On occasion, innovation-focused entrepreneurs may need specialized expertise to fully meet opportunities and challenges in their business pursuits. Some entrepreneurs wish to hire expertise to guide their management decisions. The ASBTDC provides the following list of public and private sector sources as a service to our web visitors. The ASBTDC does not offer an endorsement of any service provider. Instead, our intent is to offer resources for further investigation and evaluation by the user.
The ASBTDC supports innovation-based entrepreneurs in Arkansas through a variety of services and advice, including:
Rebecca Norman, Innovation Consultant
ASBTDC, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204
ASTA is a state agency that operates a number of programs and provides resources to businesses, researchers, educators and others. Resources for businesses include the Technology Transfer Assistance Grant (TTAG) Program, the Technology Development Program and the Seed Capital Investment Program. ASTA also approves or manages various state incentives targeted to innovation-based businesses engaged in research and development. Visit www.asta.arkansas.gov for more details.
Dr. Steve Stanley, Vice President Commercialization
ASTA, 423 Main St, Ste 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
AEDC serves technology entrepreneurs through its Business Development division. A variety of incentives are available. To learn about specific assistance and incentives, contact ADED or visit their website at www.1800arkansas.com.
Tom Chilton, Technology Development Manager
AEDC, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201
Several private sector consultants provide SBIR and STTR technical and cost proposal preparation assistance and advice for innovation-capable small businesses. Those service providers listed below are known within the SBIR/STTR community and have been speakers at several national or regional SBIR conferences.
Arkansas entrepreneurs and researchers are encouraged to contact Rebecca Norman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 501.683.7700 or 800.862.2040 (AR only), to learn more about SBIR/STTR opportunities. Entrepreneurs and researchers outside of Arkansas may wish to visit www.SBIRworld.com to locate state resources available in their geographic areas.
This network promotes product invention, new ideas, and innovation across Arkansas. Its goal is to help inventors and entrepreneurs find resources and assistance to evaluate, produce and market their viable product ideas and innovations. Visit www.arkansasinvents.org for more details.
Arkansas Inventor's Network
P.O. Box 56523, Little Rock, AR 72215
Technology entrepreneurs and inventors may want or need professional advice regarding the protection of intellectual property they create. The ASBTDC maintains a list of registered patent attorneys and patent agents in Arkansas. In 2006, the ASBTDC contacted registered attorneys and agents in Arkansas to identify other degrees they hold. The ASBTDC added this information from any attorney or agent that responded to our information request. This supplemental information identifies additional areas of technical expertise possessed by the individual. Visit http://asbdc.ualr.edu/technology/patent-attorneys.asp to access the list.
Technology entrepreneurs and inventors seeking engineering and fabrication help to develop drawings, make prototypes or get other engineering-related advice may turn to private sector engineering services. Some higher education institutions may also serve the community for a fee.
Machine & Electronics Shops
Graduate Institute of Technology, UALR
Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Research & Technology Park
University of Arkansas