Arkansas Business City of Distinction 2011

A look at innovation and research in Arkansas, presented by Arkansas Capital Corporation Group. This special report examines the state's role in fueling new companies and ideas, how startups can find new financing, and other cutting edge developments in Arkansas.

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Arkansas' Role in Research and Development

Today, nearly 30 years after Arkansas took the first steps to replicate home grown job creation, there are certainly jobs to count, but it's perhaps more important to recognize that Arkansas is well positioned for the future because it has formed a globally competitive, technology-based economic development ecosystem driven by multi-organizational investments, know-how and collaboration. read more >

Startups: That ‘Next New Facebook' is Great, But Market Acceptance Will Result in Funding

Too often, technology developers concentrate the majority of their time on perfecting products, ever tweaking that “next new Facebook” or that must-have new app. And when finally they are finished, they approach investors for that infusion of $250,000 to $500,000 to enter the market, yet with no sign or hint of customer acceptance. read more >

The Laboratory Of Arkansas

The challenges involve commercializing intellectual property from research universities and developing a place that can accelerate and develop new enterprises from both the university as well as from private sector ideas as with Innovate Arkansas. read more >

Wright, Lindsey & Jennings: An Arkansas Resource for Arkansas Innovators (Sponsored Report)

With the only full-service patent practice in Arkansas, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP assists clients in all facets of the patenting process. From the idea to reality, WLJ builds effective patent strategies to deliver solid protection of its clients' innovations in a rapidly changing market. With a focused and applied practice, the patent attorneys at WLJ advise their clients with an unparalleled perspective. read more >

Arkansas Capital Corporation:Connect Arkansas Aims For Positive Link To Internet (Sponsored Report)

Connect Arkansas is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the implementation of a community-based initiative to promote high-speed Internet service for all Arkansans. The Connect Arkansas Broadband Act was signed into law by Gov. Mike Beebe in 2007, to ensure the creation of a competitive high-speed internet infrastructure that will not only improve personal lives, but also the economic capabilities of all Arkansans. read more >

Arkansas State University: New Directives and Resources in NE Arkansas Foster Innovative Entrepreneurship (Sponsored Report)

In 2009, Governor Mike Beebe challenged Arkansas State University to increase its research activity to further fuel the economy of Northeast Arkansas. ASU has worked diligently to answer the charge, resulting in a new era of research and scholarly activity in Jonesboro. read more >

Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions: Creating Systematic Continuous Innovation for Manufacturing (Sponsored Report)

While firms use the word “innovation” to create mission statements, or promote imaging campaigns, finding evidence of it being put into practice is actually rare. So, how can an organization produce consistent innovations that will lead to growth and success? read more >

The Arkansas Research & Technology Park: Innovation System Makes Economic Sense for Tech Startups (Sponsored Report)

Having a great idea is one thing. Having an idea make it through to commercialization is something else entirely. As Phil Stafford, manager of the Arkansas Research & Technology Park, (ARTP) can attest – product development doesn't occur in a vacuum. read more >

Power Technology: Innovative Technology Can Come From Central Arkansas (Sponsored Report)

It is the culture of Power Technology that has driven the company to success. The average company tenure is over 17 years, with several workers from the original garage location still an active part of the company. This has helped preserve the company culture for new employees. read more >

SUMOTEXT: Little Rock Firm Redefining Mobile Marketing (Sponsored Report)

Ranked #1 by TopTenReviews.com in 2011 and 2012, SUMOTEXT continues to innovate with a focus on building the most advanced online products that are shared by all its customers. read more >

University of Arkansas at Little Rock: Cutting Edge Research Strives for Important Breakthroughs (Sponsored Report)

The faculty of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) at UALR helps educate the next generation of Arkansas's engineering, IT and construction professionals. And EIT's professors also participate in cutting-edge research aimed at creating important scientific breakthroughs and increasing the body of knowledge in critical subject areas. Below are highlights of five EIT researchers' work. read more >

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: Out of the Gate (Sponsored Report)

In the world of research, like the horse with tendinitis, too many tantalizing studies wind up going nowhere. Knowledge and health findings that could benefit the general public too often remain trapped inside academic medical centers. The issue, recognized nationally more than a decade ago, has led to major research reforms, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is among the leaders of this change. read more >

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