By Bear State Bank

Team Member Spotlight:
Jessica Reese

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. Today we’ll feature Jessica Reese, Bear State’s Senior Vice President, Marketing Director. 

Team Member Spotlight:
Jennifer Maechler

Our team members. The Bear State difference. The Bear State values come alive through our team members’ everyday actions. Today we’ll feature Jennifer Maechler, Bear State’s Senior Vice President, Director of Central Operations.

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.

And They’re Off!

Residents of the Bear State looking for a diversion during the cold winter months and into the spring have the option of enjoying world-class thoroughbred racing at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. The season opens January 12 and runs through April 14. During this time, people from all over the south and beyond will come to Oaklawn to witness racing at its highest level.

Five to Follow with Mike Preston

Five to Follow asks Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston to share his five favorite media sites. A Florida native who held a similar position in that state, he was tapped for this job by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in March 2015.

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.

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.

Holidays Have You Feeling Blue?

Holidays have you feeling blue? We understand. The holidays aren’t always good times and cheer, at least not for all of us. Sometimes you just really want to get them over with and return to your everyday routine. If you need a useful distraction, we’ve got you covered! The Bear has some friendly advice for making it through, or possibly even enjoying, this holiday season.

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.

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.

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