Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

March 18, 2019

Restaurateur Capi Peck Mixes Warmth with Strength This article is available only in print.

Restaurateur Capi Peck Mixes Warmth with Strength
Karen E. SegraveCapi Peck, who helped lead a campaign to fund the $69 million renovation of the Robinson Center, sits on the Little Rock city board.

Despite a hospitality background, Capi Peck didn't start out to be a restaurateur. Nonetheless, she opened Trio's in 1986 and has since become a leader not just in the local restaurant industry, but also on the Little Rock Board of Directors. read more >

CEO Erin Kiefer Proud to Follow Dad's Cart Path This article is available only in print.

Erin Kiefer knew in high school that she wanted to work at Assembled Products Corp. in Rogers. Why wouldn't she? Her father, Bill Sage, founded the company in 1983 after he invented a motorized shopping scooter that is now, along with its doppelgangers, found in grocery and retail stores nationwide. read more >

Drilling Industry Waits for Bust to Clear This article is available only in print.

Three years after natural gas prices plunged to their lowest point since 1998 — one-sixth the price seen in 2005 — the gas market remains depressed, drilling is dormant, and oil production is flat in the traditional crude belt of south Arkansas. read more >

Whispers

Pledger Actions Drive AETN Employees to Complain

Pledger Actions Drive AETN Employees to Complain This article is available only in print.

Bad blood at the Arkansas Educational Television Network is spilling further into public, with employees accusing Executive Director Courtney Pledger of forcing early retirements, retaliating against subordinates who question her and holding employees in “open contempt.” read more >

Executive Q&A

Sally Mengel of Loblobby on Keeping Cool, Avoiding Burnout

Sally Mengel of Loblobby on Keeping Cool, Avoiding Burnout

Sally Mengel, who co-owns Loblolly Creamery of Little Rock with her mother, Laura Frankenstein, says she's learned both the value of delegating and of marshmallows. read more >

Spotlight: Women in Business

Gender Equity Award Winner Windstream Learns From New Assessment

Gender Equity Award Winner Windstream Learns From New Assessment

A “deeper dive” into gender equity, inclusivity and diversity was already underway at Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock when the publicly traded telecommunications firm filled out the new “gender equity scorecard” that netted it the inaugural award. read more >

Arkansas Ranks Low in Economic Clout of Women-Owned Businesses

Arkansas Ranks Low in Economic Clout of Women-Owned Businesses

Arkansas ranks in the bottom 11 states in terms of the “economic clout” of women-owned businesses, according to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express. (Eleven states were included because of ties.) read more >

Restaurateur Capi Peck Mixes Warmth with Strength

Restaurateur Capi Peck Mixes Warmth with Strength This article is available only in print.

Despite a hospitality background, Capi Peck didn't start out to be a restaurateur. Nonetheless, she opened Trio's in 1986 and has since become a leader not just in the local restaurant industry, but also on the Little Rock Board of Directors. read more >

CEO Erin Kiefer Proud to Follow Dad's Cart Path

CEO Erin Kiefer Proud to Follow Dad's Cart Path This article is available only in print.

Erin Kiefer knew in high school that she wanted to work at Assembled Products Corp. in Rogers. Why wouldn't she? Her father, Bill Sage, founded the company in 1983 after he invented a motorized shopping scooter that is now, along with its doppelgangers, found in grocery and retail stores nationwide. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

Some People's Parents (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Some People's Parents (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The criminal case out of Boston — “Operation Varsity Blues” — illustrates that there's a right way and a wrong way to buy your mediocre child a prestigious start in life. read more >

Trying Again on Revised Overtime Rules (Missy McJunkins Duke Commentary)

Trying Again on Revised Overtime Rules (Missy McJunkins Duke Commentary)

The statistical reality of the the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime proposal is that Arkansas employees earn lower wages than much of the country, meaning Arkansas employers are more likely than employers in other parts of the country to feel the effects of an increase. read more >

China's Opportunity Zones Thrived. Arkansas' Can Too. (Lisa Ferrell Commentary)

China's Opportunity Zones Thrived. Arkansas' Can Too. (Lisa Ferrell Commentary)

We need to be investing in opportunity zones — in Arkansas and across the country — and we need to be doing it now. read more >

On Pay and Equality (Editorial)

On Pay and Equality (Editorial)

Just because legislators aren't ready for the Equal Rights Amendment doesn't mean their constituents aren't. read more >