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NWA Education Series: Walnut Farm Montessori School

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Walnut Farm Montessori School in Bentonville, Arkansas, is the first and only Montessori school in the state accredited by the American Montessori Society. Working with toddlers and elementary-aged children, Walnut Farm Montessori offers a mixed-age environment that emphasizes discovery, social sensibility, reasoning and imagination. Established in 1991, the Walnut Farm Montessori School provides students with a full Montessori Curriculum as well as enrichment programs in music, art and Spanish. With the mindset that learning is an experience, the Montessori philosophy adheres to the belief that education is a natural, interactive process between children and their environment. [caption id="attachment_4680" align="aligncenter" width="563"]…
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Weekly Recap

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Home Sales in Arkansas Large Markets Up Nearly 7% in First Half of 2015 The first half of 2015 ended strong for home sales in Arkansas’ four largest markets, with the number of homes sold up almost 10% and the value of the... Read the full article at Talk Business & Politics. 13 Art Trips You Need To Take One of our favorite things to do on a trip is to visit a top-notch museum, whether we see a blockbuster exhibit by an internationally known artist or we stumble upon a little-known institution with an exciting collection. Our Forbes Travel…
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Kibitz: Bentonville High School Students with Aspire Higher

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Aspire Higher is a student-led group that prepares students for college entrance exams and select AP courses at Bentonville High School. Learn More About Aspire Higher How did Aspire Higher begin? We wanted to use our free time wisely this summer. We discussed our AP experiences as juniors – the good and the bad – to determine how best to prepare for college. We created Aspire Higher to help other students advance their education.   What was it like spending an entire summer teaching? Teaching is hard work! We empathize with the teachers more than we did before. It takes…
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NWA Education Series: BHS Students Offer Free Tutoring Classes

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Last April, a handful of upperclassmen at Bentonville High School banded together to help fellow students prepare for college entrance exams. Each teacher holds an ACT test score of 32 (or higher – Shahul Alam landed a perfect score last year), but the students who run Aspire Higher have a lot more in common than test scores. These high achievers have encountered the red tape of taking advanced courses without prerequisites – and the cramming that comes along with it. Thanks to their parents, students and teachers, these students have gained a firm footing in the demands of AP-level coursework.…
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NWACC culinary school is moving to former Tyson factory in Bentonville

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Walton Family Foundation donates more than $15 million for project BENTONVILLE -- Grants totaling more than $15 million are reshaping Northwest Arkansas Community College's culinary program and fueling Bentonville's growing foodie culture. The school plans to move its Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program from a 14,800-square-foot space at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers to 27,500 square feet in the former Tyson Foods plant at 801 S.E. Eighth St. in Bentonville. The goal is to open in the new location for the fall 2016 semester...   **This is excerpted from Christie Swanson's article on the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.…
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Springdale, Arkansas' Nanomech Expands Warehouse Capacity

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NanoMech Inc. is expanding its storage and distribution capacity by leasing 12,000 square feet of additional warehouse and office space near its headquarters in the Springdale Technology Park. The company cites continued increasing demand for its products as reason for the needed additional warehouse capacity for shipping and logistics...   **This is excerpted from The City Wire Staff’s article on Talk Business & Politics. You can find the original located on Talk Business & Politics.
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NWA has Seven Times National Average of Corporate Office Jobs

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Benton and Washington counties enjoy a concentration of corporate home office jobs more than seven times the national average according to U.S. Census data tables. The number of jobs related to management of corporate enterprises is 703% higher in Northwest Arkansas than the nation as a whole. That number is so much higher than the rest of the nation because of the wide range of companies that have based their headquarters in Northwest Arkansas, from startups like Field Agent and CaseStack to legacy institutions like Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart, Simmons Foods and J.B. Hunt Transport... **This is excerpted from Kim Souza’s …
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New Arkansas Children's Hospital Announced to open in Springdale

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Initial investment of 37 acres from the Evans and George familiesimproves access to health care for kids (Springdale, Ark.) Arkansas Children's Hospital plans to build a new hospital campus in Springdale, ACH President and CEO Marcy Doderer announced Friday. The campus will be built on 37 acres donated by David and Cathy (George) Evans, Gary and Robin George and their families. This gift represents a historic investment in the future of pediatric health care in Arkansas... **This is excerpted from the Arkansas Children's Hospital. You can find the original located at the Arkansas Children's Hospital.
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Arkansas Children's Hospital to open in NW Arkansas

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Arkansas Children's Hospital is in the process of opening a Northwest Arkansas hospital, several sources, including doctors, tell the Arkansas Times. I've left a message with hospital spokesman Dan McFadden for confirmation and details... **This is excerpted from Leslie Newell Peacock's article on the Arkansas Times. You can find the original located at the Arkansas Times.
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NWA Education Series: Arkansas Arts Academy Unveils New Design Lab

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Since 2001, the Arkansas Arts Academy has grown into the second largest charter school in the state. The school offers programs from kindergarten through 12th grade, with open enrollment for any child within the Northwest Arkansas area. In addition to a strong academic curriculum, students are trained in mediums of art, drama, music and design. “We have the best waiting list we’ve ever had,” says Mary Ley, CEO of the academy. The excitement is evident in her voice. The first day of school is just around the corner, and the Arkansas Arts Academy staff has just completed professional development training…
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Receptionist / Admin Position Now Hiring

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We are looking for someone to join our office team as a receptionist/administrative assistant. The normal hours will be 10-5 pm Monday-Friday. However, this will also be a "fill-in" position and will occasionally be asked to work 8 am - 5 pm so the ideal candidate will be flexible. There is room for growth for the right person. Minimum Qualifications: • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.• Outgoing, friendly personality and excellent phone etiquette• Professional appearance• Verifiable work history (with minimal "gaps" and long term employment in past positions)• 3-5 professional references (preferably former employers/supervisors) Duties Include (but…
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Workout with the Razorbacks: The University of Arkansas HPER Facility

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Northwest Arkansas is home to many distinguished entities of national merit – Walmart, JB Hunt, Tyson, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – but perhaps the most revered of them all is the Razorbacks. The University of Arkansas is proudly represented by the wild hog we call the Razorback, and the fans that follow them are dedicated and passionate. The athletic teams compete in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and many competitors make national headlines. Some, like Arkansas freshman Alex George, who recently won the 5,000-meter run at the 2015 European Junior Championship, make global news. Cross country, track and field,…
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Commissioners Investigate Possibility of New Convention Center in Bentonville

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A new feasibility study* has recommended the development of a 254,100 square-foot convention center in Bentonville. According to Rob Hunden, president of Hunden Strategic partners, a convention center would meet Northwest Arkansas’s growing need for a larger event space. Additionally, he says, a convention center would attract new events such as consumer trade shows. David Lang, general manager at Embassy Suites, was reportedly "surprised" to hear of the study and its proposals. The Embassy Suites includes the John Q. Hammons Center, which is currently the largest convention space in Benton County at 72,147 square feet. Lang opined that it would…
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New Independent School to Open in Bentonville

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Bentonville, Northwest Arkansas Families to Benefit from World-Class Educational Option, Led by Dr. Clayton Marsh, Deputy Dean of the College at Princeton University BENTONVILLE, Ark. (July 23, 2015) – The Walton Family Foundation has announced plans to support the development of a new independent school in Bentonville. The institution will serve as a new educational choice for families in the Northwest Arkansas region. Dr. Clayton Marsh, currently the deputy dean of the college at Princeton University, will be the founding head of school effective January 2016. Dr. Marsh was selected for the position following an extensive national search. “When we…
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Things to Do in Northwest Arkansas: The Amazeum

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The Scott Family Amazeum Children's Science and Discovery Museum Betonville, Arkansas After a decade of planning, the much-anticipated The Scott Family Amazeum has opened its doors. The museum is named after former Walmart CEO, Lee Scott and his wife Linda, who gave unwavering support and leadership through the 10-year planning process. “Our board finds it most fitting to honor their gifts in this way,” says Molly Rawn, who serves as the director of development and communications at the museum. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, the Scott Family Amazeum was funded through years of fundraising, including a 1-to-1 matching contribution of…
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4 Tips for Budding Entrepreneurs

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Today, all you have to do is drive down a major road in Northwest Arkansas to see the Steve Fineberg & Associates name, but when it was founded in 2005 there was little more to it than a few telephones and a handful of hardworking people. Ida: It started out very humbly. At the very beginning, before we even had desks, people would sit on the floor, making cold calls. It was a lot of hard work and sheer determination. 1. If you don't have relationships, you don't have a business. As a professional, it's your job to create experiences…
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Things to Do in Northwest Arkansas: The Jones Center

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Rain or shine, in NWA there's always a place to play! Located in Springdale, Arkansas, The Jones Center weaves together the diverse community of Northwest Arkansas in a fun, family-orientated environment. The 220,000 square-foot building houses a conference center, a chapel, a swimming pool, an ice rink, and a fitness center. With coordinated community events and organized recreational teams, The Jones Center is a recreational hub for Northwest Arkansas residents of all ages and backgrounds. “The Jones Center provides a place for families to come together to have fun together. We provide programs that get the community active and offer…
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The Bella Vista Country Club and Golf Course: A Slice of the Ozarks

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Bella Vista is located at the pinnacle of Northwest Arkansas between Bentonville and the Missouri border. The village was established 100 years ago as a vacation and recreational retreat. Quiet countryside living and ample leisure amenities have traditionally attracted retirees, but as the Northwest Arkansas area continues to grow, Bella Vista is welcoming a new, more diverse population. Nowhere is this change more evident than at the Bella Vista Country Club and Golf Course. Kenny Walker, who works as a starter at the country club, moved to the area about 10 years ago, but he purchased his first Bella Vista…
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