Get Tickets Now for 26th Arkansas Business of the Year Awards Banquet

Tickets are available now for the 26th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards banquet, which honors the state's most outstanding businesses, nonprofit organizations and executives.

"This program provides Arkansas Business with the opportunity to recognize outstanding businesses, organizations and executives from across the state," Mitch Bettis, Arkansas Business publisher, said. "The awards banquet serves as our platform for showcasing the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of the top companies and individuals that make up the Arkansas business community."

Tickets are available for purchase at The event will take place Feb. 25 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

As always, an independent panel of judges selected this year's finalists. Those finalists are:

Business of the Year – Category I

  • Edafio Technology Partners
  • Fayettechill
  • Haag Brown Commercial Real Estate and Development
  • Rogers Paint Company Inc.
  • Viridian

Business of the Year – Category II

  • Revolution Bag
  • Smith’s Consumer Products, Inc.
  • The Good Earth Garden Center
  • Travel Nurse Across America 

Business of the Year – Category III

  • Clifford Power Systems
  • Delta Dental of Arkansas
  • I.O. Metro
  • Ozark Natural Foods
  • U.S. Pizza Co.

Nonprofit Organization of the Year

  • 20th Century Club
  • Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc.
  • Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
  • Museum of Discovery
  • The EAST Initiative 

Nonprofit Executive of the Year

  • Jill Darling, United Way of Northwest Arkansas
  • Karen C. Erren, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas
  • David Napier, Youth Home
  • Ruth D. Shepherd, Just Communities of Arkansas
  • Keith Vire, Arkansas Support Network

Business Executive of the Year

  • Gregg Curtis, The Good Earth Garden Center 
  • John Hugg, Hugg & Hall Equipment Company
  • Rusty Mathis, Ben E. Keith Foods
  • Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl, Mangan Holcomb Partners/Social Innovation
  • Drew Weber, U.S. Pizza Co.

At the awards banquet, one winner will be named in each of the finalist categories. Winners and finalists will be featured in the Feb. 17 edition of Arkansas Business.

In addition to the presentation of the Arkansas Business of the Year Awards, the winners of the Arkansas Community Foundation Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Awards will be honored. The 2013 winners are Johnson Dermatology; Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP; and First National Banking Company.

The program is presented by Centennial Bank and sponsored by Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, Arkansas Community Foundation, AT&T Arkansas, Bank of America, First Security Bank, The Hatcher Agency, Legacy Capital Group, Rose Law Firm, Simmons First and St. Vincent Health.

For more information, contact Allyson Pittman at (501) 372-1443 or at