Success Stories


Clubhaus Fitness, with locations in Fayetteville and Little Rock, is the latest innovation in health clubs.  The clubs feature a modern boutique setting in a relaxed, environmentally-friendly atmosphere equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. The focus is on an integrated program of fitness, wellness and nutrition, creating a unique fitness experience in Arkansas.

Clubhaus Fitness is the vision of Stuart Walker.  He began his career in health club management over 25 years ago in Arkansas’ largest health clubs.  In 2008, he lost his job due to the economic downturn.  Looking over job possibilities, he decided that he would start his own health club in Fayetteville.   With his background in social work and psychology, it was the perfect choice. “I like helping people and working with them,” said Stuart.  In 2009, Stuart and his father, retired businessman Loyd Walker, opened the first Clubhaus Fitness on Dickson Street in Fayetteville with an SBA guaranteed... Read More



Architectural photography used to be a field dominated by men.  DeAnn Shields-Marley’s stunning and award winning photography helped changed that.  DeAnn is the owner of Shields-Marley Photography based in Little Rock.  Her current body of work encompasses structures located throughout the southeast, southwest as well as other locations around the nation. Her architectural photographs have been integral in assisting architects presenting their work to clients and Design Award selection committees.

DeAnn spent her early childhood in rural Arkansas, moving to North Little Rock when she was nine, and then to Houston, Texas, in her early twenties.  DeAnn started studying photography in Houston and won a prize in the first photography contest that she entered.  In addition to her accounting education, she continued her studies in photography at Winona Institute of Professional Photography, Maine Media... Read More

Successful businesses combine the owner’s talents with the community that the business serves.   Eddie Vega, president of EZ Spanish Media, uses his musical talent, sales, and communication skills to run a variety of business ventures that include two Spanish language radio stations and an events center in Northwest Arkansas.

The radio stations, known collectively as La Zeta, are 106.3 FM in Little Rock and 95.7 FM in Northwest Arkansas.  Operating with the popular Mexican Regional format, these stations serve the growing Latino market in Arkansas.  The best of Hispanic talent is also featured at his Springdale Civic Center, an events venue in the heart of the community.

Eddie attributes his success to his sales ability and his determination.  “I always believed in what I was doing,” he said.  “I wanted to serve the Hispanic community by delivering good music, sports, and updates on current events.”

Eddie knew that challenges are a part of small business... Read More

P.I. Roofing

 P. I. Roofing has been in business since 2001, focusing on residential customers in Central Arkansas. Joel’s roofing business stands out in the industry because educating the customer is paramount to him.

 Knowing that a knowledgeable customer is a good customer, Joel and his wife, Veronica, wrote “The Roof Leak Detective –Never Pay for Another Roof!” The book’s goal is to educate their customers about their roofs and how contractors think and operate. Joel noted that “[w]hile there are many good, reputable roofing companies, far too many fly-by-night companies have given our industry a bad name.” Joel works with customers to fix roofs that can be repaired and to help them save for the time when a full replacement is necessary.

The roofing business is a tough industry, but P.I. Roofing has met the challenges and survived. In 2008 Joel expanded into Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Texas. Revenues increased dramatically but so did expenses. Unfortunately, some of the... Read More