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Arkansas Capital launches 2nd annual Battle of the Brands Tournament
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Arkansas Capital launches 2nd annual Battle of the Brands Tournament

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (ACCG) – The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group is hosting the 2nd Annual Battle of the Brands tournament, which is designed to shine a spotlight on the legacy and future of entrepreneurship in Arkansas. Nominations for brands to be included in the top 64 bracket are being accepted through February 21, and brands can be nominated at arksourcelink.com/brands.

All registered businesses in Arkansas that meet the following criteria are eligible for inclusion in the tournament:

  • The business or entrepreneurial roots must be here in Arkansas
  • Must show evidence of growth and innovation
  • Business must have been in business for at least one year
  • Businesses can be self-nominated or nominated by individuals with no affiliation to the business

Sixty-four companies representing some of the Arkansas’s most iconic brands and entrepreneurial upstarts will be randomly selected to fill the first tournament-style bracket. For each round, voters are encouraged to visit arksourcelink.com/brands during specific time windows to vote for their favorite companies and move them into the next round. The bracket of 64 will be whittled down to one entrepreneurial champion who can claim sole bragging rights as the “Emperor of Entrepreneurship” for Arkansas. The winner will be announced March 31.

Upcoming nomination/voting schedule:

  • Company nominations: January 21 – February 21
  • Round 1/Top 64: March 3-7
  • Round 2/Top 32: March 10-14
  • Round 3/Top 16: March 17-18
  • Round 4/Top 8: March 20-21
  • Round 5/Top 4: March 24-25
  • Final round/Top 2: March 27-28
  • Winner announcement: March 31

In 2013, the top four companies included Yarnell’s Premium Ice Cream, Whole Hog Café, The Twisted Purl, and Guillermo’s Gourmet Grounds. The Twisted Purl was crowned the champion of the competition.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the level of participation and response in last year’s first Battle of the Brands competition,” said Sam Walls, senior vice president, Arkansas Capital Corporation. “Through the power of social media, a small one-woman company who works out of her home was able to win the competition and beat out many well-known companies for the title.  I am excited to see how the tournament unfolds this year.”

“We are thrilled to bring back this tournament and to allow Arkansas businesses to showcase their entrepreneurial spirit in a friendly competition and generate some excitement among fans of the brands that call Arkansas home,” Walls said. “I encourage everyone to nominate their favorite brands and then support them throughout the tournament.”

Ongoing results will be available at arksourcelink.com/brand; facebook.com/arksourcelink; or on Twitter @arksourcelink. Battle of the Brands is hosted by Arkansas SourceLink, which is powered by U.S. SourceLink.

The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group of companies empower entrepreneurs by providing capital in conjunction with community banks to businesses through its capital availability products and advocating for entrepreneurs through capital, educational, and technological improvements. The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group serves as the platform from which new opportunities are launched. In addition to the flagship company, Arkansas Capital Corporation, there are seven affiliate and partner companies, including, Six Bridges Capital Corporation, Arkansas Capital Relending Corporation, Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, Heartland Renaissance Fund, Connect Arkansas, Pine State Regional Center, and SouthWind Analytics. To learn more, visit www.arcapital.com.

(Source: Arkansas Capital Corporation Group)

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