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House Speaker Wills on Accelerate Arkansas, Venture Capital

New Speaker of the House Robbie Wills, D-Conway, gave his first speech to a joint session of the 87th General Assembly. In his remarks, he touched on his goals for the session, which include issues in education, economic development and health care.Wills also talked about job creation, and had this...

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Coming Soon: Arkansas Entrepreneur Week

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is holding its 9th annual "Arkansas Entrepreneur Week" Jan. 26-30. The event includes two seminars, "Starting a Business in Arkansas" and "Growing Your Business in Tough Economic Times," that will be held in...

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Evaluating Tech Conferences: Are They Worth It?

Conferences. As entrepreneurs and VCs, you've got a chance to go to dozens of them each year. Often, the ROI on attending these events are questionable at best.The Startable blog has some guidelines to help you determine whether a conference is worth it. The author shares three reasons why he, as a...

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Why Don't Venture Capitalists Innovate?

Peter Hebert of PreHub, an online forum for private equity, asks a simple question this week: Why don't innovative VCs innovate?For a group priding itself on identifying, nurturing and commercializing innovation, it’s ironic that the venture capital industry resides in the relative backcountry...

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Recessions Are Good Times for Innovation, R&D

Peter Singer, the editor-in-chief for Solid State Technology magazine, has a pair of articles this month pointing out how recessions and other economic downturns can be fertile times for innovation and research and development.A recent report from Greentech Media and the Prometheus Institute, titled...

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Looking to 2009; Managing Your Mind in Tough Times

Two Arkansas Business columns this week carry guidance on negotiating the new year and these though economic times.First, Jim Karrh shares marketing knowledge that everyone needs to know for the new year. The keys revolve around knowing your customer and, first, your newest customers:It is easy to t...

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The Basics of Entrepreneurs

Stefan Schneider, who writes for a Sun Microsystems blog on how to connect start-ups, posts this week week about how to work with entrepreneurs.Many of the tips center around what the traits Schneider attributes to this passionate breed of innovator:Entrepreneurs have a visionEntrepreneurs know wher...

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Join Our Innovate Arkansas LinkedIn Group

There's lots of ways you can interact with Innovate Arkansas, including this very blog. But we've added yet another point of contact for the growing number of you who are addicted to online networking and social media.Innovate Arkansas is now on LinkedIn, the popular professional networking site you...

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Recession a Good Time to be Entrepreneurial

Echoing some of the optimistic statements we heard at last month's Venture Forum Conference is this piece from Forbes magazine that says recessions are usually great times to start a small business, and that this recession might be better than most:Recessions are arguably the best time to start a bu...

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Reminder: SBIR/STTR Deadlines Approaching

The Arkansas Small Business Development Center reminds entrepreneurs of approaching SBIR/STTR deadlines: Listed below are the upcoming deadlines for entrepreneurs planning to compete for Phase I awards under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfe...