Small Business Archive

Made by Few Conference Set For Aug. 22-23

by Mark Carter 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Made by Few, the “conference for makers of the Web,” is for designers and creators of mobile applications, and it's growing in national prominence.

Pantry Crest To Open in Hillcrest Next Month

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Tomas Bohm, owner of the Pantry restaurant in west Little Rock, says he hopes to open the Pantry's Hillcrest sibling, the Pantry Crest, sometime in September.

Agronomic Innovations Purchases AgRobotics of Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/1/2014 10:02 am

AgRobotics co-founders Jim and Jeff Burton of Little Rock had been searching for a strategic partner to expand the market for the AutoProbe, a device that pulls 6-inch cores of soil samples from which farmers can extract accurate data.

A Closer Look: Arkansas Unemployment and Employment

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell in June to 6.2 percent, but the number of people employed “continues to be a source of concern,” state economic forecaster Michael Pakko noted recently.

LR Dietician Offering Virtual Coaching

by Brandon Riddle 7/28/2014 12:00 am

For individuals seeking health advice, registered dietician Robin Burks Reynolds has launched a virtual health coaching service aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyles.

Arkansas Business Presents the 2014 Power List

by Gwen Moritz 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business introduced “The Power List” in 2006, and after updating it annually for a few years, we decided to spread it out. That means there have been a lot of changes in 20 industries and professions since our last installment in 2011, so we've been doing a lot of rounding up of resumes and photos in the last few weeks.

Tide Dry Cleaners Opens 2 Sites in Little Rock

by Brandon Riddle 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Scott Thibault, president of J&M Foods of Little Rock, has entered into a franchise outside of the familiar gourmet cheese straw and cookie business. He and a partner have opened two Tide Dry Cleaners locations in Little Rock with plans to expand into outlying cities of the metro area.

Aurora Digital Signage Partners with Verizon for Internet Coverage

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/24/2014 01:36 pm

The partnership with Verizon will enable Aurora clients to use the Verizon Wireless network to power their digital signage and eliminate the need to run internal cables.

Josh Moody's Overwatch App Ready to Hit Market

by Mark Carter 7/23/2014 03:38 pm

Gamers can expect to see the free Overwatch combat gaming app in the iTunes store within a couple of weeks, Overwatch CEO Josh Moody told his 1 Million Cups audience Wednesday in Little Rock.

Arkansas Venture Center Names Operations Team

by Mark Carter 7/23/2014 10:56 am

Joining AVC co-founder, president and CEO Lee Watson on staff are Caroline Ford as director of communications and development and Marshal Kenneday as director of operations. AVC was founded in 2013 and officially launched in May with a $500,000 matching grant from the state.

Alma Firm Receives Federal Grant for 'Quad Rider'

by Mark Carter 7/22/2014 08:57 am

InvoTek, a research and development firm from Alma, has received a $175,000 federal grant for development of the "Quad Rider," a gear and braking device that helps people with disabilities safely operate a handcycle.

Couple Helps Community with Shaved Ice Business

by Michelle Corbet 7/21/2014 08:22 am

A systems programmer, real estate appraiser, homemaker and construction company co-owner have joined forces to cruise the Arkansas River Valley this summer with a cause.

Student Entrepreneurs at eStem Get Their Own Space: The Vault

by Mark Carter 7/21/2014 08:02 am

The Vault is an internal incubator for student entrepreneurs set inside what once was the underground vault of the former Federal Reserve Bank at Third and Louisiana streets in downtown Little Rock. The building now serves students in grades 9-12 as eStem High School.

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon.

Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.

Red Beauty Lounge Debuts in Heights

by Brandon Riddle 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Red Beauty Lounge, located in the Heights neighborhood in Little Rock, is a dream turned into reality for owner and stylist Amy Hester. The salon opened April 2 and plans to expand in the coming months.

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/21/2014 12:00 am

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints).

Look Before You Leap (Heather Robinette Expert Advice)

by Heather Robinette 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Careful research and planning give a business its best chance for success and help ensure the venture will provide an adequate reward for the risk involved. Prospective business owners brimming with confidence may want to rush through this step. Don't do it.

Emporium Home Set To Settle In at Heights Location

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Traveling markets in Atlanta, Las Vegas and New York have seen Arkansas native Ashley Childers showcase her home furnishings line, Emporium Home.

Arvest Consumer Survey Shows Arkansans Mixed on Economy's Health

by Lee Hogan and Lance Turner 7/17/2014 08:57 am

Arvest Bank's first consumer sentiment survey finds Arkansans have a dimmer outlook on the economy than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri.