Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Newsletter
December 2020

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Tis the Season to #ShopLocal
The Fort Smith Chamber is kicking off its holiday season Winter Wonderland Shop Local campaign!

We encourage everyone to consider shopping, eating, staying, and using local businesses during this season. When consumers choose to shop where they live, they are contributing to the strength of the region. As a result, jobs are created, tax revenue is generated, and charitable causes are better supported. Many businesses purchase other locally sourced materials and services creating a cycle of support for local entities. 

During our campaign period of November 25th - December 25th, visit our Fort Smith Chamber Facebook page: for special Shop Local contests starting Monday, November 30th. We will host a giveaway for both Chamber Members and people participating in the social media engagement. We will stop in and visit with Chamber members throughout the month via Facebook Live. Make sure to catch our broadcasts during our Winter Wonderland Shop Local campaign. 
If you would like more information about joining our Fort Smith Chamber, please email us at or click this information link:
Upcoming Events
First Friday Breakfast registration is OPEN.
*This event has been approved by the Arkansas Department of Health & will follow all safety directives for indoor events.*
December First Friday Breakfast: Featuring Keynote Speaker
Randy Zook
President/CEO for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
Date and Time:
Friday Dec 4, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

DoubleTree by Hilton, Fort Smith City Center
Grand Ballroom

$18.00 per member
$20.00 per non-member
$5 Virtual Link (Watch Simulcast)

Please Note:
You may pay with a credit card through the registration link.
Cash, check, or credit card payments will NOT be accepted at the door.
Join us to hear an update Randy will be sharing on the economic outlook and legislative issues as we move in to 2021.

Incentive Drawing is up to
All Chamber Members are entered in to win, You just need to register to attend.
Join us for Virtual Networking!
The December Breakfast Club event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th.
Annual Network Presenting Sponsor:
Date and Time:
Tuesday Dec 15, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT

Virtual via Zoom

To provide beneficial networking opportunities for our Members, the Chamber hosts "The Fort Smith Chamber Breakfast Club!" The goal of this event is to allow our members the opportunity to meet other members, promote their business, and grow their network.
Don't Miss Your Chance to Engage, Connect & Promote Your Business in 2021
We have completed our planning for our 2021 Events & Activities!
You can learn more about our events and programs by checking out our packet here:
We have top support for many engagement opportunities filling up fast!

Many sponsorships start at $250 for prime event exposure for your company. If you want to discuss further the options to best suit your company's marketing needs or you would like to go ahead and lock in your events for next year, please contact us.

You can call us at 479-783-3111 or email Lindsey Trantham, Sr. Events Coordinator at or Susan Krafft, Educational Program Administrator at to learn more about our planned events.
Education News & Events!
Next Session: Crime & Courts
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Session Sponsor:
Lunch Sponsor:
Break Sponsor:
Ledbetter, Cogbill, Arnold & Harrison, LLP
Next Session: Public Service/Military
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Session Sponsor:
Member Spotlight!
Ambassador of the Month
Congratulations to our Ambassador of the Month for October Dr. Phillip McClure with McClure Professional Services.

Dr. Phillip McClure is a keynote speaker and expert facilitator who specializes in building teams and developing leaders for businesses, schools, and non-profits.

Phillip served churches for 30 years as a youth pastor, worship leader, and senior pastor. During those years, he sought to continually train and improve, including completion of both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Theology. While still very engaged in their home church now, he and his wife of 30 years, Theresa, own McClure Professional Services which provides training and retreats for team building as well as professional speaking on topics of servant leadership, team dynamics, and character development.

Their clients include: Arvest Bank, Owens Corning, Leadership Fort Smith, Glatfelter, Green Bay Packaging, UAFS, Fort Smith United Way Partner Agencies, My HR Pros, and the School Districts of Fort Smith and Greenwood  
Phillip and Theresa are parents of seven children, born and adopted who range from 18-38 and grandparents to one grandson so far!

Phillip McClure
McClure Professional Services
(479) 322-4142 (work)