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Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/15/2015 11:31 am

Tickets are now available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Entergy Arkansas Seeks OK for 81-Megawatt Solar Power Plant

by Lance Turner 4/15/2015 11:22 am

Entergy Arkansas said Wednesday that it is seeking approval from the state Public Service Commission to build an 81-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy plant in Arkansas County.

Allied Bank Assets Undervalued — or Not

by George Waldon 4/13/2015 12:00 am

Among the Allied Bank assets discussed during Acme Holding's recent bankruptcy hearing were energy stocks valued at $3.8 million in a 2012-13 appraisal.

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.

Shell's $70B Takeover Could Herald Wave of Mergers

by Associated Press 4/8/2015 11:26 am

Oil and gas company Shell has agreed to buy British rival BG Group for 47 billion pounds ($69.7 billion) in cash and stock, in a deal that may signal a new wave of mega-mergers as the energy industry tries to adapt to lower prices.

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

Entergy Arkansas Announces Grid Investment of More Than $62M

by Associated Press 4/6/2015 04:58 pm

Entergy Arkansas has announced plans to begin construction on a new transmission line from Monticello to Reed.

Wind Farm Proposal in Elm Springs Meets Resistance

by Associated Press 4/6/2015 12:02 pm

A proposed wind farm in Elm Springs has drawn criticism with residents of the small town west of Springdale.

U.S. Stock Indexes Gain in Quiet Trading; Oil Price Surges

by Associated Press 4/6/2015 11:58 am

U.S. stocks moved higher in quiet trading on Monday. The price of crude oil surged, helping to push Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other oil and gas companies up. A disappointing jobs report late last week kept the gains in check. Many overseas markets remain closed for holidays.

HR Director Michele Burns on the Soft Skills Employers Want

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Michele Burns is the state director for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is the director of classification and compensation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Pitfalls and Potholes (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas consumers have not been shy about expressing their opinions concerning road conditions. Recent research findings — as well as online comments, letters to the editors of local newspapers and conversations over coffee or other adult beverages — have given rise to a collective angst.

Vistage Provides Group Therapy for Executives

by Gwen Moritz 4/6/2015 12:00 am

When Arkansas CEOs come together at their Vistage support group, egos are checked at the door.

Pace of U.S. Hiring Weakens with Just 126k Jobs Added in March

by Associated Press 4/3/2015 07:38 am

The weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added only 126,000 jobs, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive months of job gains above 200,000.

In Northwest Arkansas, Boozman Talks GMOs, Bank Regulations, Highways

by Marty Cook 4/2/2015 09:35 am

U.S. Sen. John Boozman talks GMO labeling, banking regulations and the Federal Highway Trust Fund in meetings with northwest Arkansas political and business leaders Wednesday.

FEMA's Climate Change Rule Could Make States Liable in Natural Disasters

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

A climate change expert says FEMA's requirement states consider the effects of climate change if they want to receive federal mitigation money was simply “a way to protect the federal treasury by minimizing claims for FEMA money from places that don't take adequate precautions.

Arkansas Labor Force Rises by 9,000

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

As the unemployment rate in Arkansas is falling the size of the labor force is increasing, as these charts by Michael Pakko, the state's economic forecaster, show.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Seeks to Cope With Climate Change

by Jan Cottingham 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Call it what you will, the chief of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Services says that the state is facing a new normal, one in which extreme weather events are occurring more often and with greater intensity.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 09:47 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Asa Hutchinson Names Mike Preston as New AEDC Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2015 10:58 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

2 Murphy USA Executives See Total Compensation Rise

by Lance Turner 3/25/2015 03:15 pm

Two top executives at Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado received boosts to total compensation in 2014, according to the company's proxy filed Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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