University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Quarterly Business Analysis Luncheon

The Quarterly Business Analysis 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, will present the regular Quarterly Business Analysis on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Networking and registration will begin 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 take 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 will take 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.


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State of Northwest Arkansas Region Report Release, Quarterly Business Analysis Set for Oct. 3

The 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, will release the seventh annual State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report on Oct. 3.

The 2017 report will be shared at a 90-minute luncheon program beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Northwest Arkansas Board of Realtors Event Center at 314 N. Goad Springs Road in Lowell. Attendees are welcome to arrive at 11 a.m. for networking.

Speakers at the event will include 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.

University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph E. Steinmetz, the Northwest Arkansas Council's presiding co-chair, will introduce the event and give remarks.

Nelson Peacock, who started as president and CEO in July, will discuss the council's regional goals and address the need to expand the effort to attract federal funding for basic research and to enhance the support for local entrepreneurs to help grow and diversify the region's economy. Jebaraj will outline the economic highlights in the State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report, as well as economic data and statistics from the Center for Business and Economic Research's Quarterly Business Analysis.


2017 State of the Region Report Released October 3, 2017


Mervin Jebaraj

Mervin Jebaraj, Interim Director, University of Arkansas Center for Business and Economic Research


Nelson Peacock

Nelson Peacock, President and CEO, Northwest Arkansas Council