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USDA Seeks Rural Broadband Development Proposals

May 18th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a funding opportunity through its Community Connect Grant Program. The program helps fund rural broadband development in areas where the private sector has not yet provided service. Eligible applicants include most state and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, non-profits, and for-profit corporations. The application deadline is June 17. Program Announcement Notice of Funds […]

Excellence in TBED Awards

May 18th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The 10th annual State Science & Technology Institute Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Development awards program will open this summer to new applications. This year, awards will be made to organizations that demonstrate excellence at local, state, or regional levels in the following categories: Building Prosperity Through Science and Technology Creating Prosperity Through Entrepreneurship and Captial Creating Prosperity Though Economic Opportunity Most Promising […]

Angel Fund to Launch in Northeast Arkansas

May 18th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The Accelerate Jonesboro Angel Fund is being created with the goal of creating startups and jobs in Northeast Arkansas. The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the initiative on May 16. The fund plans to make an initial investment round of $50,000. The application period for the first round of seed capital funding will close in August. To be […]

The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) has developed a Technology Transfer (T2) Toolkit that can help companies from startups to large corporations have access to federal resources and learn how to work with a federal laboratory using the T2 Success Track below:  Step 1: Identify your R&D needs Step 2: Search laboratory resources and technologies Step […]

RP Detail Gets Certified, Expands

May 17th, 2016 by Brandon Horvath

When Roger Perry, owner and operator of RP Detail in Arkadelphia, wanted to expand his business, he turned to the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University. In business since 2007, RP Detail offers high-quality automobile. Perry has grown the business with a commitment to exceptional customer service, including picking up and dropping off […]

The 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis and the 2011 movie adaptation brought attention to the use of technology and science in baseball. The Major League’s Oakland Athletics had a small budget, giving teams with more money advantages in signing better players. But A’s general manager Billy Beane successfully used […]

Couple Opens Cosmetology School in Russellville

May 13th, 2016 by Ronda Hawkins

Corey and Bridget Price of Knoxville opened Edge Salon Academy, a cosmetology school, in Russellville in December. With a capacity of 30 students, Edge Salon Academy uses “state-of-the-art methods in a state-of-the-art facility.” Two instructors assist the owners in leading personalized classroom and hands-on education. “We put our students first and teach them beyond passing a test. We want […]

The Department of Defense SBIR 16.2 and STTR 16.B solicitations have been pre-released. Until May 22, prospective applicants have the opportunity to communicate directly with topic authors to ask technical questions about the research topics. Each topic author’s name, phone number and email address is listed within each solicitation topic. DoD Small Business Innovation Research […]

BIO Convention in San Francisco June 6-9

May 4th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative entrepreneurs in the life science and application fields may be interested in attending the BIO International Convention (BIO) in San Francisco June 6-9. This event brings together over 15,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders to network with attendees and discover new opportunities and promising partnerships. Scientific areas to be addressed include the following: Drug discovery Biomanufacturing Genomics Biofuels […]

The Internet of Things: Benefits vs. Costs

May 4th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration defines the Internet of Things as “the connection of physical objects, infrastructure, and environments to various identifiers, sensors, networks and computing capability.” One example includes the ability to control home electronics remotely through a smart phone app. The growth of the IoT has implications for businesses and individuals that include convenience […]