Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Newsletter
July 2019

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2019 Back to School
Shop Local Campaign
to Launch August 1st!
The Fort Smith Chamber is excited to promote its Back to School Shop Local awareness campaign starting on August 1st! There is still time if you would like us to include information about a discount to your shoppers during our campaign period, or you can donate a prize for our campaign giveaways.
The campaign will run from August 1st - August 15th.
Look for our promotional information starting this week on where you can enter to win one of our prize giveaways. Remember it is important to Shop Local big or small all year round!
Shop Local: State Tax Holiday
Saturday, August 3rd -
Sunday, August 4th
Back to School Supplies!
Upcoming Events!
2019 First Friday Breakfast - August
Friday, August 2, 2019
Join us for breakfast buffet & coffee and learn more about:
Startup, Expansion, Recovery and Exit: SBA’s Role as Player, Coach and General Manager 
 “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” (Nelson Mandela)
  • Plan, execute, learn, repeat
  • Short term treatment and long term change
  • Building a support network
7:30 - 9:00 AM
UAFS Smith-Pendergraft Center
Reynolds Room

$18.00 per member
$20.00 non member

After the Breakfast Presentation- There will be a breakout session (First Friday Breakout Session-Meet the SBA) from 9:00-10:00 across the Hall from the Reynolds Room. This session will dive into more details from the Breakfast Session and also engage with businesses to discuss your specific challenges and opportunities to provide you with more practical, hands-on guidance.
This second session is free but limited seating.

2019 Teacher Appreciation Breakfast Events

Each year the Chamber and our Education Committee host Teacher Appreciation Breakfast events to express our gratitude for the hard work and dedication of our area teachers.

These events offer our members the opportunity to also show their appreciation by sponsoring these two events.
Public School Teacher Breakfast at the Fort Smith Convention Center
Teacher Breakfast for all other schools at the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce

Date/Time Information:
Thursday August 8
Friday August 9
PaYS Program: Partnership for Youth Success
The Army established the PaYS program as a means to share qualified individuals with employers. The Army carefully screens, selects,
trains and provides hands-on experience to individuals in many different skills. These
future employees are professionally trained and
experienced. Employers save training and human resource recruitment dollars by becoming a PaYS partner. 
Current PaYS Partners include:
  • ABF Freight
  • Arkansas State Police
  • Coke
  • Cintas
  • Dell
  • Nestle
Presented by:
U.S. Army Recruiting Fort Smith
Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Room
612 Garrison Avenue   

Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

No Charge - Must Register
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.
Firstar Bank (New Location)
6200 Massard Rd.
Fort Smith

Date/Time Information:
Tuesday August 20, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00am

Free for Chamber members
$5 for Guest (cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door)
Lunch and Learn: Women and Investing
Hosted by Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Libby Meyer.

Presentation given by Karen Ibay, Vice President, Client Advisor for JP Morgan

Come to this Lunch and Learn opportunity to gain knowledge on this important topic for Women looking to grow their personal and business wealth. This is a free seminar with lunch provided by Libby Meyer with Edward Jones.

Fort Smith Chamber 
Board Room
612 Garrison Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Free Event (Limited Spacing Available)
Education News & Events!
Congratulations to our Class of 2020 Selected Participants!
Thank you to our Leadership Fort Smith Orientation Sponsor

Thank you to our Leadership Fort Smith Opening Retreat Sponsor!
Member Spotlight!
of the Month
We would like to congratulate our Chamber Ambassador of the Month for the month of June,  Tearney Miller  with  Centennial Bank . Tearney Miller is a commercial lender at Centennial Bank. She serves as a financial resource and provides individualized service to business owners. Tearney has been in the industry for eleven years and studied business at the University Of Arkansas— Sam Walton College of Business. As a river valley native, she has a passion for helping others and serving her community.

Centennial Bank is a customer focused bank that provides a broad range of commercial and retail banking and related financial services to businesses, investors, individuals and municipalities. Centennial Bank has locations in Arkansas, Florida, South Alabama, and New York. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, convenience to our account holders and taking care of the communities in which we operate. Centennial Bank has been regarded as the Best Bank in America by Forbes for the 2nd year in a row.
You can visit Tearney and her team at 4625 Old Greenwood Road in Fort Smith. You may also reach her in the office at 479-494-3351, via cell phone at 918-649-7703, or via email
Sneak Preview for September 2019
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 "Physican 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.

Sponsorships Available for the Event!