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Biggest Deals of 2017: Arkansas Transactions Soar 50 Percent, Reach $14.7B

Biggest Deals of 2017: Arkansas Transactions Soar 50 Percent, Reach $14.7B

Tax reform expected to increase pace, size of acquisitions in 2018.
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Tax Changes: The Good, Bad and Quirky

Arkansas Business asked a panel of tax experts for insights on the new code, which was signed by President Donald J. Trump in late December. After hitting the highlights, they delved into provisions that surprised them.
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Small Arkansas Bank Headcount Dwindles

Crossett's First State Bank, the state's second-smallest bank, is on the path to becoming a part of Capital Bancorp Inc.
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