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[27 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 2,584 views]
American Made Matters running July 4th promotion

In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, American Made Matters is running a promotion as part of its ongoing effort to put goods made in the United States in the spotlight.
What is American Made Matters? We wrote about that group back in 2011, but we’re more than happy to provide a brief synopsis about the organization, why it was formed and what its members hope to achieve. That group came into being on July 4, 2009 by Don Rongione, president and chief executive officer of Bollman Hat Co. …

Features and such, Week in Review »

[9 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,503 views]
Week in Review (June 2-8)

It was, as usual, a busy week here at First Arkansas News. We learned about the perils of moving a yard in Arkansas, innovation in the Natural State, discussed Wal-Mart and its “buy American/hire veterans” initiative the fact that bulletin board systems (BBS) are still alive although the Internet made dialing into local services obsolete, etc.
It would be a tragedy if our tens of fans missed a single thing that was posted in the past week. To avoid such unspeakable tragedy, then, we’ve made it easy to catch up on …

Business, Columns and other comments, Features and such, Made in America, News »

[8 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | 2,729 views]
Innovation key to economic recovery?

It’s no secret that the economy may be recovering but people are wondering where the jobs are. According to the Arkansas Department of Workforce services, the unemployment rate here in the Natural State was 7.1 percent in April — an improvement over 7.3 percent in the same month a year ago.
Here’s something to keep in mind, however — the Department of Workforce Service reported there were 1.236 million Arkansans working in April, down from 1.263 million jobs reported a year ago. How did unemployment decline even though fewer people were …

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[6 Jun 2013 | 25 Comments | 9,341 views]
Why Wal-Mart’s ‘buy American’ initiative could be significant

KATV-7 — the ABC affiliate in Little Rock — reported today that Bentonville-based Walmart Stores Inc. has pledged to buy $50 billion in goods made or grown in America over the next 10. Wal-Mart also plans to train and provide jobs to 100,000 recently-discharged veterans over the next five years.
Here’s the odd thing — Reuters reported Walmart made those announcements back in January. So, the question must be asked — is KATV just six months behind in its news coverage?
Absolutely not. In fact, one could argue that there can’t be …

Business, News, Real Estate »

[30 May 2013 | One Comment | 1,984 views]
Arkansas homes sales improve again in April

The City Wire in Fort Smith, on Thursday, posted The Arkansas Home Sales Report for April 2013. That report covers four major markets in Arkansas and found that sales were up a cumulative 11.06 percent through April in central Arkansas, the Fort Smith area, the Jonesboro area and northwest Arkansas.
Of those four areas, sales were on the rise everywhere but the Fort Smith area. City Wire Economist Jeff Collins said, on the whole, the rising sales continue a trend that took hold last year — markets are generally on the …

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[21 May 2013 | No Comment | 8,416 views]
New Beginnings hosts open house

New Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center at 120 S. Conrad St. in Benton hosted an open house on Monday to give people a chance to tour the organization’s facility and discuss what services the nonprofit offers in the community.
New Beginnings offer services to parents in need of counseling, baby clothes, diapers, formula and other items that are costly but necessary for raising children. Kim Puska of New Beginnings said the facility provides services to 60 to 75 expecting mothers and women with infants every week. She said some single mothers are …

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[18 Dec 2011 | One Comment | 2,762 views]
Mortgage delinquency rates to drop next year?

TransUnion – the third largest credit bureau in the United States – predicts that mortgage delinquency rates will fall in 2012.
The delinquency rate is defined as the number of borrowers that are 60 days or more behind on their mortgages. TransUnion predicts that rate will hit 6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 and then drop to around 5 percent by the end of the year. According to TransUnion, the delinquency rate peaked in the fourth quarter of 2009 at 6.89 percent.
While a falling delinquency rate comes as good …

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[12 Nov 2011 | 4 Comments | 5,414 views]
Commercial real estate on the rise

Here’s something that may or may not surprise some people – the demand for new commercial and multifamily units almost doubled in the third quarter.
According to the national Mortgage Bankers Association, commercial and multifamily residential loan applications were 98 percent higher in the third quarter this year compared to the same time last year. That increase was driven by gains throughout virtually all commercial real estate categories – a 406 percent increase in loans for hotel properties, a 164 percent increase in loans for retail properties, a 103 percent increase …

News, Politics »

[30 Oct 2011 | No Comment | 3,737 views]
Economics concern Arkansans

While the 13th annual Arkansas Poll finds the state’s residents more concerned about the economy than ever, 74 percent of respondents expressed optimism about the direction of the state. Approval ratings of public officials were mixed heading into an election year.
A full summary report of the 2011 poll results and data from past Arkansas Polls is available on the Arkansas Poll website.
Economy
“We’re seeing concern about the economy at the highest levels by far in the 13-year history of the Arkansas Poll,” said Janine Parry, professor of political science at the …

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[28 Oct 2011 | One Comment | 2,660 views]
Worried about debt? Avoid the scams.

It seems that the reception the nation has been slogging through for the past few years has brought along with it more than a few scammers out to capitalize on the financial woes of others.
Debt relief ads are prominent on television, the radio, email and the Internet. The Arkansas Attorney General’s office has even warned of “robocallers” promising miraculous debt cures but offering considerably less.
Mark Foster, director of education for Credit Counseling of Arkansas (CCOA), said he has become increasingly concerned about offers that claim to be tied in some …