Mary Beth Brooks: Farmers & Merchants' Offer a 'Surprise' But Made Sense
"When we started talking, really, they are our kind of guys," Mary Beth Brooks said of Farmers & Merchants Bankshares.

Mary Beth Brooks: Farmers & Merchants' Offer a 'Surprise' But Made Sense

Selling the Bank of Fayetteville wasn't urgent, CEO Mary Beth Brooks said Friday morning, but after Farmers & Merchants Bankshares of Stuttgart expressed an interest, the deal made a lot of sense.
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Bear State Posts $2.5M Profit in 2Q

Bear State Financial Inc. of Little Rock, the publicly traded holding company for Bear State Bank, announced Friday second quarter 2015 earnings of $2.5 million.
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Arkansas Children's Hospital Eyes Northwest Arkansas

Arkansas Children's Hospital Eyes Northwest Arkansas

Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock said it could release plans next week for providing service in northwest Arkansas.
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Tyson Foods Adds Mikel Durham to Board

Tyson Foods Adds Mikel Durham to Board

Mikel Durham, 52, is COO of CSM Bakery Solutions, a private bakery supply manufacturer based in Atlanta. Her appointment is effective immediately.
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The List Arkansas Banks by Return on Equity

Arkansas Banks ranked by return on equity also includes total assets and net income.

Rank Name ROE Net Income
1 First Federal Bank 34 21,921,000
2 Riverside Bank 21 1,691,000
3 Ozark Heritage Bank 16 1,621,000
4 Farmers Bank & Trust 16 9,019,000
5 First Security Bank 16 100,444,000

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EquityNet's Judd Hollas Sees Plenty of Room in Crowdfunding

Before founding EquityNet in 2005, Judd Hollas was division manager for Beta-Rubicon Inc. of Fayetteville, a consulting firm specializing in technology assessment and business due diligence services. He has 20 years of experience as an independent technology analyst and investment manager in the private and public domains.