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Capital Business Machines, Inc. is the 2014 Arkansas Family-Owned Business of the Year.  Michael Fasulo, Vice President of Arkansas Capital Corporation, submitted the nomination.

Capital Business Machines, Inc. began its existence in 1939 as Capital Typewriter Company on Main Street in downtown Little Rock.  Over the years the company made many changes from the early typewriter days by adding new products and services. 

In the fall of 2000, the Rogers family acquired Capital Business Machines with the mission of continuing to provide Arkansas with the quality products and excellent customer service for which the company had been well known.  William Rogers, a veteran, along with his sons, Brett, Byron, and Bryce, manage the business and work with their staff of 16 employees on a daily basis to provide excellent customer service.   Under their leadership Capital Business Machines continues to offer the latest business technology to customers throughout the state of... Read More

Paul Reesnes and Michael Gueringer, co-owners of Custom Aircraft Cabinets, are the 2014 Arkansas Small Business Persons of the Year.  Itzel Meador, Vice President of Arkansas Capital Corporation, submitted the nomination.

Like many American success stories, Custom Aircraft Cabinets, Inc. (CAC) originated from humble beginnings.  In 1989, co-owners Paul Reesnes and Michael Gueringer discovered a niche market and began custom-building aircraft cabinets in the garage at Gueringer’s family home in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Their philosophy back then as well as today is three fold: Treat each customer and employee honestly and with integrity, deliver exceptional quality products priced fairly, and exceed all expectations in customer service.

The company grew as it became known for quality work and excellent service.   Arkansas Capital Corporation assisted this growth with an SBA guaranteed loan for $272,000 in 1999.   The company continued to flourish and had several... Read More

Ralph Vines is a heavy construction contractor, working with all types of heavy equipment. Kesser International has the capability to do many types of construction work, from commercial buildings and houses to repairing the levees on Arkansas and Mississippi rivers.

The construction business runs in Ralph's family; both his father and mother are contractors.  By age eight he began helping his father paint houses after school, on weekends and holidays.  Following high school Ralph attended DeVry Institute in Dallas, Texas. He returned home on weekends to help with any construction work that was needed to complete current projects.  After graduating from DeVry,   Ralph spent three years with the Army in Germany working in construction.  Upon his return, he decided to start his own business.  "My father was doing really well," he said, "but he wanted to continue with smaller jobs. However I was more interested in heavy construction."

Ralph started out by running... Read More






Central Research in Lowell, Arkansas, is a people-information firm specializing in the identification, verification, and documentation of deceased and incarcerated individuals as well as Freedom of Information Act support services.  Johnny Dillard, a service-disabled veteran, started the company in 1999 with two part-time employees.  The firm currently has over 50 full-time employees using technology that allows them to review over 250,000 files a week.


A successful participant in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, Johnny was the 2011 Arkansas Minority Small Business Person of the Year, and the 2012 Arkansas Veteran Small Business Champion.  He was also one of eight finalists in the 2013 Small Business Tournament of Veteran Champions sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Spike TV.


Inc. Magazine rated Central Research as #... Read More