Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Newsletter
October 2020

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Upcoming Events
We are wrapping up our Healthcare Celebration for the month of September. We would like to thank our sponsors! We enjoyed celebrating with all of the nominees and winners for the weekly Healthcare Champion awards. Special congratulations to our Physician of the Year Dr. Lee Johnson. We are grateful for the strong commitment of our healthcare industry workers and institutions.
Please note this is an updated list of Healthcare Celebration Sponsors! Thank you all for your support of this month long reflection on the importance of this industry in Fort Smith.
September 28 - October 2, 2020
Celebrating National Manufacturing Day with a Week of Tours & Educational Sessions. All Events are free and open to Chamber Members. Registrations required due to limits of tours & session sizes.
Date and Time:
Monday Sep 28, 2020 Friday Oct 2, 2020

Various locations in Fort Smith

All Events are free and open to Chamber Members.

For any questions please contact Lindsey at 479-783-3111
Remaining Sessions This Week:

ABB Virtual Tour:
Wednesday Sept 30, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Trane Virtual Tour:
Thursday, Oct 1, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

"Using Digital Technologies in Today's Manufacturing" Session:
Thursday, Oct 1, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Featuring Keynote Speaker
Steuart Walton
Runaway Group Co-Founder and Chairman of AR Recovery Task Force
Date and Time:
Friday Oct 2, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

UAFS Smith-Pendergraft Center
Reynolds Room

$18.00 per member (SOLD OUT)
$5 Virtual Link (AVAILABLE)

You may pay with a credit card through the registration link. Invoices will not be processed for total amounts under $20. Please pay online if your total registration is under this amount.
Keynote Speaker:
Runaway Group Co-Founder and Chairman of AR Recovery Task Force

Steuart L. Walton is the co-founder of Runway Group, a holding company that invests in real estate, hospitality and other businesses in Northwest Arkansas. He is the founder and chairman of Game Composites, LLC., a company that designs and builds small composite aircraft. Steuart serves on the board of directors of Walmart, Flipkart, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. In 2020, Steuart was appointed Chairman of the Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force to lead the re-opening of businesses in the wake of the state’s COVID-19 crisis response. He previously worked in London for Allen & Overy, LLP, and Walmart’s international division, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Steuart holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Born in Bentonville, Arkansas, Steuart’s philanthropic efforts support his hometown and state.
The Employers’ Advanced Cooperative on Healthcare would like to invite you to attend one of the webinar options introducing new employer health insurance options. This will include the introduction of the EACH CARE NETWORK (ECN) featuring the Mercy Health System. The benefits of these new employer options include:

No deductible health plans
Several 100% covered benefits including primary care visits
Better access to data and information about your plan expenses
A chance to “earn a refund” in good claim years
Underwriting by national “A” rated carriers
You will also benefit from being a member of The Employers’ Advanced Cooperative on Healthcare joining other community members like Sebastian County, Weldon Williams and Lick and Carco, to name a few.
For employers who are not currently able to afford health insurance because of cost, you will want to attend and hear about The CARE Packages designed especially for you. These programs start at $35.00 per employee per month.
Date and Time:
Wednesday Oct 7, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

Meeting link will be sent to registrants prior to event
Join us for In-Person Networking!
The October Breakfast Club event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th. Limited capacity for attendees! Only 20 in-person attendees allowed per health recommendations for the spacing available.

Must register to attend
This will be an in-person networking event. To meet Arkansas Department of Health requirements for this event, prior registration is required. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Annual Network Presenting Sponsor:
Early event registration is suggested due to the limits in capacity.
Date and Time:
Tuesday Oct 20, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT

Doors open at 7:30am

We begin at 8:00am

Fort Smith Chamber (Board Room)
612 Garrison Ave.
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Free for Chamber members
$5 for Guest (cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door)

To provide beneficial networking opportunities for our Members, the Chamber hosts "The Fort Smith Chamber Breakfast Club!" The goal of this event is to allow our members the opportunity to meet other members, promote their business, and grow their network. Be sure to BRING your business cards, brochures & any other information with you to place on an Info Table. Door Prizes welcome.
Looking Back, Moving Forward Annual Meeting 2020
Wednesday, October 21st
11:30 - 1:00 pm
Join Chamber Members in person or virtually!

The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce is 134 years strong and is proud to be the Voice for Business on a regional and state-wide scale.

As a Chamber Member, this is your exclusive opportunity to learn more on what your Chamber has accomplished over the past year and the opportunities we have as we move into 2021.

This event plan has been approved by the Arkansas Department of Health for indoor event standards. Masks will be required, temperature checks at the door, and seating will be socially distanced. We are proud to offer a high quality- simulcast option for those unable to attend in person so we hope you can join us with either choice.
Check-In opens at 10:45am
Program begins at 11:30am

Individual Tickets: $50
Simulcast: $25
Event Sponsorships:
To join our list of Sponsors, please email Lindsey at to sign up! Details on the event can be found at the link below.

Sponsorships Available starting at $250
Event Location:
55 South 7th Street, Fort Smith, AR

Catering Provided by:
Education News & Events!
Next Session: Local Government Session
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Session Sponsor:
Next Session: Advanced Manufacturing
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Session Sponsor:
Member Spotlight!
Ambassador of the Month
Congratulations to our Ambassador of the Month for August Debra Young with Armstrong Bank. Debra has been a resident of Fort Smith for over 7 years, relocating from Central Arkansas. She has been in banking for 18 years, currently as a Relationship Banker/Commercial Lender with Armstrong Bank. Debra has developed a deep love for her new hometown and all the wonderful things this area has to offer. 

As a former employee of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce she values the relationships that have been built through her time there and serving as an Ambassador. She is currently serving on the Board for Western Arkansas Ballet, a member of the Future Fort Smith Committee and volunteers at Life.Church. 

Armstrong Bank, committed to building stronger communities since 1909, has been owned and operated by the Armstrong family for nearly 100 years. With 30 locations across Oklahoma and Arkansas, Armstrong Bank is a strong, well-positioned community bank that is honored to serve its customers and neighbors.

Debra Young
Relationship Banker
Armstrong Bank (Main Branch)
8300 Phoenix Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72903
(479) 424-2319 (work)
Fax: (479) 484-7007