Small Business Archive

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 09:11 am

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday.

Students Shine at First-ever High School Startup Weekend

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 11:54 am

More than 80 students in grades 9-12 spent the weekend in Little Rock coming up with potential tech-based startup ventures as part of the first-ever High School Startup Weekend.

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Through STDL, Hamm Builds Better Tax Software

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Frustration led Noel Hamm to create tax technology startup Sales Tax DataLink — you know, that whole "build a better mousetrap" idiom.

Noel Hamm's 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Bentonville's Sales Tax DataLink is an Innovate Arkansas startup that has developed an "intuitive" software for tax professionals. CEO Noel Hamm provides his five tips for startup success.

Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.

Little Rock Low-T Clinics Servant Healthcare, Arkansas Urology Settle Case

by Mark Friedman 4/7/2014 12:00 am

A high-testosterone legal battle was settled Wednesday between low-testosterone treatment clinics in Little Rock. Servant Healthcare P.A. sued Arkansas Urology P.A. of Little Rock in February over the opening of Arkansas Urology's testosterone therapy clinic, Epoch Health – North Little Rock PLLC.

U.S. Pizza Coming to Cabot

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Esther McClellan and her husband, Hunter, are joining with business partner Don Henderson to launch a U.S. Pizza in Cabot, with an opening planned by August.

Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas.

Officials Want Key Figure Paul Simmons in BioPlex Project Out

by Ted Wagnon 3/31/2014 12:00 am

​A proposed development that was to have catapulted Arkansas into the forefront of high-technology manufacturing is in disarray now, less than two months after its unveiling.

Kidnapped! Johnny Allison Describes Shocking Incident That Changed His Life

by John Haman and David Smith 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Johnny Allison, the manufactured-home magnate who apparently was kidnapped June 5 by escaped convict James Avery Slack and escaped by crashing his car into a dump truck, spoke to Arkansas Business about the ordeal after returning home to Conway last week.

6-Inch Error in Laying Concrete Puts Alltel Arena Project Behind Schedule

by David Smith 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Construction on Alltel Arena is more than a month behind schedule because of an error in geometric calculations by the concrete contractor, the senior project manager for the $53 million construction job says.

Who is Melanie Steele... And Why Is She Buying All This Stuff?

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Since the beginning of the year, Melanie Steele has paid $1 million for a home in Chenal Valley; $385,000 for a house in Canal Pointe and $92,000 for the lot next door; $357,500 for a house in the Lakewood section of North Little Rock; and $80,000 for a house that she then moved off its lot in Indian Hills. All in cash.

Andrew Kilgore: Portraits in Black and White

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Beginning with the last issue of 1984 and continuing into 1988, Andrew Kilgore photographed business legends and up-and-comers for the cover of Arkansas Business.

‘Any Willing Provider' Bill Returns, This Time Without Wilson Off to Races

by Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

A bill that has occupied lawyers for a full decade might have been a mere blip in the state's long legislative history had Nick Wilson, the powerful and ultimately disgraced state senator from Pocahontas, not been so eager to get to the horse races on one particular day in February 1995.

Tony Rand's First Fraud

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Before he began a oil fraud with his sons that culminated with a 2009 indictment, Tony Rand churned $17 million through his Rand Theatres operation to feed his family's taste for the good life.

Signs of $14.7 Million Medicare Fraud from Mountain Home Doctor Date Back for Years

by Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

If Dr. Stacey M. Johnson of Mountain Home had not died earlier this year at 63, he likely would have been charged with overbilling Medicare by $14.7 million, according to a criminal investigator's affidavit that was recently made public.

CardioWise Software Chosen for National Heart Study

by Mark Carter 3/26/2014 01:49 pm

CardioWise has partnered with federal agencies to provide its cardiac analysis software for a national clinical research study, the Fayetteville startup announced Wednesday.

Conway Chiropractic Duo Working To Resolve Complaints

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Keith and Natalie Currie, a husband-and-wife chiropractor team in Conway, hope to end their five-year battle with the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners next month.