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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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center’s assistance to a northeast Arkansas company was recently featured on the small-business website AllBusiness.com. Medex Waste owners Shane and Melissa Nichols and have worked closely with the ASBTDC at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. “I don’t think we could have made it without them. Without them there […]

The variety of small businesses served by ASBTDC is almost limitless. When asked about his current clients, consultant Jarrod Norwood rattled off 12 different types of businesses – including a restaurant, landscaper, tire shop, salon, dentist, app developer, and custom furniture maker – before drawing a breath to think of others. “One of the hallmarks […]

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Using LinkedIn to Connect with Potential Customers

July 12th, 2016 by Martha Londagin

LinkedIn now has more than 400 million members worldwide, and can be an inexpensive and easy tool to use to find potential customers for your small business. A recent Social Media Examiner article entitled “How to Use LinkedIn to Connect with Prospects” by Melonie Dodaro provides some great tips for the effective use of this […]

Mint Delta Care: Serving Where Needed

June 15th, 2016 by Martha Londagin

“I knew even in dental school that when I opened my dental practice I wanted to be where I was needed and could be part of the community,” says Dr. Trent McCord, owner of Mint Dental Care in Centerton. “My wife and I wanted to be part of a small town like Siloam Springs where […]

TSilvey Videography Gets Rolling

May 27th, 2016 by Kelli Listenbee

After graduating from the College of Media and Communication at Arkansas State University in 2014, Tyler Silvey was hired full time by the school for his videography skills. With a year of experience under his belt, Silvey knew that he wanted to do more and turned to the ASBTDC at A-State to help him launch […]

Summer QuickBooks Classes

May 26th, 2016 by Gwen Green

A shoe box is no way to keep up with your business expenses. QuickBooks accounting software is a popular option for small businesses. You can get acquainted with QuickBooks and develop your skills at QuickBooks seminars hosted by ASBTDC. Using our laptop computers, participants get hands-on training and experience in the QuickBooks environment. On July 22, […]

Cultivating Content

May 25th, 2016 by Kelli Listenbee

Cultivating content is an essential part of any marketing strategy. This is the collection, creation, organization, and dissemination of content to be utilized within your marketing plan. Just like a small business, our office also needs to cultivate content. We usually start with organization and building a content calendar. We begin with the easy days […]

RP Detail Gets Certified, Expands

May 17th, 2016 by Brandon Horvath

When Roger Perry, owner and operator of RP Detail in Arkadelphia, wanted to expand his business, he turned to the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University. In business since 2007, RP Detail offers high-quality automobile. Perry has grown the business with a commitment to exceptional customer service, including picking up and dropping off […]

Couple Opens Cosmetology School in Russellville

May 13th, 2016 by Ronda Hawkins

Corey and Bridget Price of Knoxville opened Edge Salon Academy, a cosmetology school, in Russellville in December. With a capacity of 30 students, Edge Salon Academy uses “state-of-the-art methods in a state-of-the-art facility.” Two instructors assist the owners in leading personalized classroom and hands-on education. “We put our students first and teach them beyond passing a test. We want […]

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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. […]