Business Services Archive

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.

3 Arkansas Areas See Employment Growth Above National Average in 4Q 2013

by Lee Hogan 3/17/2014 02:47 pm

The unemployment rates in all of Arkansas' metropolitan statistical areas increased in the fourth quarter of 2013, except in Fort Smith where it remained unchanged from the previous quarter.

Fellowship Program Aims to Attract, Keep Entrepreneurial Talent

by Mark Carter 3/17/2014 01:30 pm

A new entrepreneurship program called the Arkansas Fellowship has been launched as part of an effort to keep and attract entrepreneurial talent to the state.

VIC Portfolio Firm Announces Availability of Cognitive Health Supplement

by Mark Carter 3/17/2014 12:05 pm

Perceptiv, a cognitive health supplement from VIC portfolio firm Sevo Nutraceuticals, now is available over the counter at pharmacies and health-food stores across the country.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.3 Percent in January

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 09:40 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point from December to 7.3 percent in January, according to the state Department of Workforce Services.

Details Emerge About 2014 ARK Challenge in Fayetteville, Little Rock

by Mark Carter 3/17/2014 12:39 am

For the first installments of 2014 planned for Fayetteville, just five startup teams will be chosen. They will receive $50,000 in seed funding up front as opposed to the $20,000 previously provided.

LR Interstate Property, Nursing Home Both Net $5M+ Buys (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/17/2014 12:00 am

A 16-acre commercial site in southwest Little Rock weighed in at $5.8 million. The sale of a 120-bed nursing home in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $5.4 million. And a 6,751-SF office building in Little Rock's Riverdale area rang up a $1 million sale.

Former Insurance Chief Julie Benafield Opens Consulting Firm

by Eric Monson 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Julie Benafield recently founded The Benafield Group PLLC after more than 20 years of working for large institutions, from the state of Arkansas to UnitedHealthcare.

You're Not the Boss of Me (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/17/2014 12:00 am

It does seem to me that having leadership skills is one of those areas in which women still have to be better than men in order to be recognized, because men can still get away with demanding followership without immediately being written off as bossy.

Conway Reimagined For $100M And Change

by George Waldon 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Tandem retail projects in Conway are poised to reshape the commercial landscape along Interstate 40. The biggest on the drawing board is Central Landing, a mixed-use redevelopment of the 151-acre municipal airport with a 750,000-SF lifestyle center.

Lakewood Village Ready To Debut New Tenants

by Gwen Moritz 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Lakewood Village is bouncing back nicely from the one-two blow of losing two of its major tenants. In place of USA Drug, which closed in the fall of 2012 after the chain was sold to Walgreen Co., two retailers new to North Little Rock are set to open in the next few weeks: Ulta Beauty and Dress Barn.

Conway Remains a Big Piece of Arkansas Startup Puzzle

by Mark Carter 3/16/2014 11:54 pm

The biggest pieces to the Arkansas startup puzzle, of course, are located in the Fayetteville and Little Rock metros, but a growing component to the central Arkansas startup ecosystem can be found in Conway.

Realtors: January Home Sales Up More Than 8 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 09:14 am

The number of homes sold in January was up more than 8 percent over the previous year, the group said, while the average price of those homes rose by more than 1 percent.

Arkansas Business Seeking 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 08:15 am

The 2014 class of 40 Under 40 honorees will be profiled in the June 23 issue of Arkansas Business. Included in this issue will be a listing of their accomplishments within their businesses, organizations and/or community.