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Gretchen Hall, chief of the LRCVB, thinks some drivers may choose to avoid rush hour while the Broadway Bridge is being rebuilt.

Cautious Optimism for Rebuilding Broadway Bridge

Motorists who regularly drive downtown may dread next year’s replacement of the Broadway Bridge, but Little Rock and transit officials don’t expect the $98.4 million project to cause many problems for area businesses.

Inuvo Announces New Ad Product Called SearchLinks

Inuvo Inc., an advertising technology and digital publishing company in Conway, has launched SearchLinks, a suite of native ad units for mobile and desktop publishers, according to a company news release.

Bonnie Swayze

Alliance Rubber Debuts ‘Mover Bands’

Alliance Rubber Co. of Hot Springs has added Mover Bands, heavy-duty rubber bands capable of stretching to nearly twice their resting length, to its list of products, the company announced recently.

Southern Bank Now Offering Security App

Southern Bank — a $1.3 billion financial institution based in Missouri, but with locations in seven Arkansas cities — has launched CardValet, a security service in mobile app form allowing customers to control “when, where and how” their credit or debit card is used, a bank news release said.

HUB International Acquires Holmes Organisation

HUB International, a global insurance brokerage headquartered in Chicago, has entered the Arkansas market by acquiring Little Rock’s multiline brokerage The Holmes Organisation, a company news release stated.

Tami Hornbeck

Delta Bioenergy Goes Local in DeWitt

A micro-refinery in DeWitt is the test site for a much larger initiative by Delta Bioenergy, a project powered by Communities Unlimited of Fayetteville, a nonprofit. The organization’s goal is to provide infrastructure services to underprivileged areas and allow for lasting economic and entrepreneurial growth.

The Future Fuel Chemical Co. in Batesville is one of the only two biodiesel-producing plants left in Arkansas.

Biodiesel Industry Falters; Lack of Support Cited

Declining gasoline prices that cut demand for biodiesel and the increasing popularity of compressed natural gas as a fuel are two other factors behind the industry’s doldrums, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and others say.

UCA Adds Three Undergrad Courses to Online Offerings

The University of Central Arkansas in Conway has launched UCA Online, an online course portal offering three new undergraduate completion programs.

RaiseTheMoney.com Promises To Revolutionize Political Fundraising

RaiseTheMoney.com, a nonpartisan online fundraising company in Little Rock, signed on 71 new campaigns in June, totaling more than 200 accounts since its founding 18 months ago by Chris Stewart, the company’s CEO.

David Ruff, CEO and president of Morrilton Packing Co., maker of Petit Jean Meats

Petit Jean Meats Ventures South, West

Almost 90 years and four generations after Felix Scholsser started his first meat market, the ham, bacon and other products of Morrilton Packing Co. are gradually gaining an audience in far-flung places — southeast Arkansas, Texas and, through a private-label relationship with Whole Foods, as far away as Colorado and California.

Farmers Insurance Now Offers Rideshare Coverage

Farmers Insurance recently announced that it has begun offering Arkansas drivers rideshare insurance coverage in response to the state’s new ride-sharing law, Act 1267, which was signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in early April.

Painting with a Twist customers

Painting With a Twist Opens Fort Smith Art Studio

Seth McCurry, a 26-year-old entrepreneur with Painting with a Twist art studios in North Little Rock and Little Rock, has opened a location in Fort Smith.

Sissy Jones of Sissy's Log Cabin.

Sissy’s Log Cabin Heights Location to Grow

The Sissy’s Log Cabin location at Grant and R streets in Little Rock is set to expand this summer “in an effort to continue making Sissy’s Log Cabin an exciting customer experience,” a company press release said.

Growing Participation Means Longer List of Largest Trade & Professional Unions

The Arkansas Business list of the state’s largest trade and professional associations is back after a four-year hiatus, complete with 15 new entries because of greater participation.

Victory Blue Unveils New Plant in North Little Rock

Victory Blue, a national manufacturer of diesel exhaust fluid, held an open house recently to celebrate the opening of its new manufacturing facility at 700 Dixie St. in North Little Rock.

Pediatrics Plus is enlarging its Conway facility by 22,000 SF and plans to add 10 jobs.

Pediatrics Plus Expanding in Conway

Pediatrics Plus is enlarging its Conway facility by 22,000 SF, an expansion that on completion will bring 10 new jobs.

William Porterfield (inset) will head the new operations of national real estate company Redfin.

Redfin Enters Little Rock Market

William Porterfield — a long-time executive broker at Pike Realty Group and then executive broker for Blackwood Realty, both of Little Rock — has been appointed to head Redfin’s central Arkansas operation as market manager and principal broker.