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How direct mail can help your business

How direct mail can help your business

The U.S. Postal Service invites small businesses to attend one of several “Grow Your Business Day” workshops that will help entrepreneurs and proprietors to promote their businesses using direct mail, without the cost of mailing lists or permits.

The new Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) service is the first in a series of United States Postal Service initiatives to make growing your business with the mail more efficient and affordable.

Postal experts will demonstrate how easy it is to select a campaign message, target an audience and prepare EDDM mailings.  Information will be provided on how to do it yourself and on using mailing house vendors.

Eight “Grow Your Business” events are planned in Arkansas.

Simmons First announces net $6.7M income

Simmons First announces net $6.7M income

Pine Bluff, AR – Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: SFNC) today announced net income of $6.7 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.39 for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.

“While we remain disappointed with the lack of loan demand throughout our markets, it was expected based on the economy and it is likely to continue throughout 2011.

Protect your cell phone from telemarketers

Protect your cell phone from telemarketers

CONWAY, Ark.

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is clamping down on power plant pollution in 27 states, including Arkansas, that contributes to unhealthy air downwind.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced on Thursday a plan to reduce smokestack pollution causing smog and soot in downwind states - where it combines with local air contaminants, making it impossible for those states to meet air quality standards on their own.

The rule differs from one proposed by the Obama administration in July.

End is near for unlimited wireless

End is near for unlimited wireless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Verizon Wireless kills off its unlimited data plan for new smartphone customers on Thursday, it will mark another blow for endless Web surfing and video streaming.

The move by the nation's largest wireless carrier has long been anticipated. More people are switching to smartphones and using an increasing amount of data for all manner of wireless activities. The shift could help wireless carriers ensure that they can handle the traffic flowing over the new higher-speed "4G," or fourth-generation, data networks they're rolling out.

AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA, the second- and fourth-largest U.S. carriers, respectively, have already set limits on monthly data usage. AT&T uses tiered data plans like the one Verizon is rolling out, while T-Mobile slows data speeds for unlimited data plan customers who use up their monthly allotment.

Simmons to release quarterly numbers

Simmons to release quarterly numbers

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Simmons First National Corporation today announced it expects to release second quarter 2011 earnings prior to the market opening on Thursday, July 21, 2011, followed by a live conference call to review this information beginning at 3 p.m. Interested persons can listen to this call by dialing 1-800-854-4175 and asking for the Simmons First National Corporation conference call. A replay of the call will be available through 5:00 p.m. Central Time on July 28, 2011, by dialing 1-800-642-1687. The passcode for the replay is 81203187.

Health insurance community forum in Pine Bluff

Health insurance community forum in Pine Bluff
Starts:  Thursday, June 30 2011, 12:30 p.m. Ends:  8 p.m.   Arkansas is planning a statewide health benefits marketplace that will assist Arkansans to compare, shop for and enroll in the insurance plan which best fits your needs.  Partners for Inclusive Communities and UAMS College of Public Health will be holding community forums to share information and get your ideas to help in this planning for Arkansas.

The forum will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center, 211 West 3rd Avenue, Ste.