The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will offer free business startup training in American Sign Language for deaf entrepreneurs, as well as free events for existing businesses that want to become more “deaf friendly.” On Oct. 13, licensed ASL interpreters will help conduct “Starting a Business in Arkansas” and “How to Write a […]

Increasing Small Business Exports Is Center’s Goal

September 10th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Less than one percent of the state’s small businesses export goods, a number the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center wants to increase. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, only 1,758 of the more than 242,000 small firms in Arkansas exported in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available. “We […]

The Bistro Opens in Paris

September 2nd, 2015 by Gwen Green

Craig Alderson has a history steeped in delicious food. Alderson’s resume includes teaching others to cook in Arkansas Tech University’s Hospitality and Continuing Education departments and in Dallas on the Project Husband show. Alderson has also judged dishes in SkillsUSA competitions, worked at Mount Magazine Lodge and Chamberlyne Country Club, and was one of 12 chefs chosen for […]

Small Business Center Produces Large Economic Impact

September 1st, 2015 by Gwen Green

By providing small business owners with the tools and support they need to succeed, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is driving economic development. Businesses assisted by the ASBTDC network increased sales 17.8 percent more than the average Arkansas business, generated $16.2 million in tax revenues, and produced jobs at a brisk rate, […]

Mary Schultz of Little Rock has been making church vestments for 30 years and turned her needlework into a small business, Exodus39 Custom Church Vestments. She restarted the home-based enterprise when her family moved to Arkansas from Wisconsin in 2014. Schultz believes that vestments, through their colors and symbols, bring alive the story being told […]

Mustard Seed Children’s Academy

August 25th, 2015 by Gwen Green

“I have a deep commitment and personal passion for quality education and care for pre-school age children,” says Josephine Adesina, owner of the new Mustard Seed Children’s Academy in Bentonville. “All my adult life I found myself involved with children’s programs and children’s activities outside my professional life,” said Josephine, who previously worked in accounting […]

Exporting Expert to Lead Workshops

August 19th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Want more customers? Expand your market beyond the U.S. border with exporting. ASBTDC has invited Elyse Eriksson, managing director of Export Connector and creator of The Riddle of the Exporter, to lead three full-day exporting workshops. The events are Oct. 13 in Fort Smith, Oct. 15 in Little Rock, and Oct. 20 in Jonesboro. Eriksson will share […]

Lawn Doctor of Hot Springs

August 18th, 2015 by Gwen Green

When Todd and Janis Rucker decided to purchase Lawn Doctor of Hot Springs, they turned to the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University. Throughout the acquisition process, the couple worked with Brandon Horvath, business consultant at the center. He helped them identify the financial growth potential for the business, set […]

Brush Up on Trademark Basics Aug. 12

August 3rd, 2015 by Gwen Green

How are you protecting your intellectual property? Aug. 12 in Little Rock, “Trademark Basics: What Every Small Business Should Know Not, Not Later” will look  at the differences in trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name registrations, plus critical factors in selecting a trademark that will be both federally registered and legally protectable, and more. […]

Getting Businesses on the Map with Google

July 16th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Small businesses that have complete business information online are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers, and listing your business with Google makes it easier for customers to find you online. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is partnering with Google on its national project to get every local business “on the map” and listed […]