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Simmons First selects new investment officer

Simmons First selects new investment officer

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - April 9, 2012 - Simmons First National Bank recently announced the addition of S. Owen McNulty as Raymond James Financial Advisor and Simmons First Investment Officer for Simmons First Investor Services according to J. Thomas May, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simmons First National Bank.

McNulty holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from The University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee and previously served as a Financial Advisor prior to joining Simmons First Investor Services. McNulty will make his office at the Simmons First Highway 10 Financial Center located at 14220 Cantrell Road in Little Rock.

Owen has 12 years investment experience and serves on the Pulaski County Youth Services Advisory Board.

Downtown Network Training set for March 20 in Pine Bluff

Downtown Network Training set for March 20 in Pine Bluff

LITTLE ROCK, AR—Main Street Arkansas will host a training session for Arkansas Downtown Network towns, featuring Randy Wilson of Community Design Solutions, in Pine Bluff on Tuesday, March 20, Main Street Arkansas Director Cary Tyson announced today. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

The training will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center at 211 W. Third St. in Pine Bluff. It will feature discussions on principles of good design, design as an agent for community change, mid-century alterations to historic buildings, and a “Walk and Learn” tour around downtown. For more information, call Samantha Evans at 324-9356 or email Samantha@arkansasheritage.org.  

Communities Helping A New Generation of Entrepreneurs, Inc. (CHANGE)

Communities Helping A New Generation of Entrepreneurs, Inc. (CHANGE)

Communities Helping A New Generation of Entrepreneurs, Inc. (CHANGE)

The small business development and money management workshop material that CHANGE, Inc. offers is now available online for youth and adults. The youth workshop activities are available on the Money Tree Website powered by the new Google sites feature. The Money Management and Entrepreneur Elements activities on this site are for youth ages 11-14 (Grades 6th-9th). To ensure that all of the activities are effective CHANGE, Inc. has connected with the "Family Economics and Financial Education Program" (FEFE) This is a program of the Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research at the University of Arizona. FEFE has granted CHANGE, Inc. full access to all of their lesson plans and activities to use for our youth website. 

 

UAPB, Chamber offer help for small business start-ups

UAPB, Chamber offer help for small business start-ups

UAPB Economic Research and Development Center to collaborate with Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce to offer FREE Pre-Conference Training Workshop

WHAT: The Pre-Conference Training will get your company ready for business matchmaking. Doing business with the government, large corporations, and business-to-business has helped many small companies grow and develop. The conference team will teach small businesses how to fulfill eligibility requirements. Offered at no charge, the training is strongly recommended for companies planning to participate in business matchmaking at the Arkansas Procurement Opportunities Conference on April 24, 2012 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

UAPB, City of Pine Bluff loan makes impact

UAPB, City of Pine Bluff loan makes impact

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - After operating for just over one year, UAPB and the City of Pine Bluff have proven that a locally-funded and managed micro-loan fund is an effective financial vehicle for spurring local economic development.

With a zero default rate, the program, capitalized at $140,000 with equal funding from the two partners, has made micro-loans ranging from $7,000 to $10,000 available to local small businesses.  With loan capitalization funding and operational support derived from a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under it Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, the Economic Research and Development Center (ERDC) and its Business Support Incubator (BSI) Program packaged all loans and provides technical assistance to the businesses.  Pine Bluff National Bank, through a servicing agreement, administers and services all loans.

Simmons declares 20-cent per share dividends

Simmons declares 20-cent per share dividends

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Simmons First National Corporation’s (NASDAQ-GS: SFNC) Board of Directors declared a regular $0.20 per share quarterly cash dividend payable April 2, 2012, to shareholders of record March 15, 2012. This dividend represents a $0.01 per share, or 5.3% increase over the dividend paid for the previous quarter.

Simmons announces fourth-quarter earnings

Simmons announces fourth-quarter earnings

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: SFNC) today announced net income of $6.3 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.37 for the quarter ended December 31, 2011.

J. Thomas May, Chairman and CEO, said, “Because the fourth quarter of 2010 included a considerable non-core net gain, there is a significant variance when comparing quarter to quarter earnings results. Obviously, there is a lot of noise in our fourth quarter comparative results due to the October 15, 2010, FDIC-assisted acquisition in Kansas. After taxes, the combined fourth quarter 2010 nonrecurring items from that acquisition contributed $9.7 million to net income, or $0.56 to diluted earnings per share. After adjusting for the acquisition, comparable core earnings for the fourth quarter 2010 were $6.9 million, or $0.40 diluted core earnings per share.”