conway, and at Nos. 2-4 on the Top NWA Restaurants list.

Arkansas Travel Agents Say: We're Still Flying High

by Marty Cook 3/2/2015 12:00 am

A decade after the airline industry bid them bon voyage, travel agents have found niches that allow them to survive and even thrive.

Cameron Smith, Karen Fetzer Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2015 05:14 am

Cameron Smith of Cameron Smith Associates of Rogers and Karen Fetzer of the Rotary Club of Little Rock won executive of the year awards at Thursday's 27th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2015 11:37 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.

UA to Host Alley Scholars Business Plan Challenge

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2015 09:31 am

Undergraduate teams of minority students will compete in the Alley Scholars Shark Tank Business Plan Challenge on Saturday at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Bourbon & Boots Launches Jewelry Line with Dillard's

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 01:48 pm

Innovate Arkansas client firm Bourbon & Boots, from Little Rock entrepreneur Matt Price, has partnered with Dillard's, the department store chain based in Little Rock, to launch a new line of Southern-themed jewelry.

Merger Match Brings on Ken Clark as 'Chief Storyteller'

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 10:17 am

Clark will consult with co-founders Bridget Farris and Alese Stroud and lead the development of strategic relationships for Merger Match's proprietary corporate acquisitions assessment tool.

KA on IA: Kristian Andersen on the Future of Arkansas Techpreneurship

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Kristian Andersen talks the future role of Innovate Arkansas and what's ahead for tech-based entrepreneurship in Arkansas. The next step? Developing homegrown talent, he says.

Conway Hopes To Lure Business to New Airport at Cantrell Field

by Sean Beherec 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Nearly six months after the opening of the new Conway municipal airport, the facility is already buzzing with activity. The planners behind the project have also set their sights on the next steps to grow its role in the state and attract business.

CardioWise Installs Software for Use in Federal Heart Study

by Mark Carter 2/20/2015 11:13 am

Fayetteville startup CardioWise has completed full development of its cardiac analysis software and installed it at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

XCelerate Capital Invests $250k in ARK Challenge Alum Tagless Style

by Mark Carter 2/16/2015 12:01 pm

Rod Ford's new Little Rock early-stage seed fund XCelerate Capital has invested $250,000 in Tagless Style, the ARK Challenge and Innovate Arkansas firm that partnered with Goodwill of Arkansas to "upcycle" second-hand clothes.

Central Arkansas Commercial Vacancy Rate Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas declined in the fourth quarter, Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange said in its latest report.

Banks Eyeing EMV, But Adoption Slow

by Sean Beherec 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The race to get American consumers to use debit and credit cards equipped with EMV chips has been more of a sluggish walk than a run in recent years.

Making Change: Social Entrepreneurs on a Mission (Whitney Horton Commentary)

by Whitney Horton 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Businesses have had social impact for a long time, creating jobs and tax revenue for their communities. Yet social entrepreneurs are not content with the rising tide lifting all boats; instead, they go into business with a specific cause in mind.

Power Technology Receives $100k from ASTA to Develop Laser Projection System

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2015 03:12 pm

Power Technology Inc. of Alexander has developed a laser projection technology called Illumina that it believes can replace traditional movie projection systems. The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority has invested $100,000 in the technology.

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.