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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

Dozens of Benton County residents turned out to a public meeting Thursday (Oct. 23) in Bentonville to hear more about the interim modified connector – aka, a roundabout – deemed the best solution for traffic flow at the southern entrance of the Bella Vista Bypass.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:39am

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

City Director At-Large Position 7 is the only contested municipal election in Fort Smith in the 2014 general election. Former City Director Don Hutchings and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Sherry Toliver are candidates for the position.

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:27pm

Ebola has yet to arrive in Arkansas, but that is not stopping local healthcare providers and government from working together on preparedness and response should the deadly virus ever be diagnosed within Arkansas' borders.

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:13pm

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

Polls released by Talk Business & Politics this week show Republicans Tom Cotton and Asa Hutchinson with eight point leads over their Democratic opponents in

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:27pm

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

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

As the world becomes more digitally connected, expanding broadband access for Arkansans has become an important issue across the state. And in the area of education, broadband access has become an issue of paramount importance.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:09pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors and the Sebastian County Quorum Court voted Tuesday (Oct. 21) to enter into a contract with Erie, Pa.-based American Resort Management, but the deal is not yet done since the Quorum Court did not have enough votes for passage on the contract's first reading.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:21pm

Asa Hutchinson, the GOP nominee for Arkansas Governor, has an 8-point lead over his Democratic rival, Mike Ross, according to a new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:52pm

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

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

Arkansas’ open 4th District Congressional race suddenly got interesting. In contrast, there is no political drama in the 3rd Congressional District race in which incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, has a commanding lead in the polls.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:09pm

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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