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Questions?
Roar Away!

Bears are intelligent, adaptable and curious, so you probably have questions about converting your accounts from Bear State to Arvest. Claw your way over to www.arvest.com/welcome for Q&As about your new banking partner.

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Bear State + Arvest

Change is in the Bear. As you’ve probably heard, our big change at Bear State is that we’re merging with Arvest Bank pending regulatory approval. What does this mean for you? This first Q&A should answer some of your more pressing questions.  We’ll be the first to admit that we don’t have all the answers today. We don’t even know all the questions yet. But not to worry, as we’ll be here with you through the transition and beyond. After all, Bears are fiercely loyal and adaptable!

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Team Member Spotlight:
Seneca Berry

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. Today we’re featuring Seneca Berry, Bear State’s Branch Coordinator.

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Team Member Spotlight:
Terri Coleman

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Terri Coleman, Bear State’s Director, Retail Operations.

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Team Member Spotlight:
Sarah Lowe

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Sarah Lowe, Bear State’s Market President. Read her full interview here!

Home, Local Stories

Five to Follow with
Reese Roberts

This month on Five to Follow, Bordinos General Manager Reese Roberts shares her five favorite media sites. If there is such a thing as a “service gene” then it must run in Reese Robert’s family. Her mother is general manager of a restaurant in Little Rock, her father once served as operations director of an outdoor mall, and her grandmother owns a bed & breakfast.

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Financial Tips, Home, News

Questions?
Roar Away!

Bears are intelligent, adaptable and curious, so you probably have questions about converting your accounts from Bear State to Arvest. Claw your way over to www.arvest.com/welcome for Q&As about your new banking partner.

Education, Financial Tips, Home

Till Debt Do Us Part. Part 6

Even after almost 20 years of marriage, I still feel weird about it sometimes – the difference between my income as a writer and my husband’s income as a salesperson for a technology company. They’re a bit different, and by “bit” I mean a lot. In this month’s Till Debt Do Us Part, read about the most common issues income inequality can create in a relationship.

Financial Tips, Home, Local Stories

So You Want to Start a Small-Town Pharmacy

Before there was Walmart the closest thing small towns had to a one-stop shop was the local pharmacy. Small town pharmacies like Sam Alexander’s on the Harrison Square were the go-to places for most everything other than clothes and groceries. Ever wonder what it takes to open a business? So You Want to Start profiles businesses and poses that very question.

Education, Financial Tips, Home

Mama Bears. Part 6

To donate or not to donate? That is the question. There are times when I’d like the answer to be “no,” simply because I’m saving for an end-of-year donation to a specific charity my husband and I have already discussed. But when my kids are with me—watching me answer the question—the answer is always “Yes, I’ll donate.” Read all about why giving kids the habit of giving is so important in Mama Bears Part 6.

Financial Tips

Illusionist Brings the Magic Back to Hot Springs Landmark

There’ll be a second act for the historic Malco Theatre on Hot Springs’ Central Avenue, thanks to master illusionist Maxwell Blade, who will reopen the renovated playhouse in November. Blade, who will stage his magic, comedy and music show at the venue, will join a long line of performers who have entertained on this span since the late 1800’s.

Career, Financial Tips, Local Stories

So You Want to Start a Dog-Grooming Business

With its self-service wash tubs, professional pedicures and custom grooming, Bark ‘N Paws is a one-stop shop for prettying up your pet. This month, So You Want to Start gets to the bottom of what it takes to start a dog-grooming business. Ever wonder what it takes to open a business? So You Want to Start profiles businesses and poses that very question.

Home, Stories

Team Member Spotlight:
Seneca Berry

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. Today we’re featuring Seneca Berry, Bear State’s Branch Coordinator.

Home, Stories

Team Member Spotlight:
Terri Coleman

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Terri Coleman, Bear State’s Director, Retail Operations.

Home, Stories

Team Member Spotlight:
Sarah Lowe

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Sarah Lowe, Bear State’s Market President. Read her full interview here!

Home, Stories

Team Member Spotlight:
Annette Leeth

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Annette Leeth, Bear State’s VP Electronic Funds Transfer & CORE Security Manager.

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Team Member Spotlight:
Tammy Ballard

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Tammy Ballard, Bear State’s AVP Treasury Management Operations Manager.

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Team Member Spotlight:
Denise Yarbrough

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Denise Yarbrough, Bear State’s VP Deposit Accounting Manager.

Events, Home, News

Bear State + Arvest

Change is in the Bear. As you’ve probably heard, our big change at Bear State is that we’re merging with Arvest Bank pending regulatory approval. What does this mean for you? This first Q&A should answer some of your more pressing questions.  We’ll be the first to admit that we don’t have all the answers today. We don’t even know all the questions yet. But not to worry, as we’ll be here with you through the transition and beyond. After all, Bears are fiercely loyal and adaptable!

Events, Home, Local Stories

All Irish Eyes are Smiling on Hot Springs

This weekend, Hot Springs will welcome over 30,000 people from the Bear State and beyond for the First Ever 15th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Smithsonian Magazine declared this celebration “The Quirkiest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Earth,” and Irish Central, an Irish media hub, named Hot Springs No. 8 among the Top 10 Spots in the World to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Events, News

Where Goeth The
Bear? Who Knoweth?

So Bear State Bank is merging with Arvest pending regulatory approval. Does this mean a prolonged hibernation for The Bear? Who knows, but let’s have some fun with it! That means a series of contests where you, fellow FOB (Friend of Bear), help us plan his unmapped future.

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An Announcement to Roar About

The Bear has some news to share, ok, roar about! An agreement has been signed where Arvest will acquire Bear State and come together as one customer-focused bank. Embracing change is a key part of who we are at Bear State and we couldn’t be more proud to join the Arvest family.

Events

The Bear Goes Pink for the Jonesboro Fundraising Race

Bear State Bank is going pink for the inaugural Komen North East Arkansas Race for the Cure® set for Saturday, May 6 at the Centennial Stadium on the ASU Campus in Jonesboro. Bear State is a Crystal Sponsor and a team of associates from our Jonesboro branches will run/walk in the race.

Events

Swing into Spring with the 34th Annual SpringFest

Fayettevilles SpringFest kicks off Saturday, April 15 with a 5K run, live music, arts and crafts booths and their signature event, the bed race up Dickson Street. See the schedule below for all the events.

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