Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Newsletter
December 2019

For the latest information or updates on events check our website at www.fortsmithchamber.org
Upcoming Events!
Location:
Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Board Room
612 Garrison Avenue
 
Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, November 5
8:30-10:00 AM

Fees/Admission:
No charge for Chamber Members to attend

Who Should Attend?
* Those that have recently joined the Chamber
* Those that are thinking about joining the Chamber
* Those that have had a change in Leadership, Marketing or HR
* Those that want to learn more about how to promote their business
Description:
Please join us on Tuesday, December 3rd for "Meet the Chamber" so that we can help you to get your business off to the best start for the new year!  This will be an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of Chamber membership, meet the staff and learn more about the tools we provide to market your business. Business Owners, Managers, Human Resources and Marketing Representatives are encouraged to attend. A light breakfast and coffee will be included.

You will learn:
* The role of the Chamber in our Region
* How you can use the Chamber to promote your business
* Educational opportunities for Human Resources Personnel
* Recruitment resources
* The variety of events that the Chamber holds each year
* The variety of networking opportunities available
Description:

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized its new federal overtime rules, which take effect January 1, 2020. The DOL estimates that the new rules will make an additional 1.3 Million American workers eligible for overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Join us on Thursday, December 5th for an update on the coming changes, which among other things, raise the standard salary threshold from $455 per week ($23,660/year) to $684 per week ($35,568/year). Employers will learn what steps to take to comply and some traps to avoid after the new rules take effect. Jane A. Kim, Labor & Employment Attorney, from Wright, Lindsey & Jennings will be facilitating this session.
Location:
The Fort Smith Chamber
612 Garrison Ave.
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Date/Time Information:
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Morning Session: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Fees/Admission:
$50 Chamber Members
$60 Non Chamber Members
Morning Session 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Date and Time:
Friday Dec 6, 2019
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM CST

Location:
UAFS Smith-Pendergraft Center
Reynolds Room

Fees/Admission:
$18.00 per member
$20.00 non member
More About Our Speaker:
Randy Zook is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas. Prior to taking the helm of the State Chamber/AIA, Randy was the Deputy Director of Administration and Finance for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. For 34 years, he worked for Atlantic Envelope Company of Atlanta, Georgia, a $200-million manufacturer of custom-printed envelopes and business products, serving as President and CEO of the company from 1989 to 2004. He is currently serving on the boards of KIPP Schools in Helena-West Helena, Economics Arkansas and McGehee Farm & Real Estate Co.
Date and Time:
Tuesday December 17, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM CDT

Location:
Vista College
1200 S. Waldron Road
(Next to Party Place)

Fees/Admission:
Free for Chamber Members
$5 for Guest (cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door)
Description:
To provide beneficial networking opportunities for our Members, the Chamber hosts "The Fort Smith Chamber Breakfast Club!".
Each month we will host an informal networking event over coffee and continental breakfast. 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.
Date and Time:
Wednesday Dec 18, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST

Location:
Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Board Room
612 Garrison Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Fees/Admission:
Free to Members & Non-Members
Join us for our 4th quarter "Wine Down Wednesday" ~ Special Holiday Edition! We will host a Christmas Open House here at the Fort Smith Chamber for our last Wine Down Wednesday of 2019. This will be a fun networking event and holiday celebration to wrap up our 2019 networking events.
Education News & Events!
Crime & Courts Session
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Session Sponsor:
Lunch Sponsor: Armstrong Bank
Break Sponsor: Ledbetter, Cogbill, Arnold, & Harrison
Public Service Session
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Session Sponsor:
Member Spotlight!
Ambassador of the Month
Congratulations to Bryn Tucker for being selected as our October Chamber Ambassador of the month! Bryn Tucker is the proud owner of Victory In Print, a Fort Smith based printing brokerage. She and her husband started the company a few years ago after seeing the need nonprofits had in regards to printing. Over the years, they have worked diligently to create relationships with presses across the country to best meet the needs of their customers. They now work with not only with nonprofit agencies but also with for profit companies, helping each to have access to more affordable printing. They regularly meet with businesses and organizations to make sure they are maximizing their marketing budgets. Bryn and Scott work side by side, to help their clients find Victory In Print.

Bryn Tucker
Owner
Victory In Print



Bryn and her family are Texas natives. She enjoyed teaching for seven years while in Texas, but when she moved to Fort Smith in June of this year, she decided it was time to run the family business. Since then, Bryn has jumped in feet first, getting to know the community through joining the Chamber of Commerce and regular service through Antioch for Youth and Family. She is now a proud Chamber Ambassador and loves attending ribbon cuttings and always enjoys hearing each business owner share the vision and heart of their business. She and Scott have been married for over twenty years and are proud parents of five amazing children. As a family the shared belief in serving others is paramount. The mission of Victory In Print fits perfectly in line with the Tucker’s deep desire to help others.
Sneak Preview for 2020
READY NOW!
Click on the photo to the left to check out the marketing opportunities for our 2020 events and programs planned.

We are available to meet with you to discuss the best fit for your organization and how each of these opportunities could benefit your business. Contact us at
or call 479-783-3111.

Do you have funds left in your organization's 2019 advertising budget? We can help you find the best use of those resources to finish out this year too!