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Supporting Small Businesses with SBA District Director Adriene Brown

Brown joined the Small Business Administration in April. She previously worked 13 years for the U.S. Department of Defense, where she was deputy division chief for Shared Services. read more >
An artist’s rendering of the Orthodox Farmhouse Brewery taproom in Elkins.
Construction / Restaurants & Food / Small Business

Orthodox Farmhouse Brewery to Open in Washington CountyLock Icon

Owners Ashlyn Gagnon and her husband, Jesse, are in their “final push” to open the craft brewery in Elkins by the end of this year. read more >
Legal / Small Business

US Failed to Stop Fraud in COVID Loan Program, Panel Chief Says

At least $80 billion distributed from the $400 billion program could have been fraudulent, much of it in scams using stolen identities. read more >
Government & Politics

Two Years Into COVID, Was $800B Payroll Aid Plan Worth It?

A study suggests that the program — commonly known as PPP — was troublingly expensive per job saved and the payments mostly benefitted business owners. read more >
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Business Services / Small Business

Entrepreneurship for All Northwest Arkansas, SBA Form Alliance

Rodrigo Salas, EforAll’s executive director, said in a news release that the SBA offers many tools and resources but many minority business owners aren’t aware of them. read more >
Business Services / Education / Government & Politics

ASBTDC Awarded $125K Grant to Help Startups

The money will go toward specialized training, mentoring, and technical assistance for research and development-focused small businesses. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas Women’s Business Center Awarded $200K to Improve Offerings

Winrock International’s Arkansas Women’s Business Center in El Dorado has been awarded a $200,000 grant to improve service delivery, training and support to women-owned businesses affected by COVID-19. read more >
Isabella Casillas Guzman (left), administrator of the Small Business Administration, tours northwest Arkansas on Friday with U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas.
Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food

SBA Administrator Visits Northwest Arkansas

Isabella Casillas Guzman, administrator of the Small Business Administration, on Friday told northwest Arkansas business owners that the agency is ready to continue helping them and wants to know about their current experiences as well as the future challenges they expect to face. read more >
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PPP Extended, Expanded to Provide More Funding (Commentary)

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended and expanded to provide more funding for first-time borrowers and to allow some existing borrowers the opportunity to receive additional help. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Small Business

Minority-Owned Companies Waited Months for Loans, Data Shows

Thousands of minority-owned small businesses were at the end of the line in the government’s coronavirus relief program as many struggled to find banks that would accept their applications or were disadvantaged by the terms of the program. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics

SBA Releases Simpler Application for Smaller PPP Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, recently released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program loans of $50,000 or less. read more >
Jay Chesshir
Business Services / Nonprofits / Restaurants & Food / Small Business

Little Rock Chamber Announces Partnership with SCORE

The Little Rock Regional Chamber announces a new partnership with the local SCORE chapter of Little Rock. read more >
Government & Politics / Small Business

ASBTDC Gets $200K Grant to Help Innovative Small Businesses

The Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock recently received $200,000 to support innovative small businesses. read more >
Business Services / Government & Politics / Investments / Small Business

SBA Loans in Arkansas Increase 111 Percent

Arkansas’ performance exceeded the national average and includes a 34 percent increase in numbers of loans, the SBA said. read more >
Business Services / Insurance / Investments / Small Business / Transportation

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

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. read more >
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Arkansas Capital Corp. Changing Funding Model

Arkansas Capital Corp. of Little Rock will no longer work with state government to provide small-business loans. For the first time in the organization’s almost 60-year history, its funding model is changing. read more >
Edward Haddock
Business Services / Nonprofits / Small Business

SBA District Office Names New Director

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Arkansas District Office named Edward Haddock as the new deputy district director. Haddock’s responsibilities will include helping boost economic development by ensuring the delivery of loan programs and business development services. read more >
Banking & Finance / Small Business

Businesses Have 3 Weeks Left to Apply for Loans

Arkansas small businesses have three weeks left to apply for U. S. Small Business Administration loans because of the drought that began last July. read more >
Melinda Smith employs five selling her WooHoo! snack mix. 
Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business

WooHoo! Snack Mix Finds Way to Stores

WooHoo! snack mix is founder Melinda Smith’s second foray into the specialty food industry after her accidental debut. read more >
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SBA Lending in Arkansas Rises in 2013

Good news for the state’s small business environment: The number of loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing nationwide, and Arkansas is no exception. read more >