Small Business Archive

Cooper Communities A Family Enterprise for Over 50 Years

by Marty Cook 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Cooper Communities Inc. of Rogers — along with its assorted subsidiaries such as Cooper Land Development, Cooper Homes and Cooper Realty Investment — really is a family business.

Prudent Planning Pays Off for Cooper Communities

by Marty Cook 12/15/2014 12:00 am

John Cooper III is president and chairman of the board of directors of Cooper Communities Inc. of Rogers, a prolific land development company for the past 50-plus years. How prolific is a company secret, as Cooper politely declines to share the private company's revenue or employment figures. He did sit down at his company's headquarters for an interview, his first ever with the media.

Steve Standridge: No Personal Gain From $7M Fraud

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Steve Standridge was emotional but conspicuously unapologetic when he explained to a federal judge why he committed the crimes for which she had just sentenced him to five years in prison.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Launch Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Lee Hogan 12/10/2014 01:38 pm

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock, launched the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

East-Harding's Van Tilbury on Getting Students To Climb the Ladder into Construction

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Van Tilbury is chairman-elect of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and will focus his 2015 chairmanship on issues including workforce development, education, public safety and economic development.

Traditions That Just Need to End (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Smart retailers, the kind that survive, will adjust to consumer habits. They will recognize which things people buy online and which things they still want to buy in a store. But, as the NRF pointed out again last week, brick-and-mortar “Main Street” retailers deserve a level playing field.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Join In Women's Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2014 11:36 am

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock to launch a new program to honor the significant contributions of Arkansas women in business, politics, philanthropy and other fields.

ASTA Launches New Mobile-Friendly Website

by Mark Carter 12/5/2014 10:59 am

The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority (ASTA) has launched a new mobile-friendly website designed to provide easier access to grants and investments for high-tech startups with the potential to create high-paying jobs in Arkansas.

Arkansas Research Alliance Launches ARA Fellows Program

by Mark Carter 12/3/2014 11:05 am

The ARA Fellows program was created to recognize and reward distinguished research talent at the state's five research universities, and is a complement to the ARA Scholars program, which recruits new research talent to the state.

Arkansas State, Haag Brown Partner for 26-Acre Commercial Development Project

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 12:30 pm

A partnership between Arkansas State University and Haag Brown Commercial of Jonesboro is eying a 26-acre tract in northeast Jonesboro for commercial development.

More US CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

by Associated Press 12/2/2014 11:33 am

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.

Arkansans More Pessimistic About Finances, Feel Better About Major Household Purchases

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 10:40 am

Arkansans feel more pessimistic about their current and expected financial situation, but feel more optimistic about buying major household items, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Arkansas' 'Miracle Bean,' the Soybean, Used for Variety of Purposes

by Associated Press 12/1/2014 08:22 am

While soy products available in local stores has increased, the soybean has long been known as the "miracle bean" for its vast uses in everything from livestock feed and biodiesel to candles and plastics.

Conway Business Offers Free Self-Defense Seminars

by Associated Press 12/1/2014 08:21 am

Master Tom Mullaney of Grandmaster Han's Martial Arts of Central Arkansas wants to make the community safer one woman at a time.

Report: Arkansas Manufacturing Won't Rebound Before 2015

by Associated Press 12/1/2014 08:17 am

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains has dipped again.

Freckled Frog Goes A-Courtin' in Lawsuit Over Trademark

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

There can be only one freckled frog. That's the position taken in a lawsuit filed by the owners of The Freckled Frog Inc., a Little Rock store selling jewelry, candles and other handcrafts.

Winery Rumors Flourish on Grapevine

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Winemaking is coming to the River Market and a Wiederkher is planning another wine-and-brew operation. Dennis Wiederkehr, VP and national sales manager of Wiederkehr Wine Cellars in Wiederkehr Village, plans to open Dionysus Wine & Brew in nearby Altus for his wife, Sharla, to run.

So Change the Law (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/1/2014 12:00 am

A recent New York Times article pointed out something that had also been nagging at us here at Arkansas Business: otherwise law-abiding citizens being charged and convicted of a federal felony known as structuring.

Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Drew Smyly, Father Buy Beef 'O' Brady's In Maumelle

by Jan Cottingham 12/1/2014 12:00 am

For Todd Smyly, father of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly, going in with his son to buy the Beef ‘O' Brady's franchise in Maumelle wasn't much of a stretch, for a lot of reasons.

IRS Change Too Late for Structuring Defendants

by Mark Friedman 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Patrice Duncan said she and her husband never thought much about bank deposits for their family-owned business in Conway until Jan. 24, 2012. That's the day the Internal Revenue Service seized $94,500 from the company's account.