Business Services Archive

University of Arkansas Technology Park To Celebrate 10 Years

by Mark Carter 10/27/2014 12:00 am

The park encompasses a total of 126 acres, with three multitenant facilities and three multidisciplinary research facilities comprising roughly 285,000 SF of research and development capacity. More than 20 UA research centers, institutes and labs call the park home.

Georgia-Pacific Leads List of Largest Forest Products Companies in Arkansas

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

This year's list of largest forest products companies is little changed from last year. One company, however, ITW Shippers of Fordyce with 143 employees in 2013, fell off the list. It has been sold, according to a company employee, but the company failed to respond to repeated requests for information.

ArcBest Increases Dividend; ABF Freight Raises Rates

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/24/2014 03:46 pm

The board of directors of ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith says the company is increasing its quarterly cash dividend from 3 cents per share to 6 cents per share.

Picasolar Receives $800k DOE Grant for Solar Efficiency

by Mark Carter 10/23/2014 10:08 am

The $800,000 DOE grant will be matched by $200,000 from Picasolar. Douglas Hutchings, CEO of both Picasolar and Silicon Solar Solutions, said the SunShot awards are the most prestigious and competitive grants a solar startup can receive.

State of the South Report Cites Innovation Hub as Key to Arkansas Growth

by Mark Carter 10/22/2014 10:16 am

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock and its efforts to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and access to the "knowledge" economy were lauded in the just-released 2014 State of the South report from MDC.

ARK Challenge: Fair Share Data Swinging for Fences, Consumers

by Mark Carter 10/20/2014 01:35 pm

Matt Bakke's idea for an "anti-loyalty" program for businesses and consumers led to the founding Fair Share Data in Bentonville and applying for the ARK Challenge's fall installment in Little Rock.

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

by Gwen Moritz 10/20/2014 12:00 am

The list includes 247 current-year superintendents of public school districts and a few charter schools, and it ranks them by the total compensation package — salary plus benefits — paid to the superintendent of that school district in the 2013-14 academic year.

Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

by Mark Friedman 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business reviewed the Administrator's Compensation Survey reports filed with the state Department of Higher Education for the 2010 and 2014 fiscal years. In the four-year period, the number of six-figure employees included in the report increased from 460 to 703.

Tom Cotton and Me (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/20/2014 12:00 am

If you care about these things, you know that last week I interrupted Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., during his so-called “debate” against three opponents in the race for U.S. Senate in order to ask him to actually address my question.

Maumelle Warehouse Attracts $11.2M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/20/2014 12:00 am

A 484,932-SF warehouse project in Maumelle tipped the scales at $11.2 million. Construction of a 30,000-SF office building is following a $2.3 million land deal in downtown Little Rock. And a North Little Rock car wash is under new ownership after a $1.72 million deal.

UCA, UALR Redesign Their MBA Programs

by Jan Cottingham 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Two central Arkansas universities have redesigned their MBA programs recently in an effort to better meet the needs of students and employers and to set themselves apart from other schools.

Asa Hutchinson to Energy Group: I'll 'Push Back' Against EPA

by Mark Carter 10/17/2014 04:38 pm

Arkansas gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson addressed the annual conference of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association Friday afternoon in downtown Little Rock, and as expected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon emission regulations were addressed.

TiFiber Receives ASTA Funding for Development of Antibacterial Treatment

by Mark Carter 10/17/2014 08:27 am

Fayetteville's TiFiber has received a $75,000 investment from the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority for further development of an antibacterial treatment.

Roy Slagle Retires as CEO of ABF Freight; Tim Thorne to Replace

by Marty Cook 10/16/2014 11:07 am

Roy Slagle retired as CEO and president of ABF Freight System Inc. on Wednesday after 37 years. ABF Freight is the largest subsidiary of ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith. ArcBest announced Thursday that Tim Thorne would replace Slagle as ABF Freight president.

ARK Challenge: Spencer Jones' Light Bulb Moment Could Benefit Patients

by Mark Carter 10/14/2014 08:44 am

The road to entrepreneurship takes many different routes. For some, entrepreneurship seems to exist as part of their DNA. For others, a light bulb moment illuminates the way.

Mark Millsap on Why the Federal Reserve May Have Zero Interest in Repairing the Economy

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Mark Millsap is a co-owner of Foundation Resource Management, which has a team of six investment professionals and five administrative employees managing approximately $2.1 billion.

The Mind of an Entrepreneur (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

by Mitch Bettis 10/13/2014 12:00 am

On Oct. 24, Arkansas Business, in partnership with the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is hosting another Power Breakfast executive panel.

Volunteer Directors, Take Note (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 10/13/2014 12:00 am

It may be that the volunteer directors of the nonprofit Crittenden Hospital Association were being deliberately misled. That's something an investigation should determine. But the Crittenden case does serve as an excellent reminder to volunteer directors of nonprofit organizations everywhere, and especially the thousands who read Arkansas Business: When you accept the job of director, you have responsibilities.

Arvest Extends Lead on List of Largest Trust Departments

by Gwen Moritz 10/13/2014 12:00 am

This week, Arkansas Business presents three industry lists with the common theme of wealth management: trust departments, money managers and broker-dealers.

More Baby Boomers' 401(k) Plans Not Financially Ready for Retirement

by Mark Friedman 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Baby boomers between 55 and 64 haven't squirreled away that much money for retirement, though some Arkansas money managers say their clients mostly will be financially ready.