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Welcome to our Chamber Connection Newsletter!
In an effort to connect our Chamber Members to valuable news, information, and resources each month we will feature a spotlight topic to better connect our community.
This month's topic focuses on the importance of our Shop Local options including shopping, dining, services, and more. Next month's topic will feature a focus on Education in our region.
March | 2022 | Shop Local
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Shop Local Special Business Resource Sessions Planned
Small Business Technology Resources: Business in a Box

Event Sponsors
Hosted By
Cox Business

The Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce welcomes business technology experts from Cox Business to discuss solutions to solve specific problems for small and medium-sized businesses. The engineers will break down the "tech speak" barriers and equip business leaders with knowledge and insight on how to develop their own "Business in a Box" of technology resources.

The panel discussion will include time for networking directly with the representatives. 

The event is free to Fort Smith Chamber members!
Date and Time:
Monday, Apr 11, 2022
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
612 Garrison Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901

FREE to Chamber Members
Small Business Resource Partners Panel

Event Sponsors
Hosted By
Preferred Office Technologies
Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

The SBA Resource Partner network is an invaluable resource to small businesses. Free or low-cost and confidential one-on-one assistance is available through these partners, no matter where you are in your business lifecycle! Arkansas Resource Partners include the Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center, SCORE, Arkansas Women's Business Center, Conductor, Startup Junkie Consulting, Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and the Veteran's Business Outreach Center. 

Join the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce in welcoming the SBA Arkansas District Office and its resource partners including the UAFS, Small Business & Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and others as they introduce their representatives and discuss the free resources they provide to area businesses.

The panel discussion will include time for networking directly with the representatives. 

The event is free to Fort Smith Chamber members!
Date and Time:
Wednesday, Apr 13, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT

Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
612 Garrison Avenue 
Fort Smith, AR 72901

FREE to Chamber Members
Shop Local Campaign Featured Ribbon Cuttings for Small Businesses
Ribbon Cutting: ShoBo's Kitchen

Come join us to welcome our new Fort Smith Chamber member ShoBo's Kitchen with a ribbon-cutting and then make sure you check out their lunch menu options for after the event. 

Date and Time:
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2022
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM CDT

ShoBo's Kitchen, LLC
70th South 7th St
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Ribbon Cutting & Open House: T-Mobile for Business

Please join us to welcome our new Fort Smith Chamber member T-Mobile for Business and check out their T-Mobile Showroom. The ribbon cutting will be held at 11 am and the open house will continue until 3 pm. They will have their Showroom Truck on-site with planned exclusive offers, giveaways, and more!

Date and Time:
Thursday, Apr 7, 2022
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM CDT

T-Mobile Fort Smith
8604 Rogers Ave Unit B
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Ribbon Cutting & Open House: Parker Chiropractic & Wellness

Please join us to welcome Dr. Paige Parker to the Parker Chiropractic & Wellness practice and the Fort Smith Community. We are happy to celebrate the addition of Dr. Paige Parker and hope you will join us for a ceremony, refreshments, and tour of their practice in Chaffee Crossing.

Date and Time:
Friday, Apr 8, 2022
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

Parker Chiropractic & Wellness
7209 Chad Colley Blvd, Suite A
Barling, AR 72923
Reasons Why Shopping Local is Important
Shop Local Showcases
Shop Local Showcases Available & Free to Chamber Members to Schedule!
Please sign up to have a Shop Local Showcase for your business during our Shop Local Tax Season Campaign. The Shop Local Showcase will include a Facebook Live interview with a business representative led by our Membership Engagement Administrator, Dawn Turner. Dawn will also take pictures of your location/products to create a secondary social media post in addition to Facebook Live. This is a free service for current Fort Smith Chamber members. Please call Dawn Turner at 479-783-3111 with any questions. To Sign up click the link below and select your preferred Shop Local Showcase day, time..
Shop Local Quick Fact
Find a List of our members of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce on our online Member Directory by clicking here.
Don't Miss our 2022 Business EXPO & Career Fair on May 6, 2022
Registration for our Annual Business Expo & Career Fair is open! The deadline for vendor booth registration is approaching and space is filling up!
Welcome New Members for March
A String Fort Smith
Above & Beyond Care, Inc.
American Welding Laboratories
Banyan Treatment Centers
First Security Bank (Rogers Avenue)
Harmony Core Infrared Spa
Home Helpers Home Care
Joanna Ayala, Realtor with Linsey E. & Company
Lamar Advertising
Phil Votaw & Associates
Red Dog Cleaning LLC.
Renee Tedford, Realtor with Sagely & Edwards Realtors
ShoBo's Kitchen, LLC
Tite Lines Medical Spa
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