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Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

Metroplan last month released its latest “Metro Trends: Economic Review and Outlook,” which examines what it calls “the new economy” in central Arkansas in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
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Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013.
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Walgreens Tops List of Recent Seven-Digit Deals in Conway

A new quartet of million-dollar deals in Faulkner County has formed. Out front is the $4 million sale of a Walgreens at 850 Oak St. in Conway.
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UAMS Startup Receives $14.5M to Help Drug Users Break Addiction

InterveXion Therapeutics LLC, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures startup company, has received two federal grants totaling $14.5 million for development of drug therapies that can help methamphetamine drug abusers break their addiction. read more >

Three Tech Firms Moving to Downtown Conway, Plan to Hire 140

The firms making the announcement with Gov. Asa Hutchinson from downtown Conway were Metova Inc., of Franklin, Tennessee; Atlanta-based Big Cloud Analytics; and Conway's Eyenalyze. read more >

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital Announces Entrepreneurial Scholarship Program

XCelerate Capital of Little Rock has launched an annual Entrepreneurial Programming Scholarship program to help aspiring entrepreneurs, it announced Tuesday. XCelerate Capital is an early-stage venture fund launched earlier this month by tech founder Rod Ford. read more >

Innovate Arkansas Bringing Iron Yard Coding School to Little Rock

The Iron Yard offers intensive courses in Python, front-end, rails and mobile engineering as well as a startup accelerator, web design and kids classes. Little Rock courses will include front-end, rails and mobile and will begin in mid-2015. The Iron Yard aims to grow developers and help them find jobs after graduation from its courses. read more >

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services. read more >

New Ownership Visits Two Fayetteville Hotels (NWA Real Deals)

Northwest Arkansas Hospitality & Lodging LLC, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Hotel Group of Little Rock, bought the Fairfield Inn at 720 E. Millsap Road for slightly more than $1.6 million. Pinnacle is the third-party management team for the Sleep Inn, which is located next to the Fairfield Inn at 728 Millsap Road. read more >

Who Owns Customer Service? (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

Effective business leaders implicitly know that “the customer comes first,” so it's no surprise that one of the goals I hear most frequently from executives is for their organizations to raise the level of customer service. This is typically an element of other strategic initiatives, such as generating better customer retention, expanding the wallet share per customer or hitting a particular customer-satisfaction score. read more >

Newly Renamed Anstaff Bank Plans Growth

The former First National Bank of Green Forest changes its name as part of an expansion mode, moving outside of its historic base of operations with a nongeographic label in its name. Anstaff has nine branches in Carroll, Boone, Madison and Newton counties. read more >

How A Trans-Atlantic Investment Scam Ensnared Credit Union President Joyce Judy

The following story of how the president of a small credit union in Little Rock was ensnared in an international investment scam was pieced together from depositions and exhibits filed in the North Carolina civil case and from official documents filed in the criminal cases. read more >

Tyson Foods Gives $1M to Downtown Springdale Alliance

Tyson Foods Inc. has given $1 million to the Downtown Springdale Alliance, the nonprofit working to revitalize the city's original downtown. read more >

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