These 12 Business Success Stories Began in Arkansas

If you ever find yourself at a gathering full of Forbes 500 types, you can call out the name “Stephens” or “Walton” or “Murphy” and get a nod of recognition for these prominent business names who found their start in the Natural State. Of course the political-minded Rockefellers brought their New York City money to Arkansas and helped spread their vast fortune around the state (and consequently the equally political-minded Clintons took their Arkansas money to New York City over half a century later), but nothing quite beats those who built their business from the ground up by themselves in Arkansas.

Arkansas has numerous credits in the business world and these are just a few names to show off. A growing number of local restaurants, bakeries, and locally-owned arts/crafts stores around the Natural State are gaining nationwide recognition as well!