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Land your business here and receive $300,000 in incentives

Land your business here and receive $300,000 in incentives

CAMDEN, Ark. – Here’s the proposition: bring us a growing company with a minimum of 300 jobs, put them in our 228,000-square foot building near the Camden Regional Airport, and we’ll give you, personally $100,000.

We’ll also pay a bonus of $200,000 to your client company to spend on local goods and services.

The property is within a mile of Highland Industrial Park, home to major defense contractors such as Aerojet, Armtec-Esterline, Day & Zimmerman, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Spectra. Nearby SAU Tech works closely with employers to train personnel, and has a state-of-the-art robotics lab in computer-integrated manufacturing.

Visit http://arkansasaerospace.com for updates about the Arkansas aerospace industry, which employs more than 10,000 Arkansans.

Protect yourself from investment fraud

Protect yourself from investment fraud

CAMDEN, Ark. – “Outsmarting Investment Fraud” will be led by Better Investing members Rosemary Weymouth and Pat Jones on Tuesday evening, February15, at 6:30 pm. The presentation will be about the dangers of fraud and how to protect yourself from being a victim. Better Investing is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides programs of sound investment information, education, and support to create successful lifetime investors by a network of local chapters. Chapters are operated by experienced member volunteers and offer a variety of programs, seminars, workshops, and events for investors of all ages and experience levels.

The session on February 15 will focus on reducing the incidence of investment fraud. The discussion will help people understand how they are vulnerable to financial fraud; identify persuasion tactics used by fraudsters; and reduce risky behaviors by asking the right questions and verifying the answers.

It's tax time at your library

It's tax time at your library

CAMDEN, Ark. – The team of volunteers offering free tax assistance at the Camden Public Library is once again ready to begin sessions on February 1. The volunteers, Bob Carter, Fran Moore, Melissa Bryan, and Dick Eichacker, each receive training every year to stay current on tax preparation. The schedule of the sessions is Tuesday mornings, 9:30 to 11:30, and Thursday evenings, 4:00 to 6:30. Please call the library at 236-3440 to make an appointment.

CABS offers free courses to help your business

CABS offers free courses to help your business

CAMDEN, Ark. - CABS Center is offering FREE Online Seminars for entrepreneurs, small business owners and their employees by arrangement with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. You get access to the largest collection of small business courses available online - featuring voice-over narration, PowerPoint presentations, Worksheets and Toolsets.

There are 20 core business classes encompassing more than 3,500 animated slides and 350 tools and resources. Use computers at the CABS Center to complete courses online Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.at 625 Adams Ave.

Local bank nearly doubles profit

Local bank nearly doubles profit

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Simmons First National Corporation announced Thursday that the company gained a net income of $7.1 million for 2010. That’s an increase of $11.9 million, or 47%, compared to the previous year.

Diluted earnings per share for the year were $2.15, compared to $1.49 for 2009.

Net income for the fourth quarter 2010 was $16.6 million ($0.96 diluted earnings per share), an increase of $9.8 million in net income.

Total assets were at $3.3 billion by the end of December, 7.2% increase from the previous year.

Coal discussion to be held in Camden

Coal discussion to be held in Camden

CAMDEN, AR -- The Natural Resources Research Center at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia is holding a town hall meeting to discuss development of lignite coal mining in Arkansas, where 9 billion tons of the fuel remain untapped. According to Dr. David Rankin, university president, the meeting is part of a campaign to use the refined coal to boost the state's economy and create jobs. The meeting starts at 6 pm at the Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development at 625 Adams Ave. For more information on upcoming discussions, contact: 870-235-4000.

Camden offers businesses incentives for airport property

Camden offers businesses incentives for airport property

Camden is offering business incentives for businesses. Here's the post from the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce: "Bring us a growing company with a minimum of 300 jobs — put them in our 228,270 sf building on a 6,500 lf runway at the Camden Regional Airport, and we’ll give you, personally, $100,000 — plus we will pay a bonus of $200,000 to your client company to spend on local services or goods." More...