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Arkansas Business, Greenhead Take Top National Awards

Contributing Editor Gwen Moritz took a gold prize for best scoop, and Mark Friedman and Kyle Massey won silver for best investigative reporting. read more >
The Arena District in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
Media & Marketing / Small Business / Tourism

Shop Talk (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Takeaways from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers’ annual conference, including a word from a Biden administration official on the rising inflation that threatens to derail the pandemic comeback. read more >

Awards Go to Arkansas Business, Greenhead

Arkansas Business Senior Editor Mark Friedman claimed gold for best body of work at the annual Alliance of Area Business Publications awards. read more >
From left: Lyon College President Melissa Taverner, Merritt Dake of OneHealth Education Group and Hilary Haddigan, chief of mission effectiveness at Heifer International, announce plans for dental and veterinary schools at the Heifer campus in Little Rock.
Agriculture & Poultry / Education / Health Care / Nonprofits / Real Estate / Tourism

Little Rock, Big Plans (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Lyon College, a small school with big ambitions, has more work to do to get its plans off the ground. But it presents an exciting new vision for Little Rock and health care in Arkansas. read more >
Business Services / Education / Insurance / Legal / Media & Marketing / Small Business

Building the Firewall (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

While online scams and hacking have been around for decades, bad actors are becoming more sophisticated and scaling their operations to target more people. read more >
Dillard's Inc. headquarters in Little Rock
Construction / Investments / Public Companies / Retail

Comeback Kid (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Heading into the pandemic, you might have doubted that Dillard’s would emerge intact, with record profits and share prices. But that’s exactly what happened. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Health Care / Public Companies / Retail

The Search for Simple Solutions (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Two events last week showed lawmakers seeking simple solutions to complex problems. But as most business owners and managers know, there’s no such thing as a quick fix. read more >
Park Plaza underwent a massive renovation in 1987, transforming from an outdoor shopping center (complete with goldfish pond) to the glass-enclosed indoor shopping center it is today.
Business Services / Construction / Insurance / Investments / Real Estate / Restaurants & Food / Retail

Park Plaza Mall’s Future A Hot Topic (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

It took a little more than 60 years for Arkansas’ premier shopping center to go from top shelf to the discount bin. read more >
Business Services / Education / Health Care / Nonprofits

Charting the Future of Hospitals (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

For Arkansas hospitals, the new normal is coming quickly into view. read more >
Legal / Media & Marketing

Officers of the Court (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

For two and a half years, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Alex Guynn demonstrated compassion toward the family of a man who died of a fatal gunshot in a Jefferson County hunting lodge. Ultimately, he lost patience with “theatrics” and dismissed the Bakers’ attempt to use a civil court to reassign the blame for their son’s death. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Banking & Finance / Insurance / Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing / Public Companies

Trust But Verify (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Misplaced trust is a common theme in the fraud cases I’ve observed over the past two decades, as is the failure to make simple, routine checks. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal / Media & Marketing

A Firing Offense (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Dr. Soliman hasn’t exactly denied the allegations against him. Instead, his defense seems to be that his behavior has been unfairly mischaracterized. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Banking & Finance / Construction / Government & Politics / Legal / Transportation

Be Careful Out There (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

A $2.4 million scam perpetrated against the Arkansas Department of Transportation is a particularly useful case for business executives to consider since it involves a simple, unsophisticated and yet exceptionally effective form of fraud, and any business that pays employees or vendors is vulnerable. read more >

ABPG Wins 5 National Awards for Excellence

Arkansas Business' coverage of Walmart Inc.'s response to a spate of gun-related incidents in its stores and a former state senator's acknowledgement that he accepted bribes are recognized with gold awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. read more >
One of the many escalators used inside Dillard's Park Plaza locations in Little Rock.
Investments / Public Companies / Retail

Economic Indicators (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Like all traditional department stores, Arkansas’ second-largest retailer was in a tricky market position long before the coronavirus pandemic forced it to start closing stores. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal / Media & Marketing

Right Goal, Wrong Path (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

We didn’t know then — how could we? — that Dr. Ben Burris put then-state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson on a $5,000-a-month retainer to champion Burris’ orthodontic agenda. That, needless to say, is not how representative democracy is supposed to work, even if the goal is worthy. read more >
Lake Village Rehabilitation & Care Center is at the heart of a lawsuit.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal / Nonprofits

This Can’t Be Right (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

If we changed our law to eliminate the temptation to employ a legal fiction that has failed in court after court, perhaps cases such as the current one against Progressive Eldercare Services could be streamlined. read more >
Government & Politics / Insurance / Legal / Manufacturing / Media & Marketing

On the Opioid Beat (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

It turns out that more careful prescribing guidelines don’t fix pre-existing dependency, and illegal replacements are even more deadly. read more >
Eugene Kalsky pictured with a copy of the fax that cost him $12.5 million.
Business Services

Jackpot Justice (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

You cannot ignore a lawsuit filed against you or your business, not even if it is frivolous or ridiculous or hundreds of miles away. You must respect the process even if you don’t respect the parties and question their motives. read more >
Media & Marketing

ABPG Wins 5 Awards for Excellence at AABP

Arkansas Business, ArkansasBusiness.com and Greenhead magazine received five awards for editorial excellence in 2017 at the Alliance of Area Business Publishers conference held in Washington last week. read more >