Bentonville is the home to the world's largest (and most talked about) retailer, Wal-Mart. Bentonville is the northernmost municipality of the Northwest Arkansas region. NWA is home to other business giants such as Tyson Foods and JB Hunt,
and most of the major vendors who sell in Wal-Mart have offices locally. Every major company from Newell/Rubbermaid to Coty Beauty to Pilgrim's Pride have built offices in the area in order to more easily do business with the retail giant.

Other businesses have thought it profitable to install offices in the areas as well, to do business with the companies working with the retailer. Again, companies ranging from Packaging Corporation of America to Disney to upstarts like Rapid Prototypes have seen fit to serve the interests of the vendor community in Northwest Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas, and Bentonville, are growing at a rate rivalling the fastest-growing cities in the country! Yet Bentonville is able to keep its small-town charm with festivals, family-oriented events and even farmer's markets on weekends. But don't think that all this home-town stuff means Bentonville is out of the loop with current events or the Arts.

Along with the influx of people, and all the cultural heritage and diversity these welcome newcomers bring, come varied interests and world-views. Northwest Arkansas has been the center of gravity for much of the business world for some time now and will soon become a  cultural pivot point as well.

Bentonville will be the home to the new American Art museum, Crystal Bridges. Taken from the website www.crystalbridges.com:

  • Founded by Alice Walton, Crystal Bridges is envisioned as a premier national art institution dedicated to American art and artists. Under construction in Bentonville, Ark., the museum complex will encompass approximately 100,000 square feet of gallery, library, meeting, and office space, a 250-seat indoor auditorium, areas for outdoor concerts and public events, gallery rooms suitable for large receptions, as well as sculpture gardens and walking trails.