Investments Archive

FDA's $1.2M Grant Extends ARA, NCTR Research into Graphene

by Mark Carter 12/17/2014 03:01 pm

The Arkansas Research Alliance announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that will extend a collaborative research program focused on graphene-based nanomaterials.

UALR Receives ASTA Grant to Develop Bioenergy Nanotech

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/17/2014 01:47 pm

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has awarded a $37,000 grant for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops.

Asa Hutchinson Will Replace Heath Abshure at Securities Department

by Sean Beherec 12/16/2014 09:58 am

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure says he will be replaced by Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson. In an interview Tuesday, Abshure said it's too early to say what his plans are after a new commissioner is appointed.

SAU President David Rankin on the Importance of Economic Literacy

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

David Rankin was named the president of Southern Arkansas University in January 2002 and plans to retire next June.

Funding a College Education (Jane Wayland Commentary)

by Jane Wayland 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Many articles and reports have been written about the value of a college education. The cost continues to climb, and the opportunities in the marketplace are a struggle for some college graduates. It is no wonder that the value of earning the degree is being questioned.

Shadow Lake, Turtle Creek Apartments Tandem Sales Surpass $40.5 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 12/15/2014 12:00 am

The 296-unit Shadow Lake Apartments at 13111 W. Markham St. sold for $26.87 million and the 216-unit Turtle Creek Apartments at 601 Napa Valley Drive went for $13.71 million.

Prudent Planning Pays Off for Cooper Communities

by Marty Cook 12/15/2014 12:00 am

John Cooper III is president and chairman of the board of directors of Cooper Communities Inc. of Rogers, a prolific land development company for the past 50-plus years. How prolific is a company secret, as Cooper politely declines to share the private company's revenue or employment figures. He did sit down at his company's headquarters for an interview, his first ever with the media.

Gray Divorce: Arkansas Attorneys On How Late-Life Splits Threaten Retirement

by Mark Friedman 12/15/2014 12:00 am

The divorce rate for those 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010, and the numbers are expected to continue to rise at an alarming rate. Those who find themselves newly single will have to manage with half the assets the couple saved for retirement — with little time to restore their accounts.

Financial Scams Burden Seniors, Investments

by Sean Beherec 12/15/2014 12:00 am

A growing number of Arkansas seniors are being targeted in fraudulent schemes and investment opportunities, derailing a lifetime of planning and absorbing money that could be used on real investments.

Steve Standridge: No Personal Gain From $7M Fraud

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Steve Standridge was emotional but conspicuously unapologetic when he explained to a federal judge why he committed the crimes for which she had just sentenced him to five years in prison.

Arkansas Baptist Gets $30M to Repay Debt, Get Back on Track

by George Waldon 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Little Rock's Arkansas Baptist College recently secured a $30 million funding agreement that has helped calm its troubled financial waters. The deal is a significant event to restore order at the 130-year-old private college after 18 months of trial and tribulation.

Jeff Gardner Leaves Windstream with $5.1M Package

by Lance Turner 12/12/2014 05:23 pm

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock files details of its final compensation payments to former CEO Jeff Gardner and its new compensation agreement with Gardner's successor, Tony Thomas.

ASTA Funds UALR Research into Solar Cell Technology

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/12/2014 11:22 am

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has awarded a grant of $46,500 to a University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor of physics who hopes to improve on a solar cell material as a stable source of sustainable energy.

Tony Thomas Named CEO of Windstream As Jeff Gardner Steps Down

by Lance Turner 12/11/2014 04:01 pm

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock said Thursday that Jeff Gardner has resigned as president and CEO and that Tony Thomas has been appointed to succeed him "effective immediately."

NLR Chamber, ABPG Launch Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Lee Hogan 12/10/2014 01:38 pm

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock, launched the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Oil Takes Another Dive on OPEC Report, US Supplies

by Associated Press 12/10/2014 11:43 am

The price of oil took another dive Wednesday to new five-year lows after OPEC projected the world will need less of its oil next year.

Citizens Bank Nabs Hot Springs Southern Bancorp Staffers

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2014 12:00 am

There's been another mass migration from one bank to another, and this one is messier than usual. The Citizens Bank of Batesville has hired 10 lenders and support staff away from Southern Bancorp Bank in Hot Springs.

Big River Pushes Construction Total to $2.2B

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

The valuation of large commercial projects underway in Arkansas approached $2.2 billion, nearly double the tally from a year ago. The big leap was thanks in no small measure to the $700 million construction contract for the Big River Steel Mill manufacturing facility near Osceola.

Stocks Gain After Hiring Surge; Dow Nears 18,000

by Associated Press 12/5/2014 11:38 am

U.S. stocks are moving higher in midday trading after the government reported a surge in hiring last month.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Join In Women's Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2014 11:36 am

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock to launch a new program to honor the significant contributions of Arkansas women in business, politics, philanthropy and other fields.