Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

May 25, 2015

Big Companies, Big Revenue: 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Bring In $32.8B

Big Companies, Big Revenue: 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Bring In $32.8B

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $32.8 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up nearly 7 percent in a year. read more >

Affordable Care Act Pushes Up Revenue for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield's remarkable 42.6 percent surge in revenue in 2014 over the previous year is mainly a result of the Affordable Care Act. read more >

Ridout Lumber Co. Rebuilds Revenue

The fortunes of Searcy's Ridout Lumber Co. and homebuilders are thoroughly intertwined. About 90 percent of sales at the 10-store chain can be attributed to its professional contractor clientele. read more >

Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Pulaski County.

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NWA Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Washington and Benton Counties.

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Whispers

Receiver Recovers John Rogers Photos Posted For Sale on eBay

Receiver Recovers John Rogers Photos Posted For Sale on eBay

Michael McAfee, the court-appointed receiver of the Rogers assets, discovered in March that Angelica Rogers, ex-wife of John Rogers, was listing more than 1,000 Fairfax Media photos for sale before the digitization contract was completed, a legal no-no. read more >

Executive Q&A

First Electric's Don Crabbe on Measuring Energy Conservation by the Meter

First Electric's Don Crabbe on Measuring Energy Conservation by the Meter

Don Crabbe leads First Electric Cooperative Corp., which was created in 1937 and now serves more than 91,000 members. read more >

Spotlight: 75 Largest Private Companies

Big Companies, Big Revenue: 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Bring In $32.8B

Big Companies, Big Revenue: 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Bring In $32.8B

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $32.8 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up nearly 7 percent in a year. read more >

Affordable Care Act Pushes Up Revenue for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Affordable Care Act Pushes Up Revenue for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield's remarkable 42.6 percent surge in revenue in 2014 over the previous year is mainly a result of the Affordable Care Act. read more >

High-Dollar Drugs Part of the Package for Blue Cross Blue Shield

High-Dollar Drugs Part of the Package for Blue Cross Blue Shield

While the politics of insurance has garnered the most ink, Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield has also been busy trying to manage the high costs of specialty prescription drugs. read more >

Ridout Lumber Co. Rebuilds Revenue

Ridout Lumber Co. Rebuilds Revenue

The fortunes of Searcy's Ridout Lumber Co. and homebuilders are thoroughly intertwined. About 90 percent of sales at the 10-store chain can be attributed to its professional contractor clientele. read more >

Coulson Oil Plots Growth With Change

Coulson Oil Plots Growth With Change

From its founding in 1969, Coulson Oil Co. Inc. of North Little Rock has made changes in its business based on the market and newfound opportunities. read more >

Little Rock Company Priority Growing Under the Wire

Little Rock Company Priority Growing Under the Wire

More than 20 years ago, Ken Hamilton decided to go into business for himself as a wholesale wire and cable distributor. He needed a partner; he called Jim Newman. The two formed Priority Wire & Cable of Little Rock in April 1993. read more >

Summerwood Partners Uses Lessons Learned Over Two Retail Careers

Summerwood Partners Uses Lessons Learned Over Two Retail Careers

David and Doug Hendrix learned the retail grocery business from the bottom, starting as sackers at Safeway and working their way up to district managers at Harvest Foods Inc. of Little Rock, the company that emerged from the 1989 merger of Safeway and Skaggs Alpha Beta stores. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

Someone's Son Is Dead (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Someone's Son Is Dead (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

I'm not a doctor or lawyer, but I am the only journalist who tried to warn the public about Dr. Richard Johns, so I'm hereby granting myself license to pour out my heart in a way that is — as I was reminded by the lawyer for the State Medical Board — “not objective.” read more >

Legislators Miss Opportunity (Jacob Bundrick Commentary)

Legislators Miss Opportunity (Jacob Bundrick Commentary)

Arkansas legislators are fully aware of the state's tax problem. In fact, they freely admit it. Yet legislators continue to throw away opportunities to correct Arkansas' onerous manufacturing taxes. read more >

When Facebook Inhibits Knowledge (Sarah Quintanar Commentary)

When Facebook Inhibits Knowledge (Sarah Quintanar Commentary)

Given the massive amounts of data available in today's world, often, regardless of whether facts or conclusions are correct, they are massively published because of the effortless ability to spread information in a split second. read more >

A Task Force We Can Back (Editorial)

A Task Force We Can Back (Editorial)

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named a variety of task forces to address a variety of issues: health care reform, criminal justice, Common Core. We have a suggestion for one more: the Task Force on Ways to Reduce the Administrative Bloat in Arkansas' Public Colleges & Universities. read more >