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LATEST ARTICLES BY Lydia McAllister

From left, Harvey Williams Jr., his wife, Donna,  and their son, Thomas, are building Delta Dirt Distillery in historic Helena-West Helena.

5 Tips for Minority and Women-Owned Business Success

Starting a business can be costly, not to mention the element of risk that comes with every startup. But there are steps minority- and women-owned businesses can take that improve chances for success.

Why Marketing Matters

Experts weigh in on why marketing is important and how you can use it to grow your business.

Morrilton Puts Students On Partnership Path (Education/Workforce | Winner, Class III)

Morrilton is making waves with its new Pathways to Opportunities Partnership (POP) program.

Clarksville Shines, Saves, Conserves With Solar Power (Environmental | Winner, Class II)

Clarksville Light & Water Company (CLW) in Clarksville is looking toward the future by investing in the present.

No Rest For Well-Trained Fairfield Bay Public Safety Staff (Public Safety | Winner, Class III)

Fairfield Bay may be known as a relatively quiet resort and retirement community, but its public safety department is anything but sleepy.

Jonesboro Gets Technical to Secure Citizens’ Safety (Public Safety | Honorable Mention)

The city of Jonesboro, which encompasses more square mileage (80.5) than metropolitan cities St. Louis and Cincinnati, is taking a proactive approach to maintaining public safety.

Lowell Hits The Trail to Provide Historical Education (Tourism | Winner, Class II)

The city of Lowell is looking toward the future while preserving its past with a new trail marking historic landmarks around the town.

Fairfield Bay Puts Itself on the Tourism Map (Tourism | Winner, Class III)

Tired of the reputation as a quiet community, community leaders in 2012 realized they needed to grow Fairfield Bay and quickly.

Monticello Says ‘Play Ball’ With Miracle League Field (Wellness | Winner, Class II)

Baseball has long been called America’s pastime. and thanks to the hard work of Monticello residents, disabled children have the opportunity to experience the joys of the game at the city’s new Miracle League field.

The staff of this year's Best Places to Work Benchmark Winner, Information Network of Arkansas

Best Places to Work Benchmark Winner: Information Network of Arkansas

Located on the 16th floor in the Simmons Tower, the Information Network of Arkansas (INA) offices serve as a second home for employees, who rave about the company’s generous benefits packages, the unique office setup and the endless recognition from management and coworkers.

Arkansas Companies Move Forward With Staff Retreats

Presidents, CEOs say annual group events are more than worth the effort.

Governor’s Conference on Tourism Celebrates Industry, Promotes the Natural State.

Governor’s Conference on Tourism brings Arkansas industry professionals together to network, share ideas, and call attention to all that the Natural State has to offer.

Entrepreneurship Program Inspires Little Rock Youth to Dream Big (Education/Workforce | Honorable Mention)

The city of Little Rock has developed a plan to prepare young minds to become business leaders within the community.

Three Programs Steering Crossett Toward the Future (Education/Workforce | Honorable Mention)

Crossett, a small community in southeast Arkansas, is doing big things when it comes to workplace readiness.

New Maumelle Center Lets Seniors Live and Age Well (Tourism | Honorable Mention)

The Maumelle Senior Services Department has a brand new home, complete with nearby lake views and a new cafe.

New Recreation Center Brings Prescott Together (Tourism | Honorable Mention)

In July, 2017, the city of Prescott unveiled New Olympia Recreation Center, complete with volleyball courts, horseshoe and baggo games and sand boxes.

Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl

Vogelpohl Helps Create ‘People of Action’ Campaign for Rotary International

Sharon Vogelpohl chaired on the Rotary International Branding Initiative, leading a committee of Rotarians from around the world in developing a branding campaign strategy for the international service organization that debuted at the Rotary International Convention in June.

Benchmark Winner: People, Not Numbers Account for Beall Barclay & Company Success

Beall Barclay & Company is proof that accountants, like the rest of us, enjoy letting loose — especially during tax season.

June B. Freeman

Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame: June B. Freeman, Advocate for the Arts

June Biber Freeman’s lifelong love for the arts led her to become an influential and supportive member of Arkansas’ growing arts scene.

Elsijane Trimble Roy from 1936

Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame: Judge Elsijane Trimble Roy, Legal Trailblazer

Judge Elsijane Trimble Roy, as Arkansas’ first female circuit judge, first female supreme court justice and the first female federal judge appointed in Arkansas, left a lasting legacy upon the state, opening many doors for other women in the legal field.