Small Business



U.S. Bank Donates $250K to 2 LR Organizations

U.S. Bank Donates $250K to 2 LR Organizations

Banking & Finance

U.S. Bank has donated $250,000 in the Little Rock area as part of its $15 million U.S. Bank Foundation Rebuild and Transform Fund that aims to rebuild corridors impacted by social unrest and systemic racial inequities in small business, housing and workforce advancement. read more >

Arkansas Motorcoach Industry Desperate for Aid

Arkansas Motorcoach Industry Desperate for Aid

Health CareTransportation

Little Rock Coaches, a charter motorcoach company, has basically seen its business shut down since mid-March. It is not a Little Rock or an Arkansas phenomenon; the pandemic has hammered motorcoach businesses across the nation. read more >

COVID-19 Danger Continues to Drive Joblessness in US

COVID-19 Danger Continues to Drive Joblessness in US

Restaurants & Food

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. read more >

Jebaraj Gives Passing Grade to CARES Act

Jebaraj Gives Passing Grade to CARES Act

WhispersBanking & FinanceHealth Care

Mervin Jebaraj works at the University of Arkansas' Walton College of Business so it is apropos that he has a grade for the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. read more >

Pandemic Collateral Damage? Small Firms

Pandemic Collateral Damage? Small Firms

Health CareCover Story

The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a wallop to the country's economy, but experts interviewed by Arkansas Business don't expect too much lasting damage. There is a caveat, of course. read more >

Central Arkansas Population Stands at 750,000

Central Arkansas Population Stands at 750,000

Banking & FinanceHealth CareLegalRestaurants & FoodTechnology & TelecomTransportation

The Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area now has a population of about 750,000, according to a report by Metroplan, the planning agency for Faulkner, Lonoke, Pulaski and Saline counties. read more >

Conway Firm Gets Grant for Educational Platform

Conway Firm Gets Grant for Educational Platform

Technology & Telecom

Zuni Learning Tree of Conway recently received a $200,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education to build a new feature for its namesake online educational platform. read more >

The 2020 20 In Their 20's: The Future Looks Bright From Here

The 2020 20 In Their 20's: The Future Looks Bright From Here

Banking & FinanceHealth CareLegalRestaurants & FoodTechnology & TelecomTransportationCover Story

From Rogers to Jonesboro to Benton and McCrory, there is bright young talent across our state. For the 11th year, Arkansas Business is proud to introduce 20 of the freshest faces in business and community service. read more >

Economic Recovery Stalls As Consumers Signal Caution

Economic Recovery Stalls As Consumers Signal Caution

Restaurants & Food

Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of the U.S. gross domestic product, making it the single most important factor in recovering from one of the worst recessions on record. Spending plunged an unprecedented 12.9% in April, as stores and restaurants across the country closed and consumers sheltered at home. read more >

Protests Fail to Boost Black-owned Businesses

Protests Fail to Boost Black-owned Businesses

Business ListBanking & FinanceRestaurants & FoodCover Story

Social media campaigns urged consumers to buy goods and services from Black-owned businesses following protests against racism and police brutality. But several African American business owners told Arkansas Business that they saw little, if any, boost in sales. read more >

No Summer Fling (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

No Summer Fling (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

OpinionBanking & FinanceHealth CareEditor's Note

Instead of simply asking what white-owned businesses can do to promote diversity in their workforce or in their customer base, Americans of goodwill are asking how they can make minority-owned businesses more stable and profitable. read more >