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UA-Little Rock Adds Two to Leadership Team

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 02:06 pm

Velmer S. Burton Jr. was hired as executive vice chancellor and provost, while Mark Allen Poisel will serve as UA-Little Rock's vice chancellor. Both start their jobs in July.

Developer: Jonesboro Hyatt Convention Center Moving Forward

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/22/2017 11:46 am

The $30 million Jonesboro Hyatt Place Hotel & Convention Center project has reached an agreement with contractors' that filed nearly $900,000 in liens against it and is working to have those released, Developer Chris Keller said in a May 19 letter to the city's Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Walton Family Foundation Awards $454.4M in Grants in 2016

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/22/2017 10:52 am

The Walton Family Foundation awarded $454.4 million in grants for K-12 education and environmental programs, home region and special projects in 2016, according to the nonprofit's annual report released on Monday.

Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Inducts 10 for 2017 Class

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 10:30 am

The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame on Friday announced ten inductees to its third class, which includes three posthumous honorees and one organization.

AP Analysis: Few Avenues To Derail Asa Hutchinson's Re-election Bid

by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press 5/22/2017 05:07 am

For a Republican once known for his repeated failures at winning statewide office, Gov. Asa Hutchinson faces one of the most favorable landscapes possible in the 2018 election.

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Tops Big Private Companies List

by Gwen Moritz 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Little Rock, with revenue doubling in the past five years to nearly $2.5 billion, has taken the top spot on Arkansas Business' annual list of the state's largest private companies.

Former Deepwater Heir Continues Legal Battle of Will This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Alex Peterson, whose mother allegedly created a fake will so Peterson would inherit the assets of a survivor of the Deepwater Horizon explosion who later died in an auto accident, wants a judge to reopen the case.

Watkins Printing Facility Sells for Nearly $5.5 Million This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 12:00 am

The Watkins Co., led by Richard Watkins, sold its namesake 162,970-SF printing facility at 11501 Otter Creek South Road for nearly $5.5 million.

Procurement Prevails After Dental Contracts Approved This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 12:00 am

The court-challenged reasoning of State Procurement Director Edward Armstrong prevailed last week as state lawmakers gave their blessing to a $366 million duo of contracts to provide dental HMO services to Arkansas Medicaid recipients.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Still Not for Sale This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Talk about a sale of the Little Rock daily, or maybe other Wehco Media Inc. properties or perhaps the whole chain, have been circulating. But Publisher Walter Hussman Jr., Wehco's board chairman, shot them down last week.

Chick-fil-A Confirms Third Rogers Location This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 12:00 am

A Chick-fil-A spokeswoman said groundbreaking at the site will be this fall and the restaurant is scheduled to open for business in the spring of 2018. The location will employ at least 80.

Fewer Arkansans Holding Household Telephones This article is available only in print.

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 12:00 am

AT&T Arkansas hints in a report filed with the PSC that the number of traditional phone lines in the state is still dropping like a rock.

Health Care Demands Push Growth of NLR's Travel Nurse

by Jan Cottingham 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Although it barely missed making it onto this year's list of largest private companies in Arkansas, Travel Nurse Across America appears poised to capture a spot next year as the demand for what it supplies — nurses — soars and the supply dwindles.

Springdale's Multi-Craft Contractors Stays Flexible, Diverse

by Marty Cook 5/22/2017 12:00 am

MCC offers services that include installation and service for HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems and fabrication and millwork for industrial clients.

Dealership Acquisitions Fuel McLarty Automotive Group This article is available only in print.

by George Waldon 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Three years after returning home to Arkansas, Mark McLarty has assembled one of the largest auto dealership groups in the nation.

$1.02 Billion Keeps Baptist Health High on Largest Private Companies List This article is available only in print.

by Mark Friedman 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Baptist Health of Little Rock is benefiting from a new hospital and plans for big renovations.

Jonesboro Area? It Conveys Everything This article is available only in print.

by Kyle Massey 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Smack in the middle of a business surge driven by the e-commerce revolution sits Jonesboro and northeast Arkansas, the little-known conveyor capital of the United States.

From the Mailbox (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/22/2017 12:00 am

I've dealt with my share of angry readers over the decades. But most of my interaction with readers these days is a pleasure because I enjoy learning how people's minds work.

Update: Heartland, Onebanc End 1Q in the Red

by George Waldon 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Two Little Rock lenders continue to battle through losses in search of a return to sustained profitability: Heartland Bank and One Bank & Trust.

Why Your Buyers Are Scared (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 5/22/2017 12:00 am

If your prospective buyers are consistently putting off decisions that to you seem like slam-dunks, then it is time to take stock of what is happening in your buyers' minds.

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