Investments Archive

Value of $1 Million-Plus Deals Jumps 70 Percent

by George Waldon 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The number of $1 million-plus commercial real estate deals in Pulaski County didn't increase significantly during 2014. But the same can't be said for the dollar total of the transactions, which ballooned by a whopping 70 percent compared with 2013.

Arkansas Baptist's Fitz Hill Sees Education, Urban Revitalization and Investments Intertwined

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 12:00 am

Dr. Fitz Hill, who was born and raised in Arkadelphia, was named president of Arkansas Baptist College in 2006. He talks to Arkansas Business about his vision for education and urban renewal.

Allens' Successor Sager Creek Also Faced Financial Trouble

by Mark Friedman 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The company that bought Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs out of bankruptcy was just a week away from filing its own Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, according to the trustee for Allens. Sager Creek Vegetable Co. “had significant cash-flow problems,” Allens' Chapter 7 Trustee R. Ray Fulmer II of Fort Smith told Arkansas Business.

Capital Gains Tax Break Passes Arkansas House Committee

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2015 10:50 am

Some Arkansas lawmakers are trying to restore a 2013 capital gains tax break that had been scaled back to help pay for a middle class income tax cut earlier this year.

Former Windstream CEO's Exit Tied to Performance

by Sean Beherec 3/17/2015 09:59 am

In an interview, Windstream CEO Tony Thomas said his predecessor's departure was in part due to poor performance.

CJRW@SXSWi: Eric Ries Shares How Lean Startup Strategies Can Apply to All Businesses

by Zack Hill 3/16/2015 05:39 pm

Eric Ries, who pioneered the new-business methodologies known as "The Lean Startup," shares tips and advice for small businesses and startups at South-by-Southwest Interactive in Austin.

Deltic Executive Pay Drops in 2014

by Jan Cottingham 3/16/2015 11:27 am

Despite Deltic Timber's strong earnings in 2014, compensation paid four of the five top Deltic executive officers dropped compared with 2013.

J.B. Hunt CEO's Pay at $4.3M in 2014

by Marty Cook 3/16/2015 10:10 am

John N. Roberts III, the president and CEO of J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell, was paid more than $4.3 million in 2014 and exercised stock options for another $906,752.

Windstream Executives Saw Pay Bump in 2014

by Sean Beherec 3/16/2015 10:01 am

Former CEO Jeff Gardner and his replacement, Tony Thomas, both saw pay increases in 2014 compared to the year before.

Innovate Arkansas Connects Client Firms to Funding Options

by Mark Carter 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Over the past six years, Innovate Arkansas has helped its client firms raise $197 million in private capital.

Remove GI Tax Barrier (James George Feedback)

by James George 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Education cost savings of $154.8 million could be achieved in 2015 by exempting military retirement pensions from the Arkansas income tax.

John Rogers $2.5 Million Sham Deal Included Honus Wagners

by George Waldon 3/16/2015 12:00 am

If there's a single deal that captures the fast-and-loose dealings of John Rogers, it is his purported purchase of The Oklahoman newspaper photo archives for $2.5 million in July 2011.

Soul of the South Faces Money Woes, Lays Off Some Workers

by Sean Beherec 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Less than two years after the launch of Soul of the South — backed by nearly $2 million awarded by the state — the television network is struggling to pay its bills, laying off employees and fighting at least one lawsuit.

Seed Capital Sources Growing to Meet Arkansas Deal Flow

by Mark Carter 3/16/2015 12:00 am

As the state's tech startup ecosystem has evolved over the last decade, public and private resources are providing the seed capital funding necessary to help tech founders avoid the dreaded entrepreneurial “valley of death,” that tenuous time between launch and first revenue.

ArcBest Corp. CEO Gets $2.3M in 2014 Compensation

by Marty Cook 3/13/2015 12:00 pm

ArcBest Corp. CEO Judy McReynolds made more than $2.3 million in 2014 thanks to a combination of cash incentives that totaled more than $1.3 million, the company said in its annual proxy statement.

Field Agent Receives $2M Round from Kansas City VC Firm

by Mark Carter 3/10/2015 09:01 am

Field Agent CEO Rick West said the money will be used for new product development and international expansion. Field Agent has grown a network of more than 600,000 international "agents" who use their smartphones to provide retail intelligence through a Field Agent app.

Asa Hutchinson Taps Aaron Burkes to Lead ADFA

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 01:27 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants former Republican lawmaker Aaron Burkes to be the next head of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. Hutchinson on Monday submitted Burke's name to the ADFA board. Gene Eagle currently serves as ADFA president.

Bull Market Turns 6 After Rising From Housing Collapse

by Associated Press 3/9/2015 11:21 am

In 2009 the stock market was filled with panic. Fast forward six years, and investors are enjoying one of the longest bull markets since the 1940s.

AEDC Wants Seed Money Back from Oxane Materials

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 12:00 am

AEDC has filed a complaint against Oxane Materials of Houston, Texas, seeking to recoup money given to the company in hopes of creating jobs in Van Buren.

New DataCo Technologies Company Raises Over $1 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 12:00 am

DataCo Technologies Inc. has been described as a marketing data company that's “really focused on social data,” according to one insider. A couple of the founders are former staffers at Little Rock's Acxiom Corp.