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Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."   // read more

Chesshir: Startup Ecosystem Can Bring Downtown to Life

The nascent Main Street creative corridor and Little Rock technology park are revealing signs of life, but Jay Chesshir, president of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, believes the continued development of Little Rock's burgeoning tech-based startup ecosystem can help get it there.   // read more

Arkansas Innovation Leaders Meet with US Commerce Official

A "who's who" of Arkansas business and innovation leaders joined Delta Regional Authority co-chair and Arkansas native Chris Masingill and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams on Friday for a discussion on entrepreneurship and its role in economic development.   // read more

Chamber's New Entrepreneurship Director Poised to Help Startups Grow

Jordan Carlisle's new gig with the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce wasn't much of a stretch. After all, he already was working with the Arkansas Venture Center out of space donated by the Chamber, and the new duties mirror his agenda as a local startup champion.   // read more

LR Tech Park Receiving 'Genuine Interest' from Prospective Tenants

Brent Birch, the director of the Little Rock Tech Park, told the park's board on Wednesday that he has received "genuine interest" from local companies interested in being a part of the park.   // read more

Rosalind Brewer Becomes Northwest Arkansas Council Co-Chair

Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam's Club, has take over as co-chair of the Northwest Arkansas Council for 2014-15. She takes over for one of the council's founding members, Mark Simmons, who is also chairman of Simmons Foods in Siloam Springs. Simmons served as co-chair since June 2013.   // read more

Wal-Mart: When It Comes to New Ideas, Try, Try Again

Wal-Mart took what it learned from the "Scan & Go" app to create another service: It found that customers like being able to track their spending, an insight that became the impetus for a program that enables shoppers to store electronic receipts.   // read more

$21.5M Children's Museum 'Amazeum' Taking Shape in Bentonville

The Amazeum, billed as an interactive children's museum, isn't scheduled to open until 2015, but after years of planning it is at least beginning to take physical shape.   // read more

ASTA Receives $3M Federal Grant to Reduce Crop Stress

The funds will be spread out over three years and used to create an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art Bioimaging Consortium that will enable researchers to adapt food, fiber and fuel crops "to meet the challenges of a changing climate and a growing world population."   // read more

Arkansas Venture Center Launches Pre-Flight Accelerator Course

Backed by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Pre-Flight will be held on Monday nights over a 14-week period beginning Sept. 8 from the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the program.   // read more

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