Artesana Soaps Has a New Home in Camden

October 17th, 2017 by Kristen Cribb

Cecilia Davoren and her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth “Liz” Davoren, have turned a hobby into a thriving business. On Sept. 29, they opened Artesana Soaps in historic downtown Camden, just in time for the annual Camden BPW Barn Sale. Cecilia became interested in soap-making after discovering handmade soaps at a fall festival a few years ago. At […]

Natalie Madison Takes Cake Business In New Direction

October 13th, 2017 by Gwen Green

Natalie Madison is part baker, part artist, part business woman. When she decided to expand her cake business, she turned to her partners at the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “Natalie has been a client of the ASBTDC for more than a decade and continually […]

Michael Singleton of Little Rock has been named to the Accreditation Committee for America’s Small Business Development Centers. His three-year appointment was confirmed earlier this month by the America’s SBDC Board of Directors. Singleton is associate director of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center based at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. […]

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Small businesses in rural communities face the one-two punch of dwindling population and online competition. This fall, the state’s rural businesses can get help identifying and targeting new customers from the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. “We want to help Arkansas small businesses, especially ones in sparsely populated areas, find and attract the […]

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River Valley Counseling and Therapy Opens in Clarksville

September 25th, 2017 by Nathan George

Amanda Jones-Shelton started River Valley Counseling & Therapy, PA in Clarksville with the assistance of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech University. Open since June, the clinic is the city’s first mental health counseling center. Jones-Shelton, a licensed professional counselor, began working with ASBTDC’s Nathan George last summer. She wanted […]

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Rural Marketing Workshops Start Oct. 3

September 21st, 2017 by Gwen Green

ASBTDC is rolling out two new workshops this fall and offering them free of charge in rural hub cities around the state. At “Make a Marketing Map for Your Rural Business,” participants will map out a quick-action plan to target and reach more customers. The program will also offer specific ideas for boosting sales through […]

ATU’s George Recognized as State Star

September 11th, 2017 by Gwen Green

Nathan George of Dardanelle was honored as the State Star for Arkansas Sept. 5 in Nashville, Tenn., during the 37th Annual Conference of America’s Small Business Development Centers. George is the center director for the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech University. A State Star is chosen from each state, regional […]

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Simple Simon’s Pizza in Star City Gets New Owner

September 11th, 2017 by Stephanie Harton

Chad Hutson became the owner of Simple Simon’s Pizza in Star City with the assistance of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center located at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Hutson purchased the existing business this summer and celebrated with a grand opening on July 3. Simple Simon’s Pizza came on the market […]

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Your Personal Credit and Your Business

August 8th, 2017 by Laura Miller

Like it or not, your credit score will impact your ability to start and grow your business. If you are starting a business, poor credit can make it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain financing. Your credit history may also impact your ability to conduct operations or order needed supplies and could potentially keep you […]

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University will host its first Diamond Lakes Region Hospitality and Tourism Conference in November. The conference will take place at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck, and will begin with a networking reception from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The conference is […]

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Skylyne Boutique Opens in Monticello

August 3rd, 2017 by Stephanie Harton

With an eye for fashion, Holly Donaldson knew Monticello needed an affordable option for women’s clothing. Her new business, Skylyne Boutique, opened on July 11. When Donaldson decided to pursue her dream, she took a friend’s advice and contacted the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Stephanie Harton, […]

HSU Center Supports ‘Business Beyond the Classroom’

August 1st, 2017 by Brandon Horvath

Being based at a university brings many benefits to the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. One of the most rewarding benefits is the opportunity to partner students of the university with small business clients to provide high-impact learning experiences. During the fall 2016 semester, the ASBTDC at Henderson State University collaborated with Ms. Debbie […]

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Selling Is All About Relationships

July 26th, 2017 by Gwen Green

In an increasingly complex selling world, successful sales professionals use relationship-oriented selling approaches to help their customers win. The reality is that true relationships foster loyalty, which in turn builds a sustainable pipeline, ultimately making it possible to meet or exceed goals. At “How to Gain Interest and Overcome Objections,” a Dale Carnegie Training program […]

A new business owner and a long-time professor both gave ASBTDC’s Real-World Classroom experience a thumbs-up this spring.  “I absolutely loved working with the students,” said Jennifer Duckworth, who just opened Squizito Tasting Room, her premium olive oil and specialty food store, in January. “The ASBTDC has been very helpful in giving my students access to […]

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Can healthy food taste good? Not that long ago, Collin McReynolds didn’t think so. But participating in a 30-day nutrition challenge at Crossfit Align four years ago led McReynolds to change her diet and inspired her to start Crave Fuel, a prepared meal service, in 2014. “I wanted to figure out a way to make the […]

Gabrielle Short of Russellville recently expanded her business from a home-based operation to her first storefront, with the assistance of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech University. The owner of Kneading Hands Bakery purchased a former cake shop to be the new home of her business. Kneading Hands celebrated its […]

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The U.S. Small Business Administration and its national partners are hosting informative (and free!) webinars during National Small Business Week. View the schedule and sign up today.

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ASBTDC’s innovation consultant, Rebecca Norman, was on the other side of the SBIR/STTR proposal review process for the first time last month. In her role as the center’s innovation consultant, Norman helps Arkansas entrepreneurs and companies develop Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer federal funding proposals. March 16, she served on a National […]

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The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will host “Creating a Lean Canvas” April 18 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Participants will learn how to use a Lean Canvas to define, structure, and develop a new technology, service, or business idea. The canvas is a chart with blocks for business owners […]

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Does your business bring something to the community table? Customers and employees notice if a business gives back to its community. According to a 2013 study, 82% of consumers consider social responsibility/community involvement when deciding where to spend their money for a product or a service. Yes, small businesses owners have a lot on their […]

Employee-Turned-Boss Heaton Purchases Tire Business

March 1st, 2017 by Ronda Hawkins

A familiar face at Newton Tire Company is the new owner of the Russellville business. Michael Heaton took ownership in December after working at the tire and automotive service center for over three years. When the business came up for sale, Heaton started working with the ASBTDC at Arkansas Tech University. He received assistance with […]

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Lassiter Flying LLC Is Soaring

March 1st, 2017 by Stephanie Harton

Robby Lassiter of Portland envisioned being an agriculture aviation pilot early in his life and one day hoped to own a business. Both dreams are now a reality. Robby and his wife Sherry opened Lassiter Flying, LLC on Feb. 10. “I knew I wanted to be an agriculture pilot from an early age, and I […]

ASBTDC Network Receives National Accreditation

February 28th, 2017 by Gwen Green

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center network has been re-accredited with no conditions by its national association. Beth Melnik, chair of the America’s Small Business Development Centers Accreditation Committee, announced the news by letter Feb. 24. “The review encompassed both the general accreditation standards and technology accreditation standards developed and deployed in cooperation […]

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Lean Canvas Training Coming to 4 Cities

February 21st, 2017 by Gwen Green

If you want to understand your customer and your market better, the Lean Canvas is a great tool. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will offer a how-to seminar, “Creating a Lean Canvas for Your Business,” in four locations around the state. Little Rock, April 18 (register) Jonesboro, May 4 (register) Hot Springs, […]

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Henderson ASBTDC Assists with Purchase of Body Shop

February 21st, 2017 by Leah Hasley

After a 20-year career in the auto body repair industry, Chris Kessler was ready to purchase his own auto body repair shop. With assistance from the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University, he bought Baker’s Body Shop in Ashdown when the previous owner retired. Leah Hasley, HSU ASBTDC center director, […]

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Painting Franchise Opens in Jonesboro

February 17th, 2017 by Laura Miller

When Keith Crooks of Brookland decided it was time to start his own business, he followed the advice of his accountant and contacted the A-State ASBTDC for assistance. Crooks met with Center Director Laura Miller to discuss the feasibility of purchasing a franchise to start a painting business. Miller answered questions about business startup and […]

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Leadership Basics for Small Business Owners

February 14th, 2017 by Brandon Horvath

Leading a small business can be both exciting and challenging. From planning your next social media marketing piece to ensuring vendors are paid on time, you are being pulled in a million directions as the person in charge. Leaders often neglect the basics of leadership, causing numerous sleepless nights and high employee turnover. Trying to […]

A national small business showcase Monday in the nation’s capital included an Arkansas brewery. Superior Bathhouse Brewery, located in Hot Springs National Park, was one of only 14 small businesses featured at the America’s SBDC Client Showcase and Reception for members of Congress and their staffs. The brewery, the first Arkansas business to be invited […]

Johnny B’s Grill Comes to Texarkana

February 3rd, 2017 by Megan Whitehead

Sheila and Wendell Crossland, owners of Johnny B’s Grill in El Dorado,  opened a second location in Texarkana in 2016. The couple purchased the El Dorado landmark in 2012 and revitalized the restaurant with excellent food and friendly service. They had many requests for additional locations, but one in particular caught Sheila’s attention. A citizen in […]

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The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center helped clients obtain nearly $70 million in capital funding and open 141 businesses in 2016, both all-time bests for the organization. Current and prospective small business owners who worked with the ASBTDC obtained loans and other capital investment totaling $69,855,843. The previous record was $65.3 million in […]

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5 Trends Business Owners Can’t Ignore in 2017

January 27th, 2017 by Heather Robinette

Consumer behaviors and expectations change over time, and businesses big and small must adapt. While some trends may be temporary or industry specific, others reflect general shifts in the consumer mindset. These changes can influence a variety of industries for years to come. Consider these five trends or shifts in consumer mindset and behavior. Do you need to adjust your business strategy […]

Step-by-Step Training for New Businesses

January 13th, 2017 by Pamela Reed

Are you a new business owner or thinking about starting a business? Then you may be interested in our step-by-step training track. This track will feature six basic seminars that are essential for laying a strong business foundation that can increase the success of your business. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month at […]

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Fine to Lead ASBTDC

December 12th, 2016 by Gwen Green

A 27-year veteran of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will become the program’s new leader in January. Laura Fine was named state director Nov. 29 by Dr. Jane Wayland, the Stephen Harrow Smith Dean of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “It gives me great pleasure to announce that Laura […]

Sculptor Opens Foundry in River Valley

December 7th, 2016 by Nathan George

Accomplished sculptor – and now entrepreneur – Patrick McGrath brings a unique skill set to the Arkansas River Valley. A Vietnam War veteran who studied art at Southern Connecticut State University, McGrath began his career in New York City. He then moved to Los Angeles to sculpt for major studios. His artistic talents can be […]

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Small business owners can reduce stress and avoid costly mistakes with effective tax planning and recordkeeping techniques. On Jan. 11, Neil Denman of Denman, Hamilton, & Associates, CPA, LLC will help small business owners develop an effective tax plan and recordkeeping process, using Internal Revenue Service requirements and proven industry techniques. With more than 25 […]

Hub Stop Gets Manufacturer Started

November 4th, 2016 by Leah Hasley

Jerry Nipper of Rockport designed and patented the Hunters Hanger Hoist (H3), a pulley system for installing and securing a tree stand. Nipper needed a loan to begin manufacturing his product and knew that a lender would require a business plan and financial data. As luck would have it (or “divine intervention” as Jerry and […]

ASBTDC Helps Long Launch Havoc Boats

November 3rd, 2016 by Megan Whitehead

With more than 30 years in the boat business, Bill Long was ready to start building boats. As the owner of Bill’s Marine in El Dorado, he saw the demand for aluminum boats for hunting. Southern Arkansas University ASBTDC Center Director Megan Whitehead helped Long with his business plan, financial projections, and overall vision. The […]

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What’s It Like to be a Collegiate Entrepreneur?

November 2nd, 2016 by Gwen Green

ASBTDC Business Consultant Blake Norman will share his first-hand entrepreneurial experience at “My Student Startup Story” Nov. 16. The event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week activities in the Little Rock area. Norman, former co-owner of Beyond Boundaries Outdoor & Adventure, will lead a discussion about what entrepreneurship looks like for college students in today’s startup landscape […]

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CSSC Students Work with Local Businesses

October 26th, 2016 by Gwen Green

Students in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Social Sciences and Communication are getting real-world experience in a business environment through the ASBTDC. In the spring and fall of 2016, ASBTDC assisted UALR faculty in the Applied Communication (formerly Speech Communication) and Rhetoric and Writing departments with designing opportunities for their students […]

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Increasing Tourism in Region Goal of Event

October 24th, 2016 by Gwen Green

Tourism is a major industry in Arkansas. Small businesses looking to capitalize on tourism are encouraged to participate in an event hosted by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas State University. “Increasing Tourism in Northeast and North Central Arkansas” will be Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 1-3 p.m. at The Sheid at ASU-Mountain […]

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