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Bentonville's Transformation Subject of Ad Age Spotlight

Bentonville's Transformation Subject of Ad Age Spotlight
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Bentonville finds itself in the Advertising Age spotlight Tuesday. Ad Age has a look at how Bentonville -- aka Vendorville -- and the region have been transformed by the growth of Wal-Mart and its cache of vendors on the ground in northwest Arkansas.
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Cleared for Ballot, Wage Hike Faces Easy Path

The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision to keep a minimum wage hike on the ballot removes the last major hurdle for a proposal that is gaining bipartisan support and faces no organized opposition as Election Day nears.
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Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.
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Windstream Transaction Adds Up to $8.6 Million (Real Deals)

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New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

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Picasolar Receives $800k DOE Grant for Solar Efficiency

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