First-place winning student team of the year-long 2017-18 Stock Market Game.


Founded in 1962 as a private, non-partisan, educational nonprofit organization, Economics Arkansas equips pre-K-12 schools with standards-based resources and Professional Development to teach economics, personal finance and the free enterprise system.

We use practical, innovative and inspiring methods so that Arkansas students can master an understanding of economics and personal finance and apply that knowledge for success in our free market economy. This education empowers students to acquire the marketable job skills, sound decision-making skills and money management skills necessary to thrive as adults. They will know how our world works and what they need to do to earn success as engaged, responsible and caring citizens, consumers and members of the workforce.

Our trainings, programs and resources are project-based, grade-appropriate, innovative and approved for Professional Development credit by the Arkansas Department of Education. By teaching teachers, who in turn teach students, we maximize our impact exponentially.

The Economics Arkansas Foundation was launched in 2016 with a $2 million lead gift from the Walton Family Foundation to ensure the organization’s long-term viability.

Arkansas Reads One Book is a fun financial literacy project for the whole family.


Economics Arkansas seeks volunteers to serve on event committees, present at trainings, serve as Stock Market Game InvestWrite judges, advocate and promote our mission, provide workshop space, secure a speaking engagement, assist with fundraising efforts and support daily office tasks.

Economics Arkansas board members at an industry event in northwest Arkansas.


  • October (date TBD): Industry reception for financial advisors and wealth managers, Little Rock.
  • Nov. 7: Bessie B. Moore awards luncheon to recognize excellence in teaching economics, Little Rock.
  • March 26: Leadership in Free Enterprise awards luncheon honoring Warren Stephens, Little Rock.
  • May 13: Stock Market Game awards luncheon for statewide student winners, Little Rock

Visit our website for details and sponsorship opportunities.


  • $15 covers the cost of one team of students to play the Stock Market Game.
  • $500 provides one teacher grant to support the expansion of teaching economics, entrepreneurship and/or personal finance in the classroom.
  • $1,500 supports the cost of conducting a Dinner and Dollars workshop for pre-K-12 educators.
  • $20,000 secures Presenting Sponsorship benefits at our March 2019 Leadership in Free Enterprise awards luncheon.

Discovering economics in children’s literature.


 Teachers trained annually

Students playing Stock Market Game

Students benefiting annually

Teachers trained annually

Years of existence

Induction of first executive director Bessie B. Moore into Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame


Grants: 48%
Events: 28%
Endowment: 10%
Contributions: 7%
Fees and Partner Dues: 7%

Established: 1962

Employees: 5

Service Area: Arkansas

Kathleen Lawson


Perry Wilson
Randy Lawson
Jim Tucker
Jerrod Williams
Bob Hamilton
John D. “Skipper” Ward
Kristen Qandah
Allison Richardson
Ray Hobbs
Robyn C. Breshears
Melinda Faubel
David Humphrey
Michael Poore
Dr. Jim Rollins
Dr. Jane Wayland


Gwen Adams
Dr. Laura D. Bednar
Rob Bell
Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt
Lisa Byrum
Lindsay Carter
Donnie Cook
Dr. Margaret Ellibee
Sen. Jane English
John Erck
Jim C. Fourmy Jr.
Dr. Benny L. Gooden
Lou Graham

Andy Guffey
C.E. “Ned” Hendrix III
Robert A. Hopkins
Curtis Jeffries
Wesley B. Kemp
Johnny Key
Rep. Fredrick Love
Sen. Bruce Maloch
Ann McDougal
Bruce Munro
Wyck Nisbet Jr.
Magen Olive
Bill Reed
Chuck Spohn
Dr. Lisa C. Toms
Ruthie L. Walls
David Walt
Jim Walton
Dr. Kieth Williams
Kimberly Williams
Jim Wooten
Randy Zook


Polly M. Jackson
Dr. Glendell Jones Jr.
Dr. David Rankin
Dr. Charles Welsh

1400 W. Markham St., Ste. 408
P.O. Box 3447
Little Rock, AR 72203


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