Business Services Archive

Iron Yard Coding School: A 'Game Changer' for Arkansas Tech Startup Scene

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 12:02 am

The Iron Yard coding school will launch in Little Rock this May, and it's being hailed as a “game changer” for the state in the evolution of its budding tech startup ecosystem.

Franchises Still Rule the Roost of Top Restaurants in the State by Receipts

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The Chik-fil-A location at 6201 W. Markham Street reported more than $4.6 million in 2014 gross receipts, up 4.8 percent from 2013. Chik-fil-A locations, owned by CFA Properties Inc. of Atlanta, also appeared at No. 6 on the Little Rock list, No. 4 in North Little Rock, No. 1 in Conway, and at Nos. 2-4 on the Top NWA Restaurants list.

Pyramid Transaction Adds Up to $2.9M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/2/2015 12:00 am

A 17,192-SF commercial project in west Little Rock weighed in at $2.9 million. More than 168 acres near Maumelle are under new ownership after a $1.2 million foreclosure sale. And an 11.5-acre apartment tract in west Little Rock changed hands in a $1.1 million deal.

Central Arkansas Industrial Vacancy Rate Slips

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for industrial space in central Arkansas fell slightly in fourth-quarter 2014, slipping to 11.6 percent compared with 11.7 percent in the third quarter and 11.8 percent in fourth-quarter 2013.

Turner Grain Trustee Asks for Chapter 7 Liquidation

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Acting United States Trustee Daniel Casamatta says keeping the company in Chapter 11 is just costing the company additional administrative expenses.

Marriott GM Bill Spencer Checks In With 3 Tips on Creating a Top Workplace

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Bill Spencer was named general manager of the Little Rock Marriott in January. He previously was GM at the Hilton Memphis, which, like the Marriott, is operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts of Atlanta.

Aerospace Industry Works To Get Word Out

by Marty Cook 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The seventh annual Arkansas Aerospace Summit will be held March 10-11 at the Crowne Plaza in Little Rock. It is being hosted by the Arkansas Aerospace & Defense Alliance, a group of aerospace companies that was formed in 2012.

Arkansas Travel Agents Say: We're Still Flying High

by Marty Cook 3/2/2015 12:00 am

A decade after the airline industry bid them bon voyage, travel agents have found niches that allow them to survive and even thrive.

US Economic Growth in Q4 Revised Down to 2.2 Percent

by Associated Press 2/27/2015 11:22 am

The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.

Cameron Smith, Karen Fetzer Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2015 05:14 am

Cameron Smith of Cameron Smith Associates of Rogers and Karen Fetzer of the Rotary Club of Little Rock won executive of the year awards at Thursday's 27th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2015 11:37 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

Allegiant to Start Nonstop, Seasonal Flights from LIT to LAX

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2015 03:23 pm

Allegiant Travel Co. says that on June 4 it will begin nonstop, seasonal jet service between Little Rock and Los Angeles.

Bourbon & Boots Launches Jewelry Line with Dillard's

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 01:48 pm

Innovate Arkansas client firm Bourbon & Boots, from Little Rock entrepreneur Matt Price, has partnered with Dillard's, the department store chain based in Little Rock, to launch a new line of Southern-themed jewelry.

Merger Match Brings on Ken Clark as 'Chief Storyteller'

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 10:17 am

Clark will consult with co-founders Bridget Farris and Alese Stroud and lead the development of strategic relationships for Merger Match's proprietary corporate acquisitions assessment tool.

Mel Coleman of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Elected President of National Group

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 09:37 am

Mel Coleman, CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Salem, has been elected president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association board of directors, the organization announced Monday.

KA on IA: Kristian Andersen on the Future of Arkansas Techpreneurship

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Kristian Andersen talks the future role of Innovate Arkansas and what's ahead for tech-based entrepreneurship in Arkansas. The next step? Developing homegrown talent, he says.

I.O. Metro CEO Lou Spagna To Retire

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Spagna, 65, was named CEO of the home furnishing retail company in 2012 to replace founder Jay Howard. I.O. Metro has selected a replacement from outside the company who will serve as co-CEO with Spagna until Spagna leaves, and Marketing Director Amber Langston said that announcement will be made March 1.

Infiniti, Walgreens Locations Lead Off Recent Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Our offerings are varied in this edition of million-dollar transactions: An auto dealership, a Walgreens, an office-warehouse, a neighborhood retail center, a parking lot and a big home.

Investors Scoop Up Former Dollar Generals (NWA Real Deals)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 12:00 am

An investment group bought two former Dollar General buildings in northwest Arkansas for a total of $775,900. Raymond Merrill paid $1.9 million for University Village Center at 1545 W. 15th St. in Fayetteville. And Adam Yates, owner of Razorback Awning & Ironworks, bought the former home of Dennis Home Furnishings at 3525 S. School Ave. in Fayetteville.

Wilmington Apartments Visited by $3.9M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/23/2015 12:00 am

The sale of a 120-unit apartment complex in North Little Rock weighed in at $3.85 million. Construction of a 25,000-SF home improvement store is in motion after a $2.1 million land deal in west Little Rock. And a 55,565-SF mini-storage facility in southwest Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.7 million.