Business Briefs for Oct. 23, 2006

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Oct. 23, 2006 12:00 am  

• Arkansas Young Professionals Network's Economic Development Committee will present a Developers Forum from 5:30-7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. It will feature Joey Dean, vice president of economic development for the chamber and head of Metro Little Rock Alliance; Jimmy Moses, Moses Tucker Real Estate; Sharon Priest, Downtown Partnership; and Hank Kelley, Flake & Kelley Commercial Real Estate. Admission is free, but seating is limited. E-mail to reserve a spot.
• The average shopper is expected to spend nearly $791.10 this year on holiday merchandise, according to the National Retail Federation's 2006 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, up from $738.11 last year. Furthermore, shoppers will take advantage of sales and discounts during the holiday season to spend an additional $99.22 on themselves.
• Virgil Miller, senior vice president and director of community development for Metropolitan National Bank, has been named to the Little Rock Airport Commission by the Little Rock Board of Directors. He succeeds Gene Fortson, who resigned his position after becoming a member of the Little Rock Board of Directors. Miller will serve a five-year term expiring in December 2011.
• The Small Business Development Center of Arkansas State University will present a three-hour seminar, "Cash Flow Planning for Small Businesses," Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to noon at the East Arkansas Planning and Development District in Jonesboro. Registration is $30. To register, call (870) 972-3517. The center also will present a three-hour seminar, "Starting a Business in Arkansas," on Oct. 30 from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $25.
• Grande Maumelle Sailing Club will host the 2006 U.S. Sailing Champion-ship of Champions Regatta for the Jack Brown Trophy Oct. 25-29. This year's regatta will be held in the Y-Flyer Class. Grande Maumelle Sailing Club, with more than 160 members, has an active Y-Flyer fleet and recently hosted the Y-Flyer national championship. Drew Daugherty is regatta chairman. For more information, call Jack Myers at (501) 225-7329 or e-mail
• The Ozark Headwaters Group of the Sierra Club will hold a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Powerhouse Sea-food in Fayetteville. For more information, call Steve Smith at (479) 443-9706 or e-mail
• Who's Your Daddy Inc. has signed a distribution agreement with Harbor Distributing Co. of Little Rock to distribute the entire line of Who's Your Daddy "King of Energy" Drinks in Arkansas. Harbor currently distributes Miller, Coors and imported beers. Nick Pierce is president of Harbor Distributing.
• The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Institute for Economic Advancement has two new publications ready for distribution, the 2006 Arkansas State & County Economic Data and 2006 Arkansas Personal Income Handbook. The $10 economic data publication contains data on population, covered employment and payrolls, total personal and per capita income, sales, bank deposits, value added by manufacture, market value of agricultural products sold and total real and personal property assessments. The $15 personal income handbook presents the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates of total and per capita personal income as well as additional detail on the sources of personal income by type and major industry for Arkansas. Checks should be made payable to UALR-Economic Research and mailed to: Neva Wayman, Economic Research, UALR Reynolds Bldg. Room 415, Institute for Economic Advancement, 2801 South University. Little Rock 72204-1099.
• Zurich American Insurance Co. has contracted with American Manage-ment Corp. of Conway to handle AMC's specialty program claims that are underwritten by Empire Fire & Marine Insurance Co. These specialty programs include fuel marketers and service station-repair garage. AMC has been providing insurance in these niche markets for more than 15 years and is considered one of the largest writers in these product lines.
• The Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program — in its 60th year and the oldest farm family recognition program in the country — has been added to the Southeastern Farmer of the Year program. The winner is named each October at the annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, Ga., one of the nation's largest agricultural trade shows. The 2006 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year will be named Dec. 8, and that family becomes eligible for the Southeastern Farmer of the Year award.
• PI Roofing of North Little Rock will hold an open house at 11:30 a.m. and a ribbon cutting at their North Little Rock office and warehouse facility at 6109 Remount Road at 2 p.m. on Oct. 26. PI Roofing is the largest dealer of CertainTeed roofing material in Arkansas.



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