Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

February 20, 2017

Biggest Deals in Arkansas Rise 11 Percent in 2016

Biggest Deals in Arkansas Rise 11 Percent in 2016
Composite photoWal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, left, and e-commerce chief Marc Lore.

Both the value and the volume of mergers and acquisitions in Arkansas rose last year, with the value increasing 11 percent to $9.8 billion and the volume rising 10 percent to 92. read more >

Searcy Upgrades Infrastructure for Chance at New ‘Power Center' for Shopping

Public, private and public-private developments representing tens of millions of dollars in construction are in motion in Searcy. Three projects highlighting each category alone tally more than $42 million. read more >

Staying in Searcy Fits Youthful Tastes

Harding students are not only deciding to stay in Searcy after graduating, the millennials are also following the movement of buying and eating locally, which has helped new restaurants. read more >

This Week's List

Biggest Deals in Arkansas Rise 11 Percent in 2016

Biggest Deals in Arkansas Rise 11 Percent in 2016

Both the value and the volume of mergers and acquisitions in Arkansas rose last year, with the value increasing 11 percent to $9.8 billion and the volume rising 10 percent to 92. read more >


Executive Q&A

Hive Chef Matthew McClure Sees Opportunity in Having a Full Plate

Hive Chef Matthew McClure Sees Opportunity in Having a Full Plate

Matthew McClure has been named a semifinalist for three consecutive years for the James Beard Foundation Awards' best chef in the South. This year's semifinalists are announced this month. read more >

Spotlight: Searcy Growth Report

Searcy Upgrades Infrastructure for Chance at New ‘Power Center' for Shopping

Searcy Upgrades Infrastructure for Chance at New ‘Power Center' for Shopping

Public, private and public-private developments representing tens of millions of dollars in construction are in motion in Searcy. Three projects highlighting each category alone tally more than $42 million. read more >

Staying in Searcy Fits Youthful Tastes

Staying in Searcy Fits Youthful Tastes

Harding students are not only deciding to stay in Searcy after graduating, the millennials are also following the movement of buying and eating locally, which has helped new restaurants. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

Just Because One Can ... (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Just Because One Can ... (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

It may not be illegal for President Trump to tweet-shame a department store chain for dropping his daughter's line of fashion merchandise, but just because he can doesn't mean he should. read more >

Making the Tough Calls (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Making the Tough Calls (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Decision making — especially when it is hard — is a fundamental part of leadership. read more >

Keep Trump's Promise (Feedback)

Keep Trump's Promise (Feedback)

While on the presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump made a crystal-clear pledge to protect Medicare and Social Security, declaring, “You made a deal a long time ago.” Now, as his term begins, older voters are counting on Congress to support President Trump's vow. read more >

Solutions In Search of Problems (Editorial)

Solutions In Search of Problems (Editorial)

For reasons that cannot be practical, a couple of legislators are trying to bring to Arkansas all the consequences of a “bathroom bill” like that adopted in North Carolina to force transgendered persons to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates. read more >