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Dept. of Energy Seeks SBIR/STTR Proposals

August 24th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative researchers with ideas for new energy concepts to address market needs are encouraged to explore the Department of Energy FY2017 Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer funding opportunity announcement. Proposed ideas must respond to an agency-identified topic from the DOE’s research topic list. Interested applicants must submit letters of intent by Sept. 6 using instructions found […]

Securing Water for Food Challenge

August 24th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Scientists and entrepreneurs with an interest in helping produce more food with less water in developing countries and who have piloted innovations may find a fit within the Securing Water for Food Challenge. This funding competition is intended to source and accelerate innovations that will enable the production of more food with less water or […]

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 […]

Fayetteville’s SurfTec, LLC recently received notice of a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and test a new nanoparticle composite coating to support greater wear life for electric motors. Once commercial ready, the technology will be ideal for food-and-beverage processing plants as well as the pharmaceutical industry. The vision of SurfTec […]

Trends in Biomass Production

August 10th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The U.S. has the future potential to produce at least one billion dry tons of biomass resources annually without adversely affecting the environment, according to a recent report jointly developed by the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Biomass resources include agricultural, forestry, waste, and algal materials. One billion dry tons of biomass could produce […]

White House Plan to Scale Up Microgrids

August 9th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Following a White House summit to boost the growing combination of renewables and energy storage, the Obama Administration identified several initiatives to scale up microgrids, energy storage, and renewable energy. Several military and private projects in the U.S. were included in these initiatives. Examples: Alaska Microgrid Innovation and Commercialization project at the University of Alaska, […]

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 […]

Chris and Kristi Sherrill of Star City remember the days of pulling up to Speedy Burger and ordering the famous chips and cheese dip. For many years, Speedy Burger was the hot spot for locals and travelers alike. Located on Hwy. 425 and within walking distance of the Star City schools, the restaurant was also […]

Friends Partner to Purchase Fort Smith Restaurant

August 2nd, 2016 by Ronda Hawkins

Drew McGuire and Roland Johnson, lifelong friends, purchased Fort Smith’s Catfish Cove in April. The restaurant, in business since 1971, is known for its all-you-can-eat seafood buffet and “Crab Leg Tuesdays and Saturdays.” McGuire worked with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech University on acquisition planning and loan packaging. “I […]

ASBTDC Client Wins More SBIR/STTR Funding

July 27th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center client Ozark Integrated Circuits has won two federal research awards totaling $275,000 to further research and develop extreme environment circuits. In the past 13 months, Fayetteville-based Ozark IC has been awarded five Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer projects with a total value of over $1.25 million. […]