Business Services Archive

Dave Robertson Named Director of UA-Fort Smith Center for Business & Professional Development

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

In addition to his work as director at the Family Enterprise Center at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, Dave Robertson has been named director of the UAFS Center for Business & Professional Development. The move follows the retirement of Pat Eller.

Foreign Patent Trolls Threaten Arkansas Economy (Warwick Sabin Commentary)

by Warwick Sabin 9/1/2014 12:00 am

“Patent trolling,” the practice of obtaining large buckets of intellectual property rights with the intention of using them to extract damages and settlement revenue rather than to protect innovation or produce anything, is not a new idea.

Central Arkansas Retail Space Vacancy Rate Stays Stable

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial retail space in central Arkansas stood at 5.3 percent in second-quarter 2014, compared with the first-quarter rate of 5.2 percent and the year-earlier rate of 6 percent.

Health Insurers Report Rising Premium

by Mark Friedman 9/1/2014 12:00 am

2013 was another good year for nearly all of the companies on Arkansas Business' list of the largest health insurance companies that write premium in the state.

ARK Challenge: My Color of Beauty Aims to Fill Niche

by Mark Carter 8/29/2014 10:53 am

Eyona Mitchell is experiencing first hand how the other half lives. A one-person team competing in the fourth installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator in downtown Little Rock, Mitchell used to help businesses at previous stints working with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and Alt.Consulting in Pine Bluff.

Student Entrepreneur's Doughnut Holes Available Soon at Spokes

by Mark Carter 8/28/2014 09:04 am

Downtown workers can get their doughnut hole fix beginning Friday, Sept. 5, at Spokes' coffee and smoothie shop inside Orbea's North American headquarters in the 100 block of Main in Little Rock.

Startup Weekend Returns to Little Rock Sept. 12-14

by Mark Carter 8/26/2014 10:05 am

The 54-hour event, at which ideas are turned into potential tech-based startup ventures, is scheduled for Sept. 12-14 from the Charles Morgan Auditorium at Acxiom's River Market corporate headquarters.

Lou Ann Nisbett On What Attracts Industry to Pine Bluff

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Lou Ann Nisbett is the president and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County.

Buying From You (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 8/25/2014 12:00 am

What is it like to buy from your company? I have been reminded of this seemingly simple question during the past few weeks while presenting to two groups on customer service, prepping conversations for a nationally dispersed sales force, and even re-examining my own outbound marketing tactics.

Central Arkansas Commercial Office Vacancy Rate Declines

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas continued its downward slide in the second quarter of this year, according to the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange.

Farmers Wait for Turner Grain's Next Move

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Some farmers doing business with Turner Grain apparently had only oral contracts with Turner, one agriculture expert says. That lack of formal contracts could complicate a Turner bankruptcy.

Superior Closure Sparks Northwest Arkansas Efforts To Find Jobs for Workers

by Marty Cook 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Melissa Turner says it was a somber day said when the news came that Superior Industries was closing its Rogers plant. But then the community stepped in, and not just Rogers either.

James Victore at Made by Few: The Best Work is Authentic

by Mark Carter 8/22/2014 01:14 pm

Good work comes from being authentic, the renowned artist told designers, graphic artists and other "makers of the web" gathered for the 2014 Made by Few tech conference that began Friday at the Argenta Community Theater in downtown North Little Rock.

Made by Few Rolls Friday, Saturday

by Mark Carter 8/22/2014 07:50 am

In its fourth year, Made by Few is a growing nationally prominent conference for "makers of the Web" -- individuals who design and create web/mobile applications and sites.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Turner Grain Possibly Tilting Toward Bankruptcy

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Sources say Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection.

Shannon Newton on The Public's 'Blind Spot' Toward Trucking

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Shannon Newton was named president of the Arkansas Trucking Association on June 11 to replace Lane Kidd, who stepped down after 22 years.

When Discipline Is Required (Robert F. Wayland Expert Advice)

by Robert F. Wayland 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Understanding the arbitrator's viewpoint on disciplinary actions can provide employers guidance even before corrective action becomes necessary.

Disruptive Innovation vs. the Hedgehog (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 8/18/2014 12:00 am

As a leader you have a plan for your organization. Your vision is clear and your plan well developed. The last thing you want is distraction.

Maumelle Firm Southland Metals Wins $3.8M Judgment

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Southland Metals Inc. of Maumelle won a $3.84 million judgment last month when a federal court jury in Fayetteville considered its breach-of-contract case against a former client, American Castings LLC of Pryor, Oklahoma.