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Many Small Business Owners See 2024 as a ‘Make or Break’ Year, Survey Shows

Many are still facing tough issues like a volatile economy, a polarizing election on the horizon and declining sales.

Joe Ford, Conway Regional Honored at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

Ford received the Legacy of Leadership award in honor of a career spanning business and the highest levels of government.

Consumers Are Increasingly Pushing Back Against Price Increases — And Winning

Inflation has changed the way many Americans shop. Now, those changes in consumer habits are helping bring down inflation.

US Leisure & Hospitality Employment Near Pre-Pandemic High

The number of employees in the leisure and hospitality sectors in the United States stood at 16.8 million in January, just short of the pre-pandemic high of 16.9 million in […]

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Your Vision, Your Life (Marta Loyd On Life & Leading)

A memorable, meaningful and measurable vision statement can inspire us to live in a purposeful way. read more >
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Consumer Sentiment Edges Higher as Economic Growth Accelerates and Inflation Fades

Still, consumer sentiment remains 6% below its long-run average after the worst spike in inflation in four decades pushed up the cost of groceries, rent, gas, and other necessities, frustrating many consumers. read more >
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Courageous Authenticity (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Organizations led with courageous authenticity and integrity outperform their competitors. read more >
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Piece of Promenade Exceeds $3.9M (Real Deals)

A portion of west Little Rock’s Promenade at Chenal tipped the scales at $3.92 million. read more >
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Coy’s Steakhouse Reopening Pushed BackLock Icon

The restaurant was set to open on Valentine's Day this year, but is now aiming for a spring open. read more >
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Retail Sales Fall 0.8% in January as Shoppers Pause After Strong Holiday Season

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans pulled back their spending more than expected in January after the traditional holiday season splurge. Retail sales fell 0.8% in January from the strong pace […] read more >
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Little Rock to Host Southeast Tourism Society Showcase, PR Media Event 

The regional “appointment style” marketplace will be at the Statehouse Convention Center and will offer tourism professionals a chance to engage directly with group tour professionals and southeastern suppliers. read more >
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Report: Wealth Disparities by Race Grew During The Pandemic, Despite Income Gains

According to a report from the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the real net worth of white individuals has outgrown that of Black and Hispanic individuals by 30 percentage points and 9 percentage points, respectively. read more >
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Solving Hiring Challenges: A Case Study (Sabrina Starling On Small Business)

Employers who create a great culture don’t have to tolerate employee disengagement. read more >
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Leisure & Hospitality Leads Job Growth in Central Arkansas

The two biggest drivers of job growth in central Arkansas in the last year have been in the sectors of leisure and hospitality and health and education, according to the […] read more >
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Filmmaker Jeff Nichols to Keynote Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism

The event is schedule for Feb. 25-27 in Jonesboro. read more >
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An Effective Cybersecurity Tool: Empowered Employees (Chris Wright Commentary)

Criminals don’t have to employ advanced tactics like AI-generated deepfakes to access companies’ systems because employees often unintentionally leave the doors open. read more >
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Small Business Acquisitions Leveled Off in 2023 as Interest Rates Climbed, but 2024 Looks Better

Quarterly results show stark changes in the market: Transactions fell 10% in the first quarter, remained flat in the second and third quarters as interest rate hikes slowed, and rose 12% in the fourth quarter. read more >
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Predicting & Preventing Violence in Your Business (Doug Elms Commentary)

Take action to prevent domestic violence from spilling over into the workplace. read more >
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Where The Jobs Are: Strong Hiring in Most Industries Has Far Outpaced High-Profile Layoffs

Data provides compelling evidence that most companies, large and small, are confident enough in the economy to keep hiring. read more >
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Onyx Coffee Hires Michael Mahler as Chief Technology Officer

Mahler has been a consultant for Onyx since 2018, helping the specialty coffee brand explore new avenues of technology optimization.  read more >
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A-State Seminar Offers Free Tax Help for Small Businesses

Business owners and entrepreneurs will get confidential guidance in areas including business planning, financial analysis, market research, loan packaging, growth and expansion, marketing and profitability. read more >
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Job Growth in Little Rock Metro Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Peak

More businesses are looking to hire — the challenge will be finding workers. read more >
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Small Business Payroll Growth is Moderating, but That Could Mean More Sustainable Growth Ahead

The healthcare industry, meanwhile, is still seeing strong payroll growth, reflecting post-pandemic staffing increases and higher demand for health services among aging baby boomers. read more >
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American Consumers Feeling More Confident Than They Have in Two Years

The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose for the third straight month. read more >