Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

May 30, 2016

2 Banks Join Arkansas Business' Largest Private Companies List

2 Banks Join Arkansas Business' Largest Private Companies List

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $34.2 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up more than 4 percent in a year. read more >

Trustee Charges Collusion in Allens' Case

The trustee in Allens Inc.'s Chapter 7 liquidation has accused some creditors of scheming to buy the Siloam Springs vegetable and food processor out of bankruptcy in 2014 in order to save themselves millions while leaving most creditors holding an empty bag. read more >

Fowler Foods Cheers Colonel Sanders' Return to KFC

After selling all but a handful of its stores in 1985, Fowler Foods Inc. has deepened its commitment to KFC and rebuilt its status as a leading franchise holder. read more >

Executive Q&A

Consultant Allen Engstrom on the Biggest Mistake Small Businesses Should Avoid

Consultant Allen Engstrom on the Biggest Mistake Small Businesses Should Avoid

Allen Engstrom is the managing director of CFO Network of North Little Rock, a provider of accounting, analysis and consulting services to businesses. read more >

Spotlight:

Fowler Foods Cheers Colonel Sanders' Return to KFC

Fowler Foods Cheers Colonel Sanders' Return to KFC

After selling all but a handful of its stores in 1985, Fowler Foods Inc. has deepened its commitment to KFC and rebuilt its status as a leading franchise holder. read more >

New CEO Al Simpson Knows Arkansas Valley Co-op From the Ground Up

New CEO Al Simpson Knows Arkansas Valley Co-op From the Ground Up

As the new CEO of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corp., Al Simpson has no trouble imagining himself in his employees' shoes. For seven years as a journeyman lineman, he wore those work boots. read more >

Packaging Specialties a Printing Success in Fayetteville

Packaging Specialties a Printing Success in Fayetteville

Packaging Specialties VP Dan Nichols, 72, started working with PSI as an outside accountant when the company was founded by Hays Biggs in 1975. Twenty years ago, he left private practice to join the company as the vice president of financing. read more >

2 Banks Join Arkansas Business' Largest Private Companies List

2 Banks Join Arkansas Business' Largest Private Companies List

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $34.2 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up more than 4 percent in a year. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

'A Good Graphic' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

'A Good Graphic' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

A couple of weeks ago, I opined in this space that our Legislature should just raise the blankety-blank fuel tax to pay for the highway construction and maintenance that Arkansans need and want. Last week, I ranted about the use and misuse of data, including by “the media” (my favorite monolith). This week, thanks to our friends on the editorial page at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, I'm going to pull both of those topics together. read more >

Held Hostage (Editorial)

Held Hostage (Editorial)

Businesspeople, entrepreneurs and others generally seek to avoid a “poisonous atmosphere.” Fort Smith can't expect to attract the kind of economic development enjoyed just a few miles up the road in northwest Arkansas as long as it's held hostage by people who think the future is in the past. read more >

Drawing Out the Power of the Pen (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

Drawing Out the Power of the Pen (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

There's a bigger picture when it comes to pictures: New research shows that the mere act of writing things out, and drawing pictures of information you need to remember, will improve your memory. That should help you be more persuasive and effective. read more >