Trends & Analysis

Arvest Report: Consumer Sentiment Declines in Arkansas

Arvest Report: Consumer Sentiment Declines in Arkansas

Arkansans' opinions about the economy have fallen since March, bringing a key consumer sentiment measure more in line with national attitudes, according to a new report sponsored by Arvest Bank.
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Nurse Practitioners & Health Care (Zachary Helms Commentary)

Nurse practitioners, or NPs, have different cost structures than physicians and are more likely to be drawn to rural areas as a result. Yet the current practice environment restricts the ability of NPs to provide care.
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Survey Gives Another Sign of Midwest Economic Slowdown

Figures have plunged in a third straight monthly survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states, providing more evidence of a slowdown in the region's economy.
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How to Start Up Your Startup (J. Ann Dorsey Expert Advice)

There are many things that go into starting a new company, and too often new companies fail before they even get started. This isn't to say that your idea isn't brilliant, but there are a lot of steps between a great idea and a viable business, and any of those steps can be a fatal pitfall. Good advice and knowledgeable professional assistance can go a long way in helping you make it from point A to point B read more >

Death and Taxes (Richard Bell Expert Advice)

As the old saying goes, the only two things that are certain are death and taxes. However uncomfortable these subjects are, it is worth noting that with careful thought and the help of your CPA some of the discomfort can be removed. read more >

What We've Got Here (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Fostering a culture in which the people who have to execute orders are empowered to speak can be important even in the smallest organizations doing the most routine tasks. read more >

More Optimism Among Middle Class Buoys US Consumer Sentiment

Americans were more optimistic about their incomes and personal finances this month, particularly among lower and middle-class households, lifting consumers' outlook. read more >

US Economy Grew at 2.1 Percent Rate in 3Q

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the summer than previously reported, mainly because businesses restocked their goods at a stronger pace than first thought. read more >

Arkansas Has Mixed History on Welcoming Refugees (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's opposition to locating any Syrian refugees in Arkansas is the latest chapter in the state's mixed history on welcoming those who have been displaced by war, natural disaster and other upheavals. read more >

Following The Crowd (Robert T. Smith Expert Advice)

One of the more publicized provisions of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act directed the S.E.C. to establish rules allowing companies to use crowdfunding to raise capital in an exempt securities offering. read more >

Are You Overlooking Potential Customers? (Heather Robinette Expert Advice)

Untapped international markets represent a viable opportunity for expansion and diversification for many Arkansas companies, including small ones. However, the narrow view of too many business owners is that exporting is an option only for larger companies or manufacturers. read more >