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Daily Digest: November 7, 2019


New Opioid Initiative Provides Free Resources for Arkansas Employers

During the 2019 Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA annual meeting, officials unveiled a new initiative targeting the opioid crisis that is designed to help Arkansas employers.

The new initiative, Together Arkansas, is a series of free resources available to employers throughout the state that is aimed at preparing companies to “prepare, prevent and respond” to the ongoing opioid epidemic. Read the full story here.


Arkansas Small Business Events in November

Two events are scheduled in the coming weeks that might be of interest to small business owners in Arkansas.

The first is the Small Business Summit for Veterans and will be held on Nov. 8 at the Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Read the full story here.

First Horizon and IBERIABANK agree to merger.



Arkansas Game and Fish Holding Town Hall Meeting in Stuttgart

On November 20, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be holding an open town hall meeting in Stuttgart. The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart.

During the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to ask commissioners questions about conservation in Arkansas and the commission’s efforts in preserving the state’s wildlife and their habitats. Read the full story here.

Barbara Webb planning run for state Supreme Court.



Stryker Buying Wright Medical Group in $4 Billion Deal

Medical technology company Stryker Corporation is acquiring Wright Medical Group in a $4 billion transaction. The total enterprise value of the acquisition, once debt is factored in, is estimated at $5.4 billion.

According to Stryker chairman and CEO Kevin Lobo, the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based company is buying Wright Medical to complement Stryker’s extremities and trauma divisions. Read the full story here.

New advisory board members elected for UAMS Cancer Institute


Four Reasons to Be Excited About Eric Musselman

The Eric Musselman era at Arkansas is one-game old, but there are plenty of reasons for optimism. Musselman has checked all of the boxes since he was hired in the spring.

He’s done everything right. Now all he has to do is win. Read the full story here.

U of A Startup Village provides space, resources for entrepreneurs.


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