Small Business Archive

Custom Aircraft Cabinets of Sherwood Sells to the World

by Jan Cottingham 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Custom Aircraft Cabinets in Sherwood employs 218 workers and sees annual revenue of $20 million to $30 million. It manufactures high-end cabinetry and upholstery products — the interior, essentially — for the private, corporate and head-of-state aircraft market throughout the world.

Noble Impact Bringing First High School Startup Weekend to Little Rock in April

by Mark Carter 2/20/2014 09:54 am

Little Rock's Noble Impact is bringing the first-ever High School Startup Weekend to the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service this spring.

Oral Agreement Leads to Frayed Nerves Between Doctors

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

One Little Rock interventional neuroradiologist has accused his friend and fellow physician of shortchanging him hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical services provided.

More Legal Battles Pile Up for Mountain Pure's John Stacks

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

In the first of two lawsuits filed against the water bottling company this month, North Bay Investors LTD of Miami Beach, Fla., sued Mountain Pure and its owner, John B. Stacks — who is facing federal felony charges in an unrelated matter — over a deal that collapsed late last year.

Plans for Fort Smith Brewery On Tap

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

“True Grit” country, Fort Smith specifically, may be getting its own microbrewery, if a man named Arthur A. Didion finds success.

Fayetteville Startup CycleWood Bags More Than $1 Million in Investments

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

CycleWood Solutions Inc., a startup formed in the entrepreneurship program at the University of Arkansas' Walton College of Business, has raised $1.45 million selling stock, according to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing.

Springhill Suites Hosts $4.5M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/17/2014 12:00 am

The sale of a 78-room hotel in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $4.5 million. A 66,000-SF industrial facility in North Little Rock weighed in at $1.5 million. And an 8,320-SF Family Dollar Store in southwest Little Rock rang up a $1.2 million transaction.

Cheers in Maumelle Under New Ownership

by Jan Cottingham 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Wes Kirtley and his wife, Jamie, bought the Cheers on the north side of the river from Chris and Samantha Tanner, who continue to own the Cheers in the Heights.

Hot Dog Mike Closes Door on River Market Location

by Jan Cottingham 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Michael Juiliano, aka Hot Dog Mike, has closed his storefront restaurant in the River Market District. His business died as it had lived: on social media. Juiliano made the announcement on the restaurant's Facebook page and the closure followed a blistering but, in our eyes, fair review on the Arkansas Times food blog Eat Arkansas.

Creating an Engaged Workforce (John Hendon Commentary)

by John Hendon 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Employee engagement is simply a combination of job satisfaction, ability and a willingness to perform for one's organization at a high level and over an extended time. This combination of satisfaction, ability and willingness is more critical today than ever before in business.

Former ABOY Exec of the Year Diana Wright on Maintaining a Healthy Business

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Diana Wright is the founder, owner and president of The Right Solutions, a nurse staffing agency that handles scheduling, housing and travel arrangements for temporary-duty nurses in all 50 states.

Meet the Finalists of the 26th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

Arkansas Homebuilders Get Their Way on Energy Code

by Mark Friedman 2/10/2014 12:00 am

In the fight between the Arkansas Homebuilders Association and energy auditors over updating the Arkansas Energy Code, the first round went to the homebuilders.

Walton Encounter Leads Retailers to Harrison French & Associates of Bentonville

by Jan Cottingham 2/10/2014 12:00 am

Architect Harrison French didn't set out to attract national retailers as customers, but a happy encounter with some Walton friends led to what has evolved into a strong book of clients like Wal-Mart Stores, Sam's Club, Walgreens, 7-Eleven, Subway and Sonic.

Central Arkansas Office Space Vacancy Rate Slips

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2014 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas fell to 11.5 percent in fourth-quarter 2013, compared with 11.9 percent in third-quarter 2013 and 11.8 percent in the year-earlier quarter. The national average in the fourth quarter was 15.6 percent, according to the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange.

Fuel Storage Facility Attracts $5M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/10/2014 12:00 am

The sale of a 21.6-acre fuel storage development in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $5 million. A convenience store just north of Maumelle rang up a $3.4 million sale-leaseback transaction. And a 32,426-SF building products facility in North Little Rock changed hands in a $1.5 million sale.

Conway's Mizewell Games Focuses On Face-to-Face Competition

by Eric Monson 2/10/2014 12:00 am

Mizewell is dedicated to games that require face-to-face interaction, namely board games, cards and tabletop miniatures, which involve small figures and sculpted terrain.

Downtown Little Rock's Dandelion Sells Tea, Herbs, Spices

by Eric Monson 2/10/2014 12:00 am

Since December, a small store in downtown Little Rock has been selling health in bulk. Matthew Cooper, who owns Dandelion with his wife, Priscilla Fincher, described the store as the biggest bulk dealer of white and black organic tea in the state, even as it shares a 500-SF space with another business, the Freckled Frog. “It can get crowded in here,” he noted.

$100 Million Equity Fund Latest Facet of Diamond State Ventures

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2014 12:00 am

Diamond State Ventures III LP of Little Rock filed forms with the Securities & Exchange Commission last week that shows it raised $29.7 million of its $35 million offering.

Southern Bancorp Launches Economic Development Effort in Helena

by Mark Carter 2/6/2014 09:27 am

Southern Bancorp this week unveiled its Riverside Renewal Project in Helena, part of a "trifecta of economic development tools" the rural development bank has launched in an effort to promote job growth and entrepreneurship in the Delta.