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Coffee Cakes Opens in Warren

April 21st, 2016 by Gwen Green

Too active for retirement, Donna Young became an “encore entrepreneur” instead. Her new business, Coffee Cakes, opened April 6. Young first envisioned Coffee Cakes in mid-2015. She wanted to give residents in the Warren area the opportunity to get specialty coffees, breakfast pastries, and light sandwiches locally and contacted the ASBTDC for help with her new business venture. […]

New Seminar: Getting to Know Your Customers

April 21st, 2016 by Gwen Green

Understanding your customers is crucial to small business success. Coming up May 25 in Little Rock, our new seminar, “Getting to Know Your Customers,” is recommended for both startup and existing businesses. Learn about no-cost marketing research tools and assistance to help you understand and define your market, find your competition, and keep up with industry trends. […]

Highlights from the Arkansas SBIR Road Tour

April 20th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative Arkansas entrepreneurs had the unique opportunity April 19 to meet directly with federal agency representatives from the Small Business Innovation Program. About 65 entrepreneurs attended the SBIR Road Tour event, with several driving in from Jonesboro, Alma, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, and Russellville. The Tour Little Rock was part of the national SBIR Road Tour’s South East leg. […]

License New Technologies from NOAA

April 20th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued licensing opportunities for new technologies: Time of flight mass spectrometer Cavity ring-down spectrometer for detection of NOy Flexible antenna for tracking tagged fish Coral in-situ metabolism sensor Microparticulate feeder for larval fish NOAA earth information system, TerraViz, and Science on a Sphere The NOAA Licensing and Partnership Opportunities document gives […]

ARPA-E Looking to Fund Energy Ideas

April 20th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy was created in 2007 to “identify the most urgent challenges the U.S. faces in maintaining leadership in key areas of science and technology.” Since 2009, ARPA-E has funded over 400 potentially transformational energy technology projects. ARPA-E Request for Information ARPA-E has issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the development of […]

Explore SBIR/STTR Program Through Free Online Course

April 20th, 2016 by Sarah Ricard

New funding opportunities will soon be available within the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Health and Human Services Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs.Currently, the National Science Foundation is open to new SBIR/STTR proposal applications. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center offers a free, self-paced […]

SBIR Road Tour

April 14th, 2016 by Gwen Green

The nationwide SBIR Road Tour is coming to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock next week. The tour will be at UALR April 19 to promote the federal Small Business Innovation Research program. SBIR and its sister Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) provide $2.5 billion annually to small companies for state-of-the-art research and product […]

The Export Snapshot, a new tool ASBTDC offers, gives small businesses a sense of their international opportunities. “Without a doubt, exporting represents an untapped market opportunity for small businesses, yet many Arkansas businesses overlook customers outside the U.S.,” said Heather Robinette, ASBTDC consulting and market research manager. “The snapshots are designed to provide small business owners initial […]

Somewhere Out There: Testing New Markets

April 8th, 2016 by Nancy Knighten

When you are operating a business online, orders can come from local, national, or international customers. Some of these purchases are a result of your intentional marketing efforts while others are simply happenstance. As a business owner, taking charge of the happenstance and making strategic decisions for growth can lead to a perfect opportunity to enter new […]

Jonesboro-based Infinite Enzymes has been selected for a U.S. Department of Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research Phase I award to develop seed-based lipase and phospholipase production for enzymatic biodiesel. Infinite Enzymes is a biotech company founded in 2006. Dr. Elizabeth Hood is CEO of Infinite Enzymes and Distinguished Professor of Agriculture at Arkansas State University. She was inspired […]