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Bear State Posts $2.3M Profit in 1Q

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/15/2015 11:27 am

The publicly traded holding company for Bear State Bank collapsed three bank charters in the first quarter.

Dillard's 1Q Net Income Drops 2 Percent, Same-Stores Sales Down 1 Percent

by Lance Turner 5/14/2015 03:11 pm

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock reports net income of $109.6 million, down about 2 percent from the same time last year as same-store sales slid 1 percent. "We are disappointed with our first quarter performance," Dillard's CEO William T. Dillard II said in a news release.

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital Acquires Bourbon & Boots

by Mark Carter 5/14/2015 08:39 am

Little Rock startup Bourbon & Boots, the Southern-themed online marketplace that offers more than 2,000 artisan items with more than 250,000 customers across the country, has been acquired by XCelerate Capital.

Windstream Appoints New EVP for Enterprise Sales

by Sean Beherec 5/13/2015 09:18 am

Jeffery Howe was previously president of the East Region and Central Sales Regions.

Inuvo CEO Sees Pay Decline in 2014

by Sean Beherec 5/12/2015 02:30 pm

Inuvo Inc. of Conway reported the company CEO's compensation in its annual proxy statement.

UALR Receives $20M for New Visual Arts Building

by Mark Carter 5/11/2015 11:04 am

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock announces the second biggest gift ever made to the school, a $20.3 million grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Don't Believe the Hype (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

What we've got here, in the immortal words of Strother Martin, is failure to communicate. When numbers get big, they sound impressive — a billion! a trillion! — but without context, they lose all meaning.

The Business Value of Listening (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 5/11/2015 12:00 am

There are reams of articles on listening, with approaches that vary widely. Most of what is required to listen, however, is to pay attention, remove distractions and remain fully present for the work in front of us.

Many Pay State Capital Gains Tax (Greg Kaza Commentary)

by Greg Kaza 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas policymakers, in this year's legislative session, maintained a 50 percent state capital gains tax exemption enacted in 2013. The move was opposed by some who argue the idea benefits only a small number of wealthy Arkansans and is partisan policy.

Enrollment Continues Post-Recession Slump at Top Universities, Colleges

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

College enrollment in Arkansas topped out in the 2011-12 academic year, the second year of lottery scholarships when the state's unemployment rate was near its post-recession peak.

Professional Degrees Edge Doctoral in Earnings, Unemployment Rates

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The education categories in the graphic reflect only the highest level of education attained. They don't take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates.

XCelerate Capital Invests $250K in Real Agent Guard

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/8/2015 10:09 am

Real Agent Guard developed a mobile-enabled personal security system for real estate agents. It was created by founders Justin Horner and Tim Brasuell in the aftermath of the murder last year of a central Arkansas agent.

USA Truck CEO John Simone Treated for Lung Cancer

by Marty Cook and Lance Turner 5/7/2015 05:20 pm

USA Truck Inc. CEO John Simone said Thursday that he is being treated for lung cancer, and that while he and his doctors are optimistic, he's not sure yet when he'll return to the company. "I intend to return as soon as medically advisable, and I am hoping that will be sometime this summer," he wrote.

USA Truck Shareholders Re-Elect 3 to Company Board

by Marty Cook 5/7/2015 01:50 pm

Shareholders voted to re-elect three members of the company's board of directors and approved, in an advisory vote, of the company's executive compensation plan.

Windstream 1Q Net Income Down 67 Percent

by Sean Beherec 5/7/2015 07:19 am

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock on Thursday reported net income of $5.3 million, or 5 cents per share, on $1.41 billion in revenues during the first quarter of the year.

Bank of the Ozarks to Buy Bank of the Carolinas in $65M Deal

by Lance Turner 5/6/2015 03:48 pm

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock said Wednesday that it has agreed to purchase Bank of the Carolinas Corp. and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Bank of the Carolinas, in an all-stock deal worth about $64.7 million.

Simmons First Proxy: Pay Rise for George Makris, Payments to French Hill in 2014

by George Waldon 5/6/2015 02:31 pm

The compensation of the top executive at Simmons First National Corp. mushroomed by 135 percent in 2014, the year he succeeded J. Thomas May as CEO.

Hayseed Ventures to Take Over Old Post Office Building in Fayetteville Square

by Marty Cook 5/6/2015 10:49 am

Acumen Brands of Fayetteville will move its Country Outfitter flagship store out of the Old Post Office Building in the downtown Fayetteville square.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Venture Center's Pre-Flight Program Graduates Second Class

by Mark Carter 5/5/2015 10:53 am

The Venture Center's latest Pre-Flight class includes three startups that identified specific problems in their respective markets and proposed solutions.

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