Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Newsletter
January 2020

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Upcoming Events!
We want to hear about your organization's 2019 health and wellness activities & initiatives!
The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce  “Healthy Workplace”  award extends appreciation and recognizes businesses that show a commitment to health and wellness in the workplace. The award will be presented at the February 7, 2020 First Friday Breakfast. 

Just submitting the form will give your company exposure (at no cost!) through an online listing on our Chamber website as well as a Certificate of Participation for your office. Your company will be recognized during  Wellness Week  at our First Friday Breakfast on February 7, 2020.
An award for “Healthy Workplace 2019” will be given based on business size: Small (1-99 employees), Medium (100-299 employees), and Large (300+) employees, plus Innovative Award recognition. Please note that your employee count should only include your local employees (Sebastian County and/or surrounding area.) If you are part of a nationwide/international company, you do not have to include ALL employees as part of your count – just your local employees that are participating in your wellness activities. 

The deadline for submitting award applications for the 2019 “Healthy Workplace” award is January 8th, 2020 at 5 p.m.   CST . If you have any problems with the digital submission, please email
Date and Time:
Tuesday January 21, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM CDT


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!".
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 to place on an Info Table.
Door Prizes welcome.
Date and Time:
Tuesday Jan 28, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST


$10 for Members

You may pay with a credit card through the registration link or payments will also be accepted at the door.
***Payments for less than $20 will not be invoiced.
Plan to attend our first quarter Business 2 Business Connection Luncheon of 2020!  
Business 2 Business is one of the Chamber's premiere networking events. This event offers businesses and individuals the opportunity to share their service and products with other individuals over lunch via a speed networking session. Whether your business is new or already established, the exposure is great to create new contacts, name recognition and a word-of-mouth buzz about your company or organization. Be sure to bring your business cards and any other any information that you may want to share. 
Date and Time:
Wednesday Jan 29, 2020
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM CST

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

no cost for members 
Information presented by Chamber member, Patrick Boze with Leads Accelerator - Patrick Boze Business Coaching. The session will cover your current lead flow and sales volume, effectively marketing on the internet, implementing no-cost strategies, and harnessing your database for repeat business.
Education News & Events!
Local Government Session
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Session Sponsor:
Higher Education Session
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Session Sponsor:
Member Spotlight!
Ambassador of the Month
Congratulations to Shawna Burgess with  Arvest Bank  on being selected as our November Ambassador of the Month! Shawna has lived in Ft Smith with her husband, Mike and daughter, Emmie for over 20 years. She has also been a banker for over 20 years. As the Business Development Officer for Arvest Bank in Ft Smith she focuses on local business relationships and assists small business owners through the countless financial decisions and choices they face daily. She loves volunteering including her role as a Chamber Ambassador as well as serving on the Christmas Honors board and the Advisory Board for Project Search.

Shawna Burgess, Business Development Officer
Arvest Business Resource Center
5000 Rogers Avenue – 1st Floor, Fort Smith, AR 72903
Ofc. (479)709-6425 | Mob. (479)651-0783 | Fax (479)573-1110
NMLS # 1878891 | Email:
Sneak Preview for February
Our workplace 'Wellness Week' awareness campaign will kickoff on February 3, 2020 and wrap up at our First Friday Breakfast on February 7, 2020. We are looking for participating activities, discounts for fellow Chamber members, healthy menu features, professional development opportunities, and learning sessions. For more information on how your business can join our Wellness Week campaign contact Lindsey Trantham at or call our office at 479-783-3111!
Click on the photo to the left to check out the marketing opportunities for our 2020 events and programs planned.

We are available to meet with you to discuss the best fit for your organization and how each of these opportunities could benefit your business. Contact us at
or call 479-783-3111.

Do you have funds left in your organization's 2019 advertising budget? We can help you find the best use of those resources to finish out this year too!