Technology Archive

Changing Face of Manufacturing Leads to Skills Gap, Job Opportunities

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

For those half-empty-glass people, the increasing use of advanced technology — think robotics, lasers and computers — in manufacturing has led to a "skills gap" that makes finding capable employees challenging. For you half-full-glass folks, the increasing use of advanced technology in manufacturing means that job opportunities exist for those with the right abilities.

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.

Apple Car: A Ripening Idea (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The Tesla Model S electric car costs $70,000. The Apple iPhone 5s costs from $199 to $399, depending on the gigabyte storage. But they both use lithium-ion batteries. And that may be the common denominator linking the two companies.

AT&T's Larry Evans On What $1 Billion in Arkansas Can Buy

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

Larry Evans oversees sales and operations for about 1,100 AT&T employees, 60 AT&T-owned retail locations and 430 retail partners in Arkansas and Oklahoma

US Employers Add 192k Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 08:50 am

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

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

‚ÄčA 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.

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.

Acxiom: Less Than 2 Percent Have Opted Out of Data Collection

by Lance Turner 3/26/2014 11:06 am

AdWeek this week sits down with Acxiom Corp. CEO Scott Howe to talk privacy, data collection and regulation.

Wal-Mart 'Savings Catcher' Gives Competitors Prices

by Associated Press 3/24/2014 07:39 am

Wal-Mart rolls out an online tool that compares its prices on 80,000 food and household products with those of its competitors. If a lower price is found elsewhere, the discounter will refund the difference to shoppers in the form a store credit.

Qbot Markets At Colleges To Foster Growth

by Luke Jones 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Little Rock's homegrown Qbot app has had its ups and downs, but the customer loyalty program has successfully used colleges as marketing bases to spread its network.

Women Can — And Men Can, Too (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/24/2014 12:00 am

There may be a few jobs out there in which every man — person — for himself is a winning strategy, but a rising tide generally does lift all boats. All of us should ask: Am I protecting myself to my own detriment? Would I be more successful or happier or richer or less stressed if I shared the opportunity?

Kristi Crum of Verizon on Keeping a Line Open for Rural Communities

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Kristi Crum began her career in 2001 as an analyst for Alltel Corp. in Little Rock. She continued working for the company following its acquisition in 2009 by Verizon. She has worked at Verizon's headquarters in New Jersey and was most recently director of retail sales for Verizon's northern California region. Her current position will return her to her home city of Little Rock.

UA Trustees Establish Online University

by Lee Hogan 3/20/2014 03:42 pm

The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees approved Thursday the creation of an online university meant to target adult students.

UA Leads Way with 10 Finalists in 2014 DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 3/20/2014 02:54 pm

Eighteen teams from six Arkansas colleges and universities, including 10 from the University of Arkansas, have been named finalists in the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition.

US CEOs' Optimism on Economy Reaches 2-Year High

by Associated Press 3/18/2014 11:11 am

U.S. chief executives have grown more optimistic about economic growth this year, and more of them plan to boost spending and hiring within the next six months.