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US Lawmakers Talk Fintech, Entrepreneurship & AI at Hearing in Little Rock

U.S. Rep. French Hill of Arkansas joined other members of the House Financial Services Committee and representatives from the banking and financial technology sector in Arkansas on Friday at The […] read more >
Banking & Finance / Technology

Southern Bancorp Using Fintech to Help the Poor

Using behavioral economics, Southern Bancorp is studying how it could help grow the bank’s geographic footprint without opening more brick-and-mortar locations. read more >

Gov. Sanders to Deliver Keynote at August VenCent Fintech Summit

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will deliver the opening keynote address for The Venture Center of Little Rock's upcoming fintech summit. read more >
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Nonprofits

Registration Kicks off for VenCent 2023 Fintech Summit

The Venture Center of Little Rock's inaugural summit in 2022 attracted hundreds of U.S. banks and global fintech companies. read more >
Joe Ehrhardt’s applications are useful because he knows bankers’ problems, Signature Bank COO Brant Ward says.
Banking & Finance / Business Services

Teslar Builds on Pandemic SuccessLock Icon

The fintech company, which helped simplify the PPP loan forgiveness process during the pandemic, has its sights on new projects. read more >
Abaca executives and employees pose for a group photo outside a branch of the North Little Rock Public Library System
Banking & Finance / Business Services

After $30M Merger, Abaca Says Mission Remains the SameLock Icon

In the weeks after Arkansas cannabis financial firm Abaca was acquired for that amount by Colorado’s SHF Holdings Inc. late last year, Abaca co-founder Dan Roda says in some ways, very little. read more >
Arthur Orduña, chief innovation officer at Circumference Group, has been named the next executive director of The Venture Center.
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Venture Center Names Arthur Orduña Next Executive Director

He's currently the chief innovation officer at Little Rock investment firm Circumference Group. read more >
Nonprofits / Small Business

Venture Center Seeks New Leader After Wayne Miller Departs

Miller had led the nonprofit since 2018. Chief Strategy Officer Mimi San Pedro has been named interim director. read more >
Abaca executives and employees pose for a group photo outside a branch of the North Little Rock Public Library System
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Public Companies

Abaca Agrees to $30M Acquisition, Will Keep Its Brand and NLR Base

The deal gives the buyer, Colorado-based Safe Harbor Financial, access to more than 300 accounts. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics

Fraud, Scam Cases Increasing on Zelle, Senate Report Finds

The report also found that the large banks that partly own Zelle have been reluctant to compensate customers who have been victims of fraud or scams. read more >
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Banking & Finance / Retail

As ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Plans Grow, So Do Delinquencies

Another concern among advisers and consumer advocates, as well as Washington lawmakers and regulators, is the ease with which consumers can layer on these installment loans. read more >
Banking & Finance / Small Business

Venture Center Expands Fintech Program

The expansion comes after the inaugural VenCent Fintech Summit last month, which attracted hundreds in the industry to Little Rock. read more >
FIS CEO Gary Norcross, left, and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson discuss the state's rise as a fintech leader at the VenCent Fintech Summit in Little Rock on Aug. 16, 2022.
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Day 2 of Fintech Summit: Regulatory Advice, Data Strategy and Arkansas’ ‘Microhub’ Status

FIS CEO Gary Norcross and St. Louis Fed VP Allen North were among the speakers. read more >
The floor of the trade show on the first day of the VenCent Fintech Summit hosted by the Venture Center of Little Rock.
Banking & Finance / Small Business

Fintech Startups and Banking Veterans Share Trade Floor on Summit’s First Day

One of several standouts was Arcanum Technology of Athens, Georgia, which demoed a secure, four-character password that never has to be changed by the end user. read more >
(From left) Wayne Miller, executive director of the Venture Center; Mimi San Pedro, chief strategy officer for the Venture Center; and Larry Wilson, CEO and chairman of the board of First Arkansas Bank & Trust.
Banking & Finance / Small Business

Bankers, Fintech to Connect at August Summit

The conference, hosted by the Venture Center of Little Rock, aims to be a networking opportunity and a place for Arkansas fintech companies to showcase their products. read more >
Walmart CFO John Rainey
Banking & Finance / Retail

PayPal Exec John Rainey Named Next Walmart CFO

Rainey brings experience leading innovation-minded customer service organizations, CEO Doug McMillon said. read more >
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Banking & Finance / Public Companies / Retail

Walmart-Backed Financial Startup Buys 2 Companies

A Goldman Sachs veteran will lead the combined companies. read more >