Business Services Archive

Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Launches Today's Power Inc.

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 10:16 am

TPI has an exclusive distribution agreement to promote and sell tenKsolar products in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Museum Store at Crystal Bridges Wins National AIA Honor Award

by Jan Cottingham 2/2/2015 10:09 am

The retail store at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville has received a 2015 national Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.

ARK Challenge Pivot Was Right Time for Justyn Hornor, Real Agent Guard

by Mark Carter 2/2/2015 08:41 am

Justyn Hornor chose to place Politapoll on hold while he and co-founder Tim Brasuell pivoted to Real Agent Guard, which provides security measures for real estate agents.

Entergy Arkansas Elevates Three to Economic Development Team (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Clarissa McWherter, Chris Murphy and Russell Harris have joined Entergy Arkansas in Little Rock as members of the economic development team.

Spending Your Gasoline Savings (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 2/2/2015 12:00 am

The highest average recorded price of regular gasoline at the pump in Arkansas is $3.97. That pinnacle was reached in July 2008. More important, however, is the fact that only one year ago, the average price was $3.09. And today, the average at-the-pump price of regular is $1.90. There exists in the Arkansas economy today a gas price dividend. And that means weekly consumer savings of at least $15.25. So how are you spending the extra money? Or how should you?

Changing of the Guard (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Last month, all over the country, we experienced a change in leadership. With the elections behind us, new leaders stepped into roles in all branches of government. As is the case with new corporate leaders, the first weeks show us a lot about how our new political leaders will lead.

Mountain Pure Liquidates In $6 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/2/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas assets of Mountain Pure Water changed hands in a $6 million foreclosure sale. Land for future expansion in North Little Rock weighed in at $1.22 million. And a 2,647-SF bank branch in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.18 million.

Fort Smith Office Park Getting Makeover

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Woodcrest Office Park changed hands recently and will undergo a much-needed renovation.

Texas Alcohol Election Spurs Glazer's To Shutter Texarkana Site

by Sean Beherec 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Liquor distributor Glazer's will be closing a facility in Texarkana with the company “transitioning” at the site in March, the company said last week.

Seeing Green in LEDs: Technology, Efficiency Driving Increased Sales of Lights

by Sean Beherec 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Colorful lights on the Union Plaza Building or the Arkansas River bridges in downtown Little Rock are the latest installations in a series of energy efficiency projects that allow businesses to cash in by making short-term investments in lighting.

UAMS Startup Receives $14.5M to Help Drug Users Break Addiction

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2015 11:24 am

InterveXion Therapeutics LLC, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures startup company, has received two federal grants totaling $14.5 million for development of drug therapies that can help methamphetamine drug abusers break their addiction.

Three Tech Firms Moving to Downtown Conway, Plan to Hire 140

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2015 10:44 am

The firms making the announcement with Gov. Asa Hutchinson from downtown Conway were Metova Inc., of Franklin, Tennessee; Atlanta-based Big Cloud Analytics; and Conway's Eyenalyze.

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital Announces Entrepreneurial Scholarship Program

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 11:08 am

XCelerate Capital of Little Rock has launched an annual Entrepreneurial Programming Scholarship program to help aspiring entrepreneurs, it announced Tuesday. XCelerate Capital is an early-stage venture fund launched earlier this month by tech founder Rod Ford.

Innovate Arkansas Bringing Iron Yard Coding School to Little Rock

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 10:15 am

The Iron Yard offers intensive courses in Python, front-end, rails and mobile engineering as well as a startup accelerator, web design and kids classes. Little Rock courses will include front-end, rails and mobile and will begin in mid-2015. The Iron Yard aims to grow developers and help them find jobs after graduation from its courses.

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 09:35 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

New Ownership Visits Two Fayetteville Hotels (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Northwest Arkansas Hospitality & Lodging LLC, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Hotel Group of Little Rock, bought the Fairfield Inn at 720 E. Millsap Road for slightly more than $1.6 million. Pinnacle is the third-party management team for the Sleep Inn, which is located next to the Fairfield Inn at 728 Millsap Road.

Who Owns Customer Service? (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Effective business leaders implicitly know that “the customer comes first,” so it's no surprise that one of the goals I hear most frequently from executives is for their organizations to raise the level of customer service. This is typically an element of other strategic initiatives, such as generating better customer retention, expanding the wallet share per customer or hitting a particular customer-satisfaction score.

Walgreens Tops List of Recent Seven-Digit Deals in Conway

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

A new quartet of million-dollar deals in Faulkner County has formed. Out front is the $4 million sale of a Walgreens at 850 Oak St. in Conway.

Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Metroplan last month released its latest “Metro Trends: Economic Review and Outlook,” which examines what it calls “the new economy” in central Arkansas in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Newly Renamed Anstaff Bank Plans Growth

by Marty Cook 1/26/2015 12:00 am

The former First National Bank of Green Forest changes its name as part of an expansion mode, moving outside of its historic base of operations with a nongeographic label in its name. Anstaff has nine branches in Carroll, Boone, Madison and Newton counties.