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Papa Murphy's Expands Pizza Plans for Little Rock

Papa Murphy's Expands Pizza Plans for Little Rock

Papa Murphy's, the “take-and-bake” pizza chain, has big plans for central Arkansas as it seeks to expand throughout the Midwest and South, says its chief development officer, Jayson Tipp.
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After Boom in Shale, Arkansas Gas Industry Faces Halt in Drilling

After a decade-long, multibillion-dollar bonanza of natural gas production in an Arkansas field called the Fayetteville Shale, the bust has landed with a thud.
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Stephen Curry and Nike's PowerPoint Blunder (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

A recent report from ESPN uncovered a real doozy. It is the amazing story of how the most powerful sports apparel company in the world, Nike, let the most electric player in the NBA, Stephen Curry, out of its grasp — and allowed Under Armour to pull off one of the most valuable marketing switcheroos in history.
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CEO, CFO See Annual Compensation Decline at Acxiom

Two of five named executive officers at Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock saw their annual compensation decline in fiscal 2016, a year when the publicly traded data services company swung to an annual profit from a loss the year before. read more >

Ahead of Amazon Prime Day, Wal-Mart Tries to Move In

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Federal Reserve Approves 2 Bank of the Ozarks Acquisitions

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Walton Family Foundation Gives $250M to Charters in Little Rock, 16 Other Cities

The Walton Family Foundation on Tuesday announced it will give $250 million to charter schools in 17 cities, including Little Rock, as it aims to meet "growing demand for high-quality public school options." read more >

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Nominate Now for Arkansas Business '20 in Their 20s'

Arkansas Business is once again taking nominations for its annual "20 in Their 20s" list, which honors young professionals in their 20s. read more >

Advocates for Environment Not Sorry to See Fracking Stop in Arkansas

The 10-year boom in Arkansas natural gas production poured billions of dollars into the state, but some Arkansans are not sad to see it end. read more >

Wal-Mart Partners With China's No. 2 E-Commerce Site

Wal-Mart is partnering with China's No. 2 e-commerce site as the U.S. retailer experiences some growing pains online. read more >

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is cutting jobs in accounting and other back-office positions at about 500 locations in the Western region of the U.S. read more >

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