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July/August 2015 Magazine

Entrepreneurs: Going Vertical

July/August 2015 Issue Acumen Brands was founded with the idea of being “25 stores wide and 1,000 brands deep,” but the runaway success of one website has them betting the farm on country living. Photography by Beth Hall Top photo: Acumen Brands state-of-the-art warehouse in Fayetteville...

Magazine May/June 2015

Paris By Air

May/June 2015 Issue Gov. Asa Hutchinson will travel to the International Paris Air Show next month, hoping to recruit more aerospace industry jobs and bolster the state’s $1.6 billion in exports from this sector.   Photo courtesy of Verrier/Sunlight Image.   Less than six months into...

Magazine May/June 2015

Sports: Hook, Line & Bank

May/June 2015 Issue Professional fishing tournaments like the Walmart FLW Tour, which makes two stops in Arkansas this year, can drive millions of dollars into the economy of host cities. Photograph by Garrick Dixon and courtesy of FLW Top photo: 2014 Walmart FLW Tour, Sam Rayburn Reservoir...

AMPed Up

The Five: Energy

May/June 2015 Issue In this issue of AMP, we asked five executives in the energy sector: What is currently driving change in your industry?  Photos courtesy of businesses     Roger Jenkins President/CEO Murphy Oil Roger Jenkins is confident that anyone who has watched as the price at the...

AMP News

Business: Eavesdropping on Entrepreneurs

Photography by Ashlee Nobel ometimes a good cup of coffee is all you need to jump-start a new enterprise. It was over such a cup that Tim Freeman was inspired to create a video series of entrepreneurs in conversation with each other about the startup community. “The inspiration really sprung out...

AMP Plus Finance & Banking

Business: An Idea Incubator Eyes the Future

March/April 2015 Issue In its 15th year of challenging college students to come up with their best entrepreneurial ideas, the business plan competition prepares for a future without its signature sponsor. Photography by Cindy Momchilov and courtesy of Arkansas Capital Corp. Top Photo: The 2014...