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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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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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ASBTDC’s Blake Norman, Nancy Knighten, and Rebecca Norman served as industry mentors for student teams during the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Regional Program, held May 13-27. Eight teams comprised of graduate students, research faculty members, and industry mentors from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and University of Arkansas […]

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 […]

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Fine Serving on National Operations Committee

October 9th, 2015 by Gwen Green

ASBTDC Associate Director Laura Fine is a new member of the Operations Committee for America’s SBDC, the national association of Small Business Development Centers. The Operations Committee advises the America’s SBDC board and works cooperatively with the board chair and association president to represent the 63 SBDC networks in negotiations with the Small Business Administration […]

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Fox, Harton Take on Center Director Roles

October 7th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Two regional offices in the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center statewide network have new center directors. William “Bill” Fox was named center director of the ASBTDC at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville following the summer retirement of Larry Brian. A business consultant at the center since 2007, Bill will continue to assist small business clients while […]

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State Star Hawkins Tours Silicon Valley

October 6th, 2015 by Gwen Green

Arkansas State Star Ronda Hawkins recently visited Intuit, Google, and Facebook headquarters. The Silicon Valley tour for State Stars was organized by entrepreneur and USA Today columnist Rhonda Abrams in conjunction with the Annual Conference of America’s Small Business Development Centers Sept. 8-11 in San Francisco. A State Star is chosen from each state, regional, […]

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ASBTDC Clients Utilize ASTA Funding

April 22nd, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center has helped several clients apply for and win awards through Arkansas Science & Technology Authority programs. Here’s a small sampling of ASBTDC clients who have received early-stage funding from ASTA. Technology Transfer Assistance Program Jeff Brown, Agri Wind Turbines Brandon Foshee, Fauxsee Innovations Robbie Linn, Poly Adaptive Dr. Tito […]

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Consultants Gain Insight Into Small Biz Exporting

April 10th, 2015 by Gwen Green

ASBTDC consultants across the state are beefing up on exports and international trade this year through the Export Assistance Counselor certification program. Developed by the U.S. Commercial Service of the Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, and the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, the training has two levels. The introductory level looks at the national […]

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Kauffman Experience Benefits 4

March 9th, 2015 by Gwen Green

ASBTDC’s Whitney Horton, Nancy Knighten, Jarrod Norwood, and Shannon Roberts participated in FastTrac® NewVenture™ Facilitator Certification Training, Jan. 21-22, at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo. Roberts also attended FastTrac Program Director Certification Training. FastTrac facilitators are trained to use Kauffman materials to drive learning by “presenting information, asking questions and directing structured, […]

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The  hosted “Growing Small Businesses and Capital” for central Arkansas lenders Nov. 21. Andrew Pack, community development specialist with the Little Rock Branch, organized the event after speaking with numerous bankers who were interested in better understanding what the state’s different small business service providers offer. Lenders were treated to lunch and heard about different […]

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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 […]

SBA Continues No-Fee Loans

October 1st, 2014 by Gwen Green

Borrowers will not have to pay fees on 7(a) loans of $150,000 or less, the Small Business Administration announced today. Likewise, veterans will pay no upfront guaranty fees for SBA Veterans Advantage loans of $150,000 up to $350,000. The fee relief measures were set to expire Sept. 30 but have been extended for the next 12 months. “We zeroed […]

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The Affordable Care Act and Your Business

December 30th, 2013 by Gwen Green

The Affordable Care Act is reality now, and businesses can’t ignore it. Small business owners need to develop a plan to ensure their businesses can handle the requirements of the ACA in 2014 and the coming years. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is offering training on the ACA around the state. Thanks […]

Veterans Field Hearing

November 15th, 2013 by Gwen Green

The ASBTDC Lead Center at UALR hosted U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, SBA Acting Administrator Jeanne Hulit, veteran business owners, and other guests for the “Warriors to Entrepreneurs: Business Opportunities for Veterans” field hearing Nov. 8. Janet Roderick and several veterans who are ASBTDC clients gave testimony, and Administrator Hulit announced fee waivers for SBA Express […]