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Centennial Bank Acquires Florida Branches in FDIC-Assisted Deal
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Centennial Bank Acquires Florida Branches in FDIC-Assisted Deal

Centennial Bank said Friday that it has acquired the Florida Panhandle deposits and assets of a Puerto Rican bank that was shut down by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
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Simmons First Completes Missouri, Tennessee Aquisitions

The acquisition of Liberty Bank of Springfield, Missouri, and First State Bank of Union City, Tennessee, pushes the holding company's assets to $7.6 billion.
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Book Excerpt: Charles Morgan on Jeff Ubben, Acxiom's Battle With ValueAct

An excerpt from Charles Morgan's book, "Matters of Life and Data: A Memoir," about his dealings with investor Jeff Ubben and Ubben's company, ValueAct Capital Partners.
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Yellow Rocket Concepts Combine Partnerships

Yellow Rocket Concepts is a brand that includes several different partnerships.
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McLarty Automotive Group Buys Missouri Dealership From Frank Fletcher

Mark McLarty's McLarty Automotive Group said Wednesday that it has purchased Frank Fletcher Honda of Columbia, Missouri, from Frank Fletcher of North Little Rock. read more >

Charles Morgan to Entrepreneurs: Surround Yourself with Good People

Former Acxiom Corp CEO Charles Morgan has some advice for entrepreneurs: surround yourself with good people, secure adequate funding, learn from your mistakes and believe in yourself. read more >

Nine Billionaires with Arkansas Ties Make Forbes 500 List

Nine billionaires with Arkansas ties find themselves on the most recent Forbes 500 list of the world's richest people, released this week. read more >

British Broker Tied to Joyce Judy Case Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Emlyn Mousley pleaded guilty to wire fraud last week in federal court in South Carolina. In exchange for pleading guilty to one of the three charges included in a grand jury indictment back in November 2013, Mousley was sentenced to three years of probation. And he was allowed to return to London. read more >

Yellow Rocket Partners Aim to Build Restaurant Brands

Consistently providing high-quality food in a casually hip atmosphere, Yellow Rocket's five restaurants - Big Orange Midtown, Big Orange West, Local Lime, ZaZa (Little Rock and Conway) or Lost Forty Brewing - last year brought in over $10 million in food sales alone. read more >

US Economic Growth in Q4 Revised Down to 2.2 Percent

The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit. read more >

Cameron Smith, Karen Fetzer Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

Cameron Smith of Cameron Smith Associates of Rogers and Karen Fetzer of the Rotary Club of Little Rock won executive of the year awards at Thursday's 27th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. read more >

Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners. read more >

USA Truck, 2 Shareholders Register to Sell Shares

USA Truck of Van Buren and its two largest shareholders have agreed to register up to 2 million shares of the company for sale. read more >

No Thanks! Companies Reject 'Shark Tank' Deals, Still Thrive

With the cameras rolling, Daniel and Stephanie Rensing accepted an offer from a "Shark Tank" investor. But after they had time to think about it, they changed their minds. read more >

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