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Former CDFI Fund Director joins Southern Bancorp Board

Little Rock, Ark. – Southern Bancorp Inc., one of the nation’s largest Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) as well as the model upon which the CDFI industry was founded, has announced that Ms. Donna J. Gambrell, the longest serving director of the U.S. Treasury’s CDFI Fund and first African American woman selected for that position, [...]

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Southern Bancorp Community Partners Announces Promotions

Little Rock, Ark. – Southern Bancorp Community Partners CEO Dominik Mjartan today announced two new leadership promotions within Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP), the development finance affiliate of Southern Bancorp.  Director Dr. Karama Neal has been named Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President of Accounting Mary Bell has been promoted to Vice President and Director [...]

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Board Member Hugh Arant Featured in EatY’

Eat Y’all: Southern Grown and Fed By Marianne Chapman Editor’s Note: This story is the second in a multi-part series profiling Delta Blues Rice, Mississippi-grown and artisan milled rice products produced on a multi-generational family farm operated by brothers Hugh Arant and David Arant, Sr. alongside the next generation, David Arant, Jr. Click here to read [...]

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Biscuit on a roll

29th King Biscuit Blues Festival to kick off in Helena SEAN CLANCY ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE 29th King Biscuit Blues Festival When: Wednesday-Saturday, various times Where: Cherry Street, Helena-West Helena Admission: Main Stage, $30 single day ticket, $50 three-day ticket; other stages and Wednesday night Michael Burks Memorial Blues Jam free (870) 572-5223 “Don’t start me [...]

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Renovations add energy to sluggish Helena-West Helena downtown

Arkansas Democrat Gazette By Chris Bahn Honestly, Matt Inman has no idea what sort of financial reward might be generated by the three buildings he now owns on Cherry Street in Helena-West Helena. Inman, a 27-year-old native of the Phillips County town, lives in a downtown apartment above a building he renovated last year. Below [...]

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Southern Bancorp Acquires Eudora Branch From Simmons First

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Southern Bancorp today announced it has completed the acquisition of the Delta Trust & Bank (“Delta Trust”) branch located in Eudora, Ark. The branch was acquired through a donation by Simmons First National Corporation (“Simmons First,” NASDAQ-GS: SFNC), which completed its acquisition of Delta Trust in August. “We’re ready to hit [...]

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Southern Bancorp Announces New Executive Leadership

Dominik Mjartan appointed CEO of Southern Bancorp Community Partners, EVP of Southern Bancorp, Inc.   Little Rock, Ark. – Southern Bancorp CEO Darrin Williams today announced that Dominik Mjartan has been named Chief Executive Officer of Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a development finance partner organization of Southern and Executive Vice President of Southern Bancorp, Inc., [...]

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Arkadelphia, Ark. – Southern Bancorp, Inc. (“Southern”), a rural-focused Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”) and holding company for Southern Bancorp Bank, today announced it had signed an agreement to acquire the Bank of Bolivar County, which operates two branches in the Mississippi communities of Shelby and Mound Bayou. Southern currently operates a branch in Shelby, [...]

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Pine Bluff, Ark. – Simmons First National Corporation (“Simmons First,” NASDAQ-GS: SFNC) today announced plans to donate the Delta Trust & Bank (“Delta Trust”) branch located in Eudora, Arkansas to Southern Bancorp Bank, a rural-focused Community Development Financial Institution headquartered in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. According to George A. Makris, Jr., Simmons First National Corporation Chairman and [...]

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Mississippi County Unveils Roadmap for Community Revitalization

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BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. – A yearlong collaboration of Mississippi County’s private and public sectors culminated in the unveiling of the county’s first Delta Bridge Project Strategic Plan on Tuesday. The celebration included local leaders, funders, and a special address from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Executive Director, Grant Tennille, who welcomed the plan to the community. [...]

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