Small businesses are the lifeblood of Arkansas. While the Natural State is known around the globe as the home of the world’s largest company, the nation’s largest meat processor and the second largest trucking company, it’s Arkansas’ small businesses that drive the economy and employ nearly half of all its employees.
While every Arkansas small business is essential in its own right, Arkansas Money & Politics has selected a few that span multiple industries and have demonstrated an ability to set the trends for future small businesses to follow. Most of these small businesses began with a single idea, fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit and have grown beyond all expectations. These companies and their owners and founders represent our 2018 small business trendsetters.