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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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Norman Recognized as Arkansas State Star

September 30th, 2016 by Gwen Green

Rebecca Norman of Little Rock was honored as the State Star for Arkansas Sept. 19 at the 36th Annual Conference of America’s Small Business Development Centers in Orlando. Norman is the innovation consultant for the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business. She […]

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State Summit for Life Science Companies Is Oct. 19

September 30th, 2016 by Gwen Green

The Arkansas Life Sciences Summit organized and hosted by UAMS BioVentures is coming up Oct. 19 in Conway. Patrick Plues of Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) will be the keynote speaker. The summit will also showcase life science-based companies from Arkansas and include breakout sessions and panel discussions. The companies presenting will include Infinite Enzymes LLC, […]

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Guerrero Serving Up Culture Along with Coffee at 211 Café

September 6th, 2016 by Martha Londagin

“The moment of coffee, to me, is the moment to talk,” says Mauricio Guerrero, owner of 211 Café just off the Bentonville Square. Guerrero, a native of Guatemala, moved to Bentonville with his wife, who works for Wal-Mart. “Opening a coffee shop has been a dream of mine for years even before moving to the […]

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Four sessions focused on the customer will comprise the first STaR Institute at the Arkansas Hospitality Association’s annual Vendor Showcase and Convention. The showcase, the largest hospitality industry event in Arkansas, is Sept. 14-15 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will lead the educational sessions, which will […]

How to Get In With the B Crowd

August 2nd, 2016 by Kelli Listenbee

Most entrepreneurs are familiar with common business structures like S Corporation and LLC (Limited Liability Company). Even if they aren’t familiar with all of the details, they’ve at least heard of them. Contrarily, you may be less familiar with B Corps. Certified B Corps, or Benefit Corporations, help to combine the spirit of a non-profit […]