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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, […]

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 […]

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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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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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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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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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center’s assistance to a northeast Arkansas company was recently featured on the small-business website 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Associates Physical Therapy Moves to New Facility

March 29th, 2016 by Gwen Green

Associates Physical Therapy has a new home. Nathan Tumlinson (pictured) opened the outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Little Rock 13 years ago. In 2014, Tumlinson and his wife Lisa decided to purchase land and move the clinic from a strip mall to a facility they would build. The new location opened two months ago […]

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ASBTDC Client Appears on CBS ‘Sunday Morning’

March 10th, 2016 by Gwen Green

Superior Bathhouse Brewery in Hot Springs National Park appeared on the national television news program Sunday Morning on CBS March 6. The brewery’s owner, Rose Schweikhart, is a client of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. The SBTDC at Henderson State University assisted Schweikhart for two years leading up to Superior’s 2013 opening […]

Based in Fayetteville, Jones Mobile Veterinary Service is the state’s first full-service mobile veterinary clinic. “Mobile practice allows me to do what I love while decreasing the amount of stress for the pets I treat and the owners that love them,” says owner and licensed veterinarian Dr. Robb Jones. “It also allows me to spend […]

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Couple Purchases, Renames Arkadelphia Business

March 1st, 2016 by Gwen Green

When Jackson and Brittany Rogers wanted to purchase Williams Saw Company, they turned to the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University. After acquiring the business in the fall, Jackson and Brittany changed the business’s name to 2 Strokes Saw and Small Engine. Located in Arkadelphia, the shop sells and repairs a […]

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Hobarts Grow Printing Business

February 24th, 2016 by Gwen Green

Sarah and Randy Hobart have a passion for printing. Their business, Paper Creations by Hobart Printing, is a leading provider of creative, personalized wedding stationery and event invitations. Hobart Printing began as a home-based business and operated out of the couple’s Benton home for more than a dozen years. The business moved into a storefront […]

Becky Jones purchased the McAlester Building in Magnolia and is turning a portion of the facility into an event center with help from the Southern Arkansas University ASBTDC. Jones’ first contact with the center was in April 2015. At the time, she was exploring several potential business opportunities. SAU ASBTDC Business Consultants Megan Whitehead and Julia Nipper walked […]

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North Shore Family Dental Care Opens in NLR

February 2nd, 2016 by Gwen Green

Dr. Brett DeCoursey opened his North Little Rock dental practice, North Shore Family Dental Care, Dec. 19. The first-time business owner worked closely with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center – but from afar. While in Hawaii for a dental residency program last year, DeCoursey maintained a long-distance relationship with the center based at […]

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Jonesboro Travel Takes Off

January 26th, 2016 by Gwen Green

Together, Amy Cantin and Larinda Rainwater have 50 years of travel planning experience between them. After being in the industry for so long, they knew it was time to open their own place. Their dream was realized when they opened the doors to Jonesboro Travel on Nov. 2, 2015. They were referred to Arkansas State […]

Real Life Apparel

January 20th, 2016 by Gwen Green

Friends Jasa Babb and Suzanne Gately along with Jasa’s daughter, Leighton, have created a new clothing line that expresses Southern style. Real Life Apparel, LLC sells T-shirts and hats for men, women, and children in a multitude of designs and colors. Each piece reflects “Southernly”themes, like sweet tea, pickup trucks, and American flags. Since its startup in […]

Creature Comforts opened in September to assist pet owners who work, travel, or just want their pets to have company during the day. The full-service boarding and day care business welcomes dogs, cats, other small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Owners Noel and Betsy Young Snyder, both former Little Rock Zoo employees, bring a combined 40 years […]

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Tucker’s Ready for 1st Holiday Season

November 12th, 2015 by Gwen Green

When Tanner and Kasey Rowland decided to pursue their dream of starting a western-style clothing store, they turned to the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University. Brandon Horvath, business consultant with the HSU ASBTDC, assisted the Rowlands with putting together a business plan and a set of detailed financial projections, […]

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“These cars are a precursor to the future,” says Bob Munger, co-founder of Sustainable Urban Mobility, or SUMO. Munger and co-founder Mikel Lolley met at a U.S. Green Building Council Conference five years ago and found that they shared a passion for electric vehicles and car sharing. The two opened their SUMO pay-as-you-go service in Fayetteville this summer. “Our low-speed electric […]

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Birth Central Doulas

September 24th, 2015 by Gwen Green

When Kayla Bradbury decided to pursue her dream of starting Birth Central Doulas, she turned to the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University. Birth Central Doulas is a birth services agency providing birth and postpartum doula support, childbirth education classes, and belly casting to families in Hot Springs and the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Blytheville Couple Achieves Dream

July 14th, 2015 by Gwen Green

The ASBTDC at Arkansas State University helped Greg and Beverly Rogers purchase Day’s Clothing, a men’s retail clothing store and Main Street anchor in Blytheville. Farmer’s Bank & Trust President Randy Scott referred the couple to ASBTDC’s Laura Miller. Miller was immediately impressed with their business sense and their explicit plans for the store. ASBTDC […]

Story’s on the Square

June 8th, 2015 by Gwen Green

A 38-year-old local business gave itself a new start last year. Lynn Story opened Story’s Sport Shop in Magnolia in 1977. Last August, the retailer moved downtown to the square. To reflect their new location, the couple renamed the business Story’s on the Square. “We love being on the square. It’s the best thing we […]

Using recipes handed down from past generations, Cisco and Dana Olvera recently opened Cisco’s Authentic Tex-Mex restaurant in Dover. The Olveras previously owned and operated a restaurant in Texas and are happy to be sharing special recipes with the people in and around Dover.  From enchiladas and fajitas to sopapilla cheesecake, all menu items are […]

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Camps Medical Pharmacy

April 4th, 2015 by Gwen Green

With the medical community rapidly expanding in the northeast sector of Jonesboro, Kemuel and Donna Camp, owners of Camps Medical Pharmacy, knew the time was right to relocate their business. The two realized that to continue their eight years of growth, they needed to be located in the area of town where the medical community […]

Blackboard Grocery & Eatery

February 18th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Blackboard Grocery & Eatery is a restaurant, a grocery, a deli, a beer stop, and a coffee shop all in one convenient location. Daily offerings include pastries from the Fayetteville Pastry Shop, a full coffee bar with Onyx Coffee Lab coffees, fresh breakfast tacos, artisan cheeses, soups, sandwiches, and a daily rotating menu of in-house […]