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Gurdon Girding for More Bank Competition
Darwin Hendrix

Gurdon Girding for More Bank Competition

The competitive field of banks in southern Clark County could triple in the near future. Bank of Delight (Pike County) has opened a branch in Gurdon, and Southern Bancorp Bank of Arkadelphia intends to open operations there.
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Site Selector: Arkansas' Strong Economic Development Teams An Asset

Phil Schneider is the board chair of the Site Selectors Guild and has been in the industry for more than 30 years. The guild is meeting in Little Rock this week.
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Online Recruitment Works If Done Correctly, Experts Say

Automated job-match programs — like Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, Career Builder, Dice and the state-run Arkansas JobLink — are still useful, but experts say employers have to use them smartly to get the best results.
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Exorcising Business Monsters (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Rather than dwell on the demons and monsters, here's an executive coach's version of sunlight, wooden stakes and the other talismans useful to exorcise the Halloween crowd from your place of business.
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Jacksonville Valero Valued in $1.2M Transaction

This week's quartet of multimillion-dollar Pulaski County real estate transactions consists of a west Little Rock home, a Jacksonville convenience store, a Sherwood commercial site and a North Little Rock day care. read more >

Signs of the Times (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Most of us who have been in the workplace for a while have encountered the most frustrating kind of co-worker: the one whose hard skills are good, or good enough, but whose soft skills create tension. read more >

Construction Contractors Team With Pulaski Tech with Free Training Class to Fill Spots

More companies are embracing the notion that on-the-job training is good business. Under that banner, members of the central Arkansas construction community are banding together to fill employment gaps in their ranks. read more >

Ritter Communications Invests in Onboard Training

Helping new employees fit in is considered the starting point of training, according to Leha Pemberton, director of training and development at Ritter Communications in Jonesboro. read more >

Employment, Earnings Tied to Education Credentials

Unsurprisingly, the more education a worker has the likelier she is to have a job and the higher her earnings are, although a professional degree — physician, lawyer — means both a lower unemployment rate and higher earnings than a doctoral degree. read more >

No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can't find the right workers to fill positions. read more >

Employers Seek Hires With Soft Abilities Like Attitude, Teamwork

“Skills gap” discussions often pivot on abilities or qualifications that employers find in short supply, but broader communication and human interaction traits are more likely to determine success or failure on the job, human resources experts say. read more >

$2.8 Million Transaction Visits LR's Legacy Hotel (Real Deals)

SHG Management LLC, led by Kishan Patel, bought the 86-room Legacy Hotel at 625 W. Capitol Ave. The seller is Southern Comfort Inns Inc., led by Amin Amarshi. read more >

Natalie Ghidotti on If There's an Overlap Between Skills and Generation Gaps

Natalie Ghidotti is the CEO and principal of Ghidotti Communications of Little Rock, a public relations consulting firm serving clients in all industries. read more >

Arkansas Unemployment Rises to 4 Percent

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point, from 3.9 percent in August to 4 percent in September. read more >

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