November/December 2015 Issue
Small businesses play an essential role in local and statewide economies. And, when it comes to female-owned small businesses, Arkansas has seen major growth — a 73 percent increase since 1997, according to an American Express report, titled the 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses, released earlier this year.
The businesses owned by women in Arkansas cross many different industries. From retail to restaurants and technology to finance, AMP’s Women in Business profiles provide insight into life as a small business owner — both those just starting out and those that have been around for many years.
Leading by Example
Longtime restaurateur Capi Peck remains a major player in the Little Rock
food scene, while also guiding the next-generation restaurant owner.
Making a Match
Alese Stroud and Bridget Farris have created a startup that
fills a void in the mergers and acquisitions space.
Running a Jewelry Empire
Sissy Jones of Sissy’s Log Cabin Fine Jewelry started small but has
expanded into one of the state’s largest jewelry retailers.
Health Care Technology
While the health care management and technology industries
are often dominated by men, four women in Northwest Arkansas
have founded a company that encompasses both.