Investments Archive

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.

Arkansas Investor Kristian Andersen Part of $35M High Alpha Launch

by Mark Carter 6/10/2015 04:11 pm

Arkansas tech entrepreneur and investor Kristian Andersen is part of a group of prominent national founders who have launched High Alpha, a "venture studio" conceived to launch and scale tech startups.

Ozark Heritage Bank Wants New Name in Stone

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/8/2015 12:00 am

First National Bank of Altheimer kept that name from the time it was chartered in 1955 until it moved from Jefferson County to Mountain View in 2009 and reorganized as Ozark Heritage Bank. Now another name change is in the works, along with a new state charter.

How to Listen (It's Not Easy) (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 6/8/2015 12:00 am

Listening is hard. Like most things that we all do, there are levels of mastery that are only available to those who practice and train. Here then is a quick overview and some suggestions about how to become a better listener.

Staffing Agencies Struggle to Fill Jobs

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/8/2015 12:00 am

Bullhorn, a Boston company that provides software for the staffing and recruiting industries, in February released “The 2015 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report.”

Windstream Spinoff CS&L Talking Deals

by Sean Beherec 6/8/2015 12:00 am

The first few weeks at Communication Sales & Leasing, the spinoff company formed by certain assets of Windstream Corp.'s portfolio, have been hectic, CEO Kenny Gunderman said in a recent interview. But he adds that the response to the new company from potential clients has been positive.

Greg Penner Named Wal-Mart's 3rd Chairman at Annual Shareholders' Meeting

by Marty Cook 6/5/2015 01:14 pm

A new chairman, a mobile consumer, a Hollywood hostess from the South and Rod Stewart. Inside Wal-Mart's 2015 shareholders' meeting at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

Innovate Arkansas Firms Experiencing Success

by Mark Carter 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Since its inception in 2007, Innovate Arkansas has counseled and mentored hundreds of Arkansas tech startups, placing them in position to succeed and create high-paying jobs. With about 85 currently active client companies, IA continues to nurture tech entrepreneurs and help grow the state's budding tech startup ecosystem.

Hayseed Ventures Aiming for $6 Million Investment

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/1/2015 12:00 am

John James, the Acumen Brands founder, is in the process of raising $6 million for his new company, Hayseed Ventures LLC in Fayetteville.

Dover Startup Raises $2.35 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/1/2015 12:00 am

The company, which was incorporated this year, lists itself in the environmental services industry, and it still had $500,000 left to be sold in its offering of $2.85 million.