University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Center for Business & Economic Research


Located in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the Center provides 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.

Quarterly Business Analysis

The program builds networks of leaders from business, academic and governmental sectors in the region while addressing business highlights of the previous quarter, key economic trends and projections and immediate and long-term issues facing the regional and state economy.

 


Quarterly Business Analysis

 Mervin Jebaraj, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, presented the regular Quarterly Business Analysis on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Networking and registration began at 11:00 am and the program is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Fayetteville, 1325 North Palak Drive.

 "The program will took a look at new economic data, tax cuts, tariffs, interest rate adjustments and other factors and at their effect on short-term and long-term growth for the nation, Arkansas and the region," Jebaraj said. "Even in a growing economy, changes in policy and a daily flow of new information can shift the economic outlook." The program also took a deep dive into what kind of pressure Northwest Arkansas' growing population is putting on affordable housing in the region.

Registration Information:

The cost for the Quarterly Business Analysis program and luncheon is $40.

Preregistration by Friday, May 18, is required. Reservations can be made for the luncheon here or call 479-575-4151.

 

  Event is at Capacity

Business Forecast 2018

Program
2018 Business Forecast Luncheon Program
Presentations

Mervin Jebaraj, Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research
Michael Milken, Chairman of the Milken Institute   

Business Forecast 2018 The 24th Annual Business Forecast Luncheon was held on January 26, 2018 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Arkansas. The luncheon brings national and international experts to discuss the economic outlook for Arkansas, the nation, and the world. The sold out event had over 1,100 in attendance, focusing on current and future trends in the economy. Mervin Jebaraj presented the economic outlook for the state and highlighted challenges and opportunities for Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas. Milken Institute Chairman, Michael Milken, was the keynote and spoke about rebuilding the American dream. Ross DeVol, Walton Fellow and former chief research officer for the Milken Institute, moderated a question-and-answer session with Milken following his speech.

 

Business Forecast Speakers 2018

 

 2017 State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report

State of the Region ReportThe Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, in collaboration with the Northwest Arkansas Council, released the seventh annual State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report on Oct. 3, 2017. The report was released during the luncheon program at the Northwest Arkansas Board of Realtors Event Center at 314 N. Goad Springs Road in Lowell. Speakers at the event included Nelson Peacock, the Northwest Arkansas Council's new president and CEO, and University of Arkansas economist Mervin Jebaraj, interim director of the U of A's Center for Business and Economic Research, and University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph E. Steinmetz, the Northwest Arkansas Council's presiding co-chair. Nelson Peacock, president and CEO since July 2017, discussed the council's regional goals and addressed the need to expand efforts to attract federal funding for basic research to enhance support for local entrepreneurs helping grow and diversify the region's economy. Jebaraj outlined the economic highlights in the report, as well as economic data and statistics from the Center for Business and Economic Research's Quarterly Business Analysis. For additional information about the report and the center, please contact us at cber@uark.edu or 479-575-4151. 



Our Center in the News

 View Archive

 

 

New & Noteworthy

Quarterly Business Analysis Luncheon Set for May 24 in Fayetteville

Quarterly Business Analysis Luncheon Set for May 24 in Fayetteville

Mervin Jebaraj, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, will present the regular Quarterly Business Analysis on Thursday, May 24.

Read more

Jebaraj Named Director of Center for Business and Economic Research

Jebaraj Named Director of Center for Business and Economic Research

Mervin Jebaraj has been named director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas following a national search. His new role begins effective Jan. 1.

Read more

Jebaraj Named Employee of the Second Quarter by Walton College

Jebaraj Named Employee of the Second Quarter by Walton College

Mervin Jebaraj, assistant director in the Center for Business and Economic Research, has been named employee of the second quarter by the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Read more