Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

July 25, 2016

Online Banking Rises in Use, but Arkansas Branches Remain Important

Online Banking Rises in Use, but Arkansas Branches Remain Important

Physical branches are still important and will remain vital, bankers say, even as the number inches downward as customers increasingly bank online. read more >

Chambers Bank Lands $2 Million Golden Judgment

The latest ruling is one in a string of lawsuits spawned by the bankruptcy of Acme, the parent company of Allied Bank of Mulberry. Under the Golden family's ownership and management, the bank has lost more than $14 million since 2010. read more >

Gaillardia Club Woes Spawned Phil Herrington Bankruptcy

Herrington's $13.45 million Chapter 11 reorganization, filed on March 18, represents one of the largest debt totals in a personal bankruptcy filing in recent years in Arkansas. He listed $5.1 million in assets. read more >

Executive Q&A

Banker Randy Scott Plays Part on East Arkansas Farm Team

Banker Randy Scott Plays Part on East Arkansas Farm Team

Randy Scott is the president and chief operating officer of Farmers Bank & Trust in Blytheville. A 26-year veteran of banking, he has worked the last 16 years at Farmers. read more >

Spotlight: Banking & Finance

Regulatory Costs Hit Smaller Banks Harder, St. Louis Fed Economists Conclude in Report

Regulatory Costs Hit Smaller Banks Harder, St. Louis Fed Economists Conclude in Report

Smaller banks really are hit harder by the cost of regulatory compliance, a report published last week concluded. read more >

Survey: Branch Banking in the U.S. Still a Robust Service

Survey: Branch Banking in the U.S. Still a Robust Service

Bank customers continue to seek the human touch provided by bank branches, according to a survey by Protiviti, a global consulting firm based in Menlo Park, California. The survey, released late last year, found that 84 percent of bank customers visit their branches at least once a month. read more >

Online Banking Rises in Use, but Arkansas Branches Remain Important

Online Banking Rises in Use, but Arkansas Branches Remain Important

Physical branches are still important and will remain vital, bankers say, even as the number inches downward as customers increasingly bank online. read more >

Chambers Bank Lands $2 Million Golden Judgment

Chambers Bank Lands $2 Million Golden Judgment

The latest ruling is one in a string of lawsuits spawned by the bankruptcy of Acme, the parent company of Allied Bank of Mulberry. Under the Golden family's ownership and management, the bank has lost more than $14 million since 2010. read more >

Gaillardia Club Woes Spawned Phil Herrington Bankruptcy

Gaillardia Club Woes Spawned Phil Herrington Bankruptcy

Herrington's $13.45 million Chapter 11 reorganization, filed on March 18, represents one of the largest debt totals in a personal bankruptcy filing in recent years in Arkansas. He listed $5.1 million in assets. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

Obsessing Over Plagiarism (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Obsessing Over Plagiarism (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

We're obsessed with plagiarism. Those of us who are vulnerable to having the value of our work undercut by cheaters take it really seriously, and we make a big stinking deal out of plagiarism to try to discourage future theft. read more >

‘Pokemon Go' and Social Marketing (Ross Cranford Expert Advice)

‘Pokemon Go' and Social Marketing (Ross Cranford Expert Advice)

Social savvy restaurateurs and tourism destinations have begun to lure “Pokemon” players with special offers. The hardest part of the consumer funnel has often been that last step along the way getting customers to your door. read more >

Not Big Enough For Both (Editorial)

Not Big Enough For Both (Editorial)

Because building two convention centers in Jonesboro, a city of fewer than 75,000, doesn't seem prudent, we feel the need to be ready for a sad news event. read more >