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December 2018
Inaugural New Chamber Professional Boot Camp
It was a capacity crowd at the inaugural New Chamber Professional Boot Camp in Little Rock on November 29th. Forty-two participants and fourteen instructors spent the day learning about the ins & outs of the chamber industry in this crash course designed for the new chamber of commerce professional.

Due to the response from this event, AEDCE will definitely hold another boot camp next fall - likely a two-day course!

Thanks to everyone that participated in the event and our sponsors, Centennial Bank, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA and ARcare!
AEDCE Member Spotlight
December's AEDCE Member Spotlight is on:

  • James Reddish, CEcD with the Little Rock Regional Chamber

  • Hannah Harris with the Lonoke Area Chamber of Commerce


What's New in Hamburg?
The AEDCE Community Spotlight highlights something new, innovative, or noteworthy that is happening in one of our amazing Arkansas communities.

This month we take a look at Hamburg and the recent renovations in their historic downtown area and through their educational system. Hamburg retains the qualities making small towns attractive and are working on the challenges to adapt to new economic times.


MAKO Conference Registration Now Open

The  MAKO Conference  is an annual conference designed for chamber of commerce professionals from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas & Oklahoma. This four-state regional conference will be held April 14 - 16, 2019 in Branson, Missouri.

Registration is now officially open and the hotel is also accepting reservations. To learn more & register, please click the conference registration button below.

Additionally,  first time MAKO attendees are eligible to apply for a scholarship through the MAKO Conference. This is separate opportunity from the AEDCE Scholarship Application that will be released later this month. Please click the scholarship application button below to download the form.




Arkansas Economic Development Foundation Luncheon

AEDF will hold a luncheon on Wednesday, January 30th in Little Rock at the Statehouse Convention Center. The featured speaker will be John Furner, CEO of Sam's Club. More details to be released soon!

For sponsorship and/or ticket sales, please contact Becky Rogers at Entergy Arkansas.
Arkansas State Chamber/AIA Annual Legislative Reception

The 2019 Legislative Session is slated to begin on January 14th and the Arkansas State Chamber/AIA will hold its Annual  BIG TENT  Legislative Reception on  Tuesday, January 22nd  from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm in Little Rock (State Chamber parking lot).

There is  no cost  to attend this event and it's a great way to kick-off the legislative session! Make plans now to be there!

AEDCE Resource Guide
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission maintains a map room with lots of amazing maps showing the wide variety of investment, advantages, and resources available in Arkansas. If you haven't checked it out lately, take a look as there are new maps added each month!

Arkansas Festivals & Events Association Conference

The 35th Annual AFEA Conference & Trade Show is coming to the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs on January 30 & 31, 2019. We are overly excited to spend 2 days in the spa city with festival and event coordinators and other participating businesses and organizations. During this time, we will be learning how to grow and improve the impacts of events, expanding our networks within the industry, and having some FUN along the way!

Applications Being Accepted for 2019 National Small Business Week Awards


The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting applications for National Small Business Week awards as well as District-level awards. Please consider nominating a qualified small business from your community for this prestigious national award.

The application deadline is Jan. 9, 2019.