Small Business Archive

ARK Challenge: My Color of Beauty Aims to Fill Niche

by Mark Carter 8/29/2014 10:53 am

Eyona Mitchell is experiencing first hand how the other half lives. A one-person team competing in the fourth installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator in downtown Little Rock, Mitchell used to help businesses at previous stints working with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and Alt.Consulting in Pine Bluff.

Video: Attendees Give Made by Few Rave Reviews

by Mark Carter 8/29/2014 08:40 am

Videographer Barry Deere captured the enthusiasm surrounding the tech conference for "makers of the web," with reaction from attendees, event organizers plus speaker James Victore, a renowned independent designer/artist from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Student Entrepreneur's Doughnut Holes Available Soon at Spokes

by Mark Carter 8/28/2014 09:04 am

Downtown workers can get their doughnut hole fix beginning Friday, Sept. 5, at Spokes' coffee and smoothie shop inside Orbea's North American headquarters in the 100 block of Main in Little Rock.

ARA Scholars Program Announces Two New Scientists

by Mark Carter 8/27/2014 11:01 am

Carolina Cruz-Neira and Gareth Morgan were introduced from the Governor's Conference Room at the state Capitol by Gov. Mike Beebe and ARA director Jerry Adams.

Startup Weekend Returns to Little Rock Sept. 12-14

by Mark Carter 8/26/2014 10:05 am

The 54-hour event, at which ideas are turned into potential tech-based startup ventures, is scheduled for Sept. 12-14 from the Charles Morgan Auditorium at Acxiom's River Market corporate headquarters.

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans Have Debts, Saving Rates Similar to Region

by Lee Hogan 8/26/2014 09:18 am

Arkansas consumers have similar debts and saving rates to their neighbors in Missouri and Oklahoma, according to the final release of the first Arvest Bank Consumer Sentiment Survey.

Lonoke County Farmer Crystal Lewis Continues Family Tradition

by Lauren James 8/25/2014 12:00 am

At 25 years old, Crystal Lewis is the sole operator of a farm that is just shy of 1,400 acres, sandwiched between I-440 and the city of Scott, and a 400-acre farm outside of Carlisle. Lewis is one of just a handful of female farmers in the Natural State to do so.

Lou Ann Nisbett On What Attracts Industry to Pine Bluff

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Lou Ann Nisbett is the president and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County.

Buying From You (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 8/25/2014 12:00 am

What is it like to buy from your company? I have been reminded of this seemingly simple question during the past few weeks while presenting to two groups on customer service, prepping conversations for a nationally dispersed sales force, and even re-examining my own outbound marketing tactics.

Clothes Mentor Opens in NLR, Plans More Sites

by Brandon Riddle 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Clothes Mentor, a franchise based in Columbus, Ohio, has opened its first location in Arkansas in North Little Rock and plans to open two additional stores in Little Rock and Conway.

Central Arkansas Commercial Office Vacancy Rate Declines

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas continued its downward slide in the second quarter of this year, according to the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange.

VIC Develops Own Startup ‘Venture Ecosystem'

by Mark Carter 8/25/2014 12:00 am

A unique technology transfer model is helping a Fayetteville company incubate early-stage, high-tech startups and place them on a path to market success.

James Victore at Made by Few: The Best Work is Authentic

by Mark Carter 8/22/2014 01:14 pm

Good work comes from being authentic, the renowned artist told designers, graphic artists and other "makers of the web" gathered for the 2014 Made by Few tech conference that began Friday at the Argenta Community Theater in downtown North Little Rock.

Made by Few Rolls Friday, Saturday

by Mark Carter 8/22/2014 07:50 am

In its fourth year, Made by Few is a growing nationally prominent conference for "makers of the Web" -- individuals who design and create web/mobile applications and sites.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Newport Retailer Jamie Darling Takes to the Road In Airstream

by Brandon Riddle 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Darling's Fine Things owner Jamie Darling is taking to the road in a refurbished Airstream she purchased earlier this year, offering a mobile retail experience to customers in the Delta.

Functional Health & Fitness Emphasizes Care for the Aging

by Brandon Riddle 8/18/2014 12:00 am

David Houk, a strong advocate of the drug-free approach to therapy, said the options he provides at Functional Health & Fitness for osteoporosis and fibromyalgia care set his facility apart from others.

Co-op Ozark Natural Foods Preps for Whole Foods Competition in Fayetteville

by Marty Cook 8/18/2014 12:00 am

When Whole Foods announced its plans in the spring to locate a store in Fayetteville, it elicited cheers from fans of the high-end grocery store and concern from supporters of Fayetteville's own organic Ozark Natural Foods, the state's only grocery co-operative.

New Regulations a Pain in the Neck for Chiropractic 'Runners'

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A combination of regulation and enforcement has begun to chip away at the lucrative business plan that has generated so many complaints that the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners had to add another full-time staff position.

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.