Signature Bank of Arkansas Launches Bilingual Bank Brand
Banco Sí is the name of Signature Bank of Arkansas’ multicultural bank located in downtown Rogers, the first dedicated bilingual bank in Arkansas. The bank is expected to have 10 employees and is currently hiring for multiple positions. All staff will be bilingual, speaking English and Spanish, and serve Banco Sí and existing Signature Bank customers. A bank advisory board comprising 100% Hispanic members will guide the new brand’s staffing, product development and marketing efforts.
The brand expansion is part of a larger initiative to create a more inclusive banking environment in Northwest Arkansas. Recently, Signature Bank partnered with Serve2Perform to prepare and place Hispanic members on the bank’s market advisory boards.
Francisco Herrero, president for multicultural banking at Signature Bank, will now carry the title of president of Banco Sí. The grand opening is planned for September during Hispanic Heritage Month.
University Libraries Offer Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
The University of Arkansas Libraries curated resources to help celebrate and learn more about the AAPI community. Add these series and films to your streaming queue and check out the virtual book display. The collection features books, primary sources, background information and lesson plans for teachers. Physical items are also on display on the lobby level of Mullins Library.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States each May. The month was established in 1977 by Congress and recognizes the history, culture and important contributions of people from the Asian continent and Pacific islands.
Life Styles Celebrates 14th Graduating Class of Launch Program
Life Styles, the Fayetteville-based nonprofit human services agency helping people with disabilities live full lives, recently graduated five members of its Launch Program. The program, now in its 14th year, offers students ages 18-25 with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience everything university life offers. Through a partnership with the University of Arkansas, Launch students eat, work out and attend classes at the university. On-campus classes are carefully designed to develop scholarship and teach independent-living and social skills tailored to the specific needs of this cohort.
Congratulations to the Launch Class of 2022: Brandon Christopher Baskin, Joshua Caleb Farnsworth, Peyton June Keeling, Daniel Christopher LeBlanc and Noel Andres Rodriguez.
Early Voting Has Started! Make a Voting Plan Today
When Arkansas votes, Arkansas wins. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 24, with early voting currently underway through May 23. As of May 18, only 4% of Washington County and 5% of Benton County had voted. We hope you will do your part by encouraging your colleagues, family and friends to get out and vote in the May Primary Election!
We’ve compiled a Primary Election 2022 Resource Guide and PSAs in English and Spanish with everything you need to know to cast your primary election vote. For information about how to support civic engagement from a business leader perspective, check out this recent post from the Northwest Arkansas Council.
What We’re Reading: A Recent Report by Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses
A report recently shared by the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses shows that the top industries of Asian-owned firms in Arkansas are in other services, accommodation and food services, followed by retail trade. The report also shows that Japan has the largest number of foreign-owned companies in Arkansas (46) of any country, and those companies employ over 6,000 people.
Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses is a nonprofit organization aiming to promote Asian owned businesses in Arkansas, help foreign investors from Asian countries do business in Arkansas, and provide career development assistance to Asian young professionals in Arkansas.