Investments Archive

Johnelle Hunt on Shifting Gears After Trucking To Reach Pinnacle

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business talks with Johnelle Hunt, who, along with her late husband, J.B., founded J.B. Hunt Transport Services of Lowell.

Grant Merrill Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Mismanagement of KEWI

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The bad blood between the former partners of KEWI-AM, 690, has arrived at the Saline County Courthouse.

Tyson Family Stock Nears $3 Billion; Waltons No. 1 On Top Stockholders List

by Gwen Moritz 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The second-wealthiest family in northwest Arkansas, the Tysons, saw their stock holdings increase by nearly $1 billion over the past year — an increase of more than 40 percent.

Investment, Jobs Buoy Fort Smith's Chaffee Crossing

by Marty Cook 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Chaffee Crossing, the 7,000-acre Army surplus property in Fort Smith, continues to be a popular development destination in its new civilian life, playing host to a spate of expansion and relocation announcements during the past year.

Cameron Smith & Associates' Mission To Put More Women in Public Company Boardrooms

by Jan Cottingham 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Diversity on corporate boards has been an issue for years. Most companies recognize that having directors from varied backgrounds isn't simply a theoretical matter of equity; it's a matter of performance. Cameron Smith wants to use the contacts built up over 20 years of helping to put women on corporate boards. And women — particularly in Arkansas — could use his help.

Report: Warren Stephens Connected to $31M Pebble Beach Mansion

by Lee Hogan 11/14/2014 04:27 pm

It appears Warren Stephens, CEO of Stephens Inc. of Little Rock, is the new owner of a luxurious, California home that overlooks the 13th Green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey County.

ASTA Provides Commercialization Funds for NanoWatt Chip Design

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 04:35 pm

The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority has invested $100,000 from its seed capital investment program in Fayetteville startup NanoWatt Design.

Investors at Technology Summit Advise Startups to Sell the Vision

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 04:05 pm

Investors participating in the Arkansas Technology Summit Thursday at the Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock said they'd prefer to see an inspired pitch from a potential investment target than a detailed business plan.

Spencer Jones Big Winner at ARK Challenge in Little Rock

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 09:10 am

Spencer Jones, a surgical nurse resident at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock, won an investment round of $150,000 for his innovative blood-draw device Wednesday at the ARK Challenge Demo Day in Little Rock.

Dillard's 3Q Net Income Up 8 Percent

by Lance Turner 11/13/2014 07:19 am

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $55.2 million, up 8.4 percent from the $50.9 million it reported in the same quarter last year.

Wal-Mart Breaks Same-Store Sales Losing Streak, Posts 0.5 Percent Gain

by Associated Press 11/13/2014 07:14 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported its fiscal third-quarter earnings slipped 1.5 percent but it eked out its first gain in nearly two years in a key revenue measure for its U.S. business. Still, the quarter also marked two full years of traffic declines at U.S. Wal-Mart stores.

ARK Challenge Showcasing Little Rock Startups at Demo Day

by Mark Carter 11/12/2014 08:27 am

The ARK Challenge is the tech-based startup "boot camp" launched in Fayetteville in 2012 through a federal grant that funded two installments. This year, the program was picked up by the state and private investors, continued in northwest Arkansas and expanded to Little Rock.

ARK Challenge's Skosay Looks to Open Private Channels for Consumers

by Mark Carter 11/6/2014 09:23 am

Fayetteville's Skosay has developed a private two-way communications channel for customers and businesses to share feedback in real time, and wants to be that next big NWA venture.

Acxiom Swings to Loss in 2Q

by Lance Turner 11/3/2014 04:52 pm

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock reported a $1.5 million second-quarter loss on Monday, down from a $9.8 million profit in the same quarter last year.

USA Truck Logs Its Most Profitable Quarter in 8 Years

by Marty Cook 11/3/2014 10:02 am

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren reported its most profitable quarter in eight years Monday.

ArcBest Corp. 3Q Profit UP 40 Percent

by Marty Cook 11/3/2014 08:46 am

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith reported third-quarter income of $19.6 million.

Report: Midwest Economic Index Drops Again

by Associated Press 11/3/2014 08:17 am

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains has dropped again. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says sharp declines in grain and crude oil prices drove down the overall index for the month. He says the index figure points to slow economic gains ahead.

The Eason Brothers' 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Brothers Brandon and Michael Eason launched Passenger Baggage Xpress, their Little Rock startup, after working at the Clinton National Airport and realizing there had to be a better way to track luggage.

PBX to Launch Baggage Tracking at LIT, XNA

by Mark Carter 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Passenger Baggage Xpress aims to reconnect airline travelers with lost luggage in a fraction of the time it usually takes, and officially “goes to market” at Clinton National and Northwest Arkansas Regional airports.

Little Rock Entrepreneurs Raising Funds — And Profile — With Kickstarter

by Jan Cottingham 11/3/2014 12:00 am

A couple of Arkansas entrepreneurs who recently reached their business funding goals through Kickstarter say the crowdfunding platform may be even better at generating interest — and potential customers — than it is at raising money.