Small Business Archive

Presenting the 40 Under 40 Class of 2019: An Annual List of Rising Stars

by Gwen Moritz 6/3/2019 12:00 am

Meet 40 impressive young business and community leaders of Arkansas who will give you confidence that our state will be in good hands for decades to some.

US Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Level Since November

by Associated Press 5/28/2019 10:56 am

American consumers felt more confident this month, shrugging off a rocky stock market and heightened trade tensions between the United States and China.

Acquisitions Alter List of 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas

by Gwen Moritz 5/27/2019 12:00 am

The departures of five companies that were acquired in the past year made room at the bottom of the list for companies that had not made the cutoff last year — or ever. The price of entry to the list? $100 million

The Conductor's Kim Lane Goes Global (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/27/2019 12:00 am

Kim Lane, CEO of the Conductor in Conway, was invited to serve as a U.S. delegate and speaker at the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Manama, Bahrain, last month.

SupplyPike to Move to Fayetteville, Create 180 Jobs

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/24/2019 09:28 am

SupplyPike, a startup that offers a digital supply chain management platform for consumer packaged goods, is coming to Fayetteville and creating nearly 180 jobs within the next five years.

Conway Takes Stock of Success, Role in Region

by Todd Traub 5/24/2019 06:57 am

City officials and economic development leaders touted Conway's individuality while celebrating its role as part of a larger metropolitan region.

Keith Ward to Lead Little Rock's InterveXion Therapeutics

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/20/2019 02:51 pm

InterveXion Therapeutics of Little Rock, a private clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing immunotherapies for substance abuse disorders, announced Monday the appointment of Keith Ward, Ph.D., to president and CEO.

Walk-On's Buys Land in Conway for First Arkansas Restaurant

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/20/2019 10:07 am

Walk-On's Bixtreaux & Bar, a Cajun-themed restaurant/sports bar co-owned by NFL All-Pro Quarterback Drew Brees, closed Thursday on its $1.37 million purchase of approximately two acres of land at Lewis Ranch in Conway.

WeWork Wants Space With Bentonville Flavor

by Marty Cook 5/20/2019 12:00 am

WeWork is a 9-year-old New York company that builds and runs shared office spaces in more than 100 cities worldwide. It announced April 1 that it would expand its operations to Bentonville at a soon-to-be-developed space at 224 S. Main St. that it hopes to open in 2021.

Northwest Arkansas Plugs Into Innovation

by Marty Cook 5/20/2019 12:00 am

Nelson Peacock is hopeful that the arrival of a global innovation company will help spur northwest Arkansas' business ecosystem and solve some nagging logistical problems.

Tyler Davis Takes Spot on Livestock & Poultry Commission (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/20/2019 12:00 am

Tyler Davis of Ashdown was recently appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to a seven-year term on the Arkansas Agriculture Department's Livestock & Poultry Commission Board.

At Women's Symposium, Leaders Share Tips for Navigating Boardrooms

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/17/2019 11:42 am

Simply getting a seat at the corporate table remains a barrier for women in the workforce, a panel of women business leaders said Thursday during the first Soirée Women's Leadership Symposium at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock.

Arkansas Unemployment Drops to 3.6% in April

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/17/2019 10:32 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate in April was 3.6%, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month.

Warren Stephens Stands by Startup's CEO Marc Gorlin

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/13/2019 12:00 am

Warren Stephens says he has confidence in Marc Gorlin, founder and CEO of crowdsourced delivery service startup Roadie, in which Stephens has invested. After all, he said, look at Kabbage, which “turned out to be a great investment.”

SBA Teams Up With Conductor (Justin Crossie Commentary)

by Justin Crossie 5/13/2019 12:00 am

The U.S. Small Business Administration is taking steps to revitalize central Arkansas through a $500,000 award to the Conductor, an organization that partners with the University of Central Arkansas and Startup Junkie Consulting.

Simmons Bank Names Meador SBA Regional Manager of Sales, Business Development

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/8/2019 12:15 pm

Simmons Bank has named Itzel Meador its Small Business Association regional manager of sales and business development.

Grants to Jump-Start Economic Development in Park Hill, Levy

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/6/2019 12:00 am

The city of North Little Rock is sprucing up the Park Hill and Levy business districts with federally funded Jump Start grants and playing a long game when it comes to economic development in those areas.

Central Arkansas Unemployment at 3.5 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2019 12:00 am

The unemployment rate in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan statistical area remains near a historical low, 3.5% in February.

Insult Added to Injury at the Atkins Chronicle

by Kyle Massey 5/6/2019 12:00 am

Last month, folks at the Atkins Chronicle felt the latest blow in a couple of hard-knock years when the small newspaper's retail boxes were robbed.

Little Rock Startup Set to Sell Speed-Torque

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/6/2019 12:00 am

Vascugenix, a Little Rock startup run mostly by students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, plans to bring its medical device for emergency heart surgeries to market in late August or early September.