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Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas.
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Dillard Family Members Paid $19 Million in 2013

2013 was not as lucrative as 2012 for the family that controls Dillard's Inc., but eight members of the Dillard family had compensation packages that totaled more than $19 million, according to the annual proxy statement released Wednesday.
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Janet Yellen: Job Market Needs Low Rates 'For Some Time'

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear Monday that she thinks the still-subpar U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates "for some time."
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Bill Edwards Takes Over for Quick as Head of IberiaBank Mortgage

Bill Edwards, who joined IberiaBank Mortgage Co. last year, will become its president and CEO when Chuck Quick retires in July. read more >

Motivating Factors (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

My high school journalism teacher taught me about five Ws and an H — who, what, when, where, why and how. Approximately 1,000 years later, I've concluded that that fifth W is the most problematic. read more >

First Western: First for Dennis Smiley Cash?

Of all the Arkansas banks ensnared in the alleged serial loan fraud by Dennis Smiley Jr., First Western Bank of Booneville could be in the best position to recover money from him. read more >

Simmons First 1Q Profit Down 27 Percent

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff on Thursday reported a 27 percent decline in first-quarter profit but said "core earnings," which exclude one-time costs related to its purchase of Metropolitan National Bank of Little Rock, rose compared to the same quarter last year. read more >

Home BancShares' 1Q Profit A Record, Up 56 Percent

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway on Thursday announced another record quarterly profit as it continues to integrate the operations of Liberty Bancshares Inc. of Jonesboro. read more >

April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks. read more >

Simmons Name Appears on Arkansas' Tallest Building

The new logo of Simmons First National Bank appeared over the weekend on the south side of Little Rock's tallest building, an installation timed specifically so that a photo of the high-profile branding could be shown at the Simmons First National Corp. annual shareholders meeting. read more >

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated. read more >

Winter Weather Chills Profit at J.B. Hunt

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell reported a 6 percent decline in first-quarter profit, as harsh winter weather disrupted rail and trucking operations. read more >

More Million-Dollar Homes Sold in Pulaski County During 2013

Seven-figure home sales in Pulaski County saw a slight increase in 2013. During the year, 14 homes sold for $1 million or more, which compares with either 12 or 13 in 2012. read more >

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