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Arkansas State, Harding Teams Take Top Awards at DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 4/22/2015 02:54 pm

Teams from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Harding University in Searcy took top honors at the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition awards.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/21/2015 09:53 am

The state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6 percent in March, reflecting a revised rate for February. According to DWS, the state's civilian labor force rose by 4,900 from January to February, a result of 5,800 more employed and 900 fewer unemployed Arkansans.

Deltic Timber 1Q Net Income Down 61 Percent on Weather, Plant Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/20/2015 03:31 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. of El Dorado reports first-quarter preliminary net income fell 61 percent to $1.9 million, or 15 cents per share, amid bad winter weather and a fire at one of its plants.

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

by George Waldon 4/20/2015 12:00 am

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains.

For Fairness (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/20/2015 12:00 am

We support the proposal before the Little Rock Board of Directors that would forbid discrimination against city workers, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Widespread Growth Seen in Northwest Arkansas

by Charles S. Gascon and Michael A. Varley 4/20/2015 12:00 am

When Sam Walton opened in 1950 the dime store in Bentonville, to say the area was sparsely populated would be an understatement. Today, these environs have grown so much that they comprise their own metropolitan statistical area.

Home BancShares 1Q Profit UP 14 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/16/2015 11:24 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $31.1 million, up 14 percent from the same quarter last year.

ArcBest Corp. Breaks Ground in New Corporate Headquarters

by Marty Cook 4/15/2015 03:47 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson helped ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith break ground Wednesday for its new, four-story, 200,000-SF company headquarters at Chaffee Crossing. ArcBest expects the building to be completed in late 2016 and said it will create 975 jobs through 2021.

Wal-Mart Wins Legal Round Against Church Over Firearm Sales

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2015 05:15 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville won't have to let shareholders vote on a proposal from a Manhattan Episcopal church concerned about firearm sales, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

JB Hunt 1Q Earnings Up 34 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2015 09:32 am

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell reported first-quarter net income of $91.9 million, or 78 cents per share, on Tuesday.

Bank of the Ozarks 1Q Net Income Up 58 Percent

by Lance Turner 4/13/2015 04:51 pm

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock reports first quarter net income of $39.9 million, up 58 percent from the same quarter last year.

Judge Tosses Wal-Mart Bribery Case

by Mark Friedman 4/13/2015 12:00 am

A federal judge in Arkansas last month threw out a shareholder lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its directors over allegations of bribery in Mexico.

‘Execution' the Key For Windstream CEO Tony Thomas

by Sean Beherec 4/13/2015 12:00 am

Tony Thomas, who took over as CEO of Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock in December, recently gave a round of interviews to local reporters about a month after the company's shareholders approved measures to spin off a real estate investment trust.

Acxiom Names Rick Erwin to Lead New Division

by Sean Beherec 4/9/2015 04:20 pm

Acxiom Corp. named Rick Erwin as president and general manager of a new division of the company called Audience Solutions.

Quarterly Business Analysis Luncheon Set for May 8 in Fayetteville

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/9/2015 11:49 am

Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, will present her regular Quarterly Business Analysis as a luncheon on Friday, May 8.

Inuvo, PrivacyStar Announce Move to River Market District

by Mark Carter 4/9/2015 11:46 am

Conway tech firms Inuvo Inc. and PrivacyStar announced Thursday that they will move to the Museum Building in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock. The two firms will take up a combined 26,000 SF.

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

Update: USA Truck CEO John Simone Takes Leave of Absence

by Marty Cook 4/6/2015 03:09 pm

USA Truck Inc. CEO John Simone is taking an indefinite leave of absence because of a recent diagnosis of a "serious medical condition," the Van Buren trucking company said Monday.

Bear State's Chris Wewers Moves to Southern Bancorp

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

Perhaps you heard that a top executive at Little Rock's Bear State Bank has migrated to a new job: chief financial officer at Southern Bancorp Inc.

Warren Stephens Media Properties Rake Millions of Advertising Dollars from Dillard's

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

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock spent more than $2.35 million on advertising with properties associated with Warren Stephens in fiscal 2014, down from $3.91 million the year before.