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LATEST ARTICLES BY Lara Farrar

New Donable App Addresses Blood Donation Crisis

Created by Our Blood Institute, the Donable app combines the gig economy with social networking to recruit more people to donate blood.

Stephens Group LLC Closes on Sale of Summit Industrial Construction LLC

Stephens Group LLC of Little Rock has closed on the sale of its portfolio company Summit Industrial Construction LLC of Houston, Texas.

Canoo Delivers Three EVs to State of Oklahoma

Canoo Inc. delivers three electric vehicles to the State of Oklahoma. They’re the first commercial vehicles to be made in the state since 2005.

State Does About-Face On ChinaLock Icon

Arkansas was one of numerous states that took part in a frenzy of activity aimed at bringing over Chinese companies to set up operations. But a new state law makes clear that such investments are now viewed with suspicion.

AI-Driven Real Estate Fraud Emerges in Arkansas

Real estate fraud, driven by AI in seller impersonation schemes, causes financial losses, highlighting the need for title insurance to protect against such manipulation.

Phillip Oldridge, CEO and chairman of Envirotech Vehicles Inc., at the company's electric vehicle plant in Osceola in 2022.

Envirotech Holds Annual Shareholders Meeting After Challenging Year

Envirotech Vehicles Inc. of Osceola (Nasdaq: EVTV) on Wednesday wrapped up a bumpy year with its annual shareholders meeting, during which investors re-elected CEO Phillip Oldridge to a three-year term […]

US Lawmakers Talk Fintech, Entrepreneurship & AI at Hearing in Little Rock

U.S. Rep. French Hill of Arkansas joined other members of the House Financial Services Committee and representatives from the banking and financial technology sector in Arkansas on Friday at The […]

French Hill: US Should Take ‘Targeted’ Approach to Oversight of Outbound Investments

Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill of Arkansas is not opposed to passing legislation that would prevent American companies from investing in Chinese enterprises that develop specific types of technologies that […]

GoodChange Aims to Bring Good Change to Fundraising

GoodChange, a web-based application developed in Little Rock by Becky Pittman and Emily Wineland aim to simplify the tangled web of raising money.

Medicaid Fallout: Insurers, MCOs in State Adjust to Loss of EnrolleesLock Icon

As of October, the Arkansas Department of Human Services had removed more than 427,000 Arkansans from Medicaid since April 1.

Arkansas Looks to Utah as a Blueprint for Economic Development SuccessLock Icon

Arkansas Commerce Secretary Hugh McDonald looks to Utah as a model when it comes to attracting high-tech industries, ranging from internet startups and biotech firms to pharmaceuticals, defense contractors and fintech companies.

Arkansas Rates of Infant, Maternal Mortality Raise AlarmLock Icon

Arkansas ranks among the top in the nation for maternal and infant deaths, according to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement. Experts have also seen a rise in the number of patients with high-risk pregnancies.

Alliance Claims $1.3B in Arkansas Impact

The Arkansas Research Alliance is a nonprofit that addresses the state’s need to attract, retain and recognize research talent.

Goldman Sachs Brings Small-Business Program to Arkansas

Global investment bank and financial services giant Goldman Sachs is rolling out its 10,000 Small Businesses initiative in Arkansas.

RTX, Rafael to Build $33M Missile Facility in East Camden

The new manufacturing facility is expected to begin operations in 2025 and will build missiles for defense systems in the U.S. and Israel.

Bentonville’s Ox Attracts National Press, InvestorsLock Icon

Charu Thomas, 25, founded Ox in Bentonville, whose technology integrates AI and wearable devices to optimize supply-chain efficiency, addressing pandemic-induced challenges.

Arkansas Leaders See Utah’s High-Tech Success as Model for Economic Transformation

Utah, with its emphasis on research, entrepreneurship and quality of life, has become one of the top states for high-tech industries. Arkansas is looking to borrow from the western state’s playbook.

Little Rock’s Long Road to Recovery: Six Months After Tornado DamageLock Icon

For some of the worst-hit commercial real estate and apartments, it could still be months before business is back to normal.

Day 2 of VenCent Summit 2023: French Hill Moderates Banking Policy Panel

The VenCent Fintech Summit is underway in Little Rock for a second day; Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., vice chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, will speak about digital asset regulations.

Southern Bancorp Using Fintech to Help the Poor

Using behavioral economics, Southern Bancorp is studying how it could help grow the bank’s geographic footprint without opening more brick-and-mortar locations.