Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Newsletter
November 2020

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This Newsletter Edition Sponsored By:
Upcoming Events
November First Friday Breakfast: Featuring Keynote Speaker
Attorney General
Leslie Rutledge
Date and Time:
Friday Nov 6, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

UAFS Smith-Pendergraft Center
Reynolds Room

$18.00 per member (Limited Capacity)
$5 Virtual Link
You may pay with a credit card through the registration link. Invoices will not be processed for total amounts under $20. Please pay online if your total registration is under this amount.
Keynote Speaker:
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. Elected on November 4, 2014, and sworn in on January 13, 2015, she is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected as Attorney General. She was resoundingly re-elected on November 6, 2018. Since taking office, she has significantly increased the number of arrests and convictions against online predators who exploit children and con artists who steal taxpayer money through Social Security Disability and Medicaid fraud. Further, she has held Rutledge Roundtable meetings and Mobile Office hours in every county of the State each year, and launched a Military and Veterans Initiative. She has led efforts to roll back government regulations that hurt job creators, fight the opioid epidemic, teach internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge serves as co-chairs of the National Association of Attorneys General Veterans Affairs Committee, re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture and was the former Chairwoman of the National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region. As the former Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, she remains active on the Executive Board. A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for former Governor Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have one daughter. The family has a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.
Join us for In-Person Networking!
The October Breakfast Club event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th. Limited capacity for attendees! Only 20 in-person attendees allowed per health recommendations for the spacing available.

Must register to attend
This will be an in-person networking event. To meet Arkansas Department of Health requirements for this event, prior registration is required. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Annual Network Presenting Sponsor:
Early event registration is suggested due to the limits in capacity.
Date and Time:
Tuesday Nov 17, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT

Doors open at 7:30am

We begin at 8:00am

Fort Smith Chamber (Board Room)
612 Garrison Ave.
Fort Smith, AR 72901

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!" 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.
We are completing our Marketing Opportunities packet for 2021.
We will start filling-up sponsorships quickly!

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.
Annual Meeting Recap
Thank you to everyone that attended our 2020 Annual Meeting in-person and virtually! Thank you to our Sponsors! We had a great event and look forward to moving into 2021 as the Voice of Business for 134 years in the Fort Smith region!
Education News & Events!
Next Session: Community Outreach
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Session Sponsor:
Next Session: Workforce Ready
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Session Sponsor:
Member Spotlight!
Ambassador of the Month
Congratulations to our Ambassador of the Month for September Debra Young with Armstrong Bank. Debra has been a resident of Fort Smith for over 7 years, relocating from Central Arkansas. She has been in banking for 18 years, currently as a Relationship Banker/Commercial Lender with Armstrong Bank. Debra has developed a deep love for her new hometown and all the wonderful things this area has to offer. 

As a former employee of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce she values the relationships that have been built through her time there and serving as an Ambassador. She is currently serving on the Board for Western Arkansas Ballet, a member of the Future Fort Smith Committee and volunteers at Life.Church. 

Armstrong Bank, committed to building stronger communities since 1909, has been owned and operated by the Armstrong family for nearly 100 years. With 30 locations across Oklahoma and Arkansas, Armstrong Bank is a strong, well-positioned community bank that is honored to serve its customers and neighbors.

Debra Young
Relationship Banker
Armstrong Bank (Main Branch)
8300 Phoenix Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72903
(479) 424-2319 (work)
Fax: (479) 484-7007
Congratulation to our Ambassador of the Year for 2020
~Krystina Cherry~
Area Business Operations Manager for the Arkansas & Oklahoma Market with MedExpress