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The past several years – if not decades – have proven that Northwest Arkansas is a cradle for entrepreneurship. Sandy Edwards believes such entrepreneurship has a connection with the arts and has created a metro area “rich in cultural entrepreneurship.”

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:40pm

The Board of Directors of Fort Smith-based ArcBest Corp. has approved a quarterly dividend of six cents per share, an increase over the previous three-cent dividend.

The dividend is payable Nov. 21 to shareholders of record on Nov. 7.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:55pm

The state of Arkansas definitely has room to improve in battling other states in the region for economic development projects and the day-to-day economy, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce president Randy Zook said Thursday (Oct. 23).

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:20pm

It’s payday for Douglas Hutchings, CEO of Picasolar and his team who want to take their technology to the next level. The Fayetteville-based startup has announced approval of a Tier 1 funding award of $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Incubator Initiative.

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:06pm

September was a relatively flat month for the national freight and shipping industries, but first half 2014 gains continued in the third quarter and market watchers believe shipping activity will hold up well in the fourth quarter compared to previous years.

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:51pm

Wal-Mart Stores’ more than 11,000 retail locations across 27 countries provides the Walmart U.S. division a testing lab stretching across five continents, according to Walmart International CEO David Cheesewright.

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:31pm

Struggling retailer Sears Holdings Corp. will lay off at least 5,457 employees and close more than 100 stores, many before Christmas, according to a Seeking Alpha report citing liquidation notices and employees.

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:41am

October typically unleashes a flood of pink products, ribbons and signage across corporate America and retailers. Professional sports leagues, cities and businesses are awash in pink, with some raising money and others just promoting breast cancer awareness.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:34pm

Northwest Medical Center – Springdale and Northwest Medical Center – Bentonville were recently reaccredited by The Joint Commission for their Total Joint (hip and knee replacement) Programs.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 4:55pm

August hospitality tax collections in Fort Smith and Van Buren, sector employment and traffic at the Fort Smith Regional Airport point to continued recovery in the region’s tourism and travel industry.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:37pm

Neighborhood Markets have been the shining star among Walmart U.S. formats in recent years, though they pale in comparison to overall revenue generation of the supercenter format. Greg Foran wants them to be shinier and maybe reverse the pale comparison.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:47pm

Target CEO Brian Cornell is wasting no time in trying to rev up the retailer’s sales between now and Christmas with a bold move to offer free delivery for online purchases through Dec. 20.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:32am

A "retreat" of Fort Smith's Central Business Improvement District commissioners Tuesday (Oct. 21) morning explored bringing more events to the district and forming a master land use plan for the downtown area.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:30pm

Home BancShares Inc., parent company of Centennial Bank, has appointed Thomas Longe to its board of directors.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:00pm

Consumer packaged goods companies and other product suppliers to retail for everyday household items are seeing customer satisfaction ratings slide amid price inflation, according to the

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:07pm

As U.S. and international oil prices struggle to stay above $80 barrel, many energy analysts fear that slow global growth and soft demand for energy could signal a permanent shift in the market for benchmark crude.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:27pm

Arvest Mortgage Company announced Tuesday (Oct. 21) that it originated more than $1 billion in mortgage loans – both refinance and purchase money loans – through Sept. 30, 2014. Arvest said it had closed a total of 6,853 loans with combined loan value of $1,012,205,070 by Sept.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:48pm

Faculty and students at John Brown University are developing a drinking water disinfection system for rural Guatemala with the help of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant of $14,520.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:25pm

First National Bank of NWA – formerly First National Bank of Rogers –  has announced it has received regulatory approval to build a branch at 402 SW A. Street in Bentonville,  a site the bank acquired earlier this summer.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:00pm

The September labor report is more of the same. Arkansas’ jobless rate fell to 6.2% compared to 7.7% in September 2013, although the size of the workforce fell by 1.89% and the number of employed dropped by 0.37% in the year-over-year comparison.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:50pm


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