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Hutchinson, AEDC Launch 'Arkansas Inc.' to Recruit, Retain Companies

Hutchinson, AEDC Launch 'Arkansas Inc.' to Recruit, Retain Companies
Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to attendees at the Arkansas Economic Developers’ winter conference about Arkansas Inc. Thursday in Little Rock.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston launch "Arkansas Inc.," a new brand campaign to recruit companies to Arkansas while encouraging those here to continue to grow.
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Simmons Bank Drops National, Applies for State Charter

Simmons First National Bank of Pine Bluff, the largest national bank chartered in Arkansas, filed a conversion application with the Arkansas State Bank Department.
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Cities in Arkansas Scrambling to Fill Vacant Walmart Locations

Since Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced last month it was closing 154 stores in the United States, Gentry Mayor Kevin Johnston has been on the phone and sending emails trying to attract a grocery store to the Benton County town.
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Lawrence County Bank Gets Insurance Settlement in Embezzlement Case

The Walnut Ridge lender received an insurance settlement of almost $2.7 million, pumped its equity capital back above $20 million and ended 2015 with net income of $1.27 million. That compares with $2.7 million in 2014. read more >

Spencer Jones Heads Right Down the LineGard

It may be a little early to say Little Rock wunderkind entrepreneur Spencer Jones, a member of the 2015 Arkansas Business 20 in Their 20s class, is returning to his roots. But the growth of his latest venture is allowing Jones to revisit the innovative nugget that got him started on his entrepreneurial path back in 2014. read more >

Arkansas Sees Volume, Value of Biggest Deals Drop

The value of mergers and acquisitions last year reached a record high worldwide and in the United States, but Arkansas was a different story. read more >

Personal Income in Arkansas Metro Areas See Increase

The eight metropolitan areas of Arkansas reported increases in local area personal income in 2014, with growth ranging from 1.6 percent in Pine Bluff to 4.1 percent in Fort Smith. read more >

When Every Day's a Super Bowl (Ross Cranford Expert Advice)

Everybody knows that the Super Bowl is one of the most watched televised events of the year — 114.4 million viewers in 2015, the largest U.S. audience in history. And every client is now trying to reach customers where, increasingly, they live: on mobile devices. But as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently said, “We have a Super Bowl on mobile every day.” read more >

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Debbie Northington Hired as New Windstream VP (Movers & Shakers)

Debbie Northington has been hired by Windstream Holdings Inc. in Little Rock as vice president of human resources. read more >

Ed Linck Joins Conway Area Chamber of Commerce (Movers & Shakers)

Ed Linck has been hired as chief operating officer of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. He succeeds Lindsay Henderson, who will now serve as chief revenue officer, a newly created position. read more >

Arvest Adds Bill Jeffs to Central Arkansas Team (Movers & Shakers)

Bill Jeffs has joined Arvest Bank in central Arkansas as a wealth management and regional investment officer. Jeffs has more than 40 years of experience, including executive management positions in several large, multinational financial service firms. read more >

YES Competition Recognizes Top Student Entrepreneurs

The 2016 Youth Entrepreur Showcase brought together the top 25 student teams, representing students in grades 5-8, for the competition's Expo Day. read more >

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