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 […]

Using recipes handed down from past generations, Cisco and Dana Olvera recently opened Cisco’s Authentic Tex-Mex restaurant in Dover. The Olveras previously owned and operated a restaurant in Texas and are happy to be sharing special recipes with the people in and around Dover.  From enchiladas and fajitas to sopapilla cheesecake, all menu items are […]

Start Your Business The Right Way

May 29th, 2015 by Shannon Roberts

Are you dreaming of owning your own business, but you’re really not sure where to start? At “Start Your Business the Right Way,” a special one-day event on June 26, we will cover the key components to successfully starting a small business. We’ll discuss basic steps and requirements for getting started, how to create a business plan using our […]

Join Us This Summer for a Webinar

May 22nd, 2015 by Gwen Green

Get a cool drink, sit down in some air-conditioning, and join ASBTDC for a one-hour webinar this summer. From patents to Pinterest, we have a full slate of topics on tap. The live sessions are led by ASBTDC staff and subject matter experts, and participation is free. Webinar schedule  

The ASBTDC regional office at Henderson State University will hold a small business forum May 21 on opportunities for current and prospective small business owners who are minorities or service-disabled veterans. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission Small and Minority Business Division is partnering on the free event, which will be held in Arkadelphia. The forum […]

ASBTDC Clients Utilize ASTA Funding

April 22nd, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center has helped several clients apply for and win awards through Arkansas Science & Technology Authority programs. Here’s a small sampling of ASBTDC clients who have received early-stage funding from ASTA. Technology Transfer Assistance Program Jeff Brown, Agri Wind Turbines Brandon Foshee, Fauxsee Innovations Robbie Linn, Poly Adaptive Dr. Tito […]

Consultants Gain Insight Into Small Biz Exporting

April 10th, 2015 by Gwen Green

ASBTDC consultants across the state are beefing up on exports and international trade this year through the Export Assistance Counselor certification program. Developed by the U.S. Commercial Service of the Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, and the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, the training has two levels. The introductory level looks at the national […]

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, […]