Investments Archive

McLarty Capital Partners Makes Loans, Invests Equity

by George Waldon 9/7/2015 12:00 am

As an SBIC, McLarty Capital has the flexibility of working with a business as a lender or as an equity partner with a minority or majority position. The seven deals it has closed to date represent a mix of each kind.

Direct Sales Growing in Popularity, Concerns

by Mark Friedman 9/7/2015 12:00 am

The number of people who are involved in direct selling, or multi-level marketing, has been climbing since 2011. The direct sellers pitch everything from jewelry to face creams to vitamin supplements, and usually their network of friends and family are the first to be pitched.

Planning Key For Passing On Illiquid Assets

by Marty Cook 9/7/2015 12:00 am

Estate planning may be a simple, two-page will and testament that specifies who gets the savings account balance and the 2005 Toyota Camry. The deceased's assets can range from cash to shares of stock to rental houses to acres of land.

Gail Stone on How State Pension Invests in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/7/2015 12:00 am

Gail Stone joined the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System as an investment supervisor, moved up to director of investments and then was named deputy director before being chosen by the APERS Board of Trustees to serve as executive director in 2001.

VentureBeat: Fayetteville's Qbox Raises $2.4M

by Mark Carter 9/2/2015 03:05 pm

Qbox is a cloud-based, search database for businesses. Formerly known as StackSearch, it won the ARK Challenge accelerator in 2012. The funding round was led by Vulcan Ventures and other funds based in Silicon Valley.

Cree Rebrands Division That Includes Fayetteville as Wolfspeed

by Mark Carter 9/2/2015 08:32 am

Semiconductor manufacturer Cree Inc. has rebranded its power and radio frequency division, which includes the former Arkansas Power Electronics International of Fayetteville, as Wolfspeed, the publicly traded company announced.

Startup Junkie's 2.7.0 Accelerator Launches with 11 Firms

by Mark Carter 9/1/2015 02:32 pm

Promoting startups owned by women, minorities and military veterans is the aim of the 2.7.0 accelerator from Fayetteville's Startup Junkie that began its 14-week run on Tuesday.

Dow Drops 335 Points on Bleak Chinese Manufacturing Report

by Associated Press 9/1/2015 11:34 am

More signs of weakness in China's economy are sending stocks and the price of oil sharply lower.

Southern Bancorp Community Partners Raises $2.5M to Expand Loans

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2015 10:38 am

Southern Bancorp Community Partners has raised $2.5 million toward a $5 million goal to expand its revolving loan fund for underserved communities in Arkansas and Mississippi.

USA Truck Executive Leaves Company to Stay in Dallas

by Marty Cook 8/31/2015 02:14 pm

Jeffrey Lester, an executive vice president with USA Truck Inc., resigned Aug. 24, after CEO Tom Glaser asked him to work from the company's headquarters in Van Buren on a daily basis.

Park Avenue Lofts Sells In $36M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/31/2015 12:00 am

ER Park Avenue Apartments LLC, an affiliate of Equity Resources LLC of Birmingham, Alabama, purchased Park Avenue Lofts at 320 S. University Ave. The development previously was linked with a February 2012 mortgage of $21.6 million held by Arvest Bank of Fayetteville.

‘Living Beyond His Means' Catches Up With Dennis Smiley Jr.

by Gwen Moritz 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Henry Dennis Smiley Jr. — the Jr. matters in this case — pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of bank fraud. But the plea agreement identifies 23 banks as his victims, and that doesn't include Arvest Bank, which had trusted him to be president of its Benton County market.

John James Looks to Make New Mark With Hayseed

by Marty Cook 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Hayseed, which moved into the Old Post Office building on the downtown Fayetteville square, hopes to raise $6 million to help the next generation of Acumens. James said Hayseed has already partnered with four startups and is consulting a fifth.

Little Rock's Original Fern Bar: How Buster's Birthed Dave & Buster's

by Jan Cottingham 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Next summer, Dave & Buster's, based in Dallas and co-founded by Corley and Corriveau in 1982, will be opening a location in Little Rock, its first in Arkansas. D&B now has almost 11,000 employees and 73 stores, including one in New York's Times Square. The Arkansas arrival comes 33 years after its founders opened Buster's in Little Rock's Union Station.

Eat. Drink. Play: A Timeline of Dave & Buster's

by Jan Cottingham 8/31/2015 12:00 am

A look at 41 years in the life of one of America's most successful restaurant and game parlors.

Jeannette Balleza Collins on the Agility of Arkansas Startups

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Jeannette Balleza Collins is a freelance strategic consultant with Scribe Marketing, which she founded in 2004, as well as the manager of the Tonic NWA Fund, an angel investment fund she co-founded.

Jeff Gardner Has New Job, Named CEO of Monitronics International

by Gwen Moritz 8/25/2015 04:46 pm

The former CEO of Windstream Holdings has been named CEO of Monitronics International, the home security alarm monitoring company based in Dallas.

Apartments in Northwest Arkansas Still in High Demand

by Marty Cook 8/24/2015 12:00 am

A recent apartment market study reported that occupancy rates for northwest Arkansas were 98 percent or higher in each of the four major cities.

Peck Family Trust Squabble in Court Again

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/24/2015 12:00 am

Little Rock restaurateur Capi Peck and her sisters, Ashley Peck O'Dell of Little Rock and Alison Ashley Peck of White Plains, New York, have both taken legal shots against their father's widow, Hannah Peck, concerning her actions as trustee of the Peck Family Trust.

Being Interesting to Buyers (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 8/24/2015 12:00 am

The rules of customer engagement have changed dramatically in recent years: Your potential buyers know more — or at least believe that they know more — than ever.