Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

September 1, 2014

Car-Mart Stays the Course in Low-Interest Environment

Car-Mart Stays the Course in Low-Interest Environment
CEO Hank Henderson says there are some deals America’s Car-Mart can’t match. | (Photo by Beth Hall)

Fiscal 2014, which ended April 30, was ‘a pretty stout year' for America's Car-Mart Inc., where sales were up but earnings were down 34 percent. Fortunately, the new year is looking better. read more >

Newly Insured 'Private Option' Arkansans Present Challenges, Opportunities

Whether thoroughly successful, a total failure or something in between, this much is sure: Roughly a quarter-million Arkansans who did not have health insurance in 2013 are now insured, mostly because of the private option, and this historic deluge of new health care customers bring with them challenges and opportunities. read more >

Lawsuit Hits Nerve for Former Friends Fighting Over Medical Fees Earned

A legal case between Dr. Eren Erdem and Dr. Scott Schlesinger serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of having a contract in place and how quickly a friendship can sour when money is involved. read more >

This Week's List

Health Insurers Report Rising Premium

Health Insurers Report Rising Premium

2013 was another good year for nearly all of the companies on Arkansas Business' list of the largest health insurance companies that write premium in the state. read more >


Executive Q&A

Baptist Health CEO Troy Wells on Best & Worst of Obamacare

Baptist Health CEO Troy Wells on Best & Worst of Obamacare

Troy Wells has been the president and CEO of Baptist Health of Little Rock since July. read more >

Spotlight: Health Insurance

Arkansas Hospital Association's Paul Cunningham: ‘Having a Payer is Always Better Than Not'

Arkansas Hospital Association's Paul Cunningham: ‘Having a Payer is Always Better Than Not'

The Arkansas Hospital Association is in the process of surveying members about the immediate impact of the swarm of newly insured Arkansans, but Executive Vice President Paul Cunningham said the results would probably not be available for another month. read more >

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Opening Retail Store in Hot Springs

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Opening Retail Store in Hot Springs

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield is opening its third health insurance retail store, known as ArkansasBlue, across the street from CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs. read more >

AMHC's Idonia Trotter Takes New Post in Houston

AMHC's Idonia Trotter Takes New Post in Houston

Idonia L. Trotter, executive director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, has accepted a position as the new executive director of nonprofit health care collaborative Gateway to Care in Houston. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

Don't Miss Another Chance (Editorial)

Don't Miss Another Chance (Editorial)

Through no fault of their own, a growing number of farmers — at least a dozen at last count — are spending time in lawyers' offices rather than in the field, crafting civil suits to claim whatever assets may ultimately be left when the dust settles on Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley. read more >

Millennials: Curiouser and Curiouser (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

Millennials: Curiouser and Curiouser (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

Millennials are quintessential comparison shoppers. The Internet provides the means. They are value seekers, aware of price, but also desirous of quality. A validation of this notion was seen in the research on Millennials that Goldman Sachs conducted last September. When young women ages 13 to 29 were asked to list their most popular brands, both Target and Louis Vuitton were in the top 20! read more >

Foreign Patent Trolls Threaten Arkansas Economy (Warwick Sabin Commentary)

Foreign Patent Trolls Threaten Arkansas Economy (Warwick Sabin Commentary)

“Patent trolling,” the practice of obtaining large buckets of intellectual property rights with the intention of using them to extract damages and settlement revenue rather than to protect innovation or produce anything, is not a new idea. read more >