Business Services Archive

Arkansas Capital Corp. Gets CDFI Designation

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2015 01:28 pm

The exclusive designation as a CDFI was made by the U.S. Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. A CDFI is a specialized financial institution working in market niches underserved by traditional financial institutions.

Fayetteville Firm Gets NASA Grants to Make Circuits for Venus Probe

by Mark Carter 7/28/2015 10:46 am

Ozark Integrated Circuits of Fayetteville has received two grants from NASA to develop heat-resistant circuits that can operate on the surface of Venus and AEDC board approval to further develop its patent-pending UV detector.

Zero Mountain Plans Expansion at Fort Smith Headquarters

by Mark Carter 7/28/2015 10:06 am

Zero Mountain Inc., which provides cold and dry storage warehousing, is planning a $14 million, 90,000-SF expansion and has acquired a 206,000-SF warehouse adjacent to its headquarters on Highway 45 South.

Venture Center Launches Pitch 'N Pint Contest

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/27/2015 03:11 pm

The Venture Center launched its Pitch 'N Pint series of startup pitch contests at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock's River Market District.

Community Banks Feel Regulatory Pinch

by Marty Cook 7/27/2015 12:00 am

The Dodd-Frank Act celebrated its fifth anniversary last week, but it's probably safe to assume many community bankers in Arkansas didn't feel like partying.

Simmons First National Ramps Up Growth Via Acquisition

by George Waldon 7/27/2015 12:00 am

Simmons First National Corp. covered some serious ground among growth-minded Arkansas lenders on the acquisition trail. Tandem out-of-state, stock-swap purchases during the first quarter increased the size of the Pine Bluff bank holding company by a whopping 65 percent.

NLR Medical Office Draws $1.1M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 7/27/2015 12:00 am

Innovative Real Estate LLC, led by Ahmed Ghaleb, bought the former home of Stonebriar Imaging at 3320 Springhill Drive from Arvest Bank of Fayetteville.

EquityNet's Judd Hollas Sees Plenty of Room in Crowdfunding

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/27/2015 12:00 am

Before founding EquityNet in 2005, Judd Hollas was division manager for Beta-Rubicon Inc. of Fayetteville, a consulting firm specializing in technology assessment and business due diligence services. He has 20 years of experience as an independent technology analyst and investment manager in the private and public domains.

Noble Impact, Minnijean Brown Trickey to Talk Education Opportunity Gap

by Mark Carter 7/23/2015 01:45 pm

Noble Impact, the Little Rock nonprofit that introduces social entrepreneurship to primary- and secondary-school students, will join Little Rock Nine member Minnijean Brown Trickey on Saturday for a discussion of education opportunity gaps facing minority and under-represented students.

ABC Financial Lays Off 42

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2015 11:23 am

ABC Financial of Sherwood, the contract billing subsidiary of Jim Bottin Enterprises Inc., has laid off 42 employees after hoped-for business failed to materialize, its CEO confirmed.

Kavanaugh Branch Kicks Off Allied's Auction Run

by Mark Carter 7/21/2015 10:29 am

The Allied Bank branch at the intersection Kavanaugh and Cantrell in Little Rock's Heights neighborhood took to the auction block Tuesday morning, leading off a four-day run by Blackmon Auctions of Little Rock.

NWA Council Celebrates 25 Years

by Marty Cook 7/20/2015 03:51 pm

The Northwest Arkansas Council celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual meeting at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Monday.

Social Entrepreneurs Paired with Mentors at Boot Camp

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/20/2015 01:39 pm

Aspiring social entrepreneurs from Arkansas were paired with mentors at the 2015 Social Entreprenurship Boot Camp held at the University of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain.

Hark, Go Rogue Partner to Expand Entrepreneurial Media

by Mark Carter 7/20/2015 08:50 am

A licensing agreement will bring Go Rogue's content to the Hark network this fall. Go Rogue interviews area entrepreneurs, and Hark records conversations between entrepreneurs and innovators in central Arkansas.

Fayetteville Company Sues After Getting Stiffed on Chicken Fat

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/20/2015 12:00 am

Kow Commodities Inc. of Fayetteville said it delivered poultry fat and other products to Ethos Holdings LLC of Southlake, Texas, but was stiffed on the bill, according to a lawsuit that is now in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville.

UCA Adds Three Undergrad Courses to Online Offerings

by Austin DuVall 7/20/2015 12:00 am

The University of Central Arkansas in Conway has launched UCA Online, an online course portal offering three new undergraduate completion programs.

Biodiesel Industry Falters; Lack of Support Cited

by Austin DuVall 7/20/2015 12:00 am

Declining gasoline prices that cut demand for biodiesel and the increasing popularity of compressed natural gas as a fuel are two other factors behind the industry's doldrums, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and others say.

Delta Bioenergy Goes Local in DeWitt

by Austin DuVall 7/20/2015 12:00 am

A micro-refinery in DeWitt is the test site for a much larger initiative by Delta Bioenergy, a project powered by Communities Unlimited of Fayetteville, a nonprofit. The organization's goal is to provide infrastructure services to underprivileged areas and allow for lasting economic and entrepreneurial growth.

Winrock Place Purchase Approaches $2.9 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 7/20/2015 12:00 am

The sale of a 24,817-SF office building in Little Rock's Riverdale area tipped the scales at $2.87 million. A 7,847-SF office building in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1 million sale. And a 10,043-SF warehouse and land in North Little Rock changed hands in an $805,000 transaction.

Harbor's Leslie Davis on How Companies Can Reduce Waste, Regulation

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/20/2015 12:00 am

Leslie Davis, vice president and principal at Harbor Environmental & Safety of Little Rock, co-founded the environmental, safety and engineering consulting firm with Trena Adair in 2007. Davis specializes in acquisition assistance and implementation of compliance management systems.