Bentonville, AR Business

Springdale furniture maker James+James hires Bill Akins as COO

Springdale furniture maker James+James bolstered its leadership team recently by hiring retail data scientist Bill Akins as chief operating officer. Akins worked in a leadership role for Walmart Global Tech (formerly Walmart Labs) since November 2018. He spent eight years (2010-2017) helping grow Rogers-based digital agency Rockfish. “I have known...
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Layaway has gone away at Walmart

Walmart Inc. has laid its layaway service to rest as customers continue to embrace the buy now, pay later trend. The Bentonville-based retailer is now allowing customers to pay for certain items with Affirm, a short-term financing option that requires a qualifying credit score and offers a variety of repayment terms and options.

The Goddard School opens Bentonville location

Pennsylvania-based preschool education provider Goddard Systems Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School, will increase its footprint in Northwest Arkansas this fall when a fourth location opens at 3703 S.W. H St. in Bentonville. The company’s third Northwest Arkansas franchise opened in June at 3420 W. Mount Comfort Road in Fayetteville, the city’s second Goddard location.

State Farm’s Pineville branch celebrates 100 years of service

PINEVILLE, Mo. — One insurance company is celebrating decades of service, and an area branch is commemorating it. State Farm has been serving communities around the country for 100 years. To recognize this great feat, the Pineville branch celebrated with a pizza party…Inviting all who use their service for a...

Yes, Johnson & Johnson is planning to make its COVID-19 vaccine available for teens and young children

With many kids back in the classroom, the VERIFY team has been getting a lot of questions about the status of COVID-19 vaccines for children. Some parents say they want their kids vaccinated, but are hesitant to use an mRNA vaccine, like Pfizer or Moderna. Recently, VERIFY viewer Kathleen asked about the status of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for teens.
Arkansas Business

Drug Company OurPharma Plans for Sales Across the US

Adam Kohler hopes that OurPharma LLC of Fayetteville can finally go nationwide. The drug compounding company has licenses from 11 states, including Arkansas, and applications in process in more than 10 others, said Kohler, the company’s executive vice president. But it couldn’t receive a license to sell its pharmaceuticals in...
Arkansas Business

Kendall Promoted at Arvest (Movers & Shakers)

Matt Kendall has been named president and CEO of Arvest Bank’s mortgage division and Arvest Central Mortgage Co. in Lowell. It’s a role he has filled on an interim basis since February, when Steven Plaisance left to join Gateway First Bank of Tulsa. “Matt graciously stepped in to lead on...
Arkansas Business

UA System Names Chuck Culver Interim Head of Agriculture Division

Longtime University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture executive Chuck Culver has been named interim vice president of the division. Culver, the division's assistant vice president and director of external relations, takes over on Oct. 1 for the retiring Mark Cochran, the system said in a news release. Culver holds...
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Virtual Rice and Soybean Field Day scheduled for Oct. 7

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Research advancements in rice and soybeans, two of the top agricultural commodities in Arkansas, will be the focus of a virtual field day 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, presented by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The online field day is free, but registration is...

Check out these homes for sale in Rogers now

Whether you’re looking for a new home on acreage or a fixer-upper close to amenities, you can probably find a listing here to suit you: This fixer upper has potential to be a DREAM country home! Have your own mini farm with this level rural 5.14 acres with a
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Aviation effort beginning to take off

BENTONVILLE -- Fly Oz, a network of recreational airstrips across the Ozarks, is the latest effort by Steuart and Tom Walton to grow and promote backcountry aviation in the Ozark Mountains. Similar to Oz Trails -- a network of shared-use trails for hikers and bikers -- Fly Oz is a...
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Gravette library picked for NASA initiative

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Public Library has been selected through a competitive application process to be part of NASA @ My Library, an education initiative created to increase and enhance STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underrepresented in STEAM education. STEAM...

Then & Now: Mentoring key part of Shy’s banking career

Editor’s Note: The following story appeared in the Sept. 13 issue of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. “Then & Now” is a profile of a past member of the Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 class. ———————– The backbone of commercial lending is working with customers to expand existing relationships and...