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Daily Digest: January 20, 2020


Momentum Accelerator Aims to Empower Minority Women-Owned Businesses

Every business needs momentum to succeed. Some develop momentum through word-of-mouth or through a publicity campaigns. No matter what route entrepreneurs take, developing this momentum can be a difficult process on the way to success.

This is compounded for minority entrepreneurs, who may not have access to resources available to other business owners.

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Executive Shakeup at Walmart as Chief Merchant Departs

Walmart’s executive team is experiencing a shakeup as one of its top executives prepares to leave.

According to an internal memo sent to employees by Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner, Steve Bratspies will be leaving the Bentonville retailer. Bratspies has served as Walmart’s chief merchant, and he will be replaced by Scott McCall who leads Walmart’s entertainment, toys and seasonal division.

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David Glass, former Walmart CEO, dies at 84.


Increasing Literacy and Reading in Arkansas

Research tells us that 61 percent of low-income families have no age-appropriate books in their homes. Middle-income homes have an average of 13 books per child.

On average, children in poverty have been exposed to only 25 hours of one-on-one reading, compared to middle-class children who have been exposed to 1,000-1,700 hours of one-on-one reading. Only 48 percent of young children are read to daily.

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Nine appointed to Arkansas Healthcare Transparency Initiative Board.



Arkansas Hospitals Plan Major Overhauls Statewide

Arkansas’ health-care community is growing by leaps and bounds as health systems and healthcare providers from one end of the state to the other have announced expansions to their physical footprint and medical services.

In September, Conway Regional Health System broke ground on a three-story, $13 million medical office building on the northeast corner of the hospital campus.

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Bringing the “life” in “quality of life” to South Arkansas.


UCA Chemistry Department Receives $650K Grant for Low-Income, Diversity Program

National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) programhas awarded the University of Central Arkansas’ Department of Chemistry with a $650,000 to establish a program for low-income chemistry majors from diverse backgrounds.

UCA Department of Chemistry lecturer Faith Yarberry will be the lead for the program, serving as principal investigator for the “Fostering a Diverse Community of Future Chemists Through Scholarship Support, Peer Instruction, Mentoring, and Professional Development” program.

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Desperate Missouri State hoping to cash in on Petrino.

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