Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

December 15, 2014

Arkansas Baptist Gets $30M to Repay Debt, Get Back on Track

Arkansas Baptist Gets $30M to Repay Debt, Get Back on Track

Little Rock's Arkansas Baptist College recently secured a $30 million funding agreement that has helped calm its troubled financial waters. The deal is a significant event to restore order at the 130-year-old private college after 18 months of trial and tribulation. read more >

Steve Standridge: No Personal Gain From $7M Fraud

Steve Standridge was emotional but conspicuously unapologetic when he explained to a federal judge why he committed the crimes for which she had just sentenced him to five years in prison. read more >

Dan Cushman Sales Job Helps Turn Around PAM Transport

Dan Cushman no longer has to ask his accountants if PAM Transport Inc. of Tontitown has made money this month. Now, he said, he gets to ask the much more fun question of how much money the company made. The trucking company's current financial health stands in stark contrast to those dark months that made up 2008-09. read more >

Real Deals

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

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Outtakes

A weekly column on local media & marketing news and notes.

Executive Q&A

SAU President David Rankin on the Importance of Economic Literacy

SAU President David Rankin on the Importance of Economic Literacy

David Rankin was named the president of Southern Arkansas University in January 2002 and plans to retire next June. read more >

Spotlight: Business of Retirement

Cooper Communities A Family Enterprise for Over 50 Years

Cooper Communities A Family Enterprise for Over 50 Years

Cooper Communities Inc. of Rogers — along with its assorted subsidiaries such as Cooper Land Development, Cooper Homes and Cooper Realty Investment — really is a family business. read more >

Prudent Planning Pays Off for Cooper Communities

Prudent Planning Pays Off for Cooper Communities

John Cooper III is president and chairman of the board of directors of Cooper Communities Inc. of Rogers, a prolific land development company for the past 50-plus years. How prolific is a company secret, as Cooper politely declines to share the private company's revenue or employment figures. He did sit down at his company's headquarters for an interview, his first ever with the media. read more >

Gray Divorce: Arkansas Attorneys On How Late-Life Splits Threaten Retirement

Gray Divorce: Arkansas Attorneys On How Late-Life Splits Threaten Retirement

The divorce rate for those 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010, and the numbers are expected to continue to rise at an alarming rate. Those who find themselves newly single will have to manage with half the assets the couple saved for retirement — with little time to restore their accounts. read more >

Financial Scams Burden Seniors, Investments

Financial Scams Burden Seniors, Investments

A growing number of Arkansas seniors are being targeted in fraudulent schemes and investment opportunities, derailing a lifetime of planning and absorbing money that could be used on real investments. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

‘Live Fearless' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

‘Live Fearless' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

But unless we replace the ACA with a brilliant idea that its opponents have thus far kept shrouded in secrecy, getting rid of Obamacare will mean one thing: Millions of Americans — including 200,000 of our neighbors here in Arkansas — will go back to being uninsured, a lifestyle that I wouldn't tolerate for myself and my family for a single day. read more >

Funding a College Education (Jane Wayland Commentary)

Funding a College Education (Jane Wayland Commentary)

Many articles and reports have been written about the value of a college education. The cost continues to climb, and the opportunities in the marketplace are a struggle for some college graduates. It is no wonder that the value of earning the degree is being questioned. read more >

Sing Their Praises (Editorial)

Sing Their Praises (Editorial)

Women are caught in a double bind: Brag on themselves, and they may be seen as pushy. Fail to brag on themselves, and they may be seen as pushovers. That's just one of the reasons that last week's launch of the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Arkansas Business Publishing Group, is a welcome development. The Hall of Fame's purpose is to recognize the many contributions of women in the state. read more >