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Team Member Spotlight:
Julie Coe

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Julie Coe, Bear State’s VP and Fair Lending Manager.

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Team Member Spotlight:
Anna Hitchcock

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Anna Hitchcock, Bear State’s Quality Control Supervisor.

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Team Member Spotlight:
Lauren Johnson

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Lauren Johnson, Bear State’s Senior Vice President, Product & Experience Specialist.

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Team Member Spotlight:
Dixie Kreager

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Dixie Kreager, Bear State’s Vice President, Collections/Asset Recovery.

Career, Home, Local Stories

So You Want to
Open a Brewpub

Crisis is the norm when you and your spouse change careers while moving from Fayetteville to Chicago to Denver and back to Fayetteville…all in a four-year period. This month on So You Want to Start, we sat down with Sean and Liz to ask the heady question: what does it take to open a brewpub?

Bear Bites, Education, Home

Beer by the Numbers

Last fall was a milestone in the brewing arts as the 5,000th brewery opened in the U.S. That’s an all-time high, surpassing the previous record set in 1873, long before consolidation and Prohibition transformed the industry. Today there are over 5,300 breweries, a stark contrast to the 1980s, when there were fewer than 100 brewing operations. Read all about it in Beer by the Numbers!

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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.

Financial Tips, News

The Equifax Security Breach – What You Should Know

As you may be aware, Equifax recently announced a large data breach of their systems that is expected to impact over 143 million consumers. While this is not a breach associated with Bear State Bank, we strive to protect our customers through information and education. Bear State Bank places the highest priority in the security of your accounts and information.

Home, Stories

Team Member Spotlight:
Julie Coe

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Julie Coe, Bear State’s VP and Fair Lending Manager.

Home, Stories

Team Member Spotlight:
Anna Hitchcock

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Anna Hitchcock, Bear State’s Quality Control Supervisor.

Home, Stories

Team Member Spotlight:
Lauren Johnson

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Lauren Johnson, Bear State’s Senior Vice President, Product & Experience Specialist.

Home, Stories

Team Member Spotlight:
Dixie Kreager

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Dixie Kreager, Bear State’s Vice President, Collections/Asset Recovery.

Home, Stories

Team Member Spotlight: Eric Williams

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Eric Williams, IT-Desktop Support for Bear State Bank.

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Team Member Spotlight:
Kristin Amaya

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. This week we’re featuring Kristin Amaya, Bear State’s Senior Vice President, Education Director

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.

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, News

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.

Education, Events

Sip it Forward. Kindness by the Cup

Bear State teamed with Westrock Coffee of Little Rock to provide complimentary coffee for returning students across Arkansas’s college campuses.

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