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New Website Makes It Easier for Entrepreneurs to Open a Business in Arkansas

Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.

DreamItDoItArkansas.com officially launched today with a feature that asks aspiring entrepreneurs five simple questions about their business. Based on the answers, the site presents a curated summary of the federal, state and local government requirements for opening a business, including licenses, permits, tax obligations and other documents. Finding and figuring out what forms are necessary has been a huge hurdle for many first-time entrepreneurs.

“I know firsthand that navigating layers of government can be frustrating,” Secretary of State Mark Martin said. “Our goal with this website is to make the process easier for anyone who is thinking of starting a business in Arkansas. Our vision for DreamItDoItArkansas.com is to streamline interactions between all Arkansas businesses and government agencies.”

The site’s modern design and inspirational message to first-time entrepreneurs is a delightful contrast to traditional government websites. Bold colors, video, adaptive photography, single-page responsive layout, and social media features are wrapped in the motivating theme “Dream It Do It.” The concept celebrates successful Arkansas small business owners and encourages site visitors to follow their dreams. The result is a stunning website that sounds like a mentor – someone a first-time entrepreneur would seek out for advice when starting a business.

In the spirit of mentorship, Arkansas.gov is running a social media “Share Your Startup Advice” Photo Challenge from June 26 through July 9 to help promote the site launch. Arkansas entrepreneurs can write down their startup advice, snap a selfie with their words of wisdom, and post the photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DreamItDoItArkansas for a chance to win an Arkansas Venture Center membership. Official details are available at DreamItDoItArkansas.com/PhotoChallenge.

About Information Network of Arkansas

The Information Network of Arkansas (INA) is a public-private partnership between the state of Arkansas and the Arkansas Information Consortium that helps state government entities Web-enable their information services. INA operates Arkansas.gov, the official website of the state of Arkansas that offers more than 1,200 state and local online services. Little Rock-based AIC is part of eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included three times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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