Paul Gatling

Contributing Reporter

Contributing reporter from Northwest Arkansas Business Journal and Talk Politics.

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On today's show, we speak with several local small business owners who were some of the 30 people who received a fully-funded Kiva loan after applying through the micro-lending platform with the help of the NWA Kiva Hub. Plus, we hear from Arkansas Sen. Jim Hendren who announced this morning that he is leaving the GOP to become an Independent. And, we head to Huntsville where one family had to open up their kitchen to their calves to keep them warm during this week's snow storms and low temperatures.

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On today's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Roby Brock speaks with Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin about his decision to run for Arkansas attorney general instead of the governorship. Griffin made the announcement earlier this month after Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she'd be joining the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, which also includes current Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

On today's show, we find out how the Walton Family Foundation plans to approach its support for organizations and nonprofits over the next five years. Plus, we hear from the Greenwood Bulldogs football team janitor about what it was like to find out the players and coaches had gotten him a state championship ring. And, we hear from the head of a California-based fintech company that's coming to Bentonville and bringing a hundred new jobs with it.

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California-based financial technology company Loanpal, a renewable energy and home improvement lender, plans to open a new operating center in Bentonville that will create more than 100 jobs. The company will temporarily occupy what used to be The Holler at 8th Street Market. In this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Paul Gatling speaks with the head of Loanpal.

 

On today's show, we find out how Benton and Washington counties will be distributing a combined $15 million in federal rental assistance funding. Plus, we head to Gentry where voters are casting ballot in a special election that will decide Sunday alcohol sales in the small western Benton County town. And, we learn about how federal stimulus checks are helping lift the state's revenue during the pandemic.

The pandemic has boosted the bottom line for liquor stores in Arkansas, but hurt bars. An examination of some economic effects on alcohol sales over the past 10 months is part of this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report.

On today's show, we find out how the Fort Smith School District is reducing the number of high school students with failing grades during the pandemic. Plus, we learn more about a survey that aims to gather information about the resources local creatives need to be successful during the pandemic and beyond. And, we head to Little Rock where the Arkansas legislature is considering a number of education bills, including one that would prohibit funding the teaching of the 1619 Project.

So many industries and businesses have been changed and impacted over the course of the last 11 months of the pandemic. This week, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Reporter examines how a structural engineering firm is handling an odd year.

On today's show, we learn about the mRNA technology that makes the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines possible. Plus, we hear about how a Northwest Arkansas pharmacy is handling vaccine distribution. And, we explain how small business owners can apply for the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program included in the latest coronavirus stimulus package.

In this week's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Roby Brock hosts the annual Talk Business and Politics State of the State Executive Roundtable, which includes business leaders in telecommunications, banking and manufacturing, to discuss the outlook for 2021.

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