Investments Archive

Startup Junkie's Jeff Amerine on Using Entrepreneurship to Innovate Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Jeff Amerine recently left his position as director of Technology Ventures at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to devote himself full time to Startup Junkie Consulting, the firm he began in 2008.

Knight Transportation Sheds More USA Truck Shares

by Marty Cook 6/25/2015 04:36 pm

Knight tried to take over USA Truck two years ago by buying 1.3 million shares at less than $6 per share. The take-over bid failed but the interest generated helped spur USA Truck's share price over $20.

PAM Transport Expands Its Dutch Auction

by Marty Cook 6/25/2015 04:32 pm

The company announced it buy up to 150,000 shares — approximately two percent of the outstanding shares — rather than 80,000 as it had planned. PAM said it would pay between $59 and $63 per share.

UA Startup Founder Ellen Brune Up for Global Women's Award

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/24/2015 10:52 am

Brune, 28, founded Innovate Arkansas client firm Boston Mountain Biotech to produce pharmaceutical proteins using a method she helped develop at the UA. She is one of 18 women in the world selected as finalists for the awards.

Car Mart Execs Received No Bonuses in 2014

by Marty Cook 6/23/2015 01:26 pm

For the second consecutive year, the two top executives at America's Car-Mart of Bentonville did not receive cash incentive bonuses, according to a proxy statement filed Tuesday by the company.

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.