Kauffman Experience Benefits 4

March 9th, 2015 by Gwen Green

ASBTDC’s Whitney Horton, Nancy Knighten, Jarrod Norwood, and Shannon Roberts participated in FastTrac® NewVenture™ Facilitator Certification Training, Jan. 21-22, at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo. Roberts also attended FastTrac Program Director Certification Training. FastTrac facilitators are trained to use Kauffman materials to drive learning by “presenting information, asking questions and directing structured, […]

Eason Opens Essential Frills in Maumelle

January 26th, 2015 by Gwen Green

With help from ASBTDC, Bridgette Eason turned her management and industry experience into her own business, Essential Frills. Located in Riverpointe Plaza in Maumelle, the cosmetics, accessories, and apparel boutique opened Dec. 17 and held a grand opening one month later. Eason, a cosmetics store manager for 10 years before branching out on her own, […]

Free Webinars for Arkansas Small Businesses

January 20th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Current and prospective small business owners can beef up their business knowledge and skills through free online training offered by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. The center is hosting 16 live webinars, or online seminars, through April on topics such as small business financing, marketing and legal issues. Most last one hour. […]

The Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis hosted “Growing Small Businesses and Capital” for central Arkansas lenders Nov. 21. Andrew Pack, community development specialist with the Little Rock Branch, organized the event after speaking with numerous bankers who were interested in better understanding what the state’s different small business service […]

University researchers and owners of innovation-based small businesses wanting to pursue Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer funding are invited to participate in SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposal Writing Workshops in 2015. ASBTDC will offer the full-day training in Little Rock on Feb. 20 and in Fayetteville on April 21. Each year, small companies receive more […]

Businesses assisted by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center created more jobs and increased sales more than the average Arkansas business, an independent study shows. According to the recently released 2014 ASBTDC economic impact study, businesses assisted by ASBTDC in 2012… Increased employment 27.1% (versus 0.1% for non-clients) Created 1,256 new jobs Retained 520 […]

SBA Continues No-Fee Loans

October 1st, 2014 by Gwen Green

Borrowers will not have to pay fees on 7(a) loans of $150,000 or less, the Small Business Administration announced today. Likewise, veterans will pay no upfront guaranty fees for SBA Veterans Advantage loans of $150,000 up to $350,000. The fee relief measures were set to expire Sept. 30 but have been extended for the next 12 months. “We zeroed […]

Free Small Business Events in Faulkner County

September 18th, 2014 by Gwen Green

To assist small businesses in Faulkner County, where devastating tornadoes tore through this spring, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is offering a series of seminars in the county at no cost to local businesses. Click the links for seminar descriptions or to register. Pre-registration is required. Wednesday, Sept. 24 – Facebook, Profiles, Pages & […]

Green Recognized as State Star

September 10th, 2014 by Gwen Green

Gwen Green of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center was honored as Arkansas’ State Star Sept. 9 at America’s Small Business Development Centers’ 34th Annual Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Green, the center’s communications coordinator, received the State Star designation for being an exemplary performer, contributing significantly to the Arkansas SBTDC program and showing […]

The Dutch Oven Co.

September 5th, 2014 by Gwen Green

As a school teacher, August meant back-to-school time for Shantel Smith. This year, rather than return to the classroom, Smith started a business. “I enjoyed teaching, but at the end of the day, I wanted all the work I did to be something I could leave as a legacy for my children,” said the mother […]