Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Newsletter
July 2019

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Exciting & New Opportunity!
The Fort Smith Chamber is pleased 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!
Seminar held at the Fort Smith Chamber Office:
Seminar starts at 8:30 AM

Upcoming Events!
Microsoft Outlook Basics will show you how to: 
  • Compose and send an e-mail 
  • Send file attachments
  • Create a signature
  • Create folders
  • Set up "out of office" assistant
  • Create calendar appointments
  • Schedule and respond to meeting requests
  • Use reminders
  • Create contacts and groups
  • Create tasks
  • Accept and decline tasks
UAFS Computer Lab     
* specific address for training will be communicated to all registrants

Date/Time Information:
Thursday, July 11
1:00-5:00 PM

$129 per attendee. Limited to the first 25 that register

Family Business Best Practices
Family businesses make up the majority of companies in the world. More than 30% of large U.S. companies are family-controlled. They are tech companies, manufacturing, oil and everything in between. Some have become global powerhouses and household names. Wal-Mart, Gap and Ford are a few examples. Join us on Tuesday, July 16th to learn about a few best practices that can be applied to any business... big or small.
  • What makes family business special?
  • What makes family business challenging?
  • Leadership & Ownership succession planning tips
Session will be presented by UAFS
Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Room
612 Garrison Avenue   

Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, July 16th

No Charge - Must Register
Butterfield Place
8420 Phoenix Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72903

Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM

You may pay with a credit card through the registration link
Payments will also be accepted at the door
Business 2 Business Luncheon
Networking Event 
Presented by: Martin's Heat & Air
Hosted by: Butterfield Place

Plan to attend our third quarter  Business 2 Business Connection Luncheon  of 2019!  
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. 
Seminar: Harassment Prevention - Protecting Your Business and Yourself in the #MeToo Era (Morning & Afternoon Sessions)
The reputation damage caused by harassment claims can be long-lasting and costly.

  • In this scenario-packed session, Stuart Jackson of Wright Lindsey Jennings will discuss:What is and is not “actionable” harassment (and why you should be concerned with both types);
  • Best practices for businesses to follow to avoid harassment claims or lawsuits;
  • The important role supervisors and managers play; and
  • The danger to employers from retaliation claims – even when the underlying claim of harassment is found to be without merit.

As part of the seminar, you also will be provided a model anti-harassment policy to consider incorporating into your employee handbook.

Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Room
612 Garrison Avenue

Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, July 24th
8:30-10:00 AM
Wednesday, July 24th
1:00-2:30 PM

Chamber Members: $80
Non-Members: $100
Back by Requests:
It's Happening! Medical Marijuana in the Arkansas Workplace

In this session, Stuart Jackson of Wright Lindsey Jennings will explore the implications of Arkansas’ medical marijuana law in the workplace. Jackson will offer an overview of the current law and what to expect as medical marijuana becomes available, including: 
Protections for “qualifying patients” in the hiring, termination and discipline processes, and how employee protections under the FMLA and ADA might come into play;
How to determine which jobs have safety-sensitive functions and what to do when a person in that type of job starts using medical marijuana; and
A to-do list to prepare your workplace, including questions to consider when developing a medical marijuana policy.
Jackson will also explore various scenarios businesses may face involving applicants and employees who are certified for medical marijuana.
This session is geared toward business owners, HR professionals and upper-level management. 
Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Room
612 Garrison Avenue
Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, July 30th
8:30-10:00 AM
1:00 - 2:30 PM

$80- Chamber Members
$100- Non-members
Presented by: Michael Stevens from AFS Business Solutions
Improving Efficiencies and Process Flow: Concepts of LEAN
Are you interested in improving the flow of processes while increasing efficiencies within your organization? If so, please join us on Wednesday, July 31st at 8:30 AM for coffee, pastries and an engaging presentation!

Topics that will be discussed:
  • What is value?
  • Current State vs. Ideal State
  • Root Cause Analysis (AAR-After Action Review, Kaizen, 5 Ways, etc.)
  • 4 Rules of LEAN
  • 5 Principles of LEAN
  • Creating a Learning Organization
Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce
612 Garrison Avenue

Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, July 31st
8:30-10:00 AM   

No fee for Chamber Members
Please Note!
Education News & Events!
Leadership Fort Smith
New Class of 2020 Reception and Class Announcement

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
5:300 PM
The Blue Lion

$25 per ticket

The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces the Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2020!
Please join us and welcome the new Leadership Fort Smith class! The 25 participants selected for the Class of 2020 will be revealed at the New Class Reception on July 24, 2019.

If you would like to register and are not a member of the Chamber, please click on the "Not a Member" option when registering. You should be able to proceed from there with no problem. If not, please call Susan at 479-783-3111 for assistance. Thank you! 

Member Spotlight!
of the Month
Congratulations to Mishelle Field Cauldwell with United Federal Credit Union on being selected as our Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce - Ambassador of the Month for May 2019! 
As Branch Manager at United’s Rogers Avenue location, Mishelle leads her team to deliver an outstanding experience by building lifelong relationships with Members. She is responsible for providing first-class products and services, as well as setting the bar for what it means to be part of Team United. Mishelle has been with United for nearly nine years of her 18-year banking career, and has a passion for her community and helping others.

Mishelle enjoys volunteering and serving in the community and has lived here for over 31 years—currently in Fort Smith. She was previously named the Ambassador of the year for the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2016.
United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 by helping them to build a sound financial future. United consists of more than 174,000 Member/owners worldwide and manages assets in excess of $2.8 billion. It has four locations in Fort Smith, Van Buren, and Alma, with two more locations scheduled to open in Springdale and Rogers in 2019. Its corporate offices and main branch are in St. Joseph, Michigan with additional branches in Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio.

To visit Mishelle and her team, stop by 5800 Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am-5:30 pm and Friday from 9:00 am-6:00 pm. She can also be reached by phone at 479-646-0114 ext. 5750.
Sneak Preview for August 2019
Save the Date: First Friday Breakfast August 2nd
JLA and Leadership Fort Smith Classes of 2020 Sessions Start in August!
Our sessions for both of these wonderful educational programs will begin for the selected participants in August.

Please contact Susan Krafft, if you are interested in the ways to support these programs by emailing her at