Today's News

Hang Onto Your Helmet: Elise Mitchell Goes Global

by Kyle Massey 12/4/2017 12:00 am

Elise Mitchell may be on the road, but she's still overseeing the rebranded agency Mitchell, a $16.7 million-in-revenue PR powerhouse she created in Fayetteville two decades ago.

Tracing Path to Big Buys by Simmons Bank

by George Waldon 12/4/2017 12:00 am

Here's a look at some highlights along the path traveled by Simmons First National Corp. to bring two of its biggest deals home and grow the bank holding company into a $14 billion-asset concern.

Coca-Cola Plant Transaction Approaches $11 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 12/4/2017 12:00 am

The largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the nation bought the 22.2-acre complex from Atlanta's Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc., a subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Co.

ATRI Weighs In on Infrastructure

by Marty Cook 12/4/2017 12:00 am

There were few surprises among the recommendations in a recent report by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Legislative Auditor Roger Norman Examines Where Most Accounting Issues Take Place

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2017 12:00 am

Norman, a past president of the National State Auditors Association, serves on the board of the Arkansas Society of CPAs.

Top Republican Claims Enough Votes for Senate OK of Tax Bill

by Associated Press 12/1/2017 11:31 am

Senate Republicans steamed toward passage of a $1.4 trillion tax bill Friday, overcoming eleventh-hour hitches in their drive to deliver a major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump by Christmas.

Fed Board Member, State Economic Forecaster Assess Economy

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 12/1/2017 10:53 am

James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, fielded questions Friday about President Donald Trump's pick to head the Federal Reserve Board, the GOP tax plan and the future of banking regulations.

US Construction Spending Up a Strong 1.4 Percent in October

by Associated Press 12/1/2017 10:34 am

U.S. construction spending surged 1.4 percent in October, the best gain in five months, with all major categories of building posting gains.

PSC Solar Hearing Has 'Mic-Drop Moment'

by Kyle Massey 12/1/2017 08:46 am

After the state attorney general's office made a case Thursday to allow Arkansas utilities to essentially pay less for electricity generated by customers with solar power systems, citing language in a 2015 law, the law's sponsor begged to differ.

Business Conditions Index Slips But Still Shows Good Signs

by Associated Press 12/1/2017 07:37 am

Economists say a business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states dropped over the past month but also say it still suggests that regional economic conditions continue to improve.

Wal-Mart Pulls 'Rope. Tree. Journalist.' T-shirt

by Associated Press 11/30/2017 01:47 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has pulled a T-shirt offered by an outside seller from its online store after a journalist advocacy group told the retailer it found the shirt threatening.

Solar Power Rate Debate Draws Crowd to PSC

by Kyle Massey 11/30/2017 01:08 pm

The Arkansas attorney general's office came down squarely on the side of utility companies Thursday morning as the state Public Service Commission heard testimony on whether rooftop solar customers should get less compensation for the excess power they put onto the electrical grid.

Trump Weighs Plan to Replace Tillerson with Pompeo; Cotton Could Lead CIA

by Associated Press 11/30/2017 11:51 am

Putting Pompeo at the State Department would create a vacancy at the CIA, which U.S. officials and others familiar with White House thinking said could be filled by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

Alice Walton Sells Her 1,400-Acre Texas Ranch

by Lance Turner 11/30/2017 11:19 am

Alice Walton has sold her 1,400-acre Texas ranch two year after first listing it.

Document Advertises Little Rock Marriott for Sale

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 11/30/2017 10:58 am

A Dallas commercial real estate broker is circulating a document advertising the Little Rock Marriott for sale.

Massey Family Donates $2M for UA Scholarships

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/30/2017 09:23 am

The Massey Family Charitable Foundation has donated $2 million to the Advance Arkansas scholarship initiative at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Bank of the Ozarks Hires Contractor for New HQ

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 11/30/2017 08:47 am

Bank of the Ozarks has hired CDI Contractors LLC to build its new headquarters in west Little Rock and plans to break ground in December.

Fed Report: Employers Raising Wages in Tight Labor Market

by Lance Turner 11/29/2017 03:22 pm

Employers in the Federal Reserve's Eighth District, which includes all of Arkansas and parts of six nearby states, say they are raising starting wages and salaries to attract new workers amid a tight labor market.

Construction Employment Up Nationwide, in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/29/2017 03:21 pm

Construction employment increased in 243 out of 358 metro areas between October 2016 and October 2017, declined in 59 and stagnated in 56, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Lumber One to Open in iHeart Media Metroplex, Other Real Estate Deals Total $1.4M

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 11/29/2017 02:37 pm

A new Lumber One Home Center retail store is planned for the recently sold iHeart Media Metroplex at 10800 Col. Glenn Road in Little Rock.