Mamaka Bowls Bringing a Little California to Fayetteville

February 3, 2021

Local Government

Proposed Legislation Will Allow Marshallese to Serve as Law Enforcement

Representative Megan Godfrey is drafting legislation to allow members of the Marshallese community to serve as local law enforcement.

  • The Marshallese Law Enforcement Act would allow non-Immigrant, non-U.S. citizens to serve as officers.
  • Springdale Police Department Public Information Officer, Jeff Taylor, said the department is behind on inclusion standards. “We are behind it wholeheartedly, it would help with our recruiting. It would not lower our standards, but it would be a great addition to our department." -5 News
  • Godfrey said she is adding additional sponsors to the bill before sending it to the Legislative Committee for review, and the bill should be heard in the State Agencies Committee next week. -40/29 News

Business

KK Hudson's Mamaka Bowls: How this UA Student is Bringing the Beach to NWA

As the COVID-19 crisis rolls on, we're all looking to getaway, even if it means somewhere close to home. For 24-year-old KK Hudson, the constant longing to be near a beach preceded this year-long pandemic, and inspired her to bring a little sunshine to NWA locals.

  • When KK Hudson was a junior at the U of A, she started selling smoothie bowls out of her house in Fayetteville. When business picked up, she knew Mamaka Bowls was fated to outgrow her household operation.
  • Her final semester, the young entrepreneur secured a storefront on Prairie Street in Fayetteville, within walking distance of the Square. She has now expanded the local shop to locations in Waco and Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Hudson mentioned that the community of Fayetteville was particularly nurturing for young business owners. "Businesses in the community were excited about helping promote who we were... I could go on and on about how much I love Fayetteville!" she said.
  • In the Endeavor NWA 2021 Ecosystem Predictions Report, author Sarah Goforth mentions that much of NWA's startup growth may be attributed to younger generations of entrepreneurs.
  • "If you’re passionate about something, don’t hesitate... Stay focused
    on who you are and what you love and don’t be too quick to compare yourself to those
    around you," Hudson said.
  • Read the full story HERE.

Sports

Arkansas Athletics Dominate National Rankings

NWA Daily

Arkansas sports teams are taking the athletic world by storm, topping national rankings in basketball, soccer, track & field, gymnastics, and baseball.

  • Razorback Women's Basketball is now No. 16 in the nation, according to Associated Press Poll.
  • Arkansas Women's Soccer is starting the spring season in the No. 7 seat in the country, according to Top Drawer Soccer rankings.
  • Razorback Women's Track & Field hold on to their No. 1 ranking, while the Arkansas Men's Track & Field follows closely in the No. 2 spot.
  • The Gymbacks moved to No. 4 in the AA Rankings
  • The Arkansas Diamond Hogs are ranked No. 8 in the D1baseball.com preseason poll

Business

Walmart, Tyson Top the World's Most Admired Companies in 2021

NWA Daily

Three of Arkansas' top economic drivers have been named in Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies for 2021. Tyson Foods, Walmart and Murphy USA were all included in the list of over 300 companies.

  • The survey is provided by Fortune and Korn Ferry and recognizes company executives directors, and financial analysts to identify the companies that are well respected in their sector and industry. -5 News
  • Walmart ranked highest on the list, coming in at the No. 11 spot. In the General Merchandisers sector, Walmart came in behind No. 1 Target, but ahead of Costco Wholesale.

  • Murphy USA had the second-highest ranking for an Arkansas company, at No. 218 overall.

  • Springdale giant Tyson Foods made the 305th spot on the list, but was the most admired in the Food Production sector. -Arkansas Money & Politics

Real Estate

NWA Home Sales Up 13% in 2020

NWA Daily

In 2020, regional home sales in NWA increased almost 13 percent from the previous year. In Benton and Washington counties, real estate agents sold a combined 12,004 residential properties according to data from Northwest Arkansas Board of Realtors (NABOR).

  • That's up 12.8 percent from a total of 10,645 properties sold in 2019.
  • Unit sales in the area, provided by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, were up 6.3 percent in 2019 and 1.3 percent in 2018, followed by annual gains of 7.7 percent in 2017 and 9.1 percent in 2016. -Talk Business & Politics
  • Home sale values rose to $3 billion for the first time last year, and the median price of a home in NWA rose 9.9% to $229,500 in 2020.

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