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Get to know...Amy Mills

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This week we wanted to take a moment to get to know Amy Mills, Executive Broker for Steve Fineberg & Associates. Q: Amy, where are you from? A: I was born in Chicago and lived in the suburbs of Chicago before moving to Breckenridge, Colorado in 2000. After spending 5 years in Breckenridge I moved to Bentonville. Q: How long have you worked for Steve Fineberg & Associates? A: I came on board in January of 2006, so just over six years. Q: What interested you in becoming a real estate broker? A: I saw how easy it was and…
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Get to know... Steve Fineberg

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We have decided to pause the next few weeks and highlight the faces of our team. Each of our staff members brings a unique and wonderful vision to our company. You may know them professionally already, but we would also like to take a moment for them to share about themselves. We are very fortunate to have such a great team of individuals. Gratefully, Steve ___________________________________ This week we are getting to know the man behind the company name: Steve Fineberg We all know that Steve Fineberg is President and Broker of Steve Fineberg & Associates. Many of us have…
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Kibitz with Steve Fineberg, President of Steve Fineberg & Associates

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I want to thank each of the leader participants who took the time and effort to give us a brief discussion of their view of the area which is their specific focus. For those who did not have the opportunity to visit these brief discussions, you will find them here at our blog. I believe that you will find them interesting and informative. This brings me to my recent thoughts below. Northwest Arkansas is just an amazing place to live, work and play, and so much of our individual success, in whatever the field we may participate, is interdependent and…
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Kibitz with Julie Petree of United Way of Northwest Arkansas

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This week we had an opportunity to chat with Julie Petree, Manager of Marketing and Communications for United Way of Northwest Arkansas. We felt it important that in a blog series centered around economic development and business growth that we also highlighted the impact that businesses are also having through their corporate giving efforts. Thanks, Julie, for taking time to chat with us! Tell us about the mission of United Way, and how many organizations are supported through your efforts. How do I put into a few words what United Way of Northwest Arkansas (UWNWA) is all about? UWNWA’s mission…
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Kibitz with Gary Comiskey of the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce

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This week we were able to chat with Gary Comiskey, Director of Economic Development and Membership for the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce. Gary joined the Siloam Chamber this past fall, and has already hit the ground running. We are very excited to hear about what is happening in that corner of Northwest Arkansas. Thank you, Gary, for taking time to chat with us this week! What type of growth has Siloam Springs seen this past year and what can we expect to see in 2012? While the economy has certainly affected our community, Siloam Springs has continued a slow…
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Kibitz with Tom Ginn of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce

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This week we chatted with Tom Ginn, Vice President of Economic Development for the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce. We appreciate his insight on some of the current and projected happenings here in Bentonville. Thank you for taking time to chat with us this week, Tom! What major growth did you see in 2011? We have seen mostly growth within our larger companies, with a good dose of small/entrepreneurial business growth. The overall jobs have not increased, as some businesses are running out of reserve capital waiting for the economy to improve, and not hiring more folks. What growth do…
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Kibitz with Steve Cox of the Rogers/Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

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Over the holidays, we had a chance to catch-up with Steve Cox, Director of Economic Development with the Rogers/Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. In our "chat" with him, we learned many exciting things that have been happening within Rogers and Lowell in 2011, and what is expected now that we are rolling into 2012. Thank you, Steve, for taking time to kibitz with us! What trends have you seen in 2011 in terms of business growth, job creation, and development in Rogers? One of the best things to happen for Rogers in 2011 was the passing of the $135 million…
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Kibitz with Kelly Johnson of XNA

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This week we were able to catch up and chat with Kelly Johnson, A.A.E. - Airport Director/NW Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA). We are grateful for her taking time to tell us about Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport's (XNA) plans, growth, and predictions. XNA (Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport) continues to expand and grow - can you tell us about some of the recent and planned expansions? In 2011 the airport completed two major projects-the addition of an 11 gate upper level concourse ($21.5 million dollars) and the construction of an alternate landing surface (38.5 million dollars). What trends has XNA seen the…
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Kibitz with Mayor Bob McCaslin of Bentonville, Arkansas

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This week we were able to chat with Mayor Bob McCaslin, Mayor for Bentonville, Arkansas. We appreciate all he does to make Bentonville such a wonderful place to live and work. Thank you for taking time to chat with us this week! What have you seen as far as job creation in Bentonville this year? The City does not track jobs but we do track utility customers. Utility customers continue to grow at an annual rate of +/- 3%. What do you predict in terms of growth for 2012? We are projecting 2012 growth at 3%. How is the Crystal…
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Kibitz with Trish Kalbas-Schmidt of the Small Business and Technology Development Center

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This week we had an opportunity to chat with Trish Kalbas-Schmidt, Marketing and Training Director for the University of Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. She is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing training and educational activities for small business owners in Northwest Arkansas. Trish also coordinates media relations and marketing efforts on behalf of the SBDC and its’ training seminars in an effort to cultivate lasting relationships with potential supporters such as commercial loan officers, local chambers of commerce, and community professionals. What does the Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center do in Northwest Arkansas? As part…
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Kibitz with Kerry Jensen, Executive Director for Main Street Rogers

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This week we had the opportunity to chat with Kerry Jensen, Executive Director at Main Street Rogers. Many thanks to Kerry for taking time to kibitz with us about all the amazing things going on in Downtown Rogers. Kerry, we hear Downtown Rogers has some exciting things in store this season - what can you share? Well, there are many exciting things, but one of the most exciting is something we as an organization are rolling out in January, our new slogan/campaign for 2012: Shop, Dine, & Explore We have spent the past couple years working on how we wanted…
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Kibitz with Kathy Deck of the Center for Business and Economic Research

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This week we were honored to kibitz (chat) with Kathy Deck, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas Kathy, a nationally recognized economist, was very gracious in sharing her insight on what we can expect to see in the coming months and years here in Northwest Arkansas. What economic trends are you seeing here in NWA (as far as business development, job creation)? Job creation has been the story of the economic success of Northwest Arkansas since the 1990s. However, since the onset of the most recent recession, Northwest Arkansas has…
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Kibitz (chat) with Chung Tan, Manager of Economic Development for the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

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This week we had the wonderful opportunity to "chat" with Chung Tan, Manager of Economic Development for the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Chung has been a tremendous resource for us, and we are SO impressed by all she does to make Fayetteville a wonderful place to live, work, and play. We are happy to share her expertise on Fayetteville with you. What growth have you seen in Fayetteville in 2011? Growth in number of cars registered, growth in number of jobs, growth in number of new students enrolled in U of A, growth of multi-family residential projects. What growth do…
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Kibitz with Jill Wager of Crystal Bridges

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This week we had an opportunity to visit with Jill Wager, Corporate Relations Manager of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Like many in Northwest Arkansas, we are thrilled about its' opening this week, and were very grateful for the opportunity to "kibitz" with them this week: With the opening of the long-awaited Crystal Bridges right around the corner, what can Northwest Arkansas expect opening week? We are delighted to open the doors of Crystal Bridges this week to share the remarkable art, architecture, and nature. Those who have joined as Original Members have the opportunity for a sneak peek…
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Kibitz Means Chat

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We are excited to launch our first "blog series": Kibitz (chat) 1.0 The word kibitz in the Jewish community means to chat. In recent "chats" that we have had with various leaders in Northwest Arkansas, the idea grew that we needed to share their expertise with all of you. We needed to offer a platform where anyone in the world could search, learn, and understand the beautiful dynamics of the Northwest Arkansas region. Where many areas nationally are struggling in the midst of economic crisis, Northwest Arkansas has still continued to show growth and flourish. For the next twelve weeks,…
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Walmart U.S. Apparel office relocates to Bentonville

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Walmart U.S. Apparel office relocates to Bentonville In today's Walmart Memo - In Walmart U.S., we're getting back to the basics of our business, and our customers and associates are noticing. Over the past year, we've renewed our focus on Every Day Low Costs and Every Day Low Prices in order to really deliver, and today we're taking another step in that effort. Many of you will remember in early 2009 we announced that to make a play in fashion we moved our Apparel office to New York City in order to be at the "center of the fashion industry."…
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A Differentiation of Triple Net Leases and Gross Leases

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By Ida Fineberg, Broker & Co-Owner of Steve Fineberg & Associates The Commercial Lease – it conjures images of clauses, conditions, timelines and COSTS. The stipulations and conditions that ultimately become part of a lease are as varied and numerous as there are active leases. One of the most important parts of a lease is costs/fees and who pays what – the lessor/owner or the lessee/tenant – either way this part of the lease is one that deserves a look. Let’s look at the Tripe Net Lease. All property owners have, for the most part, three costs which are part…
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Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Hunger in Northwest Arkansas

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This past year we took some time to reflect and prioritize some issues that we felt were at the heart-strings of our organization. Each day we have an opportunity to work alongside businesses and individuals who help make our community a better place - a place that continues to grow and flourish. It is easy sometimes to forget that there are still many people in our community who really struggle, and although the agents and staff here at Steve Fineberg & Associates all contribute so much of their time and resources privately for various causes in our community, we realized…
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