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The Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business provides excellence in applied economic and business research to federal, state, and local government, as well as to businesses currently operating or those that desire to operate in the state of Arkansas. The Center further works to improve the economic opportunities of all Arkansans by conducting policy research in the public interest.

The Center was originally established as the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in 1943 to explore and report on economic, business, and social conditions in Arkansas. In addition to supporting research within the College, the Center supports economic development by providing economic and demographic data and analysis to business, government, and individuals.

Over the years, the Center has grown to become a well-known point for communications and exchange of ideas, research, publications and data for universities, businesses, government, and individuals. In addition, the Center serves as a focal point in providing assistance to faculty and students in experimentation with their ideas and techniques in both theoretical and applied research.

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Upcoming Events

    • Annual Walton College Block Party Aug. 27
      The Sam M. Walton College of Business is hosting its 22nd annual Walton College Block Party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Shollmier Plaza, to welcome students to campus.
  • Talk Business:  Economic developers hear of workforce 'emergency', superproject amendment changes
  • Arkansas News:  Survey:  Many Arkansans delaying major purchases
  • Times Record:  Business Briefs: Arvest survey results coming; Arkansas ‘jobs now’ summit set Sept 23
  • Newton County Times:  Deck to speak at economic update breakfast
  • Talk Business:  Arkansans positive about personal finances, negative on business future
  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal:  Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans have debts, saving rates similar to region
  • Arkansas Business:  Arvest Consumer Survey: Many Arkansans delaying major purchases
  • The City Wire:  Arkansans plan to save more, spend less with conservative outlook
  • Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  City bids farewell to chief  [subscription required]
  • Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  UA students settle in for semester [subscription required]
  • Northwest Arkansas Times:  United way leaders speak to northwest Arkansas business leaders; campaign starts Aug. 28  [subscription required]
  • Northwest Arkansas Times:  Hunt Ventures Breaks Ground On 10-Story Office Building
  • The City Wire:  Arkansas workforce, employment numbers decline in July
  • Northwest Arkansas Times:  Hunt ventures breaks ground on 10-story office building[subscription required]
  • Northwest Arkansas Times:  United Way Leaders Speak To Northwest Arkansas Business Leaders  [subscription required]
  • The City Wire:  2014 NWA Business Expo participants positive about economic conditions
  • Times Record:  Weak consumer confidence report draws gubernatorial candidates' response [subscription required]
  • Talk Business:  Arkansas home sales still healthy with sales up 5%
  • Times Record:  Weak consumer confidence report draws gubernatorial candidates' response  [subscription required]
  • The City Wire:  Arkansas consumers see favorable short-term spending
  • Arkansas Business:  Arkansas less optimistic than Oklahoma, Missouri in Arvest Consumer Survey 
  • 2013 State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report
  • Video: Report touts robust NWA Arkansas regional job growth
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    • Center for Business and Economic Research
      Willard J. Walker Hall 538
      Fayetteville, AR 72701
      (479) 575-4151  p
      (479) 575-7687  f