Arkansas' Long History of Legendary Entrepreneurship

January 8, 2021


Arkansas' Long History of Legendary Entrepreneurship

Ever wonder how Arkansas became a powerhouse for some of the world's largest companies? In a cover story for Arkansas Inc, Ron Starner discusses the "meteoric rise" of the state's founding visionaries and the those paving the way today.

  • Starner mentions that early entrepreneurs found difficulty from 1940 to 1955, when the state lost about 13 percent of its population as Arkansans moved away for job opportunities.
  • However, that all changed when Winthrop Rockefeller founded the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission, through which he recruited 600 companies and more than 90,000 jobs to the state. -Arkansas Inc
  • While Walmart, JB Hunt and Tyson are the most recognizable names in Arkansas today, Starner says the list goes on. In 2015, Jeston George founded Apptegy, which is one of the fastest growing educational tech companies in the US.
  • Read the full story HERE.

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