Business Services Archive

UCA Picks Eric Rob & Isaac for Advertising Services

by Sean Beherec 4/21/2015 12:30 pm

The university selected Eric Rob & Isaac after reopening the contract for bids last month. The decision comes about a month after UCA reopened its contract with CJRW of Little Rock, which held the account since 2009, and requested bids from other agencies.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:53 am

The state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6 percent in March, reflecting a revised rate for February. According to DWS, the state's civilian labor force rose by 4,900 from January to February, a result of 5,800 more employed and 900 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

by George Waldon 4/20/2015 12:00 am

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains.

For Fairness (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/20/2015 12:00 am

We support the proposal before the Little Rock Board of Directors that would forbid discrimination against city workers, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Safety Directors Keep Eye On Construction Sites

by Mark Friedman 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Contractors, builders and construction executives say accident prevention keeps costs and accidents down at work sites. Having a safety director on a job site could help prevent worker injuries, said Richard Hedgecock, the executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors Arkansas, the state's largest commercial construction trade association.

Widespread Growth Seen in Northwest Arkansas

by Charles S. Gascon and Michael A. Varley 4/20/2015 12:00 am

When Sam Walton opened in 1950 the dime store in Bentonville, to say the area was sparsely populated would be an understatement. Today, these environs have grown so much that they comprise their own metropolitan statistical area.

Arkansas Personal Income Rises 3.1 Percent in 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Average state personal income in the United States grew by 3.9 percent in 2014 from 2 percent in 2013, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income in Arkansas rose 3.1 percent in 2014 compared with 2013, from $108.6 billion to $112 billion, a gain that ranked it 36th in the nation, the report said.

Matt Crafton of Crafton Tull on Why Construction Clients Shouldn't 'Coast' Along

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Matt Crafton, 47, is the CEO of Crafton Tull, the civil engineering and landscape architecture firm that his father, Bob, co-founded with Lem Tull in 1963. Crafton Tull is the state's fifth-largest engineering firm, with offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Patent Primer: A Visit with Jeff Stinson of UALR TechLaunch

by Mark Carter 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Jeff Stinson leads the technology commercialization efforts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as director of UALR TechLaunch. He's also executive director of Fund for Arkansas' Future, the state's first private angel fund. Stinson believes startups born of university research can bolster the state's growing tech startup ecosystem. Many Innovate Arkansas client firms are university startups that hatched a patentable idea and commercialized it.

Skyline Report: Commercial Permits Up; Multi-family Vacancy Rates Drop in NWA

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/16/2015 11:00 am

Arvest Bank on Thursday released its Skyline Reports on commercial and multi-family real estate in northwest Arkansas for the last six months of 2014.

HP Enterprise Gets $190M DHS Contract for Medicaid Management

by Lance Turner 4/15/2015 03:33 pm

HP Enterprise Services signs a $190 million contract with the state Department of Human Services to manage Medicaid in Arkansas through a new IT system.

Business Workshop for Landowners Scheduled for May 14 at WRI

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2015 10:04 am

Landowners, farmers and hunting clubs wanting to earn extra income by offering recreational and other activities for visitors can learn more at a business workshop for landowners on Thursday, May 14, at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain.

JB Hunt 1Q Earnings Up 34 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2015 09:32 am

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell reported first-quarter net income of $91.9 million, or 78 cents per share, on Tuesday.

Stephens Inc. Hires 5 From Sterne Agee

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2015 10:12 am

Stephens Inc. of Little Rock said Friday that it will hire five managing directors from the Depository Investment Banking Group of Sterne Agee.

Turner Grain's Dale Bartlett Asks for Chapter 7

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2015 12:00 am

Dale Bartlett, a former co-owner of Turner Grain Merchandising of Brinkley, asked earlier this month that his Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization be converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation.

Mathias Releases Tontitown Building Plans

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/13/2015 12:00 am

Mathias officials were going to submit the plans for approval with the city on March 31 but postponed the submission until April. Arthur Thurman, president and COO of Mathias Properties, said the company wants to build two 14,750-SF warehouses on Agnes Drive adjacent to two warehouses it has already built.

Craighead County Sees Sales Tax Collections Rise

by Mark Friedman 4/13/2015 12:00 am

Craighead County reported a 10.75 percent increase on its 1 percent sales tax receipts during the first three months of 2015 compared with the same period last year.

Revised Data: Northwest Arkansas Job Growth Better Than First Reported

by Marty Cook 4/10/2015 01:24 pm

New revised data from March show that northwest Arkansas added 7,000 more jobs — 10,000 compared to 3,000 — than previously reported.

Acxiom Names Rick Erwin to Lead New Division

by Sean Beherec 4/9/2015 04:20 pm

Acxiom Corp. named Rick Erwin as president and general manager of a new division of the company called Audience Solutions.

Quarterly Business Analysis Luncheon Set for May 8 in Fayetteville

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/9/2015 11:49 am

Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, will present her regular Quarterly Business Analysis as a luncheon on Friday, May 8.