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First Security Eyes Future GrowthLock Icon

First Security Bancorp is looking to the future with its purchase of three west Little Rock buildings. read more >
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2022 Stephens Cup To Be Held At Seminole Club Oct. 9-12

The competition is named for the Arkansas investing pioneer who, along with his brother, built Stephens Inc. of Little Rock. read more >
Steve Stephens, shown in 1959 (inset) and 2016.
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Steve Stephens, Distinctive Voice of Arkansas, Dies at 90

Stephen Owen Stephens, whose fluid baritone made him a broadcast hall of famer and Arkansas' version of Dick Clark with his 1950s dance program "Steve's Show" on KTHV, actually had to work hard on that fabled voice, he said in 2018. read more >
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Stephens Inc. Capitalism Series Features a Familiar Face, Jack Stephens

Stephens Inc., which launched a multimedia series in May dedicated to bolstering the image of capitalism, is focusing on one of its own — Jack Stephens — in its latest short film in the series. read more >
First Tee’s Rod Sweetman (left) and Cory Biggs.

First Tee Closer To Making It On Its Own

As any course owner will tell you, golf is an expensive business. Even with the largess of the Stephens family in Little Rock, golf has been a costly endeavor at the First Tee of Central Arkansas. read more >
Mike Smith, left, was syndicate manager and J.D. Simpson was a corporate finance executive when they led the initial public offering of Wal-Mart stock by their employer, Stephens Inc. of Little Rock, in 1970.

Wal-Mart IPO Set the Stage for Global Expansion

In preparation for the IPO, a hodge-podge of ownership interests in different stores was consolidated under one corporate banner: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The corporation represented the merger of 78 partners that owned pieces of 32 stores, with the Walton family owning a majority stake in each. The stores also were a mixed bag of Wal-Mart Discount City, Ben Franklin, Walton’s Family Center and Ben Franklin Family Center. read more >
Warren Stephens

Wal-Mart Big for Stephens, Bigger for Arkansas

Wal-Mart long ago outgrew any need for the Little Rock investment bank that took it public in 1970, and that initial offering was so small as to be unthinkable today. But Wal-Mart boosted Stephens Inc.’s cachet considerably, and its importance to the state of Arkansas has been immeasurable, according to Stephens CEO Warren Stephens. read more >
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Warren Stephens: Inside the Wal-Mart Culture

Wal-Mart's corporate culture has kept alive Sam Walton's style of frugality. read more >

Wal-Mart at 50: A Not-So-Short History Of the World’s Largest Retailer

The lessons Sam Walton learned during those early, successful years of Wal-Mart allowed him to build the most successful retail chain in history. And just like the times that he took his planes up to search for potential Wal-Mart sites, it was Mr. Sam himself who was behind the stick, deciding which direction to go. read more >
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Witt & Jack Stephens: Rural Charm and Urban Money

The family-owned merchant banking firm of Stephens Inc. has become synonymous with wealth, success, power and philanthropy in Arkansas. (Part of Arkansas Business' 20th anniversary issue.) read more >