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Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

by Gwen Moritz 6/22/2015 12:00 am

This week's Arkansas Business is dedicated to our 22nd class of 40 Under 40 honorees, those young leaders of business, government and nonprofits that our internal selection team believes readers need to know.

Middle Class in Arkansas Cities Examined

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/22/2015 12:00 am

The Brookings Institute recently examined the size of the middle class in various American cities, classifying households by the quintile of income distribution into which they fell.

Bruised Lender Makes Showing Atop Best ROAs

by George Waldon 6/22/2015 12:00 am

An eclectic group emerged from the first quarter as top-performing lenders based in Arkansas. Measured by return on assets, the group of 10 represented large and small banks sprinkled around the state and a credit union. Two of the lenders are led by women.

NLR Warehouse Draws $1.4 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 6/22/2015 12:00 am

A 22,500-SF warehouse in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.46 million. A 13.7-acre residential parcel in west Little Rock weighed in at $1.25 million. And a 1,866-SF fast-food eatery in Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1 million transaction.

Bellwether Investment Firm Expands Into Little Rock

by Austin DuVall 6/22/2015 12:00 am

Bellwether Investment Group LLC, a registered investment adviser based in Chattanooga, has moved adviser Mark Massey back to his hometown of Little Rock to aid the firm's expansion into Arkansas.

The Value of Humility (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/22/2015 12:00 am

Interviewing our 40 Under 40 honorees remains for the Arkansas Business staff an interesting and often uplifting assignment despite years of experience. Reading the stories of so many productive people is a cure for cynicism.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Steady at 5.7 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/19/2015 09:30 am

The state's unemployment rate was steady at 5.7 percent in May, according to data released Friday by the Arkansas Department for Workforce Services.

Simmons Unveils Ad Featuring Justin Moore

by Gwen Moritz 6/19/2015 08:42 am

A new advertising campaign featuring Justin Moore, the country music artist originally from Poyen, was unveiled Thursday night at Simmons First National Corp.'s annual shareholders meeting.

Phil Baldwin Tells Independence County to 'Dream Big'

by Alexis Hosticka 6/18/2015 03:12 pm

Through citizen involvement and a potluck of ideas, Independence County is aiming to leverage its strengths to improve its prospects in five key areas, including economic development. In doing so, Citizens Bank CEO Phil Baldwin is urging the county to aim high.

Bourbon & Boots to Open New HQ in Argenta

by Mark Carter 6/18/2015 11:04 am

Bourbon & Boots, the startup acquired by Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital in May, announced Thursday that it will open a new headquarters in the Argenta District of downtown North Little Rock.

Report: Benton County Tops in US in Wage Growth

by Mark Carter 6/18/2015 09:07 am

The bureau measured the nation's 339 largest "jobs" counties, and Benton County's 9.9 percent wage growth from December 2013 to December 2014 was the highest in the U.S.

Home BancShares to Buy Florida Business BancGroup of Tampa

by George Waldon 6/17/2015 04:07 pm

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway is making another Florida bank buy, scooping up Florida Business BancGroup Inc. of Tampa. The $101.6 million transaction will push the company's asset total to $8.5 billion and its Tampa area branch network to 12.

Hutchinson Financial Sold to United Capital of California

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/16/2015 10:43 am

United Capital Financial Advisers LLC of Newport Beach, California, announced on Monday that it had entered the Arkansas market by acquiring Hutchinson Financial Inc., the Little Rock financial advisory founded by Eric Hutchinson in 1988.

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Edmond Waters on Preventing Bad Brokers from Doing Business

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Edmond Waters was appointed in February by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to succeed Heath Abshure as commissioner of the Arkansas Securities Department.

15 on Highest-Paid Nonprofit Employees List Earn $1M or More

by Gwen Moritz 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Research for this third annual list of the highest-paid nonprofit employees turned up 15 with total compensation in the seven figures, up from seven on last year's list.

New Heifer Position An Effort to Respond to Donors, Provide Accountability

by Jan Cottingham 6/15/2015 12:00 am

A year after Heifer International CEO Pierre Ferrari told Arkansas Business about the nonprofit's increased emphasis on measuring its impact, Heifer has created and filled a position to do exactly that.

El Dorado Riding High on Murphy ‘Promise'

by Sean Beherec 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Today, more than 1,500 students have benefited from the El Dorado Promise, attending schools across the country, with another 262 students eligible this year. The Promise is also receiving credit for being a catalyst for driving growth in the city and putting the brakes on decreased enrollment in the school district.

Boomerang Projects Combine for $3.8M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Two Boomerang car washes attracted seven-digit transactions. A 4,200-SF retail project in south Little Rock rang up a $750,000 sale. And a 10-unit piece of the Springvale Apartments project in North Little Rock changed hands.

Asa Hutchinson Talks Highway Funding, Europe Trip

by Mark Carter 6/11/2015 03:07 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that "everything is on the table" for the Highway Funding Working Group he created and charged with finding new ways to fund state highways by Dec. 15.

Doug McMillon: How I Knew It Was Time to Raise Pay at Wal-Mart

by Marty Cook 6/11/2015 02:01 pm

Doug McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, said a visit he took to a store in Denver helped him decide the company needed to raise worker pay.

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