Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Newsletter
May 2019

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Exciting & New Opportunity!
The Fort Smith Chamber is please to announce a partnership with the Employers' Advanced Cooperative on Healthcare that will bring Chamber employer members new options to consider in combating your rising health insurance costs. We will host three seminars for opportunities to learn more about this program!
Upcoming Events!
First Friday Breakfast

Featuring our Inaugural - Signing Day

Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Bout with Edge Factor

Tim Allen, President and CEO of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce said, “Fort Smith has never seen anything like this event before. Jeremy is a mixed brew of caffeine, ideas that defy convention and passion that drives creativity. His presentation is going to change the way Fort Smith thinks about our workforce. Do not miss this event.” 

Jeremy Bout, TV Host, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker and President of Edge Factor, is one of the country’s leading creative businesses, coupling advanced manufacturing and interactive resources. To build the workforce pipeline, Edge Factor tells real life stories of makers who are using technology to change lives and pushing back the edge of what's possible. They create in-depth, dynamic interactive resources that equip educators and business leaders with tools to break the negative reputation of manufacturing, raise awareness of the incredible careers in manufacturing and make STEAM (science, technology engineering, art, and math) relevant. Edge Factor empowers communities across North America with story-driven tools to tackle workforce development, inspire students, reach parents, and build relationships between local schools and companies.

Check out the video below to see more about his work with the Mesa, Arizona schools as an example of this dynamic approach to connecting education and industry partners with engaged students! 

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 .
Free for Chamber members and $5 for Guests

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
8:00 - 9:00 AM

DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Smith City Center
700 Rogers Ave.

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “Small Business Forum: Ask the Experts” from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on May 7 at the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce. In celebration of National Small Business Week, experts in five different areas will come together to discuss topics concerning small business ownership, management, and best practices. Participants will then have the opportunity to get answers from those experts: an attorney, a certified public accountant, a marketing specialist, a business consultant, and a lender. Those new to business and existing businesses are encouraged to attend. There is no fee to attend thanks to Arvest Business Resource Center. Seating is limited with registration required no later than May 6th at 479-356-2067 or .
Education News & Events!
Leadership Fort Smith
Class of 2019 Commencement & Award Ceremony

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
6:00 PM
The Blue Lion

Individual Tickets & Reserved Tables

Sponsorship Options Available

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019 AT 4:00 PM!
JLA New Class Reception
Thursday, May 23, 2019
The Blue Lion
5:30 PM
Program and Student Sponsorship Available!
Platinum Sponsor of Class: $3500
Gold Sponsor of Class: $2500
Session Sponsor: $1000
Sponsor a Student: $250 per student

Member Spotlight!
of the Month
Congratulations to Terry Bracken with  Girls Inc of Fort Smith  for being our March 2019 Ambassador of the Month! 
Terry has a Bachelor's of Science Degree from John Brown University with a focus on Organizational Management. She has been married to John for 22 years and together they have three sons, Macy, Joshua and Taylor and five wonderful grandbabies, Haven, Kailyn, Noah, Silas and Gwyneth. Terry has lived in Fort Smith for over 30 years and was a former employee of the Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp. for approximately 30 years. Terry enjoys volunteering in our community, playing with her Grandbabies, and meeting new people. She is also a novice cake decorator!

Girls Inc. is a place that offers a Girls Only Environment. Any girl between the ages of 5 - 18 years of age can attend Girls Inc. They service girls from all over the surrounding areas, not just Fort Smith. Girls Inc. focuses on the whole girl by teaching the girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold and become independent young women.
Girls Inc. offers an after-school program with transportation, from school to the Girls Inc. Center, Monday – Friday. They are open until 6:00 p.m. each day. Additionally, Girls Inc. provides outreach programs at Tilles, Trusty and Howard Elementary schools in Fort Smith where they bring Girls Inc. to them at no charge to those local students. This program services approximately 50 girls at each school. They are able to provide this program through a Growth Grant obtained from our National Girls Inc. Facility and Arvest Bank.
During the Summer Program, Girls Inc. is open from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and provides breakfast and lunch to all girls. We also open the snack shack so girls can bring money from home to purchase snacks. If a girl qualifies, she may attend Girls Inc. free of Charge from a grant through the City of Fort Smith. We offer field trips, swimming lessons, and swimming. They also provide regular programming and volleyball during spring and summer, Basketball and Dance in the fall. They are in need of Volunteers for the summer! If you would like information on any of this material, please contact Girls Inc. at (479)782-0385
Sneak Preview for June 2019
Each year the Chamber hosts the Partners in Education Luncheon in coordination with Fort Smith Public Schools and the Partners in Education Board. Local businesses that participate in the PIE Program are invited to attend with their partner schools to celebrate their efforts with local students. The Chamber is proud to support this event year after year because of the generosity of our members. We will hold this year's event on Tuesday, June 4th ! Be on the lookout for more information! Sponsorships available for the event!
Golf Registrations Begin in May!
Look for more information on how your company can be a part of this special tradition and start getting your teams together to play at a fantastic golf course (Hardscrabble Country Club).
Tournament will be held on
Monday, July 1, 2019