Business & Politics

Watch the Pitches

Watch the pitches this Thursday, March 31, at Texarkana's inaugural Pitch It Texarkana! Pitch It Texarkana was created by a group of Leadership Texarkana graduates and current students who joined forces. The competition focuses on igniting the entrepreneurial spirit and is specifically for Texarkana USA. The winner of the competition will win $5,000 and other prizes. … Pitch It Texarkana is turning strategic thinking into strategic doing. This unique Texarkana program aims to inspire startup companies and promote entrepreneurial synergy within our community.

Pitch It TXK!

Some of the most successful companies in America began with a single person and an idea. Thomas Edison had the right idea when he said, “I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.” Texarkana, USA is full of businesses that have started with a unique idea and a passion to grow our community. Maybe you have an idea that you feel would greatly benefit the community of Texarkana. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had a way to get a jump start on making that idea a reality?

Texarkana Money Makers 2022

Behind every successful individual you will likely find a trusted advisor—or team of them. For the best results you need a professional managing and advising your finances. Professional experts inform you about your options, help you explore new ideas and work with you to navigate the road ahead. Wherever you are in your financial journey, these local finance specialists can set you on a path toward a profitable future. For wealth management, investment management and financial strategy, invest with a Money Maker in the local area.

A Boozy Business

photo by Matt Cornelius
Dating back to ancient times, wine has been a mainstay of societies around the world. It was used for centuries for its medicinal properties and even now is chosen for its rich antioxidants. It may be selecting the perfect wine to complement their favorite dish for some. For others, it is a way to relax after a long day. Wine is celebratory and used to toast a bride and groom. It evokes feelings of romance, elegance and timelessness. Champagne, a sparkling wine, is used to christen new ships and launch them on their maiden voyage.

Grit and Determination

photo by Matt Cornelius
Colin Powell once said, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” Looking at the life of Greg Francis, you can see the truth of this sentiment brought to fruition. “This quote speaks volumes to me,” he said. “Getting up, being responsible and dedication are the things that get you what you want. You can dream of success, but if you do not put in the man hours to make it happen, then it won’t.” … Greg was born and raised in Texarkana with his mom, his dad and his brother Chad, who is ten years older.

(L-R) Racie Poindexter, Administrative Specialist for Industry Relations; Akili Moses Israel, Director of Industry Relations/Community Education; Amanda Lance, Director of Hempstead Hall and Workforce Development; Katherine Daniels, Technical Director for Hempstead Hall; John Gladden, Assistant Director of Hempstead Hall. photo by Matt Cornelius
Hempstead Hall is a 65,000 square-foot event venue and conference center that can be arranged to accommodate all types of events. In addition, the schools of Southwest Arkansas benefit from Hempstead Hall because it offers a secondary location for many kindergarten through twelfth grade events.

What Ifs? and What’s Next?

You hear the word through idle, blubbered small talk. You see the word on a flyer, scotch-taped, outside a window somewhere every day. You engage in posts about the word, maybe even share them. I am sure you have guessed the word I am referring to and are probably thinking the word right now—COVID-19. … The virus first rocked the United States in 2020. Since then, its tectonic plates have not stopped shifting, and society bares its tremors, trying to hang on, staying six feet apart, of course.

Life of the Party

photo by Molly Kendrick
In 1980, election officials came to Ashdown High School and registered students to vote, those of us who had attained legal age. I was excited to be all grown up, ready to make my own decisions and do my part as a proud American citizen. But as I stood there awaiting my voter registration card, the volunteer, without an utterance requesting party affiliation, took a rubber stamp and slammed a big red “Democrat” on my card. She then handed it back to me and abruptly turned to the next kid. I walked away wondering, “What just happened?

3 Keys to the Future

photo by Matt Cornelius
We have great opportunities to move our city forward in the future, but it’s going to take a collective effort from everyone to see major progress. We have identified three areas of focus to best accomplish this. 1. Community maintenance, 2. Planning, and 3. Communication are the areas where we need to get everyone on the same page. Even though all three areas of emphasis are separate, they are also all interrelated. … 1. Community maintenance is something we can all do to build pride in our community and lift the standard by which we live. This will start with leadership.

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