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Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

Metroplan last month released its latest “Metro Trends: Economic Review and Outlook,” which examines what it calls “the new economy” in central Arkansas in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
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Moses Tucker Real Estate Looks to Next Generation, Plans for Future

What appears to an outsider as the simple passing of the family business from one generation to the next wasn't the plan from the beginning.
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'Distressed' Hazen Team Shines at Youth Entrepreneur Showcase

A team of youth entrepreneurs who appear ready to sell their wares through online marketplaces like Little Rock's Bourbon & Boots were among the top winners at Friday's Youth Entrepreneur Showcase Expo Day at Park Plaza.
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Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital Announces Entrepreneurial Scholarship Program

XCelerate Capital of Little Rock has launched an annual Entrepreneurial Programming Scholarship program to help aspiring entrepreneurs, it announced Tuesday. XCelerate Capital is an early-stage venture fund launched earlier this month by tech founder Rod Ford. read more >

Innovate Arkansas Bringing Iron Yard Coding School to Little Rock

The Iron Yard offers intensive courses in Python, front-end, rails and mobile engineering as well as a startup accelerator, web design and kids classes. Little Rock courses will include front-end, rails and mobile and will begin in mid-2015. The Iron Yard aims to grow developers and help them find jobs after graduation from its courses. read more >

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services. read more >

Ross Cranford on the Current 'Revolutionary' Climate in Advertising & Marketing

Before leaving to create his new agency, Ross Cranford worked for 19 years at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, starting as a junior copywriter in 1995, then writer, digital creative director, associate creative director, director of strategic planning, vice president for tourism services and member of the board of directors. read more >

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013. read more >

Jacksonville Funeral Home License Suspended in Emergency Action

The Arkansas State Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors votes for an emergency suspension of the licenses of Arkansas Funeral Care of Jacksonville and its manager, LeRoy Wood, after an inspector testified that she was "taken aback" by the conditions under which bodies were being held. read more >

Agreement Puts Drones Closer to Sky

A cooperative agreement announced last week between the Federal Aviation Administration and CNN for the company to use unmanned aircraft for news gathering has some operators hopeful for the future. read more >

Finances Force Hoxie To Leave Regional Group

The city of Hoxie left the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority, an economic development group, because it couldn't afford the annual fees. read more >

Negotiations for Tech Park Properties Continue

Little Rock tech park director Brent Birch told the board Wednesday that negotiations for targeted park properties along Main Street in downtown Little Rock are continuing. Birch said he is working with the city on a schedule of available funds to complete the purchase of the proposed properties. read more >

Darrin Williams Appointed to Little Rock Tech Park Board

Appointed by University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson, Williams will complete the term of former board member Bob Johnson, who resigned in November. read more >

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