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CinemaCon 2015 Will Have an Arkansas Flavor

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 11:31 am

This year's event will feature three Arkansas firms at the CinemaCon trade show, interestingly enough: Power Technology Inc. of Alexander; Weldon, Williams & Lick of Fort Smith; and Klipsch of Hope.

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

US Service Firms Grew at Slightly Slower Pace Last Month

by Associated Press 4/6/2015 11:44 am

U.S. service firms expanded at a slightly slower yet still healthy pace in March, an encouraging sign after multiple reports last week pointed to a slowing economy.

HR Director Michele Burns on the Soft Skills Employers Want

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Michele Burns is the state director for the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is the director of classification and compensation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Tourism Spending, Employment Grow in 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Spending on travel and tourism grew in the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing at an annual rate of 4.5 percent after rising 3.4 percent in the third quarter. For the year, spending on travel and tourism increased 2.5 percent in 2014 after increasing 3.6 percent in 2013.

Waltons Invest In Hospitality Group RopeSwing in Northwest Arkansas

by Jan Cottingham 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Members of the Walton family are among investors in one of two hospitality companies launched recently in Bentonville, businesses whose debuts underscore the surge of the hospitality sector in northwest Arkansas.

Central Arkansas Group Asks NCAA for Division I Bowl at War Memorial

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/1/2015 11:44 am

If approved, a game to be played in December would match teams from the Sun Belt Conference, which includes Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, and the American Athletic Conference.

El Dorado Group Seeks One-Cent Sales Tax

by Sean Beherec 3/31/2015 03:58 pm

A group of residents dubbed "El Dorado Works" will ask the city council in April to hold a special election for the tax.

Wingate by Wyndham Hosts $2.9 Million Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/30/2015 12:00 am

The sale of a 62-room hotel in North Little Rock weighed in at $2.92 million. A 20,332-SF building in downtown Little Rock changed hands in a $975,000 transaction. And a 1,728-SF convenience store in west Pulaski County is under new ownership after a $519,875 sale.

Arkansas Labor Force Rises by 9,000

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

As the unemployment rate in Arkansas is falling the size of the labor force is increasing, as these charts by Michael Pakko, the state's economic forecaster, show.

Today Is Final Day for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 11:49 am

Today is the final day for readers to make nominations for Arkansas Business' annual 40 Under 40 feature.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/27/2015 09:47 am

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in February, down a tenth of a percentage point from January, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.

Asa Hutchinson Names Mike Preston as New AEDC Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2015 10:58 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Video: Mavis Lindsey on the Closure of Lindsey's Resort

by Lance Turner 3/25/2015 10:16 am

Arkansas Business news partner THV 11 News talks to Mavis Lindsey about the closure of Lindsey's Resort in Heber Springs after 50 years in business.

Arkansas State University to Hold Women's Business Leadership Conference April 2

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 02:41 pm

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is holding a Women's Business Leadership Conference on April 2 in Centennial Hall at the Carl R. Reng Student Union and at the Delta Center for Economic Development.

Lindsey's Resort Closes Amid $3M Foreclosure Lawsuit

by Mark Friedman 3/23/2015 01:45 pm

Lindsey's Resort on the Little Red River in Heber Springs has announced that it is closing, the result of a $3 million foreclosure lawsuit filed by its bank.

Archie Schaffer IV Plans Big Star Bar in Beaver Electric Building

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 12:00 am

Archie Schaffer IV last week moved one step closer to opening his Big Star bar in Fayetteville, the first solo venture for the northwest Arkansas restaurateur. Schaffer received conditional approval of his private club permit from Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Conway Builders Enjoying Boom as City Expands

by Sean Beherec 3/23/2015 12:00 am

The city of Conway is on the verge — if it hasn't reached it yet — of a boom in commercial real estate availability. Just up Interstate 40 from Little Rock, the city has been the host of several recent development projects and is set to begin more in the coming years.

Beall Barclay Adds Two to Team (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2015 12:00 am

Josh Masters has been admitted as a member of Beall Barclay & Co. PLC, and Travis Teague has been admitted as a member of Beall Barclay Wealth Management LLC, both in Fort Smith.

$6 Million Transaction Visits LR Airport Hotel (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/23/2015 12:00 am

A 201-room hotel and adjoining restaurant in east Little Rock tipped the scales at $6 million. Two Walgreens were sold for a combined $10.7 million. And the Village Shopping Center in Little Rock rang up a $3.04 million sale.

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