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  • Put your business front and center by sponsoring a Chamber event, annual program, or digital media.

    New network building events in 2022 include the Battle of the Business Bowling Tournament and the Local Lunch for restaurants.  BE PRO BE PROUD and Connecting Educators in Industry are focused on building the workforce pipeline for our community.  Also new this year are two annual program sponsorships, the Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Chamber Ambassadors, both focused on advocacy for a strong, business friendly climate in our community, county, and state. 

    Or promote your business utilizing the Chamber website, which received more than 145,000 visits in 2021. And don't forget the long running favorites; the Annual Meeting & Business Expo, the Golf Classic, Business After Hours, and the Arkansas Scholars Award Ceremony.

     

     

     

  • It’s Small Business Season!


    From November 1st to December 31st, we’re celebrating Small Business Season. The chamber is encouraging every person of our community to support friends and neighbors by shopping, dining, and exploring our small businesses.

    Small Businesses Are a Big Deal to Van Buren

    Small business made up over 60% of all new jobs this year and yet they face many challenges from rising costs to filling vacancies. Plus, according to JP Morgan Chase, “The median small business holds (only) 27 cash buffer days in reserve. Half of all small businesses hold a cash buffer of less than one month. Moreover, 25% of small businesses hold fewer than 13 cash buffer days in reserve.” That means over 50% of small businesses wouldn’t last over a month on their reserves.
     
    They need our help, and we need theirs. On average, $68 of every $100 spent locally stays in our community. Most of us turn to small businesses first when we’re seeking help for our nonprofits, youth activities, and sponsorships. When they thrive, we thrive!
     
    If you’re a small business owner, be part of the Small Business Season festivities by using your chamber membership benefits. Advertise with a news release of your holiday hours or add a hot deal to promote your holiday specials. Hiring? Don’t forget about our Job listings. Remember these members benefits share to our Facebook page and our weekly newsletter.

    Where you spend your money this holiday season matters.
     
    Support small businesses by patronizing them and/or:
     
    • Writing reviews
    • Referring friends
    • Checking-in and taking pictures or videos and sharing them on social media when you’re visiting small businesses
    • Sharing small business posts on social media
    • Talking about your favorite businesses on social media
    • Like and Share the Chamber's social media posts promoting Small Business Season
     
    Join us and pledge to support local this holiday season. Shopping small can make a big difference.