Nonprofits Archive

Mel Coleman of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Elected President of National Group

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 09:37 am

Mel Coleman, CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Salem, has been elected president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association board of directors, the organization announced Monday.

Ozark Regional Land Trust Says Property Left in Landowner's Will Shouldn't Have Been Sold

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 12:00 am

The nonprofit conservation group Ozark Regional Land Trust has filed a lawsuit against the estate of a Pulaski County man arguing that he planned to leave land to the trust after his death that was later sold.

Investors Scoop Up Former Dollar Generals (NWA Real Deals)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 12:00 am

An investment group bought two former Dollar General buildings in northwest Arkansas for a total of $775,900. Raymond Merrill paid $1.9 million for University Village Center at 1545 W. 15th St. in Fayetteville. And Adam Yates, owner of Razorback Awning & Ironworks, bought the former home of Dennis Home Furnishings at 3525 S. School Ave. in Fayetteville.

Professors on PBS TV Programs Boost UA Profile

by Marty Cook 2/16/2015 12:00 am

On Wednesday, the TV series “Nova” will premiere its one-hour documentary special “Petra: Lost City of Stone” on PBS. University of Arkansas geoscience professor Tom Paradise, who has worked on the site in southern Jordan for 25 years, played a large role — on screen and off — in the production.

Central Arkansas Commercial Vacancy Rate Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas declined in the fourth quarter, Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange said in its latest report.

Girl Scouts Tag Along to New WLR Headquarters

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The Diamonds Council, which serves Girl Scouts in most of Arkansas and parts of Oklahoma and Texas, is moving from North Little Rock to Arcade Drive in Little Rock.

Making Change: Social Entrepreneurs on a Mission (Whitney Horton Commentary)

by Whitney Horton 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Businesses have had social impact for a long time, creating jobs and tax revenue for their communities. Yet social entrepreneurs are not content with the rising tide lifting all boats; instead, they go into business with a specific cause in mind.

100 Girls of Code Lands in Arkansas, Aims to Address Gender Gap

by Mark Carter 2/13/2015 01:43 pm

An initiative called 100 Girls of Code that aims to close the gender gap that currently exists in STEM-related fields officially has come to Arkansas.

EAST Initiative Unveils New West Little Rock Digs

by Mark Carter 2/12/2015 04:08 pm

EAST Initiative unveiled its new west Little Rock location on Thursday afternoon. The nonprofit partners with schools to provide project-based, service-oriented programs with a focus on high-end technology.

Arkansas Foodbank Hires Jayne Ann Kita as Chief Program Officer

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2015 11:31 am

Kita will oversee strategic planning and oversight of all program activities to ensure that food is distributed equitably to member agencies throughout the agency's 33-county service area, according to a news release.

Landers Dealership Properties Add Up to $17.8M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/9/2015 12:00 am

The sale of auto properties in west Little Rock weighed in at a combined $17.8 million. The sale of a 44,337-SF hangar at Clinton National Airport tipped the scales at more than $8.2 million. And a former USA Drug project in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.95 million sale.

Don Weaver of El Paso Elected To Chair National Transportation Nonprofit

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Don Weaver has been elected chairman of the board of The Road Information Program (TRIP), a national transportation research nonprofit organization based in Washington. He has been a member of TRIP's board of directors since 2004 and was appointed to its executive committee in 2008.

Michael Hocutt Selected To Head General Contractors Association (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Michael Hocutt, president of Clark Power Corp. of Little Rock, has been chosen to lead the Associated General Contractors of Arkansas as 2015 president. Hocutt represents the utility division and has 37 years of industry experience.

NWA Job Market Calling for Soft Skills

by Marty Cook 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Mike Harvey, the COO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, says job growth in the area is impressive but work has to be done to help today's students prepare for tomorrow's jobs. It's a sentiment echoed by other experts in the economic field.

Chambers of Commerce Worried Over Judge's Payment Ruling

by Mark Friedman 2/9/2015 12:00 am

A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge's ruling last month that ordered the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock to stop paying chambers of commerce and related entities for economic development programs sent shock waves through chamber offices across the state.

Rockfish Announces 2015 Corporate Giving Partners

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/5/2015 09:18 am

Rockfish, the digital marketing agency based in Rogers, has announced the recipients of its corporate giving program for 2015: the Children's Safety Center of Northwest Arkansas and ToolBank USA in Atlanta and Cincinnati.

WR Foundation Awards $35k to EAST Initiative, Innovation Hub for Entrepreneurship

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/4/2015 10:43 am

The matching grant will complement a recent $35,000 donation from AT&T and assist with the procurement and setup of technology and equipment to be used in the EAST Initiative's STEAM Lab at the Hub's Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock.

Museum Store at Crystal Bridges Wins National AIA Honor Award

by Jan Cottingham 2/2/2015 10:09 am

The retail store at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville has received a 2015 national Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Entergy Arkansas Elevates Three to Economic Development Team (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Clarissa McWherter, Chris Murphy and Russell Harris have joined Entergy Arkansas in Little Rock as members of the economic development team.

John Waters, Charles Morgan on Tap for 12th Arkansas Literary Festival

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/28/2015 10:16 am

The 12th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, hosted by the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), is set for April 23-26. Speakers include filmmaker John Waters and "Divine Sisters of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" author Rebecca Wells.