Small Business Archive

Best Quotes of 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/30/2014 11:15 am

They said it: The best quotes of the year.

Unemployment Rates Down Across Arkansas Metro Areas

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/30/2014 10:13 am

Unemployment rates were considerably lower in all metropolitan areas in Arkansas in November compared to a year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.

Innovate Arkansas' Top 10 Startup Tips from 2014

by Mark Carter 12/24/2014 09:22 am

What better place to look for advice on launching a startup venture than from those on the front lines? The state continues to produce talented entrepreneurs who are producing successful startups that are attracting investors and gaining traction in their respective markets. Many of them are clients of Innovate Arkansas.

No Daily Report, Morning Roundup on Thursday, Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/24/2014 07:29 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report and Morning Roundup on Thursday and Friday in recognition of the Christmas holiday.

Daryl Bassett Named Workforce Services Director; Danny Games Named AEDC Deputy Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2014 03:21 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has announced Danny Games as deputy director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and Daryl Bassett as the new director of the Department of Workforce Services.

The First Article of the Constitution (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/22/2014 12:00 am

Sitting there in the retro-vintage federal courtroom in Hot Springs, I listened to Steve Standridge of Mount Ida try to make a federal judge feel bad for not giving him more time to come up with millions of dollars in restitution.

UA, UALR Forecasters See More Improvement in Arkansas' Economy in 2015

by Mark Friedman 12/22/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' leading economists say the state should have an improved economy next year. One of the highlights: the unemployment rate is expected to continue to drop to 5.5 percent by the end of 2015 and then slip to 5.3 percent in 2016.

The Best & Worst of 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2014 12:00 am

From best investment to worst financial projects, Arkansas Business recaps the best and worst of 2014.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.8 Percent in November

by Mark Carter 12/19/2014 09:38 am

The unemployment Rate in Arkansas fell to 5.8 percent in November, down from 6.1 percent in October. The 5.8 jobless rate matches the U.S. rate, which remained stable between October and November.

Wingstop Opens Restaurant in Jonesboro

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/18/2014 02:12 pm

Restauranteurs Mike and Henry Patel have opened a Wingstop franchise in Jonesboro.

Venture Center, Tech Park Offices to Move Into Block 2 Building

by Mark Carter 12/18/2014 10:50 am

Leaders of the Arkansas Venture Center and the Little Rock Technology Park will set up offices in the former ARK Challenge space on the ground floor of the Block 2 building in the 100 block of East Markham in downtown Little Rock.

Early-Stage Startups Shine at AVC's Pre-Flight Pitch Day

by Mark Carter 12/17/2014 11:38 am

The Arkansas Venture Center introduced its first class of Pre-Flight graduates Tuesday night with promising, early-stage startups pitching ideas developed over the course of a 14-week, pre-accelerator program. Pre-Flight is a program created by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in 2011 and licensed this year by the AVC in Little Rock.

Arvest Survey: Mortgage Debt Down, Savings Up in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 12/16/2014 10:27 am

Arkansans reported less mortgage debt than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Through Connect Arkansas, Nevada County Launches New Website

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 02:45 pm

Connect Arkansas, in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas, announced Monday the launch of the official Nevada County website, NevadaCounty.Arkansas.gov.

David Allan Pivots from Acorn Hours to Tagless Style

by Mark Carter 12/15/2014 10:01 am

David Allan, who founded Little Rock startup Acorn Hours and guided it through the 2014 fall installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator, has pivoted. Allan is the new CEO of Tagless Style, another Little Rock startup that participated in the ARK this fall.

IberiaBank Says Funeral Home Mortgage Payments Have Gone Cold

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Gunn Funeral Home of Little Rock is the subject of a foreclosure action filed by IberiaBank of Lafayette, Louisiana.

SAU President David Rankin on the Importance of Economic Literacy

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

David Rankin was named the president of Southern Arkansas University in January 2002 and plans to retire next June.

Shadow Lake, Turtle Creek Apartments Tandem Sales Surpass $40.5 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 12/15/2014 12:00 am

The 296-unit Shadow Lake Apartments at 13111 W. Markham St. sold for $26.87 million and the 216-unit Turtle Creek Apartments at 601 Napa Valley Drive went for $13.71 million.

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.