Business Services Archive

John Glasgow to Dillard's: ‘Call Off the Dogs'

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

The relationship between the management of CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock and half-owner Dillard's Inc. was under tremendous stress in the days before CDI's chief financial officer disappeared on Jan. 28.

Jonathan Brawner, Mastermind of One Failed Kidnapping, Claims He Hid John Glasgow's Body

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Jon Brawner masterminded the early morning kidnapping of a businessman with the intention of forcing him to transfer money from his company to offshore accounts. But things went wrong — fatally so. This is not the story of John Glasgow, although Brawner now claims to have helped bury the body of the construction executive who vanished four years ago after leaving his Little Rock home before dawn.

Process Server Relates ‘Look of Terror' on Face of Bond Scammer Kevin Lewis

by George Waldon 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Kevin Lewis wasn't a high-profile guy until he started attracting lawsuits and the attention of federal investigators in connection with allegations of bank fraud involving multiple lenders. The day-to-day whereabouts of Lewis might be as enigmatic as the man, but Andy Myers can tell you where Lewis was on Feb. 3. That's the day he caught up with Lewis at his parents' home in Searcy.

Former Theater Owner Tony Rand, Five Sons Guilty of $110 Million in Scams

by George Waldon 3/31/2014 12:00 am

A nearly seven-year stretch in prison apparently served only to inspire a vastly larger interstate scheme from Texas. This gambit involved Tony Rand, now 70, and his five sons swindling hundreds of oil and gas investors of more than $110 million. Some suspect their schemes at times resembled a plot line in a zany 1968 movie “The Producers.”

Signs of $14.7 Million Medicare Fraud from Mountain Home Doctor Date Back for Years

by Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

If Dr. Stacey M. Johnson of Mountain Home had not died earlier this year at 63, he likely would have been charged with overbilling Medicare by $14.7 million, according to a criminal investigator's affidavit that was recently made public.

Unemployment Rates Down in 29 States, including Arkansas, in February

by Lee Hogan 3/28/2014 10:36 am

Arkansas was one of 29 states to see jobless rates decrease in February from the previous month. But the state's unemployment rate remained above the national average.

Video: Acxiom's Scott Howe on Privacy, Data at Delta Trust Conference

by Lance Turner 3/28/2014 09:28 am

Acxiom Corp. CEO Scott Howe is continuing to make the rounds, explaining Big Data, marketing and consumer privacy.

Highway Department Cleaning Contract at the Center of Another Complaint

by Mark Friedman 3/26/2014 05:22 pm

The cleaning company that lost the $380,000 Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department janitorial contract last month has filed a petition with Pulaski County Circuit Court to get it back.

CardioWise Software Chosen for National Heart Study

by Mark Carter 3/26/2014 01:49 pm

CardioWise has partnered with federal agencies to provide its cardiac analysis software for a national clinical research study, the Fayetteville startup announced Wednesday.

Acxiom: Less Than 2 Percent Have Opted Out of Data Collection

by Lance Turner 3/26/2014 11:06 am

AdWeek this week sits down with Acxiom Corp. CEO Scott Howe to talk privacy, data collection and regulation.

NWA Aims Message At Site Selectors

by Marty Cook 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Northwest Arkansas is aggressively campaigning site selectors for companies outside the region to promote itself as a place for investing and not just a "blank slate." The project comes after a survey of site selectors showed half knew little about the region beyond Wal-Mart and Bentonville.

Batesville to Start Work on $22M Community Center

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

The approximately 100,000-SF center will feature a gym that can hold three basketball courts, a walking/running track, a catering kitchen, fitness rooms, meeting rooms and indoor swimming pools.

Women Can — And Men Can, Too (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/24/2014 12:00 am

There may be a few jobs out there in which every man — person — for himself is a winning strategy, but a rising tide generally does lift all boats. All of us should ask: Am I protecting myself to my own detriment? Would I be more successful or happier or richer or less stressed if I shared the opportunity?

Kristi Crum of Verizon on Keeping a Line Open for Rural Communities

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Kristi Crum began her career in 2001 as an analyst for Alltel Corp. in Little Rock. She continued working for the company following its acquisition in 2009 by Verizon. She has worked at Verizon's headquarters in New Jersey and was most recently director of retail sales for Verizon's northern California region. Her current position will return her to her home city of Little Rock.

Lawsuit Alleges Dirty Work by Cleaning Service

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Razorclean Maids Inc. of North Little Rock was awarded a $380,000 one-year contract from the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department. The janitorial contract had been held by O.J.'s Service Two Inc. of North Little Rock. And apparently it wasn't happy about losing the work, according to Razorclean's lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Jobless Rate Down in Most Arkansas Metros

by Lee Hogan 3/21/2014 10:21 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped five-tenths of a percentage point in January compared to numbers from a year ago.

UA Leads Way with 10 Finalists in 2014 DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 3/20/2014 02:54 pm

Eighteen teams from six Arkansas colleges and universities, including 10 from the University of Arkansas, have been named finalists in the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition.

Student Entrepreneurs Launch 'Gourmet Holery,' Hope to Partner with Copper Grill

by Mark Carter 3/20/2014 09:22 am

A pair of Little Rock high-school students are in the process of launching the city's first "gourmet holery," and they might be doing so in partnership with a prominent local restauranteur.

Mike Beebe Names 36 Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 03:08 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday announced a judicial appointment as well as 36 appointments to state boards and commissions.

Mortgage, Credit Card Debts Down in Arkansas; Auto Loan Debt Rises

by Lee Hogan 3/17/2014 02:58 pm

In a trend that was seen across the country, Arkansas residents reduced mortgage and credit card debts, but increased auto loan debts in the last quarter of 2013.