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HR Director Michele Burns on the Soft Skills Employers Want

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Michele Burns is the state director for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is the director of classification and compensation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Wal-Mart Sets Off Minimum Wage Race

by Mark Friedman 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Store Inc.'s announcement in February that it would start paying employees $9 an hour this year and $10 in 2016 touched off a minimum wage arms race.

Dillard's Family Members Receive $13.9M in 2014

by Mark Friedman 4/2/2015 05:08 pm

Last year wasn't as lucrative for the eight Dillard family members who work at Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock.

Home BancShares Buys $289M in Loans, Plans Office in New York

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/1/2015 04:21 pm

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, the parent company of Centennial Bank, said Wednesday that it has purchased $289 million in national commercial real estate loans from JC Flowers & Co. LLC.

Wal-Mart Commends Asa Hutchinson for Work on HB1228

by Lance Turner 4/1/2015 02:59 pm

Today, following Asa Hutchinson's request that the Legislature recall and rework HB1228, Wal-Mart praised the governor and legislative leaders.

Wal-Mart Seeks Assist From Suppliers to Lower Prices

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 4/1/2015 01:10 pm

Wal-Mart is asking suppliers to cut back on advertising spending in its stores as it seeks lower prices on goods that it sells to its own customers.

Wal-Mart Is Now Calling for a Veto of HB1228

by Lance Turner 3/31/2015 05:53 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville had previously expressed its displeasure with HB1228. But Tuesday afternoon, CEO Doug McMillon called on Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto the bill.

Acxiom Asks Gov. Hutchinson to Veto HB1228

by Sean Beherec 3/30/2015 04:52 pm

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock on Monday asked the governor to veto the measure, calling it "discriminatory."

Tyson Foods Shutters Georgia Plant, Expands Another

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 01:51 pm

Tyson Foods of Springdale announced Friday that it would shut down one Georgia poultry plant and scale back operations at another.

Mark Wallace Named CFO for Windstream REIT

by Sean Beherec 3/30/2015 09:57 am

Windstream Holdings Inc. on Monday said Mark Wallace has been named CFO of Communications Sales & Leasing Inc.

Arkansas Labor Force Rises by 9,000

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

As the unemployment rate in Arkansas is falling the size of the labor force is increasing, as these charts by Michael Pakko, the state's economic forecaster, show.

PAM Executives Got Pay Bumps After Profitable 2014

by Marty Cook 3/27/2015 10:33 am

President and CEO Dan Cushman received total compensation of $1.38 million in 2014, according to a proxy statement filed with the SEC. Cushman made $720,034 in 2013. The pay increase came after a year in which PAM posted net income of $13.5 million, an increase of 129 percent from 2013.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 09:47 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Asa Hutchinson Names Mike Preston as New AEDC Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2015 10:58 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Windstream Board Gives Final Approval for REIT

by Sean Beherec 3/26/2015 10:09 am

The company said that the board's decision to spin off certain network assets into the new company, Communications Sales & Leasing Inc., will also result in a prorated cash dividend upon its closing.

Incentives Boost Pay for Bank of the Ozarks' Executives

by Lance Turner 3/26/2015 09:32 am

Each of Bank of the Ozarks Inc.'s named executive officers saw increases in total compensation in fiscal 2014, according to a proxy filed Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

2 Murphy USA Executives See Total Compensation Rise

by Lance Turner 3/25/2015 03:15 pm

Two top executives at Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado received boosts to total compensation in 2014, according to the company's proxy filed Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Arkansas State University to Hold Women's Business Leadership Conference April 2

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 02:41 pm

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is holding a Women's Business Leadership Conference on April 2 in Centennial Hall at the Carl R. Reng Student Union and at the Delta Center for Economic Development.

Value of $1 Million-Plus Deals Jumps 70 Percent

by George Waldon 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The number of $1 million-plus commercial real estate deals in Pulaski County didn't increase significantly during 2014. But the same can't be said for the dollar total of the transactions, which ballooned by a whopping 70 percent compared with 2013.

Developers See Surge In Northwest Arkansas Activity

by Marty Cook 3/23/2015 12:00 am

Cody Crawford, the president of C.R. Crawford Construction of Fayetteville, has his hands full with work these days. He's not alone — the region is showing signs of shrugging off the hangover of the recession.

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