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The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University will host its first Diamond Lakes Region Hospitality and Tourism Conference in November. The conference will take place at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck, and will begin with a networking reception from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The conference is […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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ASBTDC Plans Webinars for Life-Sciences Ventures

December 13th, 2016 by Gwen Green

Beginning Feb. 7, a slate of live webinars hosted by ASBTDC will help life-sciences entrepreneurs and researchers explore commercialization options. Four guest experts will lead the sessions. The webinar schedule kicks off with Robert Vinson of the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer introducing the federal funding programs. […]

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 […]

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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The 2016 SBIR Road Tour will visit 15 states, and Arkansas is the first stop. The nationwide tour is coming to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Tuesday, 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 […]

After 22 years at the helm of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, State Director Janet Roderick is retiring, effective March 31. “I have had the privilege of working with a group of highly talented individuals here at UALR and with the SBTDC staff statewide who are committed to helping Arkansas entrepreneurs and […]

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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 […]

ASBTDC Sets Capital Funding Record

January 28th, 2016 by Gwen Green

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center helped clients obtain an all-time record $65.3 million in capital funding for their businesses in 2015. The $65,361,455 figure includes loans and other funding obtained by current and prospective small business owners with assistance from ASBTDC. Through our seven locations across the state, ASBTDC works with Arkansans […]

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With assistance from the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, Tocol Pharmaceuticals and Fauxsee Innovations have won state funding to support ongoing product research and development. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Science and Technology recently announced awards to the two companies. ASBTDC has helped six technology-based companies secure $281,861 through state channels […]

Videos Offer Startup Training in ASL

December 11th, 2015 by Gwen Green

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center’s two most popular seminars for prospective business owners are now available in American Sign Language on YouTube. New and future entrepreneurs who are deaf or hard of hearing can watch “Starting a Business” and “Writing a Business Plan” presented in ASL by licensed interpreter Timothy Lowe. The […]

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Knighten Earns Global Business Credential

November 24th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Nancy Knighten of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center has earned a prestigious international business credential. Knighten completed requirements in October for the Certified Global Business Professional designation from NASBITE International, the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators. She is a business consultant at ASBTDC, part of the University of Arkansas […]

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The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will offer free business startup training in American Sign Language for deaf entrepreneurs, as well as free events for existing businesses that want to become more “deaf friendly.” On Oct. 13, licensed ASL interpreters will help conduct “Starting a Business in Arkansas” and “How to Write a […]

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Increasing Small Business Exports Is Center’s Goal

September 10th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Less than one percent of the state’s small businesses export goods, a number the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center wants to increase. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, only 1,758 of the more than 242,000 small firms in Arkansas exported in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available. “We […]

Small Business Center Produces Large Economic Impact

September 1st, 2015 by Gwen Green

By providing small business owners with the tools and support they need to succeed, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is driving economic development. Businesses assisted by the ASBTDC network increased sales 17.8 percent more than the average Arkansas business, generated $16.2 million in tax revenues, and produced jobs at a brisk rate, […]

Face-to-face and online, ASBTDC is helping innovative Arkansas entrepreneurs engage with the federal agencies that award $2 billion annually to small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research program. ASBTDC recently brought two SBIR experts, Brent Elrod and Dr. Lenka Fedorkova, to Little Rock to network with Arkansas-based entrepreneurs and companies and share their agency-specific […]

For the sixth straight year, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has won a Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program grant from the Small Business Administration for outreach and technical assistance to science and technology-based small businesses. SBA announced the 20 awards totaling $2 million June 8. […]

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Assisted by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, three Arkansas companies have won federal Small Business Innovation Research funding this spring for ground-breaking product research and development. The awards total $444,999. GeneCoMe Biotech of Jonesboro and Fauxsee Innovations of Magnolia won SBIR Phase I funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A third company, Fayetteville-based Ozark Integrated Circuits, […]

Free Webinars for Arkansas Small Businesses

January 20th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Current and prospective small business owners can beef up their business knowledge and skills through free online training offered by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. The center is hosting 16 live webinars, or online seminars, through April on topics such as small business financing, marketing and legal issues. Most last one hour. […]

Businesses assisted by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center created more jobs and increased sales more than the average Arkansas business, an independent study shows. According to the recently released 2014 ASBTDC economic impact study, businesses assisted by ASBTDC in 2012… Increased employment 27.1% (versus 0.1% for non-clients) Created 1,256 new jobs Retained 520 […]

Green Recognized as State Star

September 10th, 2014 by Gwen Green

Gwen Green of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center was honored as Arkansas’ State Star Sept. 9 at America’s Small Business Development Centers’ 34th Annual Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Green, the center’s communications coordinator, received the State Star designation for being an exemplary performer, contributing significantly to the Arkansas SBTDC program and showing […]

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For the fifth consecutive year, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center has won a Federal and State Technology (FAST) program grant from the Small Business Administration for outreach and technical assistance to innovative, technology-driven small businesses. SBA announced the 22 awards totaling $2 million today. Eligible applicants, limited to one per state or […]

Beebe Recognizes SweepScrub.com for Exports

May 22nd, 2014 by Gwen Green

SweepScrub.com, a client business of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade in the small business category. Governor Mike Beebe presented the award to company founders Kyle and Scott Allmendinger May 22 at a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion. The brothers founded the business […]

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A resource available from the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center can help small business owners whose businesses were damaged or destroyed or operations interrupted by the April 27 tornado determine their next steps. ASBTDC’s Checklist for Re-Opening Your Business After a Disaster is a tool business owners can use to assess their financial position […]

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Business Recovery Center Opens in Conway

May 9th, 2014 by Gwen Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (SBA News Release) – The U. S. Small Business Administration, Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and Conway Chamber of Commerce today announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Conway. The center is specifically designed to provide key financial services to businesses impacted by the April 27 tornado. “Due to the severe property […]

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New! Small Business Legal Basics

April 17th, 2014 by Gwen Green

Small business owners seeking solutions for legal issues affecting their businesses can get tips from some of the region’s top law firms at a new event. Wednesday, May 7, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and event sponsor, Kutak Rock LLP, will offer “Small Business Legal Basics” from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. […]

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center uses cutting-edge research tools to help clients starting or expanding businesses make informed decisions. Those tools are often in the capable hands of the center’s graduate assistants. For more than 17 years, graduate assistants have done market research at ASBTDC, but the nature of their projects changed […]

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Hasley Promoted to Center Director at HSU

March 5th, 2014 by Gwen Green

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (March 5, 2014) – Leah Hasley was recently named the center director for the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University. Hasley takes over for Kelly Massey, who resigned in December to join the Florida Small Business Development Center Network. Hasley has been with the center for five years […]

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ASBTDC Helps Clients Obtain $65.2M

January 31st, 2014 by Gwen Green

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center helped clients obtain $65.2 million in capital funding for their businesses in 2013, a record for the organization. Spread over 192 individual projects, the figure includes loans and other funding obtained by current and prospective small business owners assisted by ASBTDC. In 2012, ASBTDC clients generated $55.5 […]

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Miller Takes ASU Helm

January 10th, 2014 by Gwen Green

JONESBORO, Ark. – Familiar faces are taking on new roles at the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas State University. Laura Miller became the center director Jan. 1. Miller, former ASU ASBTDC lead business consultant, takes over for Herb Lawrence, who retired after 17 years with ASBTDC. Miller has been with the […]