Tagged: arkansas small business & technology development center

Are You Overlooking Potential Customers? (Heather Robinette Expert Advice)

by Heather Robinette 11/23/2015 12:00 am

Untapped international markets represent a viable opportunity for expansion and diversification for many Arkansas companies, including small ones. However, the narrow view of too many business owners is that exporting is an option only for larger companies or manufacturers.

UALR Workshop Explains Commercialization Process for Researchers

by Mark Carter 11/19/2015 1:58 pm

Determining the commercial viability of research ideas should be an easy process that need not intimidate university students and researchers who harbor hopes of taking those ideas to market, Rebecca Norman told students and researchers Thursday.

Dean Jane Wayland on Keeping UALR's College of Business in the Mix

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Before being named dean, Jane Wayland was interim dean of the UALR College of Business for two years. She also has served as associate dean of graduate studies and chairwoman of the Marketing & Advertising Department. The College of Business Advising Center was established within a year of her appointment, and she initiated the Ambassador program to showcase top students.

Supporting Homegrown Innovation (Michael Singleton Commentary)

by Michael Singleton 3/30/2015 12:00 am

In reality, innovative research with world-changing implications happens every day in our universities and private companies. But what good is the best research discovery, technology or innovation if it never leaves the lab?

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.

Challenges of Family Ownership (Rudy Ortiz Expert Advice)

by Rudy Ortiz 9/15/2014 12:00 am

The irony of family business is that the same characteristics that can lead to their successes can also contribute to their demise. These competing characteristics include family trust, founder independence and tenacity, and extensive product knowledge. It is important to review each of these in fuller detail to understand the challenges family businesses face.

Disaster Planning Should Start Early

by Mark Friedman 8/11/2014 12:00 am

After a disaster strikes is not the time for the business owner to develop a plan to reopen the company.

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.

Big Moves Made at ASU's Small Business & Technology Development Center (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2014 12:00 am

Laura Miller was selected as the new director of the Small Business & Technology Development Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Miller, formerly a lead business consultant at ASBTDC, has been with the center for 13 years. Robert Bahn was promoted to lead business consultant.

Research Commercialization Workshops Planned for ASU

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/23/2014 1:22 pm

The ASBTDC sessions are intended for researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and students involved in developing products with high commercial potential.

Arkansas Photonics Industry Alliance to Align Optics Companies

by Luke Jones 8/12/2013 12:00 am

Two optics entrepreneurs are working to unite the state’s photonics manufacturing industry by creating the Arkansas Photonics Industry Alliance, a cluster of all the companies in the state that are opto-electric manufacturers.

'Roboglasses' from FauxSee Innovations Help Visually Impaired

by Luke Jones 8/5/2013 12:00 am

Ten years after losing his sight, Brandon Foshee and his brother-in-law Tim Zigler are turning tragedy into business with the development of "Roboglasses," a product intended to keep the visually impaired aware of their surroundings and reduce injuries.

Arkansas Genomics Shifts to Molecular Medicine to Find New Customer Base

by Luke Jones 4/8/2013 12:00 am

Arkansas Genomics was founded to be the state’s first and only dedicated forensic DNA testing lab. But despite filling a niche, the business has had trouble turning a profit, and founder Jimmy Threet is pushing the lab in a new direction: personalized medicine.

Jane Wayland: Training the Future

by Luke Jones 2/25/2013 12:00 am

As dean of the UALR's College of Business, Jane Wayland is in charge of the whole college of business, including its Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center and Institute for Economic Advancement divisions. The college has seven undergraduate degrees and four post-baccalaureate certificate programs.