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Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.
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Couple Helps Community with Shaved Ice Business

A systems programmer, real estate appraiser, homemaker and construction company co-owner have joined forces to cruise the Arkansas River Valley this summer with a cause.
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Alma Firm Receives Federal Grant for 'Quad Rider'

InvoTek, a research and development firm from Alma, has received a $175,000 federal grant for development of the "Quad Rider," a gear and braking device that helps people with disabilities safely operate a handcycle.
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Josh Moody's Overwatch App Ready to Hit Market

Gamers can expect to see the free Overwatch combat gaming app in the iTunes store within a couple of weeks, Overwatch CEO Josh Moody told his 1 Million Cups audience Wednesday in Little Rock. read more >

Arkansas Venture Center Names Operations Team

Joining AVC co-founder, president and CEO Lee Watson on staff are Caroline Ford as director of communications and development and Marshal Kenneday as director of operations. AVC was founded in 2013 and officially launched in May with a $500,000 matching grant from the state. It serves local entrepreneurs with nationally recognized networking and mentorship programs. read more >

Businesses Have 3 Weeks Left to Apply for Loans

Arkansas small businesses have three weeks left to apply for U. S. Small Business Administration loans because of the drought that began last July. read more >

Student Entrepreneurs at eStem Get Their Own Space: The Vault

The Vault is an internal incubator for student entrepreneurs set inside what once was the underground vault of the former Federal Reserve Bank at Third and Louisiana streets in downtown Little Rock. The building now serves students in grades 9-12 as eStem High School. read more >

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon. read more >

Red Beauty Lounge Debuts in Heights

Red Beauty Lounge, located in the Heights neighborhood in Little Rock, is a dream turned into reality for owner and stylist Amy Hester. The salon opened April 2 and plans to expand in the coming months. read more >

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints). read more >

Look Before You Leap (Heather Robinette Expert Advice)

Careful research and planning give a business its best chance for success and help ensure the venture will provide an adequate reward for the risk involved. Prospective business owners brimming with confidence may want to rush through this step. Don't do it. read more >

Emporium Home Set To Settle In at Heights Location

Traveling markets in Atlanta, Las Vegas and New York have seen Arkansas native Ashley Childers showcase her home furnishings line, Emporium Home. read more >

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