Warwick Sabin, director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, appeared on Roby Brock’s Talk Business to discuss the Hub’s plans for opening the Argenta Innovation Center in the spring.
The Hub recently announced a $250,000 federal grant for the center, set to launch in the spring and which will include the already existing Arts Connection, the Launch Pad maker space, the Silver Mine co-working space and the STEAM Room space for students in partnership with EAST Initiative.
Innovate Arkansas client firm Sales Tax DataLink of Bentonville was profiled on ARScene.net, a site that features sports, entertainment and technology in Arkansas from INOV8 contributor Todd E. Jones.
In case you missed it, Sales Tax DataLink CEO Noel Hamm was interviewed by Kim Herrington. His firm offers a unique sales tax e-filing solution. Here’s an excerpt from the story:
ARScene: Can you give us a quick overview of the sales tax industry and what makes it so difficult for a new company to capture part of the market share?
Noel Hamm: Sales tax is a dynamic because each state determines the taxability of products and services sold and what tax rate structure applies. It is a moving target for taxpayers each month to keep up filing regulations, jurisdictional determinations and taxing concepts. There is a lot to consume.
Many entrepreneurs look for less barriers and competing with big established companies too difficult. It is the mindset not the opportunities that limit market share. The reality is the best technology will always win.
ARScene: Why sales tax software?
Noel Hamm: Not all business use software for sales tax compliance. Some, it is a manual choice due to cost or system limitation. Great sales tax software if flexible and adaptable. I love working with software that can fit needs of small business while easily handling Fortune 500 company needs.
Read the whole thing here. This one slipped by us back in October, but it’s a good profile of an IA client firm and a look into the business of e-filing.
PassionPull members were front and center during a group shot from Startup Weekend NWA.
It’s official. Noble Impact is partnering with Startup Weekend to bring the first-ever High School Startup Weekend to Little Rock.
The Arkansas High School Startup Weekend will play the Statehouse Convention Center Friday through Sunday, March 14-16.
Here’s more from Noble Impact:
Noble Impact is partnering with Startup Weekend to launch the first ever High School Startup Weekend. In partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and Google, this 54-hour educational event has been held in more than 500 cities in over 100 countries. We are extremely proud to host this inaugural high school event in Little Rock on March 14-16.
To insure a high quality learning experience, we are only accepting 15 teams of 4-6 students, which also must have a teacher accompaniment to facilitate throughout the weekend. The event will culminate on Sunday afternoon, March 16th, as student teams will pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges.
Here is a quick video to give you a taste of the 54 hour process known as Startup Weekend:http://vimeo.com/28872840.
Here is an article in Innovate Arkansas about our students participating at the NWA Startup Weekend in November: http://innovation.arkansasbusiness.com/blog/2013/11/20/passion-pull-another-example-of-thriving-youth-entrepreneurship/.
Attached is a one-page document including testimonials from students and teachers who participated in the NWA Startup Weekend.
Noble Impact’s mission is to engage students to pursue public service as entrepreneurs. This requires innovation, critical thinking and problem solving — all elements found in this 54-hour educational experience.
Last month, six Noble Impact students from Little Rock’s eStem High School participated in Startup Weekend Northwest Arkansas and created a startup called PassionPull. As we’ve noted here a lot recently, youth entrepreneurship is trending up in Arkansas right now.
Data from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (shared by Noble Impact) reveals that entrepreneurship engagement in students:
- Increased interest in college by 32 percent;
- Increased occupational aspirations by 44 percent;
- Increased leadership behavior by 8.5 percent.
More to come, but mark your calendars for March. Startup Weekend is returning to central Arkansas….with a twist.
Icepocalypse 2013: Perhaps not as bad as feared (not yet anyway), but still enough to shut down what usually is a bustling downtown Little Rock intersection, Markham and Scott, on a Friday mid-morning.
If a Links post is sent out on an icy day when a city essentially is shut down, is there anyone out there to read it?
Because of the wonder that is the World Wide Web, the answer, dear friends, is yes. We’re here to warm your Icepocalyse with this week’s Links.
There you have it. Bunker down, be safe and to paraphrase the World’s Most Interesting Man, stay warm, my friends.