Business Services Archive

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.

ProLand Title Buys Arkansas County Title of Stuttgart

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/31/2014 11:30 am

Title and abstract firm ProLand Title Company said Friday that it has purchased the assets of Arkansas County Title Company Inc. of Stuttgart.

Tech Park Has $522M Impact, UA Study Finds

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/30/2014 10:34 am

The Arkansas Research & Technology Park has had an economic impact of more than a half-billion dollars since it was opened 10 years ago, according to an analysis by the UA's Center for Business and Economic Research.

Dina Wood Named Senior Director of Development for UAMS Northwest

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/30/2014 10:30 am

Wood moves to UAMS Northwest from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, where she served as director of development. Previously, she spent 11 years in university advancement at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Bentonville's Transformation Subject of Ad Age Spotlight

by Mark Carter 10/28/2014 09:30 am

Bentonville finds itself in the Advertising Age spotlight Tuesday. Ad Age has a look at how Bentonville -- aka Vendorville -- and the region have been transformed by the growth of Wal-Mart and its cache of vendors on the ground in northwest Arkansas.

Bob Lamb, Longtime State Chamber Leader, Dies at 82

by Jan Cottingham 10/27/2014 08:58 am

Bob Lamb, who headed the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas for 25 years and worked on economic development in the state for many more, died Saturday in Fayetteville. He was 82.

McClelland Consulting Makes In-House Moves (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Adam Triche, a project engineer in the Little Rock office of McClelland Consulting Engineers Inc., has been promoted to partner effective Feb. 1, 2015, one of six new moves made at the firm.

Weyerhaeuser CEO Doyle R. Simons Says Housing Stats On Path Out of the Woods

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Simons has been a director of Weyerhaeuser since June 2012. He was chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland Inc. from 2008 to February 2012, when it was acquired by International Paper. He held various management positions with Temple-Inland, including executive vice president from 2005 to 2007 and chief administrative officer from 2003 to 2005. Before joining Temple-Inland in 1992, he practiced real estate and banking law with Hutcheson & Grundy LLP of Houston.

Mentoring and Entrepreneurship (James Wilbanks Commentary)

by James Wilbanks 10/27/2014 12:00 am

For close to 40 years now, mentoring in the workplace has been examined extensively in hundreds of peer-reviewed studies. The results of these studies demonstrate many benefits to the career success of the protege, the career of the mentor and the organizations that encourage informal mentoring or have developed formal mentoring programs.