Magazine: Talk Business Arkansas May/June 2013

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Talk Business Arkansas’ May/June 2013 magazine is out and available to our online readers.

In the most current issue, our cover story examines what went on behind-the-scenes in the recent legislative session. House Speaker Davy Carter and Senate President Michael Lamoureux shares insights on what happened behind closed doors. Also Carter, speculates on his political future and we rank our Top 10 State Legislators from the session.

We also look at what happens next in the Big River Steel project. A pending application with the Department of Environmental Quality could still trip up the $1.1 billion superproject.

Corporate faith: A number of companies are seeing spirituality in their workplace settings. The tiny Twisted Purl is the winner of a new entrepreneurial contest called the “Battle of the Brands.” Plus, three high-profile trucking executives explain what they see happening in the state and national economies.

Manufacturers are searching for replacements to their aging workforce, while information technology firms scour the state for talent. Health experts are deploying new technology, too, and wellness in the workplace gets a new look at the corporate level. Finally, filmmakers are finding new incentives make Arkansas more attractive.

Through our partnership with The City Wire, we journey to “The Supply Side” for an in-depth examination of the Wal-Mart vendor community. Who might be the next CEO of Wal-Mart after Mike Duke’s tenure?

You’ll also find profiles on the city of Siloam Springs, UA Board Chair Jane Rogers and Arkansas entrepreneur Harvey Couch, who founded what is known today as Entergy Corp.

Plus, this issue offers commentary from Jonesboro banker John Freeman, the Sierra Club’s Glen Hooks, Arkansas Environmental Federation director Randy Thurman, and U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

Watch for all of these stories to roll out this week on our web site at Or, feel free to read the digital version at this link.