Crafty Youngins’ Create Hope – People Helping People Series

Friday, August 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

“As a parent, I don’t know if there’s anything better than watching your kids become better than you are,” said Robin Young, the mother of three children who are dedicated to helping their community. “I don’t really remember a time where the kids weren’t interested in giving back to others.”

Robin’s children are entrepreneurs who give back to their community.

According to the middle “Youngin’” Tristan, this all started back in April 2016. They create a variety of products like bags, canvases, prints and wooden artworks.

 “We wanted to help others who weren’t as fortunate as we are,” Tristan said.
The Young kids feature one charity per month and give back 12 percent.

 “We’ve been in business for about two years now and we’ve given about $1,000,” the oldest, Caleb said.

“The products are mostly a group effort,” Caleb said. “We’ll all think up an idea and my dad and I will work on the designs.”

The kids’ dad, Bryan, owns a sign and graphics digital printing company, according to Robin. The shop allows the kids to print canvas, make note cards and vinyl prints.

“I’m grateful for my parents because without them we might not be able to own a business,” Tristan said. “Our dad teaches us how to do things and our mom comes up with the ideas.”

The youngest “Youngin’” is Alyssa and she believes they can make a difference in the world. “We see the need to help other people because we don’t want them to be hurt or left alone,” Alyssa said.

Caleb said what keeps them motivated is knowing they are helping people who are abused or scared. They help charities like the Children’s Safety Center.

“It’s so great to see the Young family out in the community helping others,” said Emily Fisher, Children’s Safety Center development director. “It’s all about kids helping kids and it’s just a really neat way to give back and they’re also learning business skills at the same time.”

According to Alyssa, the siblings rely on each other for help. “We’re very supportive of each other so if one needs help, the other two will help them,” Alyssa said. For Robin, having the children run their own business has allowed her to teach them things they would not normally know. She said she teaches them that they can be part of the solution or part of the problem.

“You know they just believe that they really can make a difference. And they are determined to be part of the solution,” Robin said.

Watch* the Young family in action.

The Young family’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community.

Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.

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Tags: Arkansas, Fayetteville, People Helping People

Shop for a Cause on May 25 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tuesday, May 23 at 06:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Love, Hope & Cure Designs will be holding a Shop For A Cause day on May 25 with 10 percent of their sales going to 1 Million Meals. They are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are located at 2820 E. Millennium in Fayetteville, Ark.

Love, Hope & Cure was founded by Cindy Johnson with the intention of giving back to the community and helping those in need. They offer t-shirts from Southern Trends, jewelry, purses, scarves, candles, fun beverage glasses and much more!

Cindy shares the Love, Hope & Cure story …
Our story begins the day God blessed us with the birth of our first baby, a beautiful baby girl we named Evie. Under most circumstances this first sentence would suggest the beginning of a normal, healthy life for a child who is loved and for whom there are many hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Within days, Evie’s whole body began to shake. This turned into many trips to hospitals. Actually as I look back, hospital visits and long stays across the country became second nature to us. Our focus then was a diagnosis. We searched hard! 
It took us 22 years to find out our angel had CDKL5. It is a very rare disease. Please visit* to know about CDKL5. Awareness is a big part of our mission. Although Evie cannot move without supervision, she is the light of our life. And even though she cannot talk, her gentle spirit, soft in nature shines the light of beauty wherever she is.  
We were desperate parents. If you’ve ever had a child and you’ve tried everything to help them without success – you know what crazy is. We spent most of our lives trying to find a diagnosis and even just how to help her. We traveled the country, read, studied and loved – that was all we knew how to do. Twenty-two years later we found her diagnosis; there was no cure.  
What we learned from Evie. Through it all – the needles, the seizures, the trips, the noise, the siblings, the lack of sleep, the help, the diapers, the feeding tube, the surgeries, and the list goes on – we focused on trying so hard to solve all the problems. One day we realized we had succeeded at one thing – we loved.  
I remember looking at Evie, and asking God – what do we do? And I knew then – what was important was to focus on her beauty. Evie is a beautiful girl, but we mean her inside beauty which has triumphed over clumsy parents, desperate parents and searching parents. Her inside beauty finally allowed us to realize we were doing everything we could. We could finally crawl into bed at night and know that she knows we get it – because she smiles.  
Love, Hope & Cure Designs – what is it and why bling and beauty? Evie taught us about beauty; she taught us how to love without condition. We know surface beauty is just that, but we also know that there are many who suffer, whether it is an individual with a disability, an injured soldier, a child battling cancer, a couple who has tried everything to have a child, an individual taking care of their parent with Alzheimer’s, and the list goes on and on. 
So many individuals have different issues, different situations and different causes that need our support. Their issues can cause them to just feel a little defeated. They might just need a little hug from a scarf, a little bling to lift their spirits, or a sweet gift from a friend to carry them through the rough time. Or, you might be buying pretties. We wanted to find a way that people could buy bling and beauty or a sweet gift and in doing so pass on the greatest gift of hope a person could give – a blessing in honoring their cause.  Love, Hope & Cure Designs is a boutique for a cause! We reach out to you for support. Please help us honor Evie and the thousands like her, who un-selfishly serve in ways they never thought possible.   
Giving back is the reason Love, Hope & Cure was founded and 1 Million Meals is just one of many local initiatives they donate to.   

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Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Fayetteville

Jennings Named Rural Missouri Inc. Member

Monday, May 01 at 05:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest loan manager in Fayetteville, Ark. is an active small business proponent.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank’s Eileen Jennings has been named a member of Rural Missouri Inc. (RMI).

RMI is a community development corporation based in Jefferson City, Mo., that has announced plans to partner with banks in 10 Arkansas counties to provide SBA 504 loans. The 504 program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration provides financing for major fixed assets such as equipment and real estate.

RMI has delivered SBA 504 loans for more than 30 years, leveraging more than $1.7 billion in financing and creating more than 19,000 jobs, according to the company.

Jennings was elected at RMI’s annual membership meeting April 27-28. Additionally, she will serve on RMI’s Jefferson City, Mo. Loan Review Committee.

Jennings is a senior vice president and area loan manager for Arvest in Fayetteville. She began her career at Arvest in 2004 and has held numerous positions. In addition to launching an internal education effort aimed at helping bankers better understand commercial customers, Jennings was named the 2016 Commercial Banker of the Year by the Central Arkansas Chapter of The Risk Management Association. She also is a board member for Northwest Arkansas Land Trust.

Eileen is a true champion for small businesses. Her commitment to seeing them succeed is remarkable, and she will do a fantastic job for Rural Missouri Inc.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Biz, Associates, Business Banking, Community Support, Equipment Finance, Fayetteville, Missouri

Q&A with Jimmie Conduff with LifeSource for 1 Million Meals

Tuesday, April 25 at 06:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
We are thrilled to be partnering with LifeSource International* for our seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative to raise one million meals for local hungry children, the elderly and others. LifeSource has been serving people throughout Northwest Arkansas for 15 years.

To learn more about the organization, we caught up with Jimmie Conduff, executive director of LifeSource, who is dedicated to strengthening the community by providing customized assistance to families in need.

What’s your involvement with LifeSource, and how did you get started?
In 2002, Ernie Conduff founded LifeSource International. Jimmie’s passion for helping others has been his foundation since the conception of LifeSource. He shares his passion for helping others and the community with his father who recently stepped down as executive director just over a year ago. As the new executive director, Jimmie manages the day-to-day operations and programs which include: a food and clothing pantry, senior lunches twice a month, monthly community outreach meal, free year-round program of quality care for children from kindergarten through high school, counseling and adult education classes.
What’s a compelling experience you’ve had during your time with LifeSource?
“I LOVE the work I do because compelling experiences are almost the norm. Seeing children who are struggling in school catch up with their peers and at times exceed them is enormously gratifying,” said Conduff. “I enjoy working with the many volunteers who come to help their neighbors in need.” 
Students from the University of Arkansas volunteer regularly to tutor students after school. People from all ages and backgrounds show up to stock the pantry, clean the kitchen, sort through donations and help with a myriad of other jobs. 

“They do whatever we ask, willingly and with great spirit and heart. I’ve been touched more than once to see a person who was a child in our Kid’s Life program show up as an adult, wanting to volunteer and give back. I have found that being able to give to others is indeed a gift to our own hearts and souls,” Conduff said in regard to his love and passion of helping others.

How can people get involved with the LifeSource?
LifeSource can always utilize volunteers if you have a passion for helping others and would like to get involved and give back to the community. Throughout the year LifeSource has fundraisers that offer unique opportunities to get involved that include Empty Bowls, Canned Food Camp Out and the annual LifeSource gala. Extra hands are always welcome to assist with tutoring, resume preparation, budgeting, serving lunches, sorting donations and helping during fundraising events. And of course, monetary donations are always welcome.

We’d love to have you involved in our 1 Million Meals initiative to help LifeSource International* and our other food partners.  

Four Easy Ways to Donate:
  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523. Funds will be drawn directly from your Arvest account.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, P.O. Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Donate in a Branch – Stop by your local Arvest Bank branch. Cash and check contributions accepted.
  • Donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ – Customers can redeem points for a 1 Million Meals donation. Log in at, and click on the banner for 1 Million Meals to get started!
We’ll Donate $1 Each Time You:
  • Follow us on Instagram.
  • Like or share our 1 Million Meals Facebook posts.
  • Retweet our 1 Million Meals tweets on Twitter on April 21 and May 10.

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Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Fayetteville

Fayetteville Chamber Style Show April 28 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Thursday, March 23 at 06:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Join us Friday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and Style Show. The event will be held at The Chancellor Hotel located at 70 N. East Ave. in Fayetteville, Ark.

Local boutiques, independent designers and several stores from the Northwest Arkansas Mall are participating. Two of Fayetteville’s newest non-profit boutiques – Love, Hope and Cure Designs and Beautiful Lives Boutique – will be featured.

Starting this year, the theme of the show will be "style of leadership." In honor of this theme, the first ever Sarah Jessie Young Award will be presented to a remarkable woman who is an outstanding leader in our community. Sarah Jessie Young was one of the first female business owners in Fayetteville. Young opened her photography studio in the late 1800s.

Event Information:
  • Vendor Booths: 11 a.m.
  • Lunch & Show: 11:30 a.m.
Ticket Information:
  • Tickets: $50 per single ticket
  • Tables: $350 (seating for 8)
Tickets can be purchased on the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce website* or by calling (479) 521-1710. Invite friends and come join us once again for great fun, food, fashion, door prizes and swag bags.
If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Irwin at or (479) 521-1710. We look forward to seeing you there!
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Fayetteville

Skyline Report Finds Active, Balanced Residential Real Estate Market in Northwest Arkansas

Friday, March 10 at 07:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Significant increase in absorption matches increase in permits.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank today released the residential real estate market Skyline Report results for the second half of 2016 in Northwest Arkansas. The report noted an almost equal increase in building permits issued, with a 37.0 percent increase over the same period in 2015, and new homes being occupied showing a 37.6 percent increase.

Significant absorption of new homes led to the lowest level of remaining months of unbuilt lot inventory, 35.1 months, since the inception of the Skyline Report in 2004.

“Given the increase in building permits we’ve seen during the past twelve months, it is quite impressive that the absorption of newly constructed homes has kept pace,” said Kathy Deck, lead researcher for the Skyline Report at the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. “Overall the residential real estate market is as hot as we’ve seen it since the recession. Moving forward we will be paying attention to two issues that could slow down the pace of absorption – the forecasts for slower job growth in the area and the price of lots that are remaining, as this could limit builders’ ability to build the price of homes that are selling.”

There were 1,561 building permits issued in Benton and Washington counties in the first six months of 2016 and 1,574 new homes sold in the last six months of the year indicating good balance between the number of new homes being constructed and the number of new homes being purchased. In the second half of the year there were 1,638 permits issued, a 37.0 percent increase from the 1,196 permits issued during the same period of 2015.

The average sale price of homes sold during the period increased 7.4 percent from the same period in 2015 in Benton County, from $206,575 to $221,944. In Washington County, it increased 6.7 percent, from $189,093 to $201,804.

Centerton, in Benton County, has emerged as a hotbed of building activity. The number of building permits issued in Centerton from July through December was 208 – a 49.9 percent increase year-over-year and the third highest total of all cities in Northwest Arkansas. On the same note, there were 288 houses sold in the city during the period, a 46.9 percent increase over the same period in 2015.

“It is good to see the residential market being so active while also remaining well-balanced in terms of supply,” said Deck. “The market was equally hot prior to the recession, but at the end of 2006 there were more than 2,500 complete but unoccupied houses on the market and now there are fewer than 300. We hope that this balance is sustainable moving forward.”

“As Northwest Arkansas has continued to experience strong growth, we at Arvest have had the opportunity to help thousands of customers get into homes,” said Craig Shy, executive vice president and loan manager for Arvest Bank in Fayetteville. “During the next several years, expectations are that interest rates will rise slightly, but we keep reminding customers that even if rates increase slightly, they will still be very, very low from a historical perspective. The best news is that, in a balanced market like this, it is generally good for both buyers and sellers, as is evidenced by the large number of both new and existing homes that sold during the last half of 2016.”

The total number of new and existing homes sold in the last half of 2016 was 4,772 – a 12.1 percent increase from the 4,257 sold in the last half of 2015.

The Arvest Skyline Report is a biannual analysis of the latest commercial, single-family residential and multi-family residential property markets in Benton and Washington counties. The report is sponsored by Arvest Bank and conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in the Sam. M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

In 2004, Arvest Bank entered into a contract with CBER to collect information about the local real estate markets. CBER researchers aggregated and analyzed data from local governments, property managers, visual inspections and the business media to provide a complete picture of the status of property markets in the two counties.

The CBER provides excellence in applied economic and business research to federal, state and local government, as well as to businesses currently operating or those that desire to operate in the state of Arkansas. The center further works to improve the economic opportunities of all Arkansans by conducting policy research in the public interest.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Northwest Arkansas, Prairie Grove, Press Release, Siloam Springs, Skyline, Springdale

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