Today's News

Arkansas Delegates Look for Rebound at Democratic Convention

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/25/2016 06:58 am

Arkansas' delegates hope having Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket will energize a state party that's been routed by Republicans over the past three elections.

Three-Time Arkansas Lawmaker Sheilla Lampkin Dies After Cancer Battle

by Associated Press 7/25/2016 06:57 am

Three-time State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin of Monticello has died after battling cancer. She was 70.

Regulatory Costs Hit Smaller Banks Harder, St. Louis Fed Economists Conclude in Report

by Gwen Moritz 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Smaller banks really are hit harder by the cost of regulatory compliance, a report published last week concluded.

At Least One Offer Pending on John Rogers Lakewood Mansion in NLR

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/25/2016 12:00 am

It looks like there's a buyer for the foreclosed Lakewood mansion of troubled North Little Rock businessman John Rogers.

Soul Fish Café On the Line for August Opening

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/25/2016 12:00 am

It looks like Aug. 3 or thereabouts is the opening day for Soul Fish Café, which features fried catfish and other Southern favorites, at 306 Main St. in downtown Little Rock next door to the also eagerly awaited Bruno's Deli.

Gaillardia Club Woes Spawned Phil Herrington Bankruptcy

by Mark Friedman 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Herrington's $13.45 million Chapter 11 reorganization, filed on March 18, represents one of the largest debt totals in a personal bankruptcy filing in recent years in Arkansas. He listed $5.1 million in assets.

Baptist Health Sets Opening In Conway

by Mark Friedman 7/25/2016 12:00 am

The $150 million Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway will start taking its first patients at 7 a.m. on Sept. 16.

Online Banking Rises in Use, but Arkansas Branches Remain Important

by Marty Cook 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Physical branches are still important and will remain vital, bankers say, even as the number inches downward as customers increasingly bank online.

Chambers Bank Lands $2 Million Golden Judgment

by George Waldon 7/25/2016 12:00 am

The latest ruling is one in a string of lawsuits spawned by the bankruptcy of Acme, the parent company of Allied Bank of Mulberry. Under the Golden family's ownership and management, the bank has lost more than $14 million since 2010.

Obsessing Over Plagiarism (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/25/2016 12:00 am

We're obsessed with plagiarism. Those of us who are vulnerable to having the value of our work undercut by cheaters take it really seriously, and we make a big stinking deal out of plagiarism to try to discourage future theft.

‘Pokemon Go' and Social Marketing (Ross Cranford Expert Advice)

by Ross Cranford 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Social savvy restaurateurs and tourism destinations have begun to lure “Pokemon” players with special offers. The hardest part of the consumer funnel has often been that last step along the way getting customers to your door.

Arkansas Democrats Try Balancing Act for Future (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/24/2016 01:22 pm

As they head to their national convention this week, Arkansas Democrats are still at a crossroads as they adjust to being in the minority in a state they long dominated.

Appeals Court Rejects Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart Directors

by Associated Press 7/22/2016 04:23 pm

A federal appeals court has rejected a shareholder lawsuit filed against key directors at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that claimed they allowed and concealed alleged bribery in the company's Mexico division.

Dallas Entrepreneur: Hubs Can Connect Startups With Experts, Experience

by Sarah Campbell 7/22/2016 02:24 pm

More than 100 people, including more than 20 mayors from across the state, attended Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola's first Mayor's Summit on Entrepreneurship on Friday.

No Bonuses But Salaries Up for America's Car-Mart Execs

by Marty Cook 7/22/2016 02:15 pm

Executives at America's Car-Mart Inc. of Bentonville did not receive cash incentive bonuses for the third consecutive year.

Arkansas Ethics Panel Says Governor OK to Campaign

by Associated Press 7/22/2016 11:55 am

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint filed against Gov. Asa Hutchinson alleging he had violated state law by campaigning for a state Senate candidate during office hours.

Don Soderquist, Former Wal-Mart COO, Dies at 82

by Marty Cook 7/22/2016 11:30 am

Former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive Don Soderquist died Thursday from complications following heart surgery. He was 82. Soderquist was often credited for his strong influence on Wal-Mart's culture.

Bank of the Ozarks Seals 2 Deals, Is Biggest in Arkansas by Assets

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/22/2016 11:15 am

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock completes acquisitions of Community & Southern Bank of Atlanta and C1 Bank of St. Petersburg, Florida, and leaps over Arvest in asset size.

Arkansas Small Business & Tech Development Center Gets $200,000 Grant

by Sarah Campbell 7/22/2016 10:59 am

The Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center gets a $200,000 grant to provide consulting services to entrepreneurs seeking funding through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Foreclosure Hearing Delayed Amid Possible Main Street Lofts Sale

by George Waldon 7/22/2016 10:53 am

A court hearing that would have kept the foreclosure train moving on the Main Street Lofts project was postponed Friday morning.