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Merger in the Making? ArcBest Proposal Fuels Buzz

One of the proposals scheduled for a shareholders vote on April 26 was a change in the voting threshold for matters including the sale or merger of the company. read more >
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US Charges 8 in Social Media ‘Pump-And-Dump’ Stock Scheme

The Justice Department said the defendants showcased their "extravagant lifestyles" to fool others into thinking they were skilled stock traders. read more >
Business Services / Small Business

Texarkana Tech Company Raising Nearly $3M for Online Training ServiceLock Icon

Vertical Main Street Partners LP has already raised $685,000, with $2.1 million to go for marketing and the hiring of independent contractors. read more >
Dan Roda, co-founder and CEO of Abaca in North Little Rock.
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Abaca Lands $1.35M InvestmentLock Icon

The company will use the money to “keep fueling our national expansion,” said CEO Dan Roda. read more >
Dillard’s headquarters at 1600 Cantrell Road in Little Rock. 

Stephens Draws Insurance Commission from Dillard’sLock Icon

Dillard’s annual proxy statement provides financial details about some transactions it has with executive officers, directors and others, according to U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission rules. read more >
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Infinite Enzymes Raises $5.2MLock Icon

The Jonesboro biotechnology company's SEC report says it has 39 investors. read more >
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Investments List Includes Banks, Tech, Farming

With $30.1 million raised, Tempus USF LLC of Little Rock tops Arkansas Business’ list of the largest private investment offerings ranked by total investment amount sold. read more >
Vickie Judy, the chief financial officer of America’s Car-Mart Inc. in Rogers, previously worked as an independent auditor.
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Auditors Reap Praise From Both Sides of the Fence

For publicly traded companies, an independent auditor can be a valuable resource as a fresh set of eyes on the company’s financials. read more >
Rush Harding in the downtown Little Rock office of Crews & Associates.
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Rush Harding Cruises to Bank OZKLock Icon

Rush Harding, a name long synonymous with the Crews & Associates bond brokerage in Little Rock that is owned by First Security Bancorp of Searcy, is now working for Bank OZK. read more >
Stephens Inc. and Stephens Investment Management Group, both based in the Stephens Building in Little Rock, were both ranked in the Top 5 of Arkansas Business' Largest Money Managers list.
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RIA That Lost Client Falls as Others Rise

The pandemic years have been good for registered investment advisors, with most of the top RIAs based in Arkansas posting increased assets under management since Arkansas Business’ last list of money managers appeared a year ago. read more >
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SEC Penalizes Crews, Former CEO Harding for Conflict in Bond Deal

The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission assesses a penalty against Crews & Associates of Little Rock and its former CEO, Rush F. Harding III, for "unfair dealing" in a West Virginia municipal bond tender offer. read more >
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AcreTrader Raises $10.3MLock Icon

Farmland investing platform AcreTrader of Fayetteville has recently raised $10.3 million, according to filings this month with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. read more >
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Top Private Offerings in Arkansas Range From Coffee to Farms

With $561.7 million raised, Westrock Coffee Holdings LLC of Little Rock tops Arkansas Business’ inaugural list of the largest private investment offerings ranked by total investment amount sold. read more >
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One More Thing to Worry About (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

As parents, we all want to equip our children with the emotional tools to deal constructively with stressful situations, but who among us would have thought that a college student could be holding in his hand inescapable proof that he accidentally owed three-quarters of a million dollars? read more >
First Service Bank location in Greenbrier
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First Service Bank Raises $20M CapitalLock Icon

First Service Bancshares Inc. of Greenbrier raises $20 million as debt from 19 investors. read more >
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Fayetteville’s AcreTrader Raising Farm CashLock Icon

Since launching in March, AcreTrader has had five offerings and raised a total of $1.6 million, according to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. read more >
CEO Bill Sowell of Sowell Management in North Little Rock. Sowell, which has close to $2 billion in assets under management, has always been a fiduciary.
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SEC, Labor Seek Compromise on Fiduciary DutiesLock Icon

Bill Sowell, a registered investment adviser in North Little Rock, embraces a legal obligation to put clients’ financial interests first. And he’s frustrated that the requirement doesn’t apply to everyone across the investing industry. read more >
Dillard’s headquarters at 1600 Cantrell Road in Little Rock. 
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Dillard’s Survives in Tough Retail SectorLock Icon

If short-sellers were responsible for Dillard’s Inc.’s stock rising 24% one day last month, analysts say it’s because they don’t understand the Little Rock retailer’s stability. read more >
Doug McMillon, Walmart president and CEO, received $23.6 million in total compensation last year.
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Walmart CEO Doug McMillon Leads List of Public Companies Executive Compensation

The number of publicly traded companies in Arkansas is stable this year thanks to a couple of small IPOs and the federal government shutdown late last year, and Walmart executives continue to dominate the list of highest paid executives. read more >
Dillard's employees – and Dillard's shoppers – are preparing for the 2018 holiday shopping season.
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Dillard’s Responds to Omission of Online Sales FiguresLock Icon

The failure of Dillard’s Inc. to disclose online sales in its annual report has attracted the attention of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. read more >