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Posted: April 16, 2017 at 1 a.m.

2 realty agencies in state on Top 500 list

Real Trends' Top 500 lists include a pair of Northwest Arkansas companies. Real Trends provides news, analysis and information about the residential brokerage industry.

Keller Williams Realty and Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette, both of Fayetteville, were named to the Top 500 lists for both closed volume and sides in 2016. They were the only Arkansas companies on the list.

Keller Williams Realty ranked 393 for sales volume with $642.7 million last year. Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette ranked 395 with $636.1 million in sales.

Ranking 255 in closed sides, or sales of individual units, was Keller Williams with 3,135; Coldwell Banker ranked 302 with 2,739 sales. Agents represented both buyers and sellers.

Ground broken for new trampoline park

Altitude Trampoline Park broke ground on its Fayetteville site Wednesday.

The 28,000-square-foot center will be built at 64 E. Van Asche Drive, just east of the Courtyard by Marriott. It is set to open this summer.

The trampoline park is a project of Fort Worth-based ATP Franchising LLC. The company was founded in 2012 and has 33 locations in 14 states and three countries. Altitude operates a site in Little Rock

The Fayetteville center is one of 28 the company's website lists as under construction.

May luncheon to honor small businesses

Several businesses will be honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration during the 27th annual Small Business Awards Luncheon hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas to be held May 4 in Little Rock.

Honorees include:

• Arkansas Microlender of the Year -- F.O.R.G.E. Inc., Huntsville

• Arkansas Top SBA Lender, based on number of loans to Arkansas small businesses -- Arvest Bank, Fayetteville

• Arkansas Rising Star SBA Lender of the Year -- Legacy Bank, Springdale

John Burgess, president and co-founder of Mainstream Technologies Inc., will be the keynote speaker and Roby Brock, president of Talk Business & Politics/Natural State Media will be the master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $45 and tables of eight are $400. Tickets may be purchased by going to http://bit.;y/2pARcC1 or by contacting Jeff Thatcher at (501) 210-4205 or

Highlands Oncology wins research award

Highlands Oncology Group was awarded for "Best Sponsor-Focused Technological Development" at the second annual Clinical and Research Excellence Awards on April 5 in Boston.

Highlands Oncology Group won for its use of IBM Watson to electronically screen patients for qualifying clinical trials. The awards recognize excellence across global clinical research.

Highlands Oncology Group was awarded with Novartis Oncology and IBM Watson Health for their collaboration in the clinical trial matching program.

Mercy hospitals rate 'A' for patient safety

Mercy Hospital Fort Smith and Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers were among the high-performing hospitals across the U.S. to receive an "A" for commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.

Hospital Safety Scores assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provides a picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system. The scores were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit patient safety advocate.

Seven Mercy hospitals in Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas earned a score of "A" in the semiannual ratings.

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