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The Value of Humility (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/22/2015 12:00 am

Interviewing our 40 Under 40 honorees remains for the Arkansas Business staff an interesting and often uplifting assignment despite years of experience. Reading the stories of so many productive people is a cure for cynicism.

Former 40 Under 40 Member Chris Olsen on Staying Evergreen in Business

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/22/2015 12:00 am

In partnership with his father, Chris Olsen bought the Doramus landscape company in 1996, changing the name to Horticare and selling it in 2005. In 2003, he opened his second home and garden store, Botanica Gardens. In May, Olsen opened Plantopia Home & Garden Center in North Little Rock.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Steady at 5.7 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/19/2015 09:30 am

The state's unemployment rate was steady at 5.7 percent in May, according to data released Friday by the Arkansas Department for Workforce Services.

Jay Howard Starts New Chapter With Ware Howse

by Alexis Hosticka 6/18/2015 09:22 am

Jay Howard founded I.O. Metro in 2005. But he's since moved on, and this month he debuted his next project: Ware Howse. Arkansas Business catches up with the entrepreneur as he builds a new company.

Report: Benton County Tops in US in Wage Growth

by Mark Carter 6/18/2015 09:07 am

The bureau measured the nation's 339 largest "jobs" counties, and Benton County's 9.9 percent wage growth from December 2013 to December 2014 was the highest in the U.S.

Mack's Prairie Wings Not Ducking Calls With New Jobs in Stuttgart

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Outdoor outfitter Mack's Prairie Wings of Stuttgart is adding up to 40 jobs as it brings its call center in-house.

Bikes, Brewing Part of Creekside Retail Center's Revamping in Fayetteville

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/15/2015 12:00 am

The Creekside shopping center on Mall Avenue in Fayetteville will have a new look and new tenants in a few months.

Biff's Coffee Down to the Last Drop After Ronnoco Sale

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/15/2015 12:00 am

A Little Rock Craigslist ad offering “the last coffee ever roasted by Biff Grimes himself” caught our attention.

Corporate Citizenship (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/15/2015 12:00 am

The cost of a customer rewards campaign by a Canadian bank giving away flowers and baseball tickets had to have been dwarfed by the enormous goodwill it generated. So how much greater then is the goodwill generated by something like Murphy Oil Corp.'s El Dorado Promise?

15 on Highest-Paid Nonprofit Employees List Earn $1M or More

by Gwen Moritz 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Research for this third annual list of the highest-paid nonprofit employees turned up 15 with total compensation in the seven figures, up from seven on last year's list.

Wal-Mart Welcomes Veterans Home with Job Guarantees

by Marty Cook 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Two years after announcing its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, Wal-Mart Stores announced an extension of the program to 250,000 veterans by 2020 because the original initiative had outstripped its projections, with 92,000 veterans hired.

Census Says Nonemployer Businesses See Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/15/2015 12:00 am

The number of businesses without paid employees — known as nonemployer businesses — in the U.S. rose by 269,705 in 2013, to 23 million, a 1.2 percent increase, the U.S. Census Bureau says.

Boomerang Projects Combine for $3.8M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Two Boomerang car washes attracted seven-digit transactions. A 4,200-SF retail project in south Little Rock rang up a $750,000 sale. And a 10-unit piece of the Springvale Apartments project in North Little Rock changed hands.

Doug McMillon: How I Knew It Was Time to Raise Pay at Wal-Mart

by Marty Cook 6/11/2015 02:01 pm

Doug McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, said a visit he took to a store in Denver helped him decide the company needed to raise worker pay.

US Retail Sales Jump in a Sign of More Confident Consumers

by Associated Press 6/11/2015 11:34 am

Americans stepped up their spending at retailers in May, especially for autos, clothes and building materials, in a sign that strong job growth has begun to boost store sales.

Wal-Mart Asks Suppliers for Lower Prices, Fewer Ads

by Lance Turner 6/11/2015 11:25 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville is asking suppliers to cut back on advertising in order to pass along those savings to its customers.

Federal Judge: Wal-Mart Violated State Minimum Wage Laws

by Associated Press 6/11/2015 06:54 am

Wal-Mart could be on the hook for more than $100 million in back pay after a federal judge ruled the company failed to pay California minimum wage to truck drivers for activities that included inspecting and washing their trucks.

Fort Smith, Little Rock Show Increases in Latest Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Alexis Hosticka 6/9/2015 10:10 am

Retail and construction are doing well in Little Rock and Fort Smith, giving the cities the two largest month-to-month increases from February to March in the Arkansas Tech Business Index.

How to Listen (It's Not Easy) (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 6/8/2015 12:00 am

Listening is hard. Like most things that we all do, there are levels of mastery that are only available to those who practice and train. Here then is a quick overview and some suggestions about how to become a better listener.

Staffing Agencies Struggle to Fill Jobs

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/8/2015 12:00 am

Bullhorn, a Boston company that provides software for the staffing and recruiting industries, in February released “The 2015 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report.”

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