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Nine Billionaires with Arkansas Ties Make Forbes 500 List

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 10:33 am

Nine billionaires with Arkansas ties find themselves on the most recent Forbes 500 list of the world's richest people, released this week.

Franchises Still Rule the Roost of Top Restaurants in the State by Receipts

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The Chik-fil-A location at 6201 W. Markham Street reported more than $4.6 million in 2014 gross receipts, up 4.8 percent from 2013. Chik-fil-A locations, owned by CFA Properties Inc. of Atlanta, also appeared at No. 6 on the Little Rock list, No. 4 in North Little Rock, No. 1 in Conway, and at Nos. 2-4 on the Top NWA Restaurants list.

Banded Brands Hear Call to Springdale

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Chuck Browning, CEO of Banded Holdings Inc. of Fayetteville, says part of a recent $10 million investment includes buying the Banded Brands license from Maxx Outdoors of Council Bluffs, Iowa. The price paid for the license wasn't publicly disclosed, but some of the money raised went for working capital and inventory, Browning said.

Marriott GM Bill Spencer Checks In With 3 Tips on Creating a Top Workplace

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Bill Spencer was named general manager of the Little Rock Marriott in January. He previously was GM at the Hilton Memphis, which, like the Marriott, is operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts of Atlanta.

Aerospace Industry Works To Get Word Out

by Marty Cook 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The seventh annual Arkansas Aerospace Summit will be held March 10-11 at the Crowne Plaza in Little Rock. It is being hosted by the Arkansas Aerospace & Defense Alliance, a group of aerospace companies that was formed in 2012.

Arkansas Travel Agents Say: We're Still Flying High

by Marty Cook 3/2/2015 12:00 am

A decade after the airline industry bid them bon voyage, travel agents have found niches that allow them to survive and even thrive.

Beer Tourism Contributing to Growth in Industry

by Sean Beherec 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Tourism officials around the state are banking on growing interest in craft beers, leveraging the brewing industry's popularity to draw business to breweries and to the state's other attractions.

A-State Negotiates for Embassy Suites, Conference Center on Campus

by Lance Turner 2/27/2015 02:59 pm

Arkansas State University is negotiating with O'Reilly Hospitality Management LLC for a land lease agreement that would develop an Embassy Suites hotel, a conference center and Houlihan's restaurant on campus.

Cameron Smith, Karen Fetzer Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2015 05:14 am

Cameron Smith of Cameron Smith Associates of Rogers and Karen Fetzer of the Rotary Club of Little Rock won executive of the year awards at Thursday's 27th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2015 11:37 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.

Davidson Hotels Names Bill Spencer GM of Little Rock Mariott

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2015 09:01 am

Davidson Hotels & Resorts of Atlanta says that Bill Spencer is the new general manager of its 418-room Little Rock Marriott hotel.

Outlets at Little Rock to Mark Grand Opening on Oct. 16

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2015 08:35 am

The developers of the Outlets at Little Rock say the shopping center will mark its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 16.

Allegiant to Start Nonstop, Seasonal Flights from LIT to LAX

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2015 03:23 pm

Allegiant Travel Co. says that on June 4 it will begin nonstop, seasonal jet service between Little Rock and Los Angeles.

Construction in Batesville Jumped to $49.2M in 2014

by Mark Friedman 2/23/2015 12:00 am

A $22 million community center the city of Batesville started building last year was the biggest construction project for the city in 2014.

Conway Hopes To Lure Business to New Airport at Cantrell Field

by Sean Beherec 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Nearly six months after the opening of the new Conway municipal airport, the facility is already buzzing with activity. The planners behind the project have also set their sights on the next steps to grow its role in the state and attract business.

One Eleven in LR, Chef at The Hive in Bentonville Named James Beard Award Semifinalists

by Jan Cottingham 2/18/2015 12:49 pm

One Eleven at the Capital and Chef Matthew McClure at The Hive have been named semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard Awards.

Central Arkansas Commercial Vacancy Rate Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas declined in the fourth quarter, Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange said in its latest report.

A&P Accuse White Water Tavern of Having Choppy Tax Bill

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission is trying to shut down the White Water Tavern, claiming the bar and restaurant has not paid A&P taxes for seven months of 2014.

The Perfect Arkansas Business Story (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/16/2015 12:00 am

I was reminded of David Allan Coe's recording of Steve Goodman's perfect country and western song when I saw the truly astonishing traffic to the ArkansasBusiness.com website generated by last week's story on the Dunklin family land feud.

Greater Little Rock Home Builders Pick Nathan Cooper as President (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Nathan Cooper of River Valley Builders has been named 2015 president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock. Cooper has been a member of the Home Builders Association since 2009 and has served on the board of directors. Justin Keener of Billy Hartness Construction will be vice president, and Tony Dillon of The Dillon Group will be secretary/treasurer.

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