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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 […]

Small Business / Business Services

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. read more >
Small Business / Public Companies / Restaurants & Food / Retail

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. read more >
Small Business / Construction / Industry / Real Estate / Restaurants & Food / Retail

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 >

Fuel Accelerator Announces First Cybersecurity Cohort

Selected companies will showcase their expertise in safeguarding sensitive data, network security, AI-driven cybersecurity tools and more. read more >
Small Business / Business Services / Media & Marketing / Tourism

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 >
Small Business / Business Services / Construction / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits / Restaurants & Food / Retail

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 >
Small Business / Banking & Finance / Health Care / Insurance / Legal / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits / Technology

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 >
Small Business / Banking & Finance / Investments

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 >
Small Business / Business Services / Education

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 >
Small Business / Health Care

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 >
An American flag outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Small Business / Government & Politics / Health Care

A COVID-Era Program is Awash in Fraud. Congress Aims to Wind it Down and Expand the Child Tax Credit

Lawmakers emphasize that cutting down on the fraudulent claims should also help the IRS more quickly resolve the legitimate claims that businesses have filed and are still awaiting resolution. read more >
Small Business / Real Estate

Small Biz Owners Scale Back Their Office Space or Go Remote Altogether

While the real estate decisions of big companies get much of the attention, small business owners are also reassessing what they need in terms of an office. read more >
Small Business / Insurance / Restaurants & Food

PattiCakes Faces Difficult Decision in Wake of Fire

The fire the evening of Jan. 15 destroyed the bakery at 1137 Front St. in downtown, one of two PattiCakes locations in Conway. But the Front Street location housed all the production equipment for both bakery locations. read more >
Small Business / Business Services / Public Companies

Microsoft and Others are Making New Tools to Help Small Businesses Capitalize On AI

MasterCard is piloting a product called MasterCard Small Business A.I., aimed at helping small business owners analyze data and offer other resources to help grow their business. read more >
Paul Harvel
Small Business / Agriculture & Poultry / Banking & Finance / Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Nonprofits

Paul Harvel: Mission Accomplished (Editorial)

Paul Harvel, who led chambers of commerce throughout Arkansas, left an enduring legacy. read more >
Small Business / Retail

Retail Sales Up Strongly in December as Americans Showed Continued Willingness to Spend

Economists had expected consumers to pull back on spending in the final three months of the year under the weight of credit card debt and delinquencies and lower savings. Yet despite those challenges, along with higher borrowing costs, tighter credit conditions and price increases, household spendin read more >
Small Business / Banking & Finance / Business Services / Manufacturing / Retail

Wholesale Inflation in Us Declined Last Month, Signaling That Price Pressures are Still Easing

The Labor Department reported Friday that its producer price index — which tracks inflation before it reaches consumers — declined 0.1% from November to December after falling 0.1% in November and 0.4% in October. Measured year over year, producer prices rose by a mild 1% in December. read more >
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen at a meeting of Eurogroup Finance Ministers in Brussels, Belgium, in July 2021.
Small Business / Banking & Finance / Government & Politics

Yellen Says 100,000 Firms Have Joined a Business Database Aimed at Unmasking Shell Company Owners

Yellen said that the new Treasury database that is collecting beneficial ownership information sends the message that "the United States is not a haven for dirty money.” read more >
Small Business / Business Services / Media & Marketing / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Technology

Design Your Business to Support Your Life (Sabrina Starling On Small Business)

A business vision is only as compelling as the personal vision to which it’s connected. read more >
Small Business / Investments / Retail

10 Startups Picked for UA’s New Tech Accelerator Program

Bounds Accelerator aims to unite entrepreneurs, industry leaders, tech experts and startups to advance digital transformation in the retail value chain. read more >