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November 2019
New Chamber Professional Boot Camp
Thirty new chamber professionals from across Arkansas received training in October at New Chamber Professional Boot Camp. Feedback from the class has been outstanding and we encourage any new chamber professional to attend next fall's course! Check out the testimonials below.
“Boot Camp is a must for any new professional within one year of staring in a Chamber position. Resources galore, more than useful, long-lasting networking! Great for Board members.”  Bob Largent, Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce

“I thought it was very informative and I loved sharing ideas. I think this is a great thing and look forward to next year.”  Gina Jones, Cabot Chamber of Commerce

“I attended this event with a little over 2 years into my Chamber career. I was skeptical, with my workload, if I would walk away with a new knowledge base. I was impressed with how many ideas were generated from this Boot Camp. A lot of great connections were made. Definitely worth the time and money to attend!  Jessica Gunn, Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce

“The Boot Camp was a wonderful opportunity to network with other chamber leaders and learn different modes of operation, benefit packages, fundraising and membership retention. Great "AHA!" moments!Kari Hollis, Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce
Arkansas Celebrates Chamber of Commerce Week
Several chambers of commerce across the state joined AEDCE and the State Chamber in celebrating Chamber of Commerce Week in Arkansas last month.

Activities included community coffees, chamber open house, Facebook drawings, mayoral proclamations, and videos highlighting the work of the chamber! We look forward to celebrating again next year so mark the calendar for October 19 - 23.
Maumelle Chamber Mayoral Proclamation
Hope-Hempstead County Chamber Mayoral Proclamation
Cabot Chamber Mayoral Proclamation
AR State Chamber Releases Workforce Development Report
A new report by Ted Abernathy on Workforce Development in Arkansas was released at the Arkansas State Chamber/AIA Annual Meeting last week. This publication outlines strategies for lifelong learning and preparation for work. It also highlights best practices and offers recommendations of where Arkansas should focus energy in the coming years to bolster the workforce pipeline.
AEDC Video Recaps Stellar Week in Arkansas

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission released a video last week recapping recent economic development announcements that brought more than 1,500 jobs to Arkansas in 10 days.

AEDCE is proud of all of our members that play a role in recruiting and expanding business in Arkansas!
November AEDCE Member Spotlight
  • Corey Parks with the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce/Conway Development Corporation

  • Betsy Atkins with the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce
Together Arkansas Opioid Response Initiative

The AR State Chamber, AR Blue Cross and Blue Shield, AFMC, and Walmart announced the launch of Together Arkansas, an opioid response initiative to help employers prevent, prepare, and respond to opioid and substance abuse issues in the workplace. These FREE resources are available to any employer in the state so please share with your members and join us as we create a healthier, drug-free workforce.
Arkansas Tax Conference
November 19th

The Arkansas Tax Conference brings together senior administrators, in-house experts, and leading practitioners for an in-depth look at Arkansas taxes. The program offers a review of 2019 tax legislation and recent developments, breakout sessions to focus on specific tax types, and a discussion of trends and changes in the tax environment going forward. 

Legislative Panel just announced: Sens. Hendren & Dismang along with Rep. Jett and Jean. Don't miss this opportunity to see what's next for taxes in Arkansas!
Fort Smith Regional Chamber Wins ChamberMaster National Innovation Award
Congratulations to the  Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce  on being the GRAND PRIZE winner of this year's  ChamberMaster  Innovation Award for their Signing Day program!

2020 FLSA Seminar

FLSA Overtime changes are coming soon - be prepared and attend this workshop to learn the ins/outs.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at the State Chamber in Little Rock.
Incoterms Seminar

T he Incoterms® rules are the world’s essential terms of trade for the sale of goods. The Incoterms® rules provide specific guidance to individuals participating in the import and export of global trade on a daily basis. This course is ideal for import/export operations personnel, those in marketing / sales management and customer service, purchasing or logistics, ISO and compliance manager, insurers, commercial lawyers and finance personnel.