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Mark Friedman

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Mark Friedman has been with Arkansas Business since 2000. He also is an event photographer for Little Rock Soirée and occasionally writes columns about his daughter for Little Rock Family.

Friedman, who graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in history, covers health care and major Arkansas companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can't find the right workers to fill positions. read more >

Urology Clinic Starts Building $6M Center

Arkansas Urology of Little Rock is building a $6 million outpatient surgery center that is expected to open next October. read more >

Prevention Efforts Save Arkansas Hospitals $27M

Reducing patient injuries at 48 Arkansas hospitals has saved $27 million in one year, according to a report released last month. read more >

Stephen Engstrom Pulls Out Of 7 Cases Involving John Goodson

Less than a month after Little Rock Attorney Stephen Engstrom was cleared of wrongdoing in a controversial class-action case, he asked to withdraw from seven other pending class actions in which his co-counsel included Texarkana attorney John Goodson. read more >

Developer Brandon Woodrome's $2M Fraud Seen From The Inside

In 2013, the year he turned 26, Brandon Woodrome's Fort Smith construction company generated $10.2 million in revenue, and Woodrome had a number of projects in the pipeline. But things weren't what they seemed. read more >

Arkansas Hospitals Face Lawsuits After Refusing Insurance

Complaints in Arkansas are challenging the growing and controversial practice of hospitals refusing to accept the health insurance of patients who have been injured by the actions of others. read more >

Arkansas Hospitals Report Healthier Results in 2015

On the annual checkup of hospitals, 61 out of the 86 hospitals on this year's list of the state's largest hospitals and medical centers — 71 percent — reported making money. That compares with 62 percent on the list that ran in 2013, just before the main features of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act took effect. read more >

UAMS Cures RxResults' One-Sided Contract

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has corrected a contract that for nearly eight years gave a private company the exclusive right to market UAMS' intellectual property and resulted in no royalty payments for UAMS. read more >

Will Jet.com Boost Wal-Mart's E-commerce?

Retail watchers have mixed feelings about whether Wal-Mart Stores' $3.3 billion purchase of Jet.com of Hoboken, New Jersey, will be the spark the Bentonville retailer needs to boost its online sales. read more >

New $25M Baptist Memorial Hospital In West Memphis To Open in 2018

Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis expects its approximately $25 million hospital in Crittenden County to open sometime in the first half of 2018. read more >