Business Services Archive

Stallion Transportation's Butch Rice on the Biggest Challenge Facing the Trucking Industry

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

In 1992, Butch Rice opened Stallion Transportation Group with two employees in a 450-SF office in North Little Rock. Today, the company occupies an 18,100-SF office, a 12,000-SF maintenance facility and an 11-acre drop yard at its headquarters in Beebe.

New Website Aims to Help Entrepreneurs Open Business

by Lee Hogan 6/26/2014 03:50 pm

First-time entrepreneurs in Arkansas have a new online tool that was constructed to help them navigate the process of opening a business.

Fayetteville's CrossFleet Launches Mobile App for Field Service Industries

by Mark Carter 6/25/2014 08:01 am

CrossFleet, the Fayetteville startup and Innovate Arkansas client firm that launched the LOCATE tracking app for the trucking industry in 2012, has turned its attention to field service industries.

Little Rock to Host National Energy Efficiency Conference in 2015

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:30 am

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will bring its 2015 National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource to the Statehouse Convention Center Sept. 20-22, 2015.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.

Fayetteville Firm Launches Innovative Rice Bran Products

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 11:03 am

The products, NutraBran™ Solubles and NutraBran™ Fiber, are plant-based protein and bulking/fiber ingredients suitable for use in products such as baked goods, meats, cereals, smoothies and snacks.

GDP in U.S. Grows 1.8% in 2013, Arkansas Sees 2.4% Rise

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 12:00 am

Real gross domestic product grew 1.8 percent in the United States last year, a slowdown when compared with 2012, when GDP rose 2.5 percent.

Barber Attorney Vaughn Knight's Case Remains in Limbo as Conner Eldridge Considers Next Move

by Mark Friedman 6/23/2014 12:00 am

Conner Eldridge, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, said last week that he's still deciding what to do with the case of K. Vaughn Knight, the attorney for former northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber.

Transworld Office in Bentonville Changes Hands

by Gwen Moritz 6/23/2014 12:00 am

Transworld Business Advisors in Bentonville has a new owner in Jared Thompson, who also owns the franchise for Dickey's Barbecue Pit restaurants in northwest Arkansas.

Winning on the Front Lines (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 6/23/2014 12:00 am

Although social conversations are increasingly important to marketing organizations of all types, many companies have unfortunately lost sight of the impact of real-time customer interactions. It might be time to refocus on the front lines.

Kevin Huchingson of Colliers on What Makes Commercial Real Estate in Arkansas Attractive

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 12:00 am

Kevin Huchingson is president and CEO of Colliers International Arkansas, a commercial and residential real estate services firm. He's been a principal there since 1997 and has led Arkansas' Colliers offices since 2002.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under Forty Class of 2014

by Gwen Moritz 6/23/2014 12:00 am

This week, Arkansas Business presents its 21st class of 40 Under 40 honorees. This year's honorees represent our state's geography — Pine Bluff, England, Jonesboro, Conway, Fort Smith, Rogers — and the diversity of our business community — farming, finance, medicine, academia, nonprofits.

New Group Promoting Arkansas Biotech, Nanotech Firms

by Mark Carter 6/17/2014 11:09 am

Brian Umberson, spokesman for Bio+Nano+Arkansas, says Arkansas boasts a "surprising assortment" of biotech and nanotech companies that provide research-based services related to cell lines, diagnostics and raw materials.

Pay Tops $1 Million For Seven on Highest-paid Nonprofit Employees List

by Gwen Moritz 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Seven nonprofit employees in Arkansas who earned more than $1 million in the 2012 tax year are either medical doctors or hospital administrators, as are the vast majority of the 262 nonprofit employees whose compensation exceeding $215,000 is reported in this issue.

Allison Architects, Ruby Architects Firms Join To Form New Company

by Brandon Riddle 6/16/2014 12:00 am

After collaborating on projects for several years, Allison Architects and Ruby Architects have become one entity. The merged firm, Allison Architects Inc., will establish client bases in Little Rock and Fayetteville.

The Road to Professional Passion (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 6/16/2014 12:00 am

The popular idea that the only path to professional satisfaction is doing something you already love is not realistic for everyone — maybe not even for most people — nor do we have to be destitute because the market doesn't value our passions. We can match our skills to the market and, with time and effort, develop the mastery that leads to satisfaction.

Bryant Man Tells TaxMan How It Will Be

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/16/2014 12:00 am

In a scathing complaint, Brannon Wells of Sheridan, owner of Arkansas Resale LLC, tells how he allegedly was defrauded out of $19,500 by Robert A. Byram, owner of TaxMan Central Inc. of El Dorado.

Noble Impact Introduces Entrepreneurship Program to eStem Third Graders

by Mark Carter 6/13/2014 11:23 am

After successfully introducing its student entrepreneurship program to Little Rock's eStem Public Charter High School, Noble Impact decided to take on third graders.

FBI's Arkansas Headquarters Attracts $19.5M Sale

by George Waldon 6/9/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $19.5 million. A 260-unit apartment project in Little Rock's Riverdale area is in the works after a $2.57 million land deal. And a 9,460-SF office building in west Little Rock that was the subject of foreclosure proceedings has been sold for $750,000.

Teamsters Fear ABF Freight's Plans to Move

by Marty Cook 6/9/2014 12:00 am

Tim Nichols, the head of Local 878, has 3,000 union members who work for 18 companies throughout the state. ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith is leaning toward moving ABF Freight, its largest subsidiary, to Memphis, which would result in a major reduction of its operations in North Little Rock.