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Natalie Madison is part baker, part artist, part business woman.

When she decided to expand her cake business, she turned to her partners at the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

“Natalie has been a client of the ASBTDC for more than a decade and continually utilizes the services we provide. She always wants to learn,” said ASBTDC Business Consultant Whitney Horton.

Since 2013, Madison had owned and operated Natalie Madison’s Artisan Cakes LLC in Little Rock, specializing in three-dimensional sculptural cakes and intricate custom wedding cakes.

In November 2017, in addition to creating cakes, she began selling bakery supplies and offering classes from a new location with a new name, Art Is In Cakes Bakery & Supply.

The expansion was more than a year in the making. In 2016, Madison entered talks with Vanness, Inc., the central Arkansas supplier of all things cake baking and... Read More

 College Campus Concierge

Anna Morrison founded in Campus Concierge, a Fayetteville Arkansas based tutoring service, in the fall of 2013.  Campus Concierge provides the resources to help students reach their true academic potential and succeed at college and Anna is no stranger to success either.  A recent graduate of the SBA ScaleUp initiative and winner of SBA’s Region VI Young Entrepreneur award she credits her success to “doing what you know and learning while you go” and in part to the US Small Business Administration. Anna, also credits their success to her team. The Director of Operations, Ryan Taylor, has been with the business since the fall of 2014. “People are the core of our business, and we wouldn’t be here today if it weren't for the incredible team of people that truly believe in our core values and work extremely hard to provide exceptional customer service to every student that walks through our doors.

Anna comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and remarked her 78 year old... Read More

Arkansas Shades, Blinds & Shutters, Inc.

As a little boy, Wayne Jaques was enamored with airplanes.  As soon as he was able, he joined the U.S. Air Force as a Jet Engine Mechanic working on C-130’s.  His hard work and passion paid off as he became a flight engineer, then an evaluator and an instructor.

After leaving the U.S. Air Force, his entrepreneurial spirit began in earnest.  Jaques started with mowing yards and in assisting as an all-purpose handyman.  His mother had sewn drapery, so he started playing around with different window treatments.  Eventually, he decided to focus his business on window treatments, and Arkansas Shades, Blinds & Shutters, Inc. was started in 1996.  His company is now the preferred window treatment provider for much of the commercial building and renovation being done in Arkansas.  He has done window treatments for the Clinton Library, much of UAMS, and here he pauses…..  “just an awfully lot of commercial buildings” Jaques states.

Jaques believes in being humble, striving... Read More

Musicworks

When Musicworks outgrew their space and needed an additional 10 lesson rooms and warehouse space for their burgeoning internet sales division, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was there to help. Musicworks credits their success and ability to grow, in part, to the assistance of the SBA. Greg Price, co-owner, will tell you that, “We couldn’t have done it without the Small Business Administration 504 Loan Product and Six Bridges Capital Corporation the Certified Development Company, providing the loan. Expansion would have been cost prohibitive.” Arkansas Musicworks is a Bentonville based retail music store and internet retailer that offers onsite music instruction. Starting in 2008 and having just celebrated their ninth anniversary last month, Musicworks and its sister company, the Arkansas Music Conservatory are located at 2400 SE J St. in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Greg Price was no stranger to the music industry when he acquired the assets of a piano store that... Read More

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