The Bistro Opens in Paris

September 2nd, 2015 by Gwen Green

Craig Alderson has a history steeped in delicious food. Alderson’s resume includes teaching others to cook in Arkansas Tech University’s Hospitality and Continuing Education departments and in Dallas on the Project Husband show. Alderson has also judged dishes in SkillsUSA competitions, worked at Mount Magazine Lodge and Chamberlyne Country Club, and was one of 12 chefs chosen for […]

Mary Schultz of Little Rock has been making church vestments for 30 years and turned her needlework into a small business, Exodus39 Custom Church Vestments. She restarted the home-based enterprise when her family moved to Arkansas from Wisconsin in 2014. Schultz believes that vestments, through their colors and symbols, bring alive the story being told […]

Mustard Seed Children’s Academy

August 25th, 2015 by Gwen Green

“I have a deep commitment and personal passion for quality education and care for pre-school age children,” says Josephine Adesina, owner of the new Mustard Seed Children’s Academy in Bentonville. “All my adult life I found myself involved with children’s programs and children’s activities outside my professional life,” said Josephine, who previously worked in accounting […]

Exporting Expert to Lead Workshops

August 19th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Want more customers? Expand your market beyond the U.S. border with exporting. ASBTDC has invited Elyse Eriksson, managing director of Export Connector and creator of The Riddle of the Exporter, to lead three full-day exporting workshops. The events are Oct. 13 in Fort Smith, Oct. 15 in Little Rock, and Oct. 20 in Jonesboro. Eriksson will share […]

Lawn Doctor of Hot Springs

August 18th, 2015 by Gwen Green

When Todd and Janis Rucker decided to purchase Lawn Doctor of Hot Springs, they turned to the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University. Throughout the acquisition process, the couple worked with Brandon Horvath, business consultant at the center. He helped them identify the financial growth potential for the business, set […]

Brush Up on Trademark Basics Aug. 12

August 3rd, 2015 by Gwen Green

How are you protecting your intellectual property? Aug. 12 in Little Rock, “Trademark Basics: What Every Small Business Should Know Not, Not Later” will look  at the differences in trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name registrations, plus critical factors in selecting a trademark that will be both federally registered and legally protectable, and more. […]

Getting Businesses on the Map with Google

July 16th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Small businesses that have complete business information online are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers, and listing your business with Google makes it easier for customers to find you online. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is partnering with Google on its national project to get every local business “on the map” and listed […]

Face-to-face and online, ASBTDC is helping innovative Arkansas entrepreneurs engage with the federal agencies that award $2 billion annually to small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research program. ASBTDC recently brought two SBIR experts, Brent Elrod and Dr. Lenka Fedorkova, to Little Rock to network with Arkansas-based entrepreneurs and companies and share their agency-specific […]

For the sixth straight year, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has won a Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program grant from the Small Business Administration for outreach and technical assistance to science and technology-based small businesses. SBA announced the 20 awards totaling $2 million June 8. […]

Story’s on the Square

June 8th, 2015 by Gwen Green

A 38-year-old local business gave itself a new start last year. Lynn Story opened Story’s Sport Shop in Magnolia in 1977. Last August, the retailer moved downtown to the square. To reflect their new location, the couple renamed the business Story’s on the Square. “We love being on the square. It’s the best thing we […]