Technology Archive

Students Shine at First-ever High School Startup Weekend

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 11:54 am

More than 80 students in grades 9-12 spent the weekend in Little Rock coming up with potential tech-based startup ventures as part of the first-ever High School Startup Weekend.

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.

Changing Face of Manufacturing Leads to Skills Gap, Job Opportunities

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

For those half-empty-glass people, the increasing use of advanced technology — think robotics, lasers and computers — in manufacturing has led to a "skills gap" that makes finding capable employees challenging. For you half-full-glass folks, the increasing use of advanced technology in manufacturing means that job opportunities exist for those with the right abilities.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Through STDL, Hamm Builds Better Tax Software

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Frustration led Noel Hamm to create tax technology startup Sales Tax DataLink — you know, that whole "build a better mousetrap" idiom.

Noel Hamm's 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Bentonville's Sales Tax DataLink is an Innovate Arkansas startup that has developed an "intuitive" software for tax professionals. CEO Noel Hamm provides his five tips for startup success.

Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.

Apple Car: A Ripening Idea (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The Tesla Model S electric car costs $70,000. The Apple iPhone 5s costs from $199 to $399, depending on the gigabyte storage. But they both use lithium-ion batteries. And that may be the common denominator linking the two companies.

AT&T's Larry Evans On What $1 Billion in Arkansas Can Buy

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Larry Evans oversees sales and operations for about 1,100 AT&T employees, 60 AT&T-owned retail locations and 430 retail partners in Arkansas and Oklahoma

Video: High School Startup Weekend Kicks Off in LR

by Mark Carter 4/4/2014 09:04 am

The first-ever High School Startup Weekend will be held Friday through Sunday from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

US Employers Add 192k Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 08:50 am

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

UA Receives $7.8M for College of Engineering

by Mark Carter 3/31/2014 09:32 am

The University of Arkansas announces an estate gift valued at more than $7.8 million to its College of Engineering from alumnus Robert H. Biggadike.

NanoMech Starts Work on New $10M Headquarters

by Mark Carter 3/31/2014 09:00 am

The new building, expected to be complete by September, will adjoin the company's existing facility on a recently expanded 9-acre corporate campus. An initial production facility will be ready by July, the company said.

Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas.

Officials Want Key Figure Paul Simmons in BioPlex Project Out

by Ted Wagnon 3/31/2014 12:00 am

​A proposed development that was to have catapulted Arkansas into the forefront of high-technology manufacturing is in disarray now, less than two months after its unveiling.

Who is Melanie Steele... And Why Is She Buying All This Stuff?

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Since the beginning of the year, Melanie Steele has paid $1 million for a home in Chenal Valley; $385,000 for a house in Canal Pointe and $92,000 for the lot next door; $357,500 for a house in the Lakewood section of North Little Rock; and $80,000 for a house that she then moved off its lot in Indian Hills. All in cash.

Andrew Kilgore: Portraits in Black and White

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Beginning with the last issue of 1984 and continuing into 1988, Andrew Kilgore photographed business legends and up-and-comers for the cover of Arkansas Business.

CardioWise Software Chosen for National Heart Study

by Mark Carter 3/26/2014 01:49 pm

CardioWise has partnered with federal agencies to provide its cardiac analysis software for a national clinical research study, the Fayetteville startup announced Wednesday.

Acxiom: Less Than 2 Percent Have Opted Out of Data Collection

by Lance Turner 3/26/2014 11:06 am

AdWeek this week sits down with Acxiom Corp. CEO Scott Howe to talk privacy, data collection and regulation.

Qbot Markets At Colleges To Foster Growth

by Luke Jones 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Little Rock's homegrown Qbot app has had its ups and downs, but the customer loyalty program has successfully used colleges as marketing bases to spread its network.