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 […]

Little Rock Startup Weekend

September 3rd, 2014 by Gwen Green

Little Rock Startup Weekend is Sept. 12-14 at Acxiom’s River Market Tower. Startup Weekend is an intensive 54-hour experience for designers, developers, marketers, strategists, and entrepreneurs. Anyone can pitch a business idea, and teams form to develop the best ones. At Startup Weekend you get… Access to amazing startup mentors Opportunity to use 3D printers […]

Big Rock Mini Golf and Fun Park

July 25th, 2014 by Gwen Green

Marci Hugg Hall thought Little Rock needed a new leisure activity, especially for young people, that was affordable and safe, so she decided to make one. In 2013, with a master’s degree in recreation and an entrepreneurial family background, she dived into developing a family attraction – an idea she had been considering for a […]

To help Arkansans who want to open a business get started on the right foot, ASBTDC is offering a free four-part webinar series in August. Each webinar, or online seminar, will begin at noon and last one hour. Aug. 4 - Starting a Business in Arkansas Aug. 11 - To the Point Business Plan Aug. 18 - Small Business Financing […]

Disaster Prep and Recovery Webinars

June 13th, 2014 by Shannon Roberts

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present two live webinars in July on disaster preparation and recovery for businesses. Business owners, as well as community leaders and elected officials, are invited to participate. The webinars are free, but pre-registration is required. ASBTDC’s Timothy Lee will lead the training. Disaster Recovery for Small […]