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February 2, 2023

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Bike Rack Brewing Co Hosts Ozark Innovators Networking Happy Hour

Startup Junkie Foundation

Connect with other local entrepreneurs during Startup Junkie's Ozark Innovators Networking Happy Hour this evening, Mar 1, in Bentonville. 

  • Craft libations and ideations: The Happy Hour will last from 5:30p to 7:30p at Bike Rack Brewing's Taproom in 8th Street Market. 
  • Make connections: The event is co-sponsored by BorderCode, a talent recruiter connecting European developers with American startups, and Innoflexion, a leading Silicon Valley software services, and product engineering company. 

Reserve your spot HERE


ASBTDC Offering March Training Sessions For Startups

University of Arkansas Global Campus

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) is offering several sessions in March to help small businesses start or grow their dream ventures. 

Find these free training opportunities and more HERE.


Listening Forest Reopens Tonight At Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The interactive Listening Forest returns tonight to light up the forest around the art museum until the end of May, and that's just one of several engaging exhibits currently on display at Crystal Bridges.

  • Reliving Rivera: Uncover the social and cultural life of Mexico and America in Diego Rivera's America, the first major exhibition focused exclusively on Mexican artist Diego Rivera in over 20 years. 
  • Portraits: Explore American identities, human relationships, and current events through one of the 20th and 21st century's most celebrated photographers Annie Leibovitz.

See Crystal Bridges' full 2023 exhibition lineup HERE.


NWA Tax Revenue Jumps 8.66% Signaling Strong Start For 2023

NWA Daily

February's reports revealed that Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, and Springdale brought in a collective $10.052m in sales tax revenue, showing growth in the face of persistent inflation and higher prices.

  • A good start: Despite a 0.44% decline in Rogers, the cities are up 8.66% over last year collectively, with Bentonville seeing the most significant increase at 22.17%.
  • Great off the blocks: City leaders expect consumer spending to slow as inflation persists, but a solid start to the year puts most on track for the yearly budget.

Read more from Talk Business & Politics HERE.

Restaurant News

Slip Into Something Different at Lady Slipper in Downtown Bentonville

NWA Daily

Last week we were able to visit the highly anticipated Lady Slipper in Downtown Bentonville, and it thoroughly exceeded our expectations.

  • Come and find me: A speakeasy lounge and restaurant situated in the basement of Bentonville’s historic Massey building, its unassuming location invites you to find it for yourself.
  • Stay a while: Once underground, you're exposed to a tasteful selection of drinks, food, and art. Some of our favorites were the meat and cheese board and their namesake Smash Burger, all chased down with one of their signature cocktails.

For some date night or after-work happy hour ideas, you should check out their IG HERE.

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