Business Services Archive

Investors at Technology Summit Advise Startups to Sell the Vision

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 04:05 pm

Investors participating in the Arkansas Technology Summit Thursday at the Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock said they'd prefer to see an inspired pitch from a potential investment target than a detailed business plan.

Spencer Jones Big Winner at ARK Challenge in Little Rock

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 09:10 am

Spencer Jones, a surgical nurse resident at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock, won an investment round of $150,000 for his innovative blood-draw device Wednesday at the ARK Challenge Demo Day in Little Rock.

Arkansas Technology Summit to Showcase Research-based Startups

by Mark Carter 11/12/2014 09:51 am

The summit will run all day Thursday from the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub's Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock.

ARK Challenge Showcasing Little Rock Startups at Demo Day

by Mark Carter 11/12/2014 08:27 am

The ARK Challenge is the tech-based startup "boot camp" launched in Fayetteville in 2012 through a federal grant that funded two installments. This year, the program was picked up by the state and private investors, continued in northwest Arkansas and expanded to Little Rock.

Two Pulaski County Apartment Projects Total Nearly $8.5M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Two Pulaski County apartment projects were purchased by an investment group from Brooklyn, New York, in deals that added up to nearly $8.5 million.

Windstream 3Q Profit Drops 74 Percent

by Lance Turner 11/6/2014 11:33 am

Windstream reports a 74 percent decline in third-quarter earnings as the firm continued to work toward spinning off assets into a separate, publicly traded company.

Mass Enthusiasm Announces Expansion, New Branding

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/6/2014 11:06 am

Little Rock's Mass Enthusiasm recently expanded its services to become a full-service marketing communications agency offering a range of services including marketing, public relations, technical development and media placement.

Coulson Oil Launches Diamond State Equipment

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/6/2014 10:36 am

Coulson Oil of North Little Rock launches Diamond State Equipment to function as a distributor of fuel dispensers, tanks and other industry equipment and services used by the retail outlets it serves.

Murphy USA Reports 3Q Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/6/2014 09:56 am

Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado on Thursday announced third-quarter income from continuing operations of $67.2 million, or $1.36 per diluted share, on revenues of $4.68 billion.

ARK Challenge's Skosay Looks to Open Private Channels for Consumers

by Mark Carter 11/6/2014 09:23 am

Fayetteville's Skosay has developed a private two-way communications channel for customers and businesses to share feedback in real time, and wants to be that next big NWA venture.

Acxiom Swings to Loss in 2Q

by Lance Turner 11/3/2014 04:52 pm

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock reported a $1.5 million second-quarter loss on Monday, down from a $9.8 million profit in the same quarter last year.

The Eason Brothers' 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Brothers Brandon and Michael Eason launched Passenger Baggage Xpress, their Little Rock startup, after working at the Clinton National Airport and realizing there had to be a better way to track luggage.

PBX to Launch Baggage Tracking at LIT, XNA

by Mark Carter 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Passenger Baggage Xpress aims to reconnect airline travelers with lost luggage in a fraction of the time it usually takes, and officially “goes to market” at Clinton National and Northwest Arkansas Regional airports.

Shackleford Road Veterinary Clinic a Good Home for New Owner (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Brian Barron, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is the new owner of Shackleford Road Veterinary Clinic at 304 N. Shackleford Road in Little Rock. Barron has practiced at the clinic since May 2008. He earned his DVM at Louisiana State University and practiced in Bastrop, Louisiana, for a year before coming to Little Rock.

The Mindful Leader (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Mindfulness as a leadership concept is becoming trendy. I worry when something this foundational becomes au courant, since topics that are trendy often get the inch-deep, mile-wide flavor-of-the-month treatment. The concept of mindfulness is centuries old. It is one of those few meta-skills that impact all other leadership capacities. And for most of us, it is a lifetime's work.

Vitamin Shoppe Attracts $3.7 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Big projects in North Little Rock change hands with an 8,200-SF retail project on McCain Blvd., a big piece of a 276,231-SF Gregory Street warehouse, and the closed Belwood Elementary school.

Household Debt: Delinquency Rate Hits Lowest Point Since '08

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

The New York Fed's Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit shows that overall household debt in the U.S. fell by $18 billion during the second quarter of 2014 compared with the first quarter. Housing debt stood at $8.62 trillion in the second quarter, while nonhousing debt was $3.02 trillion.

Bank Branch Count in Arkansas Dwindles After Mergers

by Gwen Moritz 11/3/2014 12:00 am

After reaching a peak of 1,513 in mid-2008, Arkansas' branch network had fallen to 1,388 as of this year's summary of deposits, which was released on Sept. 29. A net reduction of 54 branches happened in the 12 months that ended June 30.

David Bush Joins BancorpSouth As Senior Vice President (Banking Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

David Bush, formerly senior vice president and commercial lending manager at Delta Trust & Bank, has joined the staff of BancorpSouth in Little Rock as SVP.

Apple Pay, CurrentC Shake Up the Checkout

by Mark Friedman 11/3/2014 12:00 am

The battle over mobile payment platforms is heating up. On one side is Apple Pay, which launched Oct. 20 and encourages users to pay for merchandise with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Its rival is the payment system backed by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and about 50 other retailers: CurrentC, created by a joint venture called MCX, the Merchant Customer Exchange of Boston.