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Governor: No Urgent Need for Anti-Discrimination Order

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/9/2015 11:41 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't see an urgent need for an executive order extending anti-discrimination workplace protections to gay and lesbian state employees after lawmakers approved a reworked religious objections bill.

Asa Hutchinson Wants More Private Venture Capital in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 02:51 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday said he'd love to see the continued evolution of private venture capital in Arkansas to meet the growth of the state's tech startup ecosystem.

CinemaCon 2015 Will Have an Arkansas Flavor

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 11:31 am

This year's event will feature three Arkansas firms at the CinemaCon trade show, interestingly enough: Power Technology Inc. of Alexander; Weldon, Williams & Lick of Fort Smith; and Klipsch of Hope.

Ex-Im Bank Chair: We're Here to Level Playing Field

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 09:32 am

In Little Rock Tuesday to speak at the Clinton School of Public Service and tour the Power Technology Inc. laser manufacturing facility in Alexander, U.S. Export-Import Bank chairman Fred Hochberg insisted his job is to level the playing field for American exporters, big and small.

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

Phyzit App Refines Doctor-Patient Relationships

by Mark Carter 4/6/2015 09:00 am

As with most big ideas, the idea behind Little Rock's Phyzit was hatched when Arkansas Children's Hospital pediatric urologist Stephen Canon realized there had to be a better way. Canon was frustrated with the lack of communication between doctors and patients and set out to improve transitional care management.

Phyzit's 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 4/6/2015 09:00 am

Dr. Stephen Canon and his team at Innovate Arkansas client firm Phyzit offer up their five tips for startup success, plus an important bonus tip.

HR Director Michele Burns on the Soft Skills Employers Want

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Michele Burns is the state director for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is the director of classification and compensation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Tech Talent Development the Next Phase for Innovate Arkansas

by Mark Carter 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Public and private resources such as the Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Innovate Arkansas program have helped bolster tech-based startups by providing quality and sustained mentorship to assist in business and financial model development, along with guidance in preparing those startups to present their products to investors.

Galley Support Innovations Announces Sherwood Expansion

by Mark Carter 4/2/2015 03:24 pm

Galley Support Innovations Inc. of Sherwood announced Thursday that it completed a 3,800-SF expansion and plans to add another 21,000-SF on property adjacent to its Manson Road headquarters.

In Northwest Arkansas, Boozman Talks GMOs, Bank Regulations, Highways

by Marty Cook 4/2/2015 09:35 am

U.S. Sen. John Boozman talks GMO labeling, banking regulations and the Federal Highway Trust Fund in meetings with northwest Arkansas political and business leaders Wednesday.

John Boozman to Meet with Northwest Arkansas Bankers, Small Businesses

by Associated Press 4/1/2015 07:03 am

U.S. Sen. John Boozman plans to meet with bankers, mayors and business owners in northwest Arkansas for round table discussions about the economic and infrastructure needs in the region.

Power Technology's Illumina Laser Projection System on Full Display

by Mark Carter 3/30/2015 01:31 pm

The Illumina laser projection system from Power Technology Inc. of Alexander represents a potential win-win for movie-goers and theater owners, and that double score was on full display Monday at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock's River Market District.

Supporting Homegrown Innovation (Michael Singleton Commentary)

by Michael Singleton 3/30/2015 12:00 am

In reality, innovative research with world-changing implications happens every day in our universities and private companies. But what good is the best research discovery, technology or innovation if it never leaves the lab?

Arkansas Labor Force Rises by 9,000

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

As the unemployment rate in Arkansas is falling the size of the labor force is increasing, as these charts by Michael Pakko, the state's economic forecaster, show.

Arkansas Senate Approves Religious Protection Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/27/2015 01:46 pm

The Arkansas Senate has passed a bill aimed at preventing the government from infringing upon someone's religious beliefs, a measure that critics say would be a blank check for businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

US Economic Growth Might Be Mild, But It's Also Really Durable

by Associated Press 3/27/2015 11:45 am

The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate, the government said Friday — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 09:47 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Asa Hutchinson Names Mike Preston as New AEDC Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2015 10:58 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Arkansas State University to Hold Women's Business Leadership Conference April 2

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 02:41 pm

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is holding a Women's Business Leadership Conference on April 2 in Centennial Hall at the Carl R. Reng Student Union and at the Delta Center for Economic Development.

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