Media & Marketing Archive

FAA Adds Urban Studies to Review of Drone Regulations

by Sean Beherec 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The Federal Aviation Administration's review of proposed regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles took a promising turn for operators last week when the FAA said it was adding several studies to better measure the use of the devices.

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.

Computer Courses Measure Puts Arkansas at Forefront of Expanding Coding Opportunities

by Sean Beherec 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson drew the attention of educators and the tech industry when he ushered a bill through the Legislature requiring all high schools in the state to offer a computer science course.

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.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 10:48 am

Tickets are available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Rex Nelson Joins Simmons First as Director of Corporate Communications

by Gwen Moritz 5/4/2015 10:11 am

Rex Nelson will leave his job as president of Arkansas Independent Colleges & Universities at the end of May to become director of corporate communications for Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff.

Troubled Forecasters Seek Way to Improve Tornado Warnings

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 5/4/2015 07:27 am

Forecasters troubled by the high death count from twisters in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, four years ago say they must put away their "nerd-speak" and find better ways to communicate if the public is going to react appropriately when bad weather approaches.

Bank of Rison Seeks Rebranding to Gateway Bank

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The Bank of Rison is the second-smallest bank in the state, but its owners — CEO Troy Duke and Hot Springs businessman LR Gardner — have aspirations.

USA Truck Upgrading Its Website

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

2014 was the trucking company's first profitable year in six years, and its website is even older. Paul Silverlieb, who handles marketing for USA Truck, said the website hasn't been updated in nine years, and a third-party agency (he wouldn't say who) has been hired to design a new one.

Eric Rob & Issac Agency Selected for Health Department's BreastCare Contract

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The department has selected Eric Rob & Isaac of Little Rock to take over the account, which totals about $235,000 a year. If the department continues to renew the contract over a possible seven-year period, then the account is valued at $1.65 million.

Sue Owens on the Educational Impact of Economics Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

After more than 20 years in banking, Sue Owens became executive director of Economics Arkansas — then known as the Arkansas Council on Economic Education — in 2004.

The Perils of Later-in-Life Dating (Joe O'Brien Commentary)

by Joe O'Brien 5/4/2015 12:00 am

When I became a widower after 28 years of a healthy marriage, I knew how to turn on the washing machine and to navigate the drive-through at McDonald's. Beyond that, I was pretty clueless. For nine months after the funeral, I got sympathetic calls from single lady friends wishing to bring the bereaved a casserole. I gained 10 pounds. I told my friend, a relentless bachelor, “I think I am ready to start dating.”

Small Package. Big Idea. (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Five current trends in packaging in soft drinks may be measuring up for shoppers. You no doubt have noticed a relatively new Coca-Cola can, much smaller than the 12-ounce package. That's the size consumers became used to as the result of a 1955 test-market program for export to American military personnel stationed overseas.

New State Law Ends Public Reporting of Restaurant Revenues

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas General Assembly, in a move generating little publicity, last month enacted Act 1102, which exempts local option taxes, also called hotel-motel-restaurant or HMR taxes, from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Holiday Inn Express Visited by $6M Deal (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/4/2015 12:00 am

A 138-room hotel in east Little Rock weighed in at $6 million. A 50-room motel in southwest Little Rock changed hands in a $900,000 sale. And a 1,843-SF Little Rock liquor store rang up a $297,929 deal.

Staff Changes At Little Rock Television Stations

by Sean Beherec 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Two Little Rock newsrooms have added reporters to their rosters, and a promotions producer has left one station to join another in the capital city. Northwest Arkansas is also seeing several anchor changes.

Northwest Arkansas TV Stations Introduce New Anchors

by Sean Beherec 5/4/2015 12:00 am

KFTA-TV, Channel 27, of Fort Smith recently announced that Jo Ann Bauer would be joining the staff as lead anchor and executive producer. At another northwest Arkansas newsroom, Kelly Johnson and Paige Preusse were named weeknight news anchors at KHBS-TV and KHOG-TV, Channels 40/29 of Fort Smith and Fayetteville, last week.

KARK, KLRT Newsroom Earns Murrow Awards for Tornado Coverage

by Sean Beherec 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The newsroom received a breaking news award for live coverage, including contributions by meteorologists Keith Monahan, Jeff Baskin, Greg Dee, Pat Walker and Natalie Walters, according to stories posted on the stations' websites.