Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

January 26, 2015

How A Trans-Atlantic Investment Scam Ensnared Credit Union President Joyce Judy

How A Trans-Atlantic Investment Scam Ensnared Credit Union President Joyce Judy

The following story of how the president of a small credit union in Little Rock was ensnared in an international investment scam was pieced together from depositions and exhibits filed in the North Carolina civil case and from official documents filed in the criminal cases. read more >

Moses Tucker Real Estate Looks to Next Generation, Plans for Future

What appears to an outsider as the simple passing of the family business from one generation to the next wasn't the plan from the beginning. read more >

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013. read more >

Real Deals

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

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NWA Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Washington and Benton Counties.

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Outtakes

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

This Week's List

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013. read more >


Executive Q&A

Ross Cranford on the Current 'Revolutionary' Climate in Advertising & Marketing

Ross Cranford on the Current 'Revolutionary' Climate in Advertising & Marketing

Before leaving to create his new agency, Ross Cranford worked for 19 years at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, starting as a junior copywriter in 1995, then writer, digital creative director, associate creative director, director of strategic planning, vice president for tourism services and member of the board of directors. read more >

Spotlight: Succession Planning

Moses Tucker Real Estate Looks to Next Generation, Plans for Future

Moses Tucker Real Estate Looks to Next Generation, Plans for Future

What appears to an outsider as the simple passing of the family business from one generation to the next wasn't the plan from the beginning. read more >

Newly Renamed Anstaff Bank Plans Growth

Newly Renamed Anstaff Bank Plans Growth

The former First National Bank of Green Forest changes its name as part of an expansion mode, moving outside of its historic base of operations with a nongeographic label in its name. Anstaff has nine branches in Carroll, Boone, Madison and Newton counties. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

Good Luck With That (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Good Luck With That (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The news that new vehicles, especially SUVs, are flying off the dealers' lots fills me with mixed emotions. If people were using the fuel savings to replace an older car with a more fuel-efficient model, it could make sense even when fuel prices inevitably rise again. read more >

Who Owns Customer Service? (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

Who Owns Customer Service? (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

Effective business leaders implicitly know that “the customer comes first,” so it's no surprise that one of the goals I hear most frequently from executives is for their organizations to raise the level of customer service. This is typically an element of other strategic initiatives, such as generating better customer retention, expanding the wallet share per customer or hitting a particular customer-satisfaction score. read more >

Compassionate Conservatism (Editorial)

Compassionate Conservatism (Editorial)

Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivered a fine speech Thursday when he finally shared his plans for the future of Arkansas' unique — and successful — private option health insurance program. read more >