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AEDC Wins National Award for MWBE ProgramLock Icon

Business Facilities honored the AEDC Minority- and Women-Owned Business Certification Program among six state initiatives nationwide. read more >
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Unlocking Opportunities with the Arkansas MWBE Matchmaking Event

Esperanza Massana-Crane, the Little Rock marketing pro now nurturing entrepreneurship for the state, is ready to do some matchmaking. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

AEDC Awards $8.5M in Federal Grant Money to 17 Communities

AEDC distributed the funds as part of general assistance fund that includes a $17.8 million grant allocation for fiscal 2023. read more >
Mimi San Pedro, chief strategy officer for the Venture Center of Little Rock, says she hopes Woman Achieve will not only grow in Arkansas, but eventually be a nationwide program.
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Business Guidance, Woman To WomanLock Icon

Mimi San Pedro, the chief strategy officer for the Venture Center in Little Rock, says the creation of the Woman Achieve mentorship program was a long time coming. read more >
Dan Curtis
Senior Manager for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Business Services / Manufacturing

Dan Curtis: Filling in Factory Gaps Becoming More Automatic

Dan Curtis, the head of AEDC-Manufacturing Solutions, says the biggest challenge to business growth is the need for workers. read more >
Katherine Vasilos
Business Services / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Small Business

CJRW Hires Capitol Veteran to Work on AEDC Account

Katherine Vasilos, director of operations and special projects for the Arkansas House of Representatives, has been hired as an account executive at CJRW. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

4 Reasons Why Big River Steel Chose Arkansas

An interview with Mark Bula, CCO of Big River Steel, who shares the essential reasons Big River Steel came to Arkansas. read more >
Media & Marketing

AEDC Opens Bids for Advertising Contracts

After 21 years of contracting exclusively with Stone Ward, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission has opened bidding for its advertising, marketing and public relations work, which is worth up to $1.6 million annually. read more >
The Bekaert plant in Rogers.
Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Bekaert Expansion in Rogers to Create 100 Jobs

Bekaert said Wednesday that it will expand its plant in Rogers, adding 50 percent capacity and creating 100 new jobs. read more >
Banking & Finance / Small Business

AEDC Hosts Workshops for Minority Business Owners

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Small and Minority Business Division will host two workshops this month geared toward minority business owners. read more >
Mike Preston
Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Mike Preston: Develop Rural Parts of Arkansas, Improve Workforce

Four months on the job, and Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, said he has helped to secure 22 new or expanding company contracts for jobs in the state. read more >
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‘Advance Arkansas Sites’ to Showcase Large-Acreage Plots for Development

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Gov. Mike Beebe announce a new initiative to better position large-acreage sites to new business. read more >
Mary Good, who will lead the new UALR George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center, speaks at a news conference on Monday.
Construction / Education / Government & Politics

UALR: Analytics Center to Help Business Sift ‘Big Data’

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Monday announced plans to establish the UALR George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center. The center features data visualization systems that the university said "are among the first of their kind in the world." read more >

Dumas: DTEC’s ‘Self-Initiated Comeback’ A Success (Technology Advancements (Under 20K) | Winner)

Dumas' efforts to pull itself up and redefine its local economy after storms destroyed much of the city’s business infrastructure on Feb. 24, 2007, and the loss of several businesses since, have earned it recognition as an Arkansas Business City of Distinction in the category of Technology Advancements. read more >