Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Newsletter
September 2019

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Upcoming Events!
2019 First Friday Breakfast - September
Friday, September 6, 2019
Join us for breakfast buffet & coffee and learn more about:
For an VIP2 Overview with Jon Harrison!

7:30 - 9:00 AM
UAFS Smith-Pendergraft Center
Reynolds Room

$18.00 per member
$20.00 non member
Event Description:
"VIP2 Overview - Looking at Leadership Through a Different Lens"
Jon Harrison provides a real-world perspective to organizational culture, based on his 25-year experience with Caterpillar which sent him around the world -
The Burning Platform of VIP2:
  • What is VIP2 and why is it important to our work environment?
  • How does company culture impact employees and the bottom line?
  • Who feels the impact of disengaged employees at work?
Additional Information Session!
Jon Harrison will host another informative session on his VIP2 leadership series following First Friday Breakfast held at the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce.
Healthcare Appreciation Reception
Quality healthcare is a key factor in economic development. Each year, the Chamber and our Healthcare Council, comprised of healthcare professionals that represent our region, express our gratitude to current physicians and thank new physicians for choosing to practice and serve here in the Fort Smith area. During this reception, the annual "Physician of the Year Award" is presented to a doctor who has made a significant contribution and impact to the community. The Healthcare Reception offers our sponsors the opportunity to meet and give back to our area physicians.

The Blue Lion
101 North 2nd Street

Date/Time Information:
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Individual Tickets $35
Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Board Room
612 Garrison Avenue
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, September 12
8:30-10:30 AM

Event Description:
Anyone with a team of two or more must develop their team. How that goes depends on intent and content. Building a team that is cohesive and productive takes efforts and a variety of approaches. In this interactive session, Dr. McClure will facilitate defining, discussing, and practicing exercises for crucial attributes necessary for an effective and enduring team. Clients who trust and engage McClure Professional Services include Arvest, UAFS, Mars, area school districts, and the United Way.

This training with Dr. McClure will be practical and engaging. It will include opportunities to earn as well as to dialogue with your peers around these important factors of excellent teams. 
In an effort to engage more members in beneficial networking opportunities, the Chamber is hosting "The Fort Smith Chamber Breakfast Club!"
Each month we will host an informal networking event over coffee and continental breakfast. 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.

Date/Time Information:
Tuesday September 17, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00am

Free for Chamber members
$5 for Guest (cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door)
Event Description:
Join us for our 3rd quarter "Wine Down Wednesday" on Wednesday, September 25, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Hosted by DoubleTree Hotel.

Live Music
Door Prizes
Exhibitor Tables

If you would like to bring a Door Prize, please do so! Just let us know when you check-in at the Door. 

DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Smith City Center
700 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Date/Time Information:
Wednesay, September 25, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 PM

$10 per ticket
$20 for Non Chamber Members

Tickets will receive two drink tickets and your name in the drawing for Door Prizes
Education News & Events!
Past, Present, & Future Fort Smith Session
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Thank you to our Sponsors!

Session Sponsor: ProPak Logistics

Break Sponsor: Cassie Elwonger Keller Williams Platinum Realty
Innovators in Our Community Session
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Thank you to our
Session Sponsor: OK Foods

Thank you to our Student Sponsors:
Action Mechanical 
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus 
Armstrong Bank 
Chambers Bank 
General Pallets 
Landmark CPAs 
Linsey E. & Co. Realtors 
Johnson Dermatology 
OK Foods, Inc. 
Pepsi Beverages Company
ProPak Logistics 
Simmons Bank 
Sherry Sims 
Stainless Innovations 
Umarex USA, Inc. 
Union Christian Academy
 Water Tech, Inc.
Weldon, Williams & Lick 
Westark Plumbing
Member Spotlight!
of the Month
Congratulations to Krystina Cherry, Clinic Manager for MedExpress Urgent Care for being selected as our Chamber Ambassador of the Month for the month of July! Krystina is a graduate of University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and also serves a one of the University's College of Business mentors to help seniors in the program transition into the workforce. She has a passion to help others and wants to see her River Valley community thrive. As the Clinic Manager for the Fort Smith MedExpress location she oversees daily operations. Med Express offers a wide range of urgent care, employer health and basic wellness and prevention services, including more advanced offerings such as X-rays, labs, minor surgery, stitches, and treatment for broken bones and sprains. They are open everyday from 8 am - 8 pm, with no appointments necessary. MedExpress is located at 4600 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith.
Sneak Preview for October 2019
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.

Stay Tuned for the release of the full schedule. We have sponsorship options available for this very exciting week!
Various locations in Fort Smith

Date/Time Information:
Monday September 30th thru Friday October 4th

All Events are free and open to Chamber Members.