Leo Orpin, co-owner of Springdale's Black Apple Crossing. He and two partners, both mircobiologists, started the company in 2014, and in 2015 opened the state's first cidery.
Thirteen Arkansas companies displayed their wares Sept. 29 in downtown Fayetteville at the ScaleUp Ozarks Cohort II Demo Day, marking completion of the 16-week entrepreneurial education program offered through Fayetteville firm Startup Junkie Consulting and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Participants characterized the program as “game-changing” and said the expertise and relationships they gained will fuel and guide their ventures. Startup Junkie is one of 15 organizations nationwide selected for the ScaleUp America Initiative program, which aims to increase jobs nationwide by bolstering the health of small firms.
The majority of new jobs in the U.S. (60 percent) are being created through small businesses, according to the SBA, but historically small businesses... [ MORE ]