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In an effort to connect our Chamber Members to valuable news, information, and resources each month we will feature a spotlight topic to better connect our community. This month's topic focuses on the importance our Chamber Members including exciting announcements, resources, and more. Next month's topic will feature a focus on the Back-to-School Shop Local Campaign.
June| 2021 | Membership
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AARC Towing & Recovery
American Freight
American Freight (Hwy 71 South)
Aneisha LeMonier Agency Farmers Insurance
Artistic Air
Beemac - Long John Silvers
BIG Physical Therapy (Barling)
Blue Ember Smokehouse
Cromwell Architects Engineers
Datamax Inc.
Direct Staffing, Inc
Edward Jones - Becky Stout
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc.
Jeff Beauchamp, Realtor with Sagely & Edwards
Jen's Kitty Rehab
Knockouts Haircuts For Men
M3 Services
Newton's Heating and Air LLC
Park Plaza Properties, LLC
Paschal Air, Plumbing & Electric
Pro Care Innovations
PT's Manor
Ritter Communications
St. John's Episcopal Church
Style Fashion Craft Center
T-Rob Advertsing Graphic Design
The Black Bison Company
The Fort County Affair
The Pride Insurance Agency
Tucker, Duck & Awning Co, Inc.
University Park Place
Urgent Team- Baptist Health Urgent Care
Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux
Big Win for Our Community: 188th Air Wing F35 Project - FSM is FMS!
Fort Smith Named Home to Foreign Military Sales Mission
FORT SMITH, Ark. (June 3, 2021) — Fort Smith and Ebbing Air National Guard Base, current home to the 188th Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard, has been named by the United States Air Force as the future location to a long-term pilot training center supporting F-16 and F-35 fighter planes purchased by Singapore, Switzerland and other countries participating in the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Ebbing beat out several other possible sites throughout the United States, including Hulman Field, Buckley Air Force Base, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

The announcement has the potential for more than a $1 billion economic impact to the greater Fort Smith region. Over 345 U.S. military personnel would be part of the new site as well as Fort Smith becoming home to an estimated 180+ members of the Singapore unit and around 300 dependents. Training and aircraft from Finland and Poland may also be part of the FMS site in the future.
The Fort Smith Regional Chamber Welcomes Our New VP of Workforce Development, Anita Brackin
Chamber Announces Vice President of Workforce Development

FORT SMITH, Ark. (May 26, 2021) — The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce has tapped a labor and education expert from Tennessee to fill the workforce development position focused on strengthening ties between educational institutions
and the business community.

Anita Brackin will be joining the Chamber in June to focus on building relationships between schools in the Fort Smith region and employers to better prepare students for careers and meet the needs of the workforce.

The position originally grew from a $1.3 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation for a focus on expanding workforce initiatives in the area. The grant is split equally between the Northwest Arkansas Council and the Fort Smith Chamber and the funds are part of the expanding effort to build a regional infrastructure to develop the talent for a variety of career pathways, including advanced manufacturing, healthcare and information technology jobs.

“We’re pleased to welcome Anita to the community and have someone with her enthusiasm and experience join us in this role,” said Tim Allen, President and CEO of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce. “As evident by the recent partnership announcements at the PEAK Innovation Center, business leaders absolutely see the value in the effort and the long-range return on investment for their companies. And education leaders throughout the area are structuring their strategies to help build the workforce we need.”
The Chamber Loves Celebrating With Our Members
1st Choice River Valley Pregnancy Medical Center
4622 Grand Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72904
American Freight Furniture Hwy 71
8300 Hwy 71 South
Fort Smith, AR 72908
American Freight Furniture Rogers Ave
8819 Rogers Ave, Suite A
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Armstrong Bank Rogers Ave
4102 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Community School of Arts
201 North 19th
FORT SMITH, Arkansas 72901
(Future Location Riverfront Dr. Fort Smith)
Fort Smith Board of Realtors
5700 S. Zero Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Jen’s Kitty Rehab
3123 Jenny Lind Road
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Knockouts Haircuts for Men
5440 Phoenix Ave, Suite A
Fort Smith, AR 72903
RazorBox Storage
8601 Chad Colley Blvd, Suite 220
Fort Smith, AR 72916
Simmons Prepared Foods Hiring Center
4900 Rogers Ave, Ste 103-D
Ft Smith, AR 72903
Smallcakes Fort Smith
4511 Phoenix Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Urgent Team - Baptist Health Urgent Care
1910 S Zero St,
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux
4304 Phoenix Ave.
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Walmart Neighborhood Market Rogers Ave
4900 Rogers Avenue, Suite 101J
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Benefits, Tools, & Resources for Members
Networking Events to Attend in July
We will host two Breakfast Club networking events in the July! These are great opportunities Chamber members can attend free to grow their professional network and share information on their business services.
Date and Time:
Tuesday Jul 13, 2021
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT

Heart to Heart Pregnancy Support Center
417 S 16th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Date and Time:
Tuesday Jul 27, 2021
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT

Landmark Financial
3101 South 70th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Professional Development Sessions
Don't Miss These Opportunities in July from Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center; events to be held at the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce. Click the images below to register!
VIP Leadership - August 4th - August 6th, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm each day.
Most leaders have ascended to their positions because they excelled at a technical skill previously in their career. However, leading people is dramatically different than executing those technical skills. The vast majority of leaders in society have received no formal leadership training yet these roles have an incredible impact on the bottom line of the organization and the lives of the people they lead. VIP offers a comprehensive leadership development process as part of the VIP Way that includes this 3-day leadership training program, a leadership training guide manual and ongoing upward feedback surveys for continuous improvement.

About VIP Leadership Training
VIP Leadership is a 3-day dynamic, “real-world” leadership training session, applicable for all levels of leadership including front-line leaders, emerging leaders and executives that will fully immerse leaders in the VIP Way. The scope of the session is looking at leadership, front-line people and work environment through a different lens and the focus is on the connections between work environment, leadership and bottom-line results. Participants will also learn the specific VIP leadership responsibilities and how to successfully execute them. In this powerful three-day program, leaders leave viewing their roles in a very different light, including how they view the people they lead. This session is led by former Caterpillar executive Jon Harrison and a few of his most trusted colleagues.
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