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Franchises lining up for spots in LR area

posted: 02/01/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Backyard Burgers closed its company-owned restaurants in Arkansas in October 2012 after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but nowadays the restructured company is in expansion mode and looking to move back into the state.

Bank looks at growth in U.S.

posted: 02/01/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Bank of the Ozarks is considering opening lending offices in Seattle, Washington, D.C., Boston and Chicago over the next two years, says George Gleason, the bank's chairman and chief executive officer.

Dominicans wary of Cuba competing for American dollars

posted: 02/01/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

To discover why the Dominican Republic is worried about improving ties between the U.S. and Cuba, all you have to do is watch the movie The Godfather, Part II.

1st year ends in applause for CEO

posted: 02/01/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

With video cameras rolling and an audience of company insiders and outside partners looking on, new Wal-Mart Stores Inc. President and CEO Doug McMillon took center stage at a sustainability forum in February 2014.

BUSINESS MATTERS: Fifty for the Future champions creating economic opportunities

posted: 02/01/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Last week's column on the Northwest Arkansas Council and its strategic planning efforts led to a handful of inquires from readers who wanted to know what central Arkansas (Little Rock) has in the way of its own planning body.

Wheat crop reaping small return

posted: 02/01/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Wheat farmers in the U.S. can't catch a break. Even after they harvested the smallest crop in three years, prices are plunging because output has surged almost everywhere else in the world.

Japan sees uptick in factory output

posted: 02/01/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Japan's industrial output edged higher in December, suggesting the world's third-largest economy may be turning the corner on a recession brought on by a hefty sales tax increase.

Shared-office-space developer expands

posted: 02/01/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Less quirk, more luxury is the business model of Industrious Office, a co-working-space developer that is expanding to several cities, including St. Louis.

Paddle-makers proud work done in U.S.

posted: 02/01/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

The trio who founded Titan Paddles shared two passions: paddleboarding -- and paddles made in the USA.

Neonatal nurses start line of baby clothing

posted: 02/01/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Inspired by the strength of the premature babies they care for, two Florida nurses have introduced a clothing line that promises to donate one item for every one purchased.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 02/01/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

AGRICULTURE The Arkansas Farm Bureau has hired Bryan Pistole as graphic design and editorial coordinator and Mollie Dykes as a social-media and public-relations specialist.

BUSINESS AWARDS

posted: 02/01/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

ARCHITECTURE WER Architects/Planners has announced that James Meyer has been selected by The American Institute of Architects to receive the 2015 Young Architects Award.

WHERE TO SEND NOTICES

posted: 02/01/2015 1:39 a.m. Discuss

Notices of executive promotions, new hires or job changes should be sent to: People Editor; Business News Department; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; P.O. Box 2221; Little Rock, Ark. 72203, or by e-mail to sszafranski@arkansason line.com.

PATENTS AWARDED

posted: 02/01/2015 1:38 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Patents Issued to Arkansans Jan. 27

BUILDING PERMITS

posted: 02/01/2015 1:37 a.m. Discuss

Building permits for the Little Rock metro area, projects valued at $75,000 or more:

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