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Growing Participation Means Longer List of Largest Trade & Professional Unions

by Austin DuVall 7/6/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas Business list of the state's largest trade and professional associations is back after a four-year hiatus, complete with 15 new entries because of greater participation.

Sissy's Log Cabin Heights Location to Grow

by Austin DuVall 7/6/2015 12:00 am

The Sissy's Log Cabin location at Grant and R streets in Little Rock is set to expand this summer “in an effort to continue making Sissy's Log Cabin an exciting customer experience,” a company press release said.

Woodland Heights Sells In $13.9M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 7/6/2015 12:00 am

A 142-unit independent living center in Little Rock tipped the scales at $13.9 million. A nearly 1,150-acre farm in southeast Pulaski County weighed in at $2.25 million. And a 3,708-SF residence-turned-business in Little Rock's Hillcrest area changed hands in a $525,000 deal.

Property Turnover Shakes Up Retail Market As National Buyers Eye Space

by George Waldon 7/6/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for retail space in the Pulaski County market continued to loosen slightly with a first quarter reading of 6.3 percent. A year ago, that number stood at 5.2 percent.

Hutchinson Announces State Board Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/2/2015 09:29 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the latest round of appointments to state boards, panels and committees.

Public Advocate: NYC Funds Should Divest from Wal-Mart

by Associated Press 7/1/2015 10:55 am

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is calling for the city's pensions funds to divest from Wal-Mart.

June Economic Report Affirms Slow Growth Ahead in Midwest

by Associated Press 7/1/2015 07:47 am

Data from a June survey echo previous signs that slower economic growth likely lays ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report released Wednesday.

New Construction Boosts Conway on Business Index

by Mark Carter 6/30/2015 09:37 am

New home construction boosted Conway to near the top of the Arkansas Tech Business Index for April 2015.

Slideshow: 40 Under 40 Honorees Recognized At Luncheon

by Alexis Hosticka 6/29/2015 12:00 am

The 2015 class of Arkansas Business' 40 Under 40 were honored at a luncheon at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock on Wednesday. Each honoree gave a brief acceptance speech and answered questions such as, “What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?” and “What do you want your legacy to be 20 years from now?”

Denver Firm Pays $6M For Westgate Center (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 6/29/2015 12:00 am

The sale of a 53,000-SF retail center in Little Rock weighed in at $6 million. A 43,798-SF retail building is undergoing redevelopment as a warehouse after a $1.2 million deal. And a 12,175-SF office-warehouse project in the Riverdale area of Little Rock changed hands in a $714,000 sale.

Wal-Mart's Job 1 (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 6/29/2015 12:00 am

When Wal-Mart announced in February that it would raise the hourly pay of its lowest-paid employees to at least $10 within the following 12 months, I thought the company had finally decided its Everyday Low Price strategy might not be the be-all and end-all at Wal-Mart going forward.

Northwest Arkansas Transforming Into a Tech Hub

by Marty Cook 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Northwest Arkansas isn't California's Silicon Valley and has a long way to go before it can be considered remotely comparable, but technology industry leaders say the area is proving to be on the short list of best places in the field.

Wal-Mart SVP Rick Webb: NWA Needs Employees Educated in STEM

by Marty Cook 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Wal-Mart needs vast numbers of technologically advanced workers and needs them as soon as possible, says SVP Rick Webb.

Wal-Mart Imposes Charges on Suppliers as Costs Mount

by Reuters 6/24/2015 09:30 am

Wal-Mart Stores will begin charging fees to almost all vendors for stocking their items in new stores and for warehousing inventory, raising pressure on suppliers as the world's largest retailer battles higher costs from wage hikes.

Arvest Survey: Arkansans Making Major Household Purchases

by Alexis Hosticka 6/23/2015 10:25 am

Arkansas consumers have more student loans but are carefully paying bills and making large purchases, according to the third installment of the spring 2015 Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey. The survey said that 24 percent of Arkansas respondents plan to make a major household purchase in the next six months.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

by Gwen Moritz 6/22/2015 12:00 am

This week's Arkansas Business is dedicated to our 22nd class of 40 Under 40 honorees, those young leaders of business, government and nonprofits that our internal selection team believes readers need to know.

New Tenants Making Connection at Bentonville's Rainbow Junction Center

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

The 30,000-SF mall has one anchor tenant already in ATA Martial Arts, and it has two signed contracts with Mathnasium and LaVida Massage. Mathnasium, a learning center, is expected to open within a couple of months.

Barbara Graves Joins Strategic Technologies as Marketing VP

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

As vice president of marketing and development, Barbara Graves will focus on developing new accounts for Strategic Technologies Corp., which helps clients improve risk management and service levels by offering an array of tech services, software and platforms aimed at multiple industries.

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.

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