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A “Healthy” Discussion was the focus of The 5th Annual The Compass Conference on Thursday (April 17) at Mercy Fort Smith.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:48pm

The clock is ticking for Wal-Mart suppliers from soap manufacturers to lipstick and consumers packaged goods (CPG) companies to ensure the goods they sell to the retail giant contain certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) by 2015.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:19pm

Continued gains in employment and sales tax collections helped the Northwest Arkansas economy finish 2013 with a strong fourth quarter, according to The Compass Report.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:05pm

The Compass Report for the fourth quarter of 2013 shows that small but broad based gains in key metrics has resulted in the Fort Smith regional economy finishing out 2013 with two consecutive positive quarters.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:58pm

Home Bancshares, parent company of Centennial Bank, reported a record first quarter profit on Thursday (April 17), and Simmons First National Corp. had an up-and-down quarter depending on how you view their latest financial results.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:44pm

Where do bankers go to borrow money? A paper trail left by former Arvest exec Dennis Smiley Jr. indicates he went to his friends and family first – and possibly without their consent.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:44am

Facing tough sales comparisons and other operating headwinds, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is once again expanding its fee-based services with a new money transfer option expected to rival Money Gram for U.S. money transfers up to $900.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:24am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, says it has 1,000 stores ready for a transformative change in credit card technology and plans to have the rest of their U.S. stores ready by the end of 2014.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:11am

Fundraising reports for March show former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross out-raised his Republican challengers running for the governor's mansion. In a report filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State's office, Ross reported more than $222,000 raised during March.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:50am

First quarter home sales in the Fort Smith region showed mixed results, with Crawford County far outpacing Sebastian County during the first three months of the year.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:48am

Drivers making their way from Alma to Benton County are going to have to get used to hopping on Interstate 49 starting next week.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:46am

More than a hundred business professionals and child learning advocates huddled Wednesday morning (April 16) during a blustery construction kickoff for the $28.5 million Amazeum in Bentonville.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:44am

The monthly meeting of the Sebastian County Quorum Court in Greenwood took an unexpected turn Tuesday (April 15) that could result in a lawsuit being filed against County Judge David Hudson.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:18am

Campaigns in Arkansas are well underway. Proof that they are more in campaign mode than fundraising mode is the lack of candidates announcing fundraising numbers following the end of the first quarter on March 31.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:30pm

AccuWeather.com reports Moore, Okla., is in the heart of an area known as Tornado Alley. The people who call Moore home are still rebuilding from last year's devastating tornado that struck the area on May 20, 2013.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:38pm

Fort Smith area native Craig Rivaldo is set to take over leadership for Arvest Benton County on May 1 and the banker will carry his “playbook” and more than 20 years of leadership experience when he settles into his new bank office full-time.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:24pm

More details were released Tuesday (April 15) on a planned mixed use development to be built at 822 Garrison Ave. The information was presented at Tuesday's Central Business Improvement District meeting. Developer Rodney Ghan of R.H.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:19pm

Tonnage shipped along the Arkansas River is down for the first three months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013 and at least one operator along the river said it may still take a while before tonnage rates return to pre-recession levels.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:00pm

A moist towelette first created for Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1957 and produced in Arkansas has found its way to Walmart shelves in more than 3,400 stores, according to Lindsey Drain, marketing manager for Nice-Pak Products in Bentonville.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:12pm

While manufacturing may be a sore subject for many in the Fort Smith region, one economic bright spot that continues to shine is the medical sector.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:18pm

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