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Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.
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CardioWise Installs Software for Use in Federal Heart Study

Fayetteville startup CardioWise has completed full development of its cardiac analysis software and installed it at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
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XCelerate Capital Invests $250k in ARK Challenge Alum Tagless Style

Rod Ford's new Little Rock early-stage seed fund XCelerate Capital has invested $250,000 in Tagless Style, the ARK Challenge and Innovate Arkansas firm that partnered with Goodwill of Arkansas to "upcycle" second-hand clothes.
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