Arkansas Business

Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Board President Nan Snow introducing the inaugural class.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton, civil rights leader Daisy Bates, and the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, Hattie Caraway, are among 11 inductees in the first class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame. One organization, the Central High School desegregation-era Women’s Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools, also received the honor.

A North Little Rock company says it's the first in the state to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval to operate unmanned aerial systems, or drones, commercially.

Zane Anderson's Aerial Patrol Inc. has operated a commercial helicopter service out of the North Little Rock airport for decades, and it created Airborne Information Systems to launch a drone service for businesses.

Utility companies have used Aerial Patrol for years, but Anderson says he wants to persuade them to use the drone service, too.

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Office of the Governor

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio address for the weekend of June 19, 2015:

In 2009, a 21-year-old interior design major at the University of Arkansas took a risk, trusted her gut, and started her own business on just $100. Today, that business — a clothing boutique called Riffraff — is a million-dollar operation with storefront locations in Fayetteville and Dallas and a strong online presence.

Gov. Radio Address: Promoting Arkansas In Europe

Jun 13, 2015
Office of the Governor

  The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's Radio Address and Column for the weekend of June 12, 2015:

A few weeks ago, I was in Silicon Valley in California. Last week, I was in Newport and Batesville. Saturday, I leave for Paris and Germany.

The locations change but the business remains the same — economic development for Arkansas.


In 2015, we have to be a national and global competitor. And to compete on a national and global level, we have to market Arkansas at every opportunity. That means being there.

Southwest Steel Processing announced Monday it plans to invest $18 million in its Newport plant, adding a second forging line and creating 100 new jobs over the next two years. The state will contribute an additional $11 million to the project. Scott Hardin, from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, says the company chose to expand in Arkansas due to the capability of the existing workforce and community.

Acxiom To Sell Its Core IT Business For $190 Million, Releases Q4 Earnings In Advance

May 20, 2015
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Acxiom Corp. announced that it is getting out of the IT services business as the Little Rock technology company continues to streamline its operations to focus on its core marketing and data services business.

At the same time, Acxiom fourth quarter earnings improved year-over-year although it reported net losses of eight cents per share from continuing operations on revenue of $257 million. That compares with losses of 33 cents year share on sales of $269 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

Arkansas-Based Walmart Misses Forecast As Profits Slide In Q1

May 19, 2015
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Walmart saw its first quarter revenues slide 0.1% but profits fell further as the strong dollar and changes in consumer spending impacted the retail giant’s bottom line.

Charles Zook, son of Arkansas Chamber of Commerce CEO, opposing chamber's role in LRSD state takeover.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A smattering of protestors lined the plaza of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Wednesday at noon to denounce its support of the state takeover of Little Rock schools. Charles Zook said his family embodies what he characterizes as a suspect network of influence in the state’s 5-4 decision in late January to dissolve the locally elected school board.

One Million Cups Hits One Year Old, Ready To Move To Next Level

May 12, 2015

Just a year after the first One Million Cups forum landed in Little Rock, local officials are encouraged by the emergence of the program as a key player in the state and region’s flourishing startup community – yet they’re hopeful for an even bigger payoff in the future.

Windstream Q1 Profits Drop 67%

May 7, 2015

Shares in Windstream Holdings Inc. were moving lower in trading Thursday after the Little Rock telecom reported that first quarter earnings fell nearly 67% following the recent spin off its real estate assets more than a week ago.