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Former 40 Under 40 Member Chris Olsen on Staying Evergreen in Business

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/22/2015 12:00 am

In partnership with his father, Chris Olsen bought the Doramus landscape company in 1996, changing the name to Horticare and selling it in 2005. In 2003, he opened his second home and garden store, Botanica Gardens. In May, Olsen opened Plantopia Home & Garden Center in North Little Rock.

UCA College of Business Receives $3M for Supply Chain Program

by Alexis Hosticka 6/19/2015 04:02 pm

The university will use the funds to endow a chaired faculty position to support and expand the supply-chain logistics management program beginning in the fall.

Unemployment Rates Rose in Half of US States Last Month

by Associated Press 6/19/2015 11:27 am

Unemployment rates rose in 25 U.S. states last month, driven higher in many cases by more people who began looking for work but didn't immediately find jobs.

Analysts: Repeal of Health Law Would Boost Economy But Add to Deficit

by Associated Press 6/19/2015 11:26 am

Repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would modestly increase the budget deficit even as it boosts the economy, according to a nonpartisan government study released Friday.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Steady at 5.7 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/19/2015 09:30 am

The state's unemployment rate was steady at 5.7 percent in May, according to data released Friday by the Arkansas Department for Workforce Services.

Bruno's Little Italy to Open Deli Downtown

by Jan Cottingham 6/19/2015 09:03 am

Gio Bruno, co-owner of Bruno's Little Italy, has announced plans to open a delicatessen at 308 Main St. in downtown Little Rock next door to the restaurant.

Simmons Unveils Ad Featuring Justin Moore

by Gwen Moritz 6/19/2015 08:42 am

A new advertising campaign featuring Justin Moore, the country music artist originally from Poyen, was unveiled Thursday night at Simmons First National Corp.'s annual shareholders meeting.

Group Drops Bid to Repeal Anti-Discrimination Limits in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/19/2015 07:44 am

A group dropped its campaign on Thursday to repeal an Arkansas law aimed at prohibiting cities and counties from extending anti-discrimination protections to gays and lesbians.

Deltic Timber Expands Board of Directors

by Alexis Hosticka 6/18/2015 04:13 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. will expand its board of directors and elected Bert H. Jones and Leonore M. Sullivan to fill the additional positions.

Phil Baldwin Tells Independence County to 'Dream Big'

by Alexis Hosticka 6/18/2015 03:12 pm

Through citizen involvement and a potluck of ideas, Independence County is aiming to leverage its strengths to improve its prospects in five key areas, including economic development. In doing so, Citizens Bank CEO Phil Baldwin is urging the county to aim high.

Study: Mega Injections of Wastewater Triggers More Earthquakes

by Associated Press 6/18/2015 02:51 pm

The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found.

Bourbon & Boots to Open New HQ in Argenta

by Mark Carter 6/18/2015 11:04 am

Bourbon & Boots, the startup acquired by Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital in May, announced Thursday that it will open a new headquarters in the Argenta District of downtown North Little Rock.

Best Association Management Gets Contract to Oversee ASAE

by Austin Duvall 6/18/2015 09:46 am

Best Association Management of Little Rock has been awarded the contract to manage the Arkansas Society of Association Executives.

Venture Center Partners with Entergy on Mentor Training Program

by Mark Carter 6/18/2015 09:34 am

The program is a half-day course that guides participants through the Venture Center's methodology and mission, walking through the steps to take a business from idea "to a scalable, investable venture."

Report: Benton County Tops in US in Wage Growth

by Mark Carter 6/18/2015 09:07 am

The bureau measured the nation's 339 largest "jobs" counties, and Benton County's 9.9 percent wage growth from December 2013 to December 2014 was the highest in the U.S.

Mercy Health Plans to Lay Off 300 to 350 Workers

by Associated Press 6/18/2015 07:01 am

Mercy Health officials say the company will lay off 300 to 350 employees in four states next week.

Home BancShares to Buy Florida Business BancGroup of Tampa

by George Waldon 6/17/2015 04:07 pm

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway is making another Florida bank buy, scooping up Florida Business BancGroup Inc. of Tampa. The $101.6 million transaction will push the company's asset total to $8.5 billion and its Tampa area branch network to 12.

UA Makes List of Top 100 US Patent Producers

by Mark Carter 6/17/2015 03:29 pm

The University of Arkansas System made the list of 100 top U.S. utility patent-producing universities in the world, released by the National Academy of Inventors.

NLR Company First in Arkansas to Get FAA Approval for Commercial Drone Use

by Mark Carter 6/17/2015 02:12 pm

A North Little Rock company is the first in the state to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval to operate unmanned aerial systems commercially.

AT&T Hit with $100M Fine for Slowing 'Unlimited' Data Plans

by Associated Press 6/17/2015 11:42 am

AT&T Mobility LLC has been hit with a $100 million fine for offering consumers "unlimited" data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they hit a certain amount.

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