Small Business Archive

Vitamin Shoppe Attracts $3.7 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Big projects in North Little Rock change hands with an 8,200-SF retail project on McCain Blvd., a big piece of a 276,231-SF Gregory Street warehouse, and the closed Belwood Elementary school.

Bank Branch Count in Arkansas Dwindles After Mergers

by Gwen Moritz 11/3/2014 12:00 am

After reaching a peak of 1,513 in mid-2008, Arkansas' branch network had fallen to 1,388 as of this year's summary of deposits, which was released on Sept. 29. A net reduction of 54 branches happened in the 12 months that ended June 30.

Apple Pay, CurrentC Shake Up the Checkout

by Mark Friedman 11/3/2014 12:00 am

The battle over mobile payment platforms is heating up. On one side is Apple Pay, which launched Oct. 20 and encourages users to pay for merchandise with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Its rival is the payment system backed by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and about 50 other retailers: CurrentC, created by a joint venture called MCX, the Merchant Customer Exchange of Boston.

Tech Park Has $522M Impact, UA Study Finds

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/30/2014 10:34 am

The Arkansas Research & Technology Park has had an economic impact of more than a half-billion dollars since it was opened 10 years ago, according to an analysis by the UA's Center for Business and Economic Research.

Bentonville's Transformation Subject of Ad Age Spotlight

by Mark Carter 10/28/2014 09:30 am

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.

Bob Lamb, Longtime State Chamber Leader, Dies at 82

by Jan Cottingham 10/27/2014 08:58 am

Bob Lamb, who headed the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas for 25 years and worked on economic development in the state for many more, died Saturday in Fayetteville. He was 82.

Windstream Transaction Adds Up to $8.6 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/27/2014 12:00 am

A 30,400-SF data center shifted ownership in a sale-leaseback transaction valued at $8.6 million, and land for a future bank branch development in the Heights area of Little Rock tipped the scales at $2.2 million.

University of Arkansas Technology Park To Celebrate 10 Years

by Mark Carter 10/27/2014 12:00 am

The park encompasses a total of 126 acres, with three multitenant facilities and three multidisciplinary research facilities comprising roughly 285,000 SF of research and development capacity. More than 20 UA research centers, institutes and labs call the park home.

Signs Show Way to Arkansas Wine Industry

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

When it comes to state expenditures, $26,000 is not a huge outlay. That was the bargain rate for some highway signage Arkansas bought and erected to direct people to the state's wineries.

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

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery.

Picasolar Receives $800k DOE Grant for Solar Efficiency

by Mark Carter 10/23/2014 10:08 am

The $800,000 DOE grant will be matched by $200,000 from Picasolar. Douglas Hutchings, CEO of both Picasolar and Silicon Solar Solutions, said the SunShot awards are the most prestigious and competitive grants a solar startup can receive.

State of the South Report Cites Innovation Hub as Key to Arkansas Growth

by Mark Carter 10/22/2014 10:16 am

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock and its efforts to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and access to the "knowledge" economy were lauded in the just-released 2014 State of the South report from MDC.

THV 11 News: Vilonia Business Reopens After Tornado

by Lance Turner 10/21/2014 10:06 am

THV 11 News reports how one business, Vilonia Therapy Services, has reopened its doors on Main Street months after a tornado destroyed much of the city.

ARK Challenge: Fair Share Data Swinging for Fences, Consumers

by Mark Carter 10/20/2014 01:35 pm

Matt Bakke's idea for an "anti-loyalty" program for businesses and consumers led to the founding Fair Share Data in Bentonville and applying for the ARK Challenge's fall installment in Little Rock.

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

by Gwen Moritz 10/20/2014 12:00 am

The list includes 247 current-year superintendents of public school districts and a few charter schools, and it ranks them by the total compensation package — salary plus benefits — paid to the superintendent of that school district in the 2013-14 academic year.

Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

by Mark Friedman 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business reviewed the Administrator's Compensation Survey reports filed with the state Department of Higher Education for the 2010 and 2014 fiscal years. In the four-year period, the number of six-figure employees included in the report increased from 460 to 703.

Trash Bag Alternative on Fayetteville Shelves

by Michelle Corbet 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Fayetteville's grocery co-operative Ozark Natural Foods is now carrying a compostable substitute for the traditional plastic trash bag created by two University of Arkansas graduates.

The Idle Class Magazine Plans Publishing Unit

by Jan Cottingham 10/20/2014 12:00 am

The Idle Class, a relatively new publication based in Fayetteville and headed by Editor Kody Ford, recently discussed several new initiatives.

UCA, UALR Redesign Their MBA Programs

by Jan Cottingham 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Two central Arkansas universities have redesigned their MBA programs recently in an effort to better meet the needs of students and employers and to set themselves apart from other schools.

Mark Pryor Proposes National Energy Review at AAEA Conference

by Mark Carter 10/17/2014 11:31 am

Mark Pryor provided opening remarks Friday morning at the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association's annual conference, Empowering Arkansas, held at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Little Rock.