Business Services Archive

Acumen's Goal: To Own the Southern Lifestyle Marketplace

by Marty Cook 3/10/2014 12:00 am

In December, Acumen Brands of Fayetteville announced objectives for 2014 that one company executive called “insane.” The leadership wanted five new programs to keep the company vibrant and growing, among those programs “flash sales” and “Marketplace.”

Accountability Sans Jerkiness (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 3/10/2014 12:00 am

A CEO can delegate just about everything except culture. And every company will have a culture, whether it just happens or is implemented purposefully and continually by leadership in every decision and hire.

Tanglewood Apartments Gets New Landlord in $3.27 Million Buy

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Seven-digit deals in central Arkansas include the purchase of Tanglewood Apartments in Little Rock, 800 acres of farmland in east Pulaski County and the home of the new Soul of the South network.

Mid-South Sales Buys Hightower Oil Company

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/7/2014 11:30 am

Mid-South Sales of Jonesboro has purchased the fuel, lube and fuel services business of Hightower Oil Company of Plumerville, the companies announced this week.

Mountain Valley Spring Water Acquired by Great Range Capital

by Mark Carter 3/4/2014 04:12 pm

Mountain Valley Spring Water of Hot Springs has been acquired for an undisclosed price by an investment group led by Great Range Capital of Kansas City, the company announced Tuesday.

Stampede Transportation of Little Rock to Merge With AET of Dallas

by Mark Carter 3/3/2014 08:40 am

Stampede managing partner Jeff Johnson said the Stampede team will remain in place and continue to manage company operations.

NWA Entrepreneur Swings for 'Grand Slam' in Professional Development

by Mark Carter 3/3/2014 12:01 am

Adam Arroyos and GPA launched the online tool Serve2Perform.com, where users can network and connect to skills training and other learning-development opportunities.

Adam Arroyos' 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 3/3/2014 12:01 am

Adam Arroyos of Innovate Arkansas client firm Grandslam Performance Associates shares his five tips for startup success.

UALR Lab Translates Big Data Into Dollars

by Jan Cottingham 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Humans are digitizing every aspect of life, translating every thought, every endeavor into something that can be read on a computer screen. This act of translation is creating infinite bits of new information — big data, to use the phrase popular in the world of technology.

Fleming at Top, SAIC Off IT Consulting List

by Luke Jones 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Fleming Network Services remains at the top on this year's list of the state's largest IT consulting companies. One major change in this year's list was the removal of Science Applications International Corp. The company was replaced by Leidos of Reston, Va., which has 200 employees in multiple locations in Arkansas. SAIC reported 192 employees in Arkansas last year.

More Workers Earning Graduate College Degrees, Earnings

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the number of adults who finished some graduate school rose 24 percent from 2008 to 2013, increasing from 29 million to 36 million.

AY Drops Publication of Talk Business

by Luke Jones 3/3/2014 12:00 am

A shakeup has occured between former publication partners Vicki Vowell and Roby Brock. Since 2012, Vowell Inc., which publishes Little Rock's AY Magazine, had also been printing Brock's bimonthly Talk Business Arkansas publication. But late last month Brock announced that he and Vowell were no longer working together.

Maumelle Hampton Inn Hosts $6.3 Million Sale (Real Deals)

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

The sale of a 70-room Hampton Inn in Maumelle weighed in at $6.3 million. Development of an office project in west Little Rock is in motion after a $1.93 million land deal. And a 60,275-SF mini-storage project in south Little Rock changed hands after a $1.35 million foreclosure sale.

Little Rock Taking Lead in Switch to CNG (Bruce Moore Commentary)

by Bruce Moore 3/3/2014 12:00 am

This first quarter and in particular the month of March mean new cost savings for the city of Little Rock as it opens its first city-owned and operated compressed natural gas fueling station.

Mainstream Technologies CEO John Burgess On Why Your Server Provider Should Tolerate Faults

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

John Burgess began his career in software development with Arkansas Systems Inc. in 1987. A year later he began a similar job at Dillard's, where he stayed until he co-founded Mainstream Technologies Inc. in 1996. He also serves on the board of advisers for the International Association of Cloud & Managed Service Providers.

QU-BD Hears Complaints From All Sides Over 3-D Printer Pre-orders

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Some customers of QU-BD say their printers have not been delivered and requested refunds have not been paid.

Reports of More Layoffs at Acxiom Corp.

by Lance Turner 2/26/2014 01:47 pm

Arkansas Business is hearing word of another round of layoffs at Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock, the data services provider that announced in November that it would cut its annual cost base by up $30 million.

John Hugg, Jill Darling Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2014 07:31 am

Each year, Arkansas Business Publishing Group sponsors the awards to honor businesses in three categories related to number of employees as well as business executives, nonprofit executives and nonprofit organizations in Arkansas.

AEDC Gives Innovation Hub $575K for Argenta Innovation Center

by Mark Carter 2/25/2014 11:08 am

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub begins renovating what will become the Argenta Innovation Center, thanks to a $575,000 grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Roadrunner Transportation Buys Rich Logistics of Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2014 10:07 am

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. of Cudahy, Wis., acquires Rich Logistics of Little Rock, a truckload carrier and expedited services provider, and Rich Logistics' contractor, Keith Everett, in a $48 million deal.