First Federal Bancshares Changes Name to Bear State Financial by George Waldon Posted 6/3/2014 10:55 am Updated 2 years ago First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas Inc. of Harrison is now Bear State Financial Inc. The name change approved by shareholders on March 21 became effective Tuesday. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access stories older than 20 days. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.