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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 […]

Eason Opens Essential Frills in Maumelle

January 26th, 2015 by Gwen Green

With help from ASBTDC, Bridgette Eason turned her management and industry experience into her own business, Essential Frills. Located in Riverpointe Plaza in Maumelle, the cosmetics, accessories, and apparel boutique opened Dec. 17 and held a grand opening one month later. Eason, a cosmetics store manager for 10 years before branching out on her own, […]

Shield Aerodynamics Develops Bird Strike Solution

November 5th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

Pine Bluff-based Shield Aerodynamics LLC is developing a patent-pending Environmental Defense Shield (EDS) to protect jet engines from bird strikes. “Bird strikes to engines costs the aircraft industry billions of dollars each year in repair costs and generate over 500,000 hours of airport operations downtime in the U.S.,” said Wayne Duncan, product development manager of Shield […]

As an airport supervisor, Michael Eason saw passengers on a daily basis frustrated by the experience of losing their luggage. Michael decided to start his own business, Passenger Baggage Xpress, to develop a way for travelers to effectively track their bags throughout their travels. PBX recently received an $18,000 award from the Arkansas Development Finance Authority’s Risk Capital Matching Fund […]

The Dutch Oven Co.

September 5th, 2014 by Gwen Green

As a school teacher, August meant back-to-school time for Shantel Smith. This year, rather than return to the classroom, Smith started a business. “I enjoyed teaching, but at the end of the day, I wanted all the work I did to be something I could leave as a legacy for my children,” said the mother […]

Big Rock Mini Golf and Fun Park

July 25th, 2014 by Gwen Green

Marci Hugg Hall thought Little Rock needed a new leisure activity, especially for young people, that was affordable and safe, so she decided to make one. In 2013, with a master’s degree in recreation and an entrepreneurial family background, she dived into developing a family attraction – an idea she had been considering for a […]

Best Frickin Chicken in Town

June 11th, 2014 by Gwen Green

“I was going to do whatever it took to move my mobile food truck business into a brick-and-mortar store this year,” says Clayton Scott, co-owner of Fayetteville’s Best Frickin Chicken in Town. “We believed in our product, we had a vision, and we were tenacious.” The April 2014 grand opening of Frickin Chicken’s permanent location […]

DC Trash

March 10th, 2014 by Gwen Green

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center helped Dwight Dicus choose where to expand his solid waste business and obtain the $1.1 million loan needed for the expansion. Dicus, owner of DC Trash in Russellville, Ark., wanted to enlarge his industrial, commercial and residential waste management company’s service area beyond Pope, Yell and Saline […]

Reggie’s Lock & Key

December 30th, 2013 by Gwen Green

As an emergency medical technician and locksmith, Reginald (Reggie) Binns is used to dealing with people in crisis. Binns owns and operates Reggie’s Lock & Key. The full-time paramedic doubles as a full-time locksmith, providing quality locksmith services to Monticello and surrounding areas. Binns became interested in the locksmith trade while working at a towing […]

Galley Support Innovations (GSI)

December 30th, 2013 by Gwen Green

Galley Support Innovations is a family-owned business based in Sherwood, Ark., that has been in operation for over 50 years. The principals of the company are Gina and Wade Radke. GSI provides interior hardware to the aviation industry, and clients include Boeing, Gulfstream, Dassault Falcon, Delta, American Airlines, Hawker Beechcraft, and Sikorsky. The company was […]

Taste and See Chocolates and Gelato

December 27th, 2013 by Gwen Green

Long before meeting each other, Greg and Denay Maheu of Ashdown both dreamed of having their own candy shop. When Denay was five, she even made a wish on a dandelion that one day she would own a candy store. Greg’s love for candy making began while learning to make English toffee with his mother […]

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