Arkansas and Asia in Business

Arkansas has a long and successful history working with Asia in the areas of trade relations, foreign direct investments, as well as professionals and entrepreneurs finding their own wins in foreign lands. Here are some facts:

  • The world's biggest retailer, Walmart Inc., headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, currently has about 800 stores in Asia, distributed in China, Japan and India.
  • According to American Community Survey data, the total Asian population in Arkansas in 2018 is 41,179, with the biggest growth in Northwest Arkansas since 2010.
  • The highly regarded and first female executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (from 2007 to 2011), Maria Haley, was born in the Philippines and educated in India, Pakistan, France and Spain.

Check out our 2021 fact sheet of the Arkansas-Asia community


The AAAB at a Glance


Founded in June 2017, the AAAB developed a clear purpose and mission from the very beginning.

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The AAAB grows not only as an organization, it also expands as a community, consisting of members, volunteers, and enthusiasts.

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The AAAB hosts events throughout the year, such as networking sessions and workshops. We are also big on collaborating with others.

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Members of the AAAB

The AAAB is a membership-based non-profit organization. We encourage you to become a member of our community.