The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) selects Capital Business Machines as the Family-Owned Business of the Year

Capital Business Machines logoCapital Business Machines, which began its existence since 1929 as Capital Typewriter Company on Main Street in downtown Little Rock, is owned by the Rogers Family, including Brett Rogers, president of the firm, along with his father, Bill, and two brothers, Byron and Bryce. In the fall of 2000, the Rogers family acquired Capital Business Machines with the mission of continuing to provide Arkansas with quality products and excellent customer service. Today, Capital Business Machines continues to offer the latest business technology to customers throughout the state and employs 16 in the daily operations.

Capital Business Machines

Capital Business Machines

Capital Business Machines is a growing and profitable business. This has been accomplished through the success of their efforts to attract more customers, excellent customer service and a consistent calling effort on commercial businesses and municipalities in the greater Little Rock area that want to acquire or have serviced business machines, i.e. computers, copiers, fax machines, etc.

Operating in a leased facility for 10-plus years in Little Rock, the company was able to acquire its own nearby building in Little Rock with the assistance of the SBA 504 loan through Six Bridges Capital Corporation, a Certified Development Company in partnership with the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group. This new headquarters provides the company with a modern facility and added space to accommodate future growth. This investment demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to remain in Little Rock and contribute to the growth of the community. Continue reading

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2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners Announced

Winners of the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition that is managed by The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, an affiliate of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, were announced yesterday at a luncheon hosted at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark.

Craig O’Neill, news anchor for THV11, served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which hosted approximately 760 business leaders, students, educators and supporters from across the state for the 14th annual Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup.

This year, 36 teams submitted business plans from 13 colleges and universities from across Arkansas for a chance to win a share of the $154,000 prize pool. First and second place winners of the undergraduate and graduate teams will compete against the top two teams from Nevada and Oklahoma for the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Award in May, where they will be competing to win a share of the $118,000 prize pool.

The 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup winners are: Continue reading

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Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Finalists Announced

Donald W. Reynolds Governor's CupTeams from six Arkansas colleges and universities were announced yesterday as finalists in the 4th annual Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition that is managed by The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, an affiliate of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group.

On April 9, winners will be announced in the following categories:

  • Graduate Best Business Plan First Place – $25,000
  • Graduate Best Business Plan Second Place – $15,000
  • Graduate Best Business Plan Third Place – $10,000
  • Undergraduate Best Business Plan First Place – $25,000
  • Undergraduate Best Business Plan Second Place – $15,000
  • Undergraduate Best Business Plan Third Place – $10,000
  • Graduate Innovation First Place – $5,000
  • Undergraduate Innovation First Place – $5,000

New for this year is the C. Sam Walls Entrepreneur Educator Award, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to honor Walls for his commitment to entrepreneurial education in Arkansas. Two college or university educators will be awarded the Walls Award along with a $2,500 cash prize each and $2,500 to their respective academic institutions for use in the furtherance of entrepreneurial education. Continue reading

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2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Awards Luncheon Scheduled April 9

Who: The Arkansas Capital Corporation and The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, which manages the  Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup, invite the media to attend the event for photo and interview opportunities. Lunch will be provided.

What: 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Awards Luncheon

When: April 9, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Wally Allen Ballroom, Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Ark.

Why: The Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup is a statewide collegiate business plan competition. This year, 36 teams submitted business plans from 13 colleges and universities from across Arkansas in hopes of winning a portion of the $154,000 prize pool. Winners announced at the luncheon go on to compete in the Tri-State competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, in May with cash prizes of $118,000. Governor Mike Beebe will be speaking at the event. Continue reading

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2014 Arkansas Small Business Person of the Year

Paul Reesnes and Mike Gueringer Custom Aircraft Cabinets

Mike Gueringer, left, and Paul Reesnes, co-owners of Custom Aircraft Cabinets. (Photo by Jason Burt)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently selected the owners of Custom Aircraft Cabinets, Inc., of North Little Rock as the 2014 Small Business Person of the Year for Arkansas. Custom Aircraft Cabinets is co-owned by Paul Reesnes and Mike Gueringer.

“Your hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your community have helped you succeed,” said Fred Baldassaro, assistant administrator, Office of Communications & Public Liaison, U.S. SBA. “The SBA is pleased to recognize your achievements and your role in driving our nation’s economic growth.”

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week (NSBW). NSBW recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation. According to the SBA, more than half of Americans who work either own or work for a small business.  Continue reading

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Arkansas Capital Corporation Is Pleased to Showcase the Work of Spencer Jansen, Sandra Sell and Matthew Gore

2nd Friday Art Night
The 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 April 11 2nd Friday Art Night with works by Spencer Jansen, Sandra Sell, and Matthew Gore in a show titled “Texture, Color and Shape.” The show is being 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, April 11 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

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RNT Duck Calls Wins 2nd Annual Battle of the Brands Competition

2014 Battle of the Brands Winner

RNT Duck Calls beat out Whole Hog Café in the final round of The Battle of the Brands tournament, hosted by The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group.

In the 2nd Annual Battle of the Brands competition, more than 67 Arkansas-based brands were nominated to compete in the 64-brand bracket that began in early March. Throughout the competition, more than 140,000 votes were cast, with RNT Duck Calls winning the “Emperor of Entrepreneurship” title in the competition.

Arkansas Capital introduced Battle of the Brands as a launch pad for arksourcelink.com, which is a website dedicated to providing resources to entrepreneurs, starts ups and businesses across the state. Continue reading

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