Worth Sparkman
May 25, 2022 - Business

Atento Capital wants to connect NWA and Tulsa economically

Illustration of a hanging bridge with the planks made of hundred dollar bills.
Illustration: AΓ―da Amer/Axios

A venture capital firm is looking to build an economic bridge between NWA and Tulsa.

What's happening: Atento Capital, based in Tulsa, is launching 412 Angels, an invite-only network to connect entrepreneurs, investors and would-be investors with early-stage startups.

Worth Sparkman
May 24, 2022 - Business

How the University of Arkansas' intellectual exports rank nationally

Data: Heartland Forward; Map: Simran Parwani/Axios

If the University of Arkansas was graded solely on its technology transfer, it would probably get "satisfactory" on its report card.

What's happening: Bentonville think tank Heartland Forward recently ranked 166 U.S. universities based on their ability to transfer technology developed on campus into the commercial world.

Worth Sparkman
May 17, 2022 - Business

Northwest Arkansas drops to No. 7 on Best Places to Live list

A photo of people at the Fayetteville farmers market.
Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

The NWA metro fell three spots to No. 7 in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Places to Live list.

  • The 2022-23 list released Tuesday morning, places Huntsville, Alabama, as the No. 1 place to live, up from No. 3 last year.
  • NWA follows Colorado Springs, Colorado; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Boulder, Colorado.; San Jose, California; and Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina.
Worth Sparkman
May 16, 2022 - Business

Three new hotels planned for Bentonville's horizon

A rendering of the yet-to-be-named hotel planned for downtown Bentonville. Rendering courtesy Blue Crane and Ropeswing Hospitality

Bentonville will likely get another 400 hotel rooms in the next few years, about a 20% increase from its existing 2,200 rooms.

What's happening: Developers submitted plans for two new hotels and a motel to be reviewed by the Bentonville Planning Commission last week.

  • The projects, along with other large-scale developments, will be voted on at Tuesday's planning meeting, which will provide an opportunity for public comments.
Worth Sparkman
May 13, 2022 - Business

Heartland Summit sets stage for economic growth

Steuart Walton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Downtown Bentonville was buzzing Thursday with talk of everything from jet packs to tax credits and venture capital to partisan politics.

  • More than 350 people from across the U.S. convened at the Record for the Heartland Summit.

Details: Full audience panel discussions included speakers Gov. Asa Hutchinson; Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation; and Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase.

Worth Sparkman
May 12, 2022 - Business

Heartland Summit dives deep into regional economies

Walton Family Foundation executive director Caryl Stern talks with Pharell Williams. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios
Walton Family Foundation executive director Caryl Stern talks with Pharrell Williams at the Heartland Summit. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

If not for the heat, anyone at 21c Hotel in Bentonville Wednesday could've mistaken groups of people and talk of the economy for a gathering at Davos, Switzerland.

  • Rapper Pharrell Williams, billionaire entrepreneur Steve Case and CEO of JP Morgan Chase, Jamie Dimon were among countless others to stroll through the lobby.

NWA entrepreneur Suzanne Billings sets a jarring food trend

Courtesy Suzanne Billings. Photo: Eric Billings

Fayetteville native and serial entrepreneur Suzanne Billings is an international trendsetter.

What happened: In a pandemic pinch, the founder of Noble Graze put her signature charcuterie boards in single-serve mason jars.

4 innovative education programs in NW Arkansas

Illustration of a graduation cap but the tassel is a ladder.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Schools across the NWA region are leaning into students' talents β€” whether those lie in academic, technical or artistic fields β€” in an effort to prepare them for the workforce.

Why it matters: NWA needs more skilled workers for a variety of reasons, like an aging workforce within industrial fields or increased demand in restaurant kitchens.

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