Business Briefs (July 6, 2009)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jul. 6, 2009 12:00 am  

● The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation has approved a $250,000 deposit into the Hope Community Credit Union at College Station. Hope will use the deposit to increase its provision of commercial loans, mortgages, and consumer financial services to low-wealth people and communities.

● The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Arkansas Geological Survey are teaming up to show Arkansans how to become earthquake prepared. The Get Your Home Ready for Earthquakes seminar will be held on July 23 at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register, visit or call (800) 824-5817.

● Prairie Grove Telephone Co. has chosen Clearfield Inc. as its fiber management supplier for its Fiber to the Home program. PGTelco, a family-owned and -operated telephone company, is rolling out FTTH to portions of its 8,500 customers in five exchanges in northwest Arkansas.

● The 2009 Arkansas State Highway Map is now available from the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department. The free maps may be obtained at any of the Highway Department's district headquarters or at all Arkansas welcome centers. They are also available by calling (501) 569-2444 or online at

● The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation and the Central Arkansas Library System are sponsoring a free event from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on July 22 at the Darragh Center Auditorium to help nonprofit organizations learn how to use the Foundation Center resources at the library. Advance registration is required. Call Sarah Ziegenbein at (501) 918-3000 or email

● Wal-Mart Stores Inc. associates, customers and members raised $15 million to support the Children's Miracle Network hospitals between May 1 and June 14. Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit that raises funds for 170 children's hospitals in the United States.

● Acxiom Corp. has been named a Stevie award winner for marketing excellence in the 2009 American Business Awards. Acxiom was recognized for its Acxiom Evolution direct-mail campaign, which increased awareness of the company's broadening role in helping clients deploy integrated, interactive marketing initiatives.


● Camp Aldersgate's 26th annual Fish Fry will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 26. Camp Aldersgate offers camping programs for children with medical, physical or developmental challenges and programs for senior adults. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 4-11 and seniors (65 and over). For more information, call (501) 225-1444.

● AARP has launched an online money-saving prescription drug resource to help people avoid the "doughnut hole"- a coverage gap in Medicare's prescription drug program that leaves individuals on the hook for all of their own drug costs while still paying premiums. The AARP Doughnut Hole Calculator is available at A brochure about the calculator is also available by calling the AARP Arkansas State Office toll free at (866) 554-5379.

● Harding University's College of Pharmacy has been advanced to candidate accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The college will maintain accreditation for the standard two-year term through June 30, 2011. Candidate status is the second step leading to full accreditation. All colleges of pharmacy in the U.S. must be accredited by ACPE.

● The Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is adding Johnson, Logan and Pope counties to its current 17-county service area in central Arkansas. The three counties were formerly served by the ASBTDC office at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. The change was effective July 1.

● Galleria Retail Technology Solutions of Chicago, a merchandising services firm, has opened a new office at Bentonville to provide enhanced support for its growing U.S. customer base. Galleria currently works with customers including Wal-Mart, Tesco, Safeway, Morrisons, Giant Eagle and several of the world's leading retailers.

● Rice Belt Telephone Co. of Wiener has chosen Adtran Inc. of Huntsville, Ala., to provide its networking services. The independent telephone company selected the Total Access 5000 to give its customers higher bandwidth capacit

● The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas Small Business Council will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 9 in the chamber office in Little Rock. Phyllis Holifield, president of Priddy & Holifield PA CPAs of North Little Rock, will talk on "The Stimulus Package and How It Can Affect Small Businesses." Anyone planning to attend should call Jeff Thatcher at (501) 210-4205 by July 8.



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