Business Services Archive

Value Place Hotel Visited by $4M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 7/28/2014 12:00 am

A 121-room hotel in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $4.08 million. A 6,450-SF warehouse in southwest Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.26 million sale. And a 1.57-acre office site in west Little Rock changed hands in a $374,848 transaction.

Tide Dry Cleaners Opens 2 Sites in Little Rock

by Brandon Riddle 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Scott Thibault, president of J&M Foods of Little Rock, has entered into a franchise outside of the familiar gourmet cheese straw and cookie business. He and a partner have opened two Tide Dry Cleaners locations in Little Rock with plans to expand into outlying cities of the metro area.

The Weekly Miracle (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Later this week, I'll celebrate my 15th anniversary as editor of Arkansas Business. If your first thought is, “Wow, you'd think she'd be better at it by now,” let me assure you that I am in complete agreement. The longer I do this job, the more I realize just how much I don't know. But that's one of the reasons I keep doing it: I learn something about something every day.

Arkansas Business Presents the 2014 Power List

by Gwen Moritz 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business introduced “The Power List” in 2006, and after updating it annually for a few years, we decided to spread it out. That means there have been a lot of changes in 20 industries and professions since our last installment in 2011, so we've been doing a lot of rounding up of resumes and photos in the last few weeks.

Aurora Digital Signage Partners with Verizon for Internet Coverage

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/24/2014 01:36 pm

The partnership with Verizon will enable Aurora clients to use the Verizon Wireless network to power their digital signage and eliminate the need to run internal cables.

Josh Moody's Overwatch App Ready to Hit Market

by Mark Carter 7/23/2014 03:38 pm

Gamers can expect to see the free Overwatch combat gaming app in the iTunes store within a couple of weeks, Overwatch CEO Josh Moody told his 1 Million Cups audience Wednesday in Little Rock.

Arkansas Venture Center Names Operations Team

by Mark Carter 7/23/2014 10:56 am

Joining AVC co-founder, president and CEO Lee Watson on staff are Caroline Ford as director of communications and development and Marshal Kenneday as director of operations. AVC was founded in 2013 and officially launched in May with a $500,000 matching grant from the state.

Minimum Wage Group Given 30 Days to Collect More Signatures

by Lee Hogan 7/23/2014 09:22 am

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says the group attempting to raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour did not meet the required number of valid signatures. The group has until Aug. 18 to gather 15,107 more valid signatures.

Alma Firm Receives Federal Grant for 'Quad Rider'

by Mark Carter 7/22/2014 08:57 am

InvoTek, a research and development firm from Alma, has received a $175,000 federal grant for development of the "Quad Rider," a gear and braking device that helps people with disabilities safely operate a handcycle.

Student Entrepreneurs at eStem Get Their Own Space: The Vault

by Mark Carter 7/21/2014 08:02 am

The Vault is an internal incubator for student entrepreneurs set inside what once was the underground vault of the former Federal Reserve Bank at Third and Louisiana streets in downtown Little Rock. The building now serves students in grades 9-12 as eStem High School.

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon.

Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.

Carrington Complex Draws $21.5 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 7/21/2014 12:00 am

A 202-unit apartment complex in west Little Rock weighed in at $21.5 million, and a 1,209-SF bank branch in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.22 million sale.

Red Beauty Lounge Debuts in Heights

by Brandon Riddle 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Red Beauty Lounge, located in the Heights neighborhood in Little Rock, is a dream turned into reality for owner and stylist Amy Hester. The salon opened April 2 and plans to expand in the coming months.

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/21/2014 12:00 am

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints).

Better Words, Higher Prices (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 7/21/2014 12:00 am

There's no shortage of promotional language in today's product marketing environment. We have all heard enough about “world-class,” “new and improved” and “killer,” have we not? The marketing world is filled with tired copycat words and phrases that fail to clearly differentiate one company or offering from others. The right words, however, can indeed help create significant and measurable value.

Razorclean Closes Case Against O.J.'s

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Just as the Razorclean Maids Inc. lawsuit against O.J.'s Service Two Inc. of North Little Rock was about to get dirty with O.J.'s discovery requests, Razorclean asked that the case be withdrawn.

Maverick USA Ditches Waiting Period for Driver Bonuses

by Marty Cook 7/17/2014 03:39 pm

Maverick USA Inc. of North Little Rock says it will make performance bonuses available to all drivers without a waiting period.

TeleTech, Open in Sherwood, Plans New Center in Jonesboro, 150 Jobs

by Lance Turner 7/17/2014 08:50 am

TeleTech Holdings Inc., which this week opened its new Sherwood customer service center, said Thursday that it will open a second site in Jonesboro and employ 150 people.

TAC Air to Buy Supermarine FBO at Clinton National Airport

by Lance Turner 7/15/2014 03:39 pm

TAC Air agrees to purchase the assets of Supermarine of Little Rock LLC's fixed base operation at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.