Nonprofits Archive

Ballet Arkansas Names New Executive Director

by Jan Cottingham 3/10/2014 10:26 am

Lauren Strother is leaving as executive director of Ballet Arkansas, and Karen Shinn Bassett, president of Ballet Arkansas' board of directors, will replace Strother, the nonprofit announced Monday.

Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

by Mark Friedman 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it's aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.

Walmart Foundation Donates $1.5 Million to Bentonville's Amazeum

by Marty Cook 3/10/2014 12:00 am

The Walmart Foundation donated $1.5 million to the Amazeum, the interactive museum scheduled to open in 2015 in Bentonville. The money donated will allow the museum to have a temporary gallery, Amazeum officials said.

Accountability Sans Jerkiness (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 3/10/2014 12:00 am

A CEO can delegate just about everything except culture. And every company will have a culture, whether it just happens or is implemented purposefully and continually by leadership in every decision and hire.

Stephanie Purifoy Takes Over Development for Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Stephanie Purifoy has been promoted to development director at the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in Little Rock. Purifoy started with the organization as field manager for the alliance's program Cooking Matters at the Store. Leslie Bass will succeed Purifoy as field manager. Bass previously worked in central Arkansas to identify and recruit groups to participate in the alliance's Arkansas No Kid Hungry programs.

Russ Harrington Retiring, Troy Wells to Succeed as CEO of Baptist Health

by Mark Friedman 3/3/2014 01:14 pm

Baptist Health of Little Rock announced Monday that President and CEO Russell Harrington Jr. will retire July 1 and be succeeded by Troy Wells, who is currently Baptist's senior vice president of administrative services.

Dillard's Snubs Local Ronald McDonald House Over Contractor Choice

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Dillard's Inc. apparently was so unhappy that its construction arm wasn't considered to build the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock that it withheld a donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.

John Hugg, Jill Darling Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2014 07:31 am

Each year, Arkansas Business Publishing Group sponsors the awards to honor businesses in three categories related to number of employees as well as business executives, nonprofit executives and nonprofit organizations in Arkansas.

Former Heifer President Luck to Speak at Bumpers Distinguished Lecture Series in April

by Lee Hogan 2/24/2014 09:21 am

Jo Luck, the retired president and CEO of Heifer International, is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the third annual Dale and Betty Bumpers Distinguished Lecture Series in April.

Fayetteville Council OKs Mount Kessler Purchase

by Marty Cook 2/24/2014 12:00 am

The Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to use $1.6 million from the city's reserve fund to complete the purchase of 376 acres that include Mount Kessler.

John Marin Collection Donated to Arkansas Arts Center

by Jan Cottingham 2/21/2014 10:39 am

The Arkansas Arts Center has received a gift of a large collection of artworks by John Marin, an important American modernist artist best known for watercolors. The Arts Center said it is planning an exhibition, tentatively scheduled for 2016, of Marin's work.

Noble Impact Bringing First High School Startup Weekend to Little Rock in April

by Mark Carter 2/20/2014 09:54 am

Little Rock's Noble Impact is bringing the first-ever High School Startup Weekend to the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service this spring.

Springhill Suites Hosts $4.5M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/17/2014 12:00 am

The sale of a 78-room hotel in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $4.5 million. A 66,000-SF industrial facility in North Little Rock weighed in at $1.5 million. And an 8,320-SF Family Dollar Store in southwest Little Rock rang up a $1.2 million transaction.

An Optimistic View of the World (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Bill Gates makes a persuasive case that the world really is getting better in big, global ways, which is nice to consider when much smaller problems seem to be intractable.

Creating an Engaged Workforce (John Hendon Commentary)

by John Hendon 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Employee engagement is simply a combination of job satisfaction, ability and a willingness to perform for one's organization at a high level and over an extended time. This combination of satisfaction, ability and willingness is more critical today than ever before in business.

Meet the Finalists of the 26th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

Relocation of Historic Frank Lloyd Wright House to Crystal Bridges a First

by Jan Cottingham 2/10/2014 12:00 am

In a few weeks, a fully dismantled structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will be carefully loaded into vehicles provided by J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. and moved some 1,300 miles west to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. It will then be carefully unloaded, moved to its new home on the museum's 120 acres and reassembled, piece by numbered piece.

UA Students at Fay Jones School of Architecture Getting 'The Wright Stuff'

by Jan Cottingham 2/10/2014 12:00 am

The move of the Bachman Wilson House to the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is presenting opportunities for students of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Central Arkansas Office Space Vacancy Rate Slips

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2014 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas fell to 11.5 percent in fourth-quarter 2013, compared with 11.9 percent in third-quarter 2013 and 11.8 percent in the year-earlier quarter. The national average in the fourth quarter was 15.6 percent, according to the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange.

Southern Bancorp Launches Economic Development Effort in Helena

by Mark Carter 2/6/2014 09:27 am

Southern Bancorp this week unveiled its Riverside Renewal Project in Helena, part of a "trifecta of economic development tools" the rural development bank has launched in an effort to promote job growth and entrepreneurship in the Delta.