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.

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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!