The Farm Credit Associations of Arkansas (AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit Midsouth, and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas) support rural Arkansas communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. As a financial cooperative, customers become member-owners and share in the profits when Farm Credit has a good year. It’s the cooperative way of doing business and Arkansas members have shared more than $269 MILLION in patronage since 1997. Members also have a voice in how the association does business by electing fellow members to serve as directors. Farm Credit finances farms, country homes, land, livestock, equipment, agribusinesses and more.
Proudly headquartered in Arkansas, Road Runner combines high-quality products with a community focus to provide superior customer service.
Founded in North Little Rock in 1969, the Coulson Oil family purchased two Road Runner stores in Texarkana in 2013. Road Runner has since expanded to more than 17 stores in Arkansas and northeastern Texas. At Road Runner, offering quality fuel at a value price, cold drinks, freshly made food, bean-to-cup coffee, and clean restrooms demonstrates “ Run Fast. Run Friendly.” is more than a slogan. They are dedicated to serving customers with speed and a smile every day.
Harps Food Stores, Inc., founded in 1930, is headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, where the first store was established. Harps now has 114 supermarkets located in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas. Since becoming employee-owned in 2001, Harps has grown to be the largest employee-owned company headquartered in Arkansas and the 30th largest in the United States. Harps mission is to provide the best overall value with a reputation for competitive prices, product quality and freshness, friendly service, and cleanliness.
Established in Fort Worth, Texas in 1906, Ben E. Keith is the nation’s fifth largest broad line foodservice distributor and operates today with eight divisions shipping to seventeen states throughout the country.
In April 2020, Ben E. Keith Foods announced a Customer Support Campaign, Eat Local. Eat Often. This campaign initiative is a direct impact effort to support and raise awareness for restaurants, the foodservice industry, and local communities across the country. Eat Local. Eat Often. aims to support the sustainability of the restaurant industry and the institutions that greatly contribute to the communities they serve. Mike Sweet, President of Ben E. Keith Foods says, “ We need to support our industry more than ever. And there is no better way to support that than…Eat Local. Eat Often.”
The Innovation Hub is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Arkansans by inspiring innovation and expanding opportunities. Since the Hub’s opening in 2014, our state-of-the-art facilities have provided tools and training to entrepreneurs, students and other makers, preparing them to join and grow Arkansas’s economic ecosystem.
We see an Arkansas where, regardless of demographic identifiers or geographic location, Arkansans are generating and inspiring innovation in cutting-edge technology, business, and creative fields. The Innovation Hub uses tools, skills, and expertise to inspire innovators and entrepreneurs who expand the range of educational and economic opportunities for themselves, for their communities, in our state and throughout the world.