Category Archives: Lending News

Small Business Guide to Exporting

import-exportWith the emergence of e-commerce, businesses can now sell and ship their products around the world much easier than in the past.

Many small businesses don’t think they have the ability to export their products. Just figuring out where to get started often seems like a monumental task. There are quite a few resources out there that can help jump start exporting for your business.

 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers lots of great resources for helping get started. One is the Export Business Planner.

This downloadable tool allows you to save and customize your work as you progress through the tool. The tool includes:

  • How to determine your export readiness
  • Training and counseling information
  • Worksheets for global market research
  • Financing information and options
  • Customizable export business plan and marketing plan templates

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Arkansas Capital Corporation Is Pleased to Showcase the Work of Neal Harrington, Tammy Harrington, and David Mudrinich

2nd Friday Art NightThe Arkansas Capital Corporation Group (ACCG) is dedicated to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Arkansas succeed. Arkansas artists are certainly entrepreneurs. In 2013, ACCG began showcasing the work of Arkansas artists in our offices and began hosting open houses open to the public to help support the artists, as well as provide our community of staff, clients and visitors with a chance to be inspired by the art and be able to network at our offices as part of downtown Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night. We are continuing that successful public-artist venture with the March 13th Friday Art Night with works by Neal Harrington, Tammy Harrington, and David Mudrinich in a show titled “Inside the Valley”. Robert Bean is the show curator.

Whether you are interested in learning more about the many lending products or just need a little visual inspiration, please stop by our offices Friday, March 13 from 5-8 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. The artists will all be at the event to discuss their work, and all work is for sale with proceeds directly benefiting the artist.

Our offices are located at 200 River Market, Avenue, Suite 400, Little Rock, AR 72201. Two nearby parking decks, as well as street parking are available. We are at Trolley Stop 10. Additional details about the trolley are available here. Continue reading

SBA Tool Helps with Market Research

If you are a small business owner, you need to know how your business stacks up with the competition in order to succeed. A free tool released by the Small Business Administration, SizeUp, will help you manage and grow your business by benchmarking it against competitors, mapping your customers, competitors and suppliers, and locating the best places to advertise.

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IRS Offers Arkansas Businesses Resources to Avoid Common Mistakes

TaxesThe Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided Arkansas Capital Corporation with some educational material based around two topics that, according to their research and experience, commonly trip up new business owners. Those topics are recordkeeping and understanding gross business receipts.

Understanding these topics and others presented in the material will help the small business owner be more successful. The IRS deals mostly with taxing businesses, but they also provide materials related to other topics that may be helpful. The goal of these educational materials is to give the user a starting place when trying to troubleshoot problems that may arise when starting their own small business. Continue reading

Arkansas Capital Corporation Is Pleased to Showcase the Work of Ashley Saer, Dan Thornhill, and Elizabeth Weber

2nd Friday Art NightThe Arkansas Capital Corporation Group (ACCG) is dedicated to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Arkansas succeed. Arkansas artists are certainly entrepreneurs. In 2013, ACCG began showcasing the work of Arkansas artists in our offices and began hosting open houses open to the public to help support the artists, as well as provide our community of staff, clients and visitors with a chance to be inspired by the art and be able to network at our offices as part of downtown Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night. We are continuing that successful public-artist venture with the February 13th Friday Art Night with works by Ashley Saer, Dan Thornhill, and Elizabeth Weber in a show titled “Life by Design”. Robert Bean is the show curator.

Whether you are interested in learning more about the many lending products or just need a little visual inspiration, please stop by our offices Friday, February 13 from 5-8 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. The artists will all be at the event to discuss their work, and all work is for sale with proceeds directly benefiting the artist. Continue reading

Last Chance to See the Works of Kathy Strause, Taimur Cleary and Christie Young

“People, Places, and Things”

2nd Friday Art NightThe Arkansas Capital Corporation Group (ACCG) is dedicated to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Arkansas succeed. Arkansas artists are certainly entrepreneurs. In 2013, ACCG began showcasing the work of Arkansas artists in our offices and began hosting open houses open to the public to help support the artists, as well as provide our community of staff, clients and visitors with a chance to be inspired by the art and be able to network at our offices as part of downtown Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night. We are continuing that successful public-artist venture with the December 12th Friday Art Night with works by: Kathy Strause, Taimur Cleary, and Christie Young in a show titled “People, Places, and Things”. The exhibit “People, Places, and Things” is curated by Robert Bean.

Whether you are interested in learning more about the many lending products or just need a little visual inspiration, please stop by our offices Friday, December 12 from 5-8 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. The artists will all be at the event to discuss their work, and all work is for sale with proceeds directly benefiting the artist. Continue reading

Live, Laugh, Love Learning Center

Live, Laugh, Love Learning Center

Jeramie and Bray Felton of Live, Laugh, Love Learning Center

Owning a business was a goal of Jeramie and Bray Felton of Hoxie, Arkansas. When a local child care center came up for sale, they knew it was time to make the leap. The Felton’s were referred to Center Director Laura Miller at the Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center by lenders at Arkansas Capital Corporation. They were working with Arkansas Capital Corporation to secure a SBA guaranteed loan for the business purchase.

Miller provided market research to help the Felton’s learn more about their competition and the demographics of the area surrounding the business. She reviewed their business plan and worked with them to prepare financial projections. Throughout the loan process, she continued to work closely with them to help them provide the information requested by their lender. Continue reading