Banking & Finance Archive

Arkansas' Top Exporters Recognized, Officials Call for Ex-Im Bank Renewal

by Mark Carter 5/19/2015 02:39 pm

At an awards ceremony recognizing the state's top exporters, Arkansas small business owners and an official with the U.S. Export-Import Bank called for the bank charter's renewal.

GOP Conservatives Confident They Can Kill Ex-Im Bank

by Associated Press 5/19/2015 11:29 am

Conservatives dominating the GOP-controlled House say they are increasingly confident about killing a little-known federal agency that subsidizes overseas purchases of U.S. exports.

Kim Kirkman Moves Up at Harding's American Studies Insitute (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Kim Kirkman has been named associate executive director of the American Studies Institute at Harding University in Searcy, replacing Bob Reely, who has held the position for 26 years.

TPA Promotes Job Creation (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Congress faces an important choice in the months ahead as it considers a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority. TPA is vital because economic growth and job creation at home depend on our ability to sell American goods and services to the 95 percent of the world's customers living outside the United States.

Kohl's Store Rings Up $9 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/18/2015 12:00 am

An 89,724-SF department store in Sherwood weighed in at $9 million. An 18,680-SF electrical subcontracting complex in North Little Rock shifted ownership in a $636,000 transaction. And an 8,316-SF commercial building in west Pulaski County changed hands in a $506,096 foreclosure sale.

A Steno Pool Survivor (Linda Nelson Commentary)

by Linda Nelson 5/18/2015 12:00 am

We were in the old post office on Capitol Avenue, which is now a part of the federal court complex in downtown Little Rock. It was old and had radiators, windows that opened and manual typewriters and calculators. I was 18 and already married one year. I was a GS-3 (on a scale of GS-1 to GS-15) clerk-steno, meaning I actually knew shorthand and could read it back and could type with all fingers.

Women Share Stories, Strategies About Leading, Growing Ranks in Business

by Lance Turner 5/15/2015 12:07 pm

Women must have an expectation that their potential is limitless, and organizations must understand that diversity is key to powering success, three women business leaders said at a panel discussion Friday morning. Includes video.

Bear State Posts $2.3M Profit in 1Q

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/15/2015 11:27 am

The publicly traded holding company for Bear State Bank collapsed three bank charters in the first quarter.

Jeffrey Busch to Lead Arvest Branch in Springdale

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/14/2015 11:48 am

Jeffrey Busch was named manager of Arvest Bank's branch on South Pleasant Street in Springdale.

Arvest Survey Shows Rising Consumer Sentiment in Arkansas

by Lance Turner 5/12/2015 09:00 am

Rising optimism among Arkansas couples with no children and the unemployed helped drive an increase in consumer sentiment this year, according to the Spring 2015 Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey.

Steve Bauman Joins Rose Law Firm (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Steve Bauman has joined the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock. He comes with experience in the areas of trusts, estate planning, real estate and taxation.

Jerry Spratt Honored by Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountains

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Jerry Spratt of Maumelle is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner who spent 38 years with the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit. As assistant legislative auditor and legislative audit administrator between 1980 and 2006, he was involved with more than 1,000 government audits that found shortages and obtained more than 100 confessions.

The Business Value of Listening (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 5/11/2015 12:00 am

There are reams of articles on listening, with approaches that vary widely. Most of what is required to listen, however, is to pay attention, remove distractions and remain fully present for the work in front of us.

Enrollment Continues Post-Recession Slump at Top Universities, Colleges

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

College enrollment in Arkansas topped out in the 2011-12 academic year, the second year of lottery scholarships when the state's unemployment rate was near its post-recession peak.

Professional Degrees Edge Doctoral in Earnings, Unemployment Rates

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The education categories in the graphic reflect only the highest level of education attained. They don't take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates.

Student Loan Guarantee Foundation of Arkansas Finding New Mission

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

A new identity, GuidEd Solutions, is in place for the Student Loan Guarantee Foundation of Arkansas. It's the first in a long list of new products that the SLGFA has the expertise to deliver if it can round up colleges and universities that are willing and able to pay.

Arkansas Worker Education Ready for Makeover

by Jan Cottingham 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Over a year after state Sen. Jane English began her crusade to reform workforce education in Arkansas, Charisse Childers is poised to carry out what English thinks is the centerpiece of that reformation: Act 892 of 2015, signed into law last month.

Bank of the Ozarks to Buy Bank of the Carolinas in $65M Deal

by Lance Turner 5/6/2015 03:48 pm

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock said Wednesday that it has agreed to purchase Bank of the Carolinas Corp. and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Bank of the Carolinas, in an all-stock deal worth about $64.7 million.

Simmons First Proxy: Pay Rise for George Makris, Payments to French Hill in 2014

by George Waldon 5/6/2015 02:31 pm

The compensation of the top executive at Simmons First National Corp. mushroomed by 135 percent in 2014, the year he succeeded J. Thomas May as CEO.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.