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April 2018

WRMC Medical Complex adds Cardiac Rehabilitation Services in Cherokee Village

By |2018-09-03T22:58:55+00:00April 18th, 2018|Business Spotlight, Chamber News, General, Health News|

At the WRMC Medical Complex Cherokee Village, cardiac care includes diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.  Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program focuses on helping patients with heart conditions achieve the best possible state of health.

195 Hospsital Drive, Ste. D
Cherokee Village, AR 72529

Cardiac Rehabilition

Cardiac Rehabilitation, referred to as cardiac rehab, is a program of structured exercise and education for patients with heart disease. he three-phase program brings together health care professionals to help patients acheive the best possible state of health. Patient and Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehab

Conditions that may benefit from Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Angioplasty (balloon procedure)
  • Blocked Coronary Arteries
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Stent Placement

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Fewer Hospitalizations
  • Improved Endurance
  • Management of Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Diabetes
  • Nutritional Counseling and Education
  • Personalized Care Plan

The WRMC Medical Complex Cherokee Village is affiliated with White River Health System (WRHS), a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.

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December 2017

Vance Medical School Scholarship Available

By |2018-09-03T22:58:55+00:00December 7th, 2017|General|

The K. E. Vance Medical School Scholarship is available for any Sharp County resident that has been accepted to University of Arkansas Medical School.  Contact James Street at WRMC Medical Complex Cherokee Village (phone 870.257.6061) for details once you have been accepted for the medical school.  Mr. Vance was a native of Evening Shade who had to drop out of medical school during the depression because of finances.  Upon retirement from Education, Mr. Vance established and endowed this scholarship so that no other medical school student from Sharp County would ever have to drop out due to finances.

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August 2017

Chamber Featured On Kait8 News

By |2018-09-03T22:58:55+00:00August 31st, 2017|General|

The SRACC was featured on area news today. Chamber of Commerce President Laura Sackett Clute said they want to make it more beneficial for businesses to be members. “We’ve really tried to develop our website more and get more things out on Facebook to really get to all of the public in the area what our companies are doing,” Clute said.

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New SRACC Android App Available

By |2018-09-03T22:58:55+00:00August 16th, 2017|General|

We are happy to announce the release of our new Android APP for use on your smartphone in order to make it even easier in keeping you up to date with the SRACC.

In our efforts to take full advantage of digital technology and its benefits to our members and the community we have developed this app to complement our website. The app will have the advantage of being able to easily notify you of important announcements and more.

Check it out at the Android Play HERE.

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April 2017


By |2017-04-24T13:56:45+00:00April 24th, 2017|General, SRACC Meetings|

The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce is organized and committed to their mission of promoting and advancing the commercial, industrial, civic, tourist and historical interest of the area. Over the past several years, the Chamber has developed a strong leadership team in its Board of Directors and we are proud of the progress that has been made in developing a strong Chamber that supports the Spring River Area. Following a very successful first quarter in 2017, the Chamber Board of Directors is very optimistic about the future direction of the Chamber and the  benefit they bring to the area.

Laura Sackett Clute, Chamber President said, “The Chamber is committed  to  promoting local businesses and has taken several steps to engage local businesses in the Chamber, bring visibility to them, and help them  be  successful.”   The Chamber  has four  initiatives  that  focus on promoting business: The  redesign of the  Chamber website by Mashuga Marketing will go live 2nd  quarter of 2017, which is  an interactive website  that  will help  someone  find  local businesses  easily;  launching a campaign  specifically  designed to promote shopping local with their Shop Local Campaign; sponsoring an annual Business Expo which highlights local businesses; and the  Chambers Blue Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies.

The Blue Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies welcome new Chamber member businesses into the area. These businesses are highlighted  with a photo and press release to  help bring public awareness  of  the  business to the community. In 2016 the Chamber conducted over 15 Blue  Ribbon  Cutting  Ceremonies  and highlighted Chamber members with ‘The Best of Spring  River’  promotion.  This  was an opportunity  for people in the community to  show  their  support  of  their  favorite  business  by  voting  for  them.  Thirty three (33) local businesses were recognized  in seventeen  (17) categories.

“We believe this commitment to promoting local businesses is part of the reason for the increase of 32 new Chamber members in 2017 over 2016” said, Clute.

The Chamber of Commerce is committed to the community. In April 2016 and March 2017, the Chamber brought the Harlem Wizards vs Sharp Shooters Basketball Show to the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland. Working with media outlets, the school districts in Cave City, Salem and Highland, and many businesses and organizations from the area, the Chamber brought a first-rate event to the area while raising operational funds.

The Chamber sponsors an annual Golf Tournament with the Quad Cities Rotary Club in May of each year. This tournament draws many participants from outside the area. Over the holidays the Chamber supported The Festival of Lights, an event designed to bring people to our area to enjoy the many lights of the holiday season.

At their April board meeting, the Chamber Board voted to give one more scholarship to a Highland High School Senior  in  addition to  those they already give.

The Chamber recognizes the many hours of time and resources given to Chamber activities and promotions annually from the Board, Members, and volunteers from the community. The Chamber leadership is dedicated to being good stewards of this time and the resources by being strategic and proactive.

The Chamber is currently in the process of creating a business plan with clearly defined strategies to promote and advance the commercial, industrial, civic, tourist and historical interest of the area. The release is expected in the third quarter of 2017.

In addition, the Chamber has developed a strong working Board to provide leadership over the many areas of interest within the Chamber that serve its members and the community. There are several committees that support the work of the Chamber: Audit Committee, Chair James Mack Street; Business Expo, Chair Marc Herring; Human Resources Committee, Chair Kari Hollis; New Members Committee, Chair James Henderson; Nomination Committee, Chair Clint Wiles; Scholarship Committee, Chair Nancy Orr; Shop Local Campaign, Chair Eddie Ishmael; Strategic Planning Committee, Chair Pat Clary and Website Committee, Chair Amy Rodola.

The Chamber is in the best financial position it has been in over ten (10) years with some long term investments in place. And, the Chamber has a strong membership base as it continues to be a viable organization that serves our community, local businesses and members.

If you are interested in becoming a new member of the Chamber or getting involved, please contact the Chamber office by calling 870.856.3210  or  contact  one of the  Board of Directors.

Chamber Board of Director Officers are: Laura Sackett Clute, President; Pat Clary, 1st Vice President; Kari Hollis,  2nd  Vice  President; James Henderson,  Secretary  and   Joey Cooper, Treasurer.   Directors  of  the Chamber include: Marc Herring, Eddie Ishmael, Rhonda Messer, Nancy Orr, Amy Rodola, James Mack Street  and Clint Wiles.

The Chamber holds monthly general meetings at local member restaurants at noon every 3rd Tuesday. The luncheon meeting is open to the public with attendees covering the cost of their own lunch.

For more information about future meetings:
Like and follow us on Facebook: @springriverareachamberofcommerce Check on the Chamber website: sracc.org
Call: 870.856.3210

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January 2017

Survival Flight Offers Group Rates To SRACC Members

By |2017-01-30T08:38:15+00:00January 30th, 2017|General|

Survival Flight is the first call resource for airlifting patients in the Spring River Area. The SRACC signed up to receive an annual group rate of $40 per household (regular price of $50) when 10 or more people enroll in the service. As members of the Chamber you and your businesses can sign-up using the group rate. Please contact Deanna Gillmore Green at 870-307-1406 for more information. You can also visit the Survival Flight 4 Facebook Page which services WRMC.

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SRACC Launches Facebook Page And Prepares For Annual Banquet

By |2017-01-17T09:05:01+00:00January 17th, 2017|General|

The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the launch of their new Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page! The new page is user friendly and makes it quick and easy to locate, like, and share.

If you use Facebook, please “like” us and help spread the word. We will be posting frequent updates to the page to keep you, our customers, up to date on news and events happening right here in the Spring River area. We will also publish one post per month, per chamber member. This can be information about your business, event or special you are running.

Lisa Ennocenti was an outstanding volunteer at the chamber office and we appreciate her willingness to support the chamber. Lisa has accepted a new position with a great organization and we wish her much success. With this, we are thrilled to welcome back Roberta Shankle as our office volunteer. Everyone knows what a wonderful heart Roberta has and just how much she does for our great community. Over the next few weeks, SRACC will be interviewing for another office volunteer. If you have someone you would like to recommend, please email Roberta at [email protected].

The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. This year’s theme will be Shop Local focusing on the economic impact and importance of keeping dollars in the Spring River area. The guest speaker will be Mike Preston, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission in Little Rock. The meal will be provided by Roberta Shankle with 10 percent of the net proceeds going to a local charity. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at the chamber office or from a board member. In the event of inclement weather, the banquet will be held at the same time and location on Feb. 7. For questions, please contact the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-856-3210 or email at [email protected]. #shoplocalspringriver

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Why Join Your Local Chamber of Commerce

By |2017-01-15T14:12:31+00:00January 15th, 2017|General|

Some business owners might say their schedule is demanding enough at the moment, and the thought of adding one more activity to their busy calendar is unbearable.

So why should they try to cram time into their already hectic schedules to join and actively participate in their local chamber of commerce?

Because membership in the local chamber offers numerous benefits and keeps business owners on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within their community and local marketplace.

Not only that, but research points out that consumers are more likely to do business with a company if it’s a member of their local chamber of commerce.

According a research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services, when consumers know that a small business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

If you still don’t think you have time to join and participate in your local chamber of commerce, consider the following:

  • Most consumers (59 percent) think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. It’s 29 percent more effective, however, for communicating to consumers that a company uses good business practices and 26 percent more effective for communicating that a business is reputable.
  • If a company shows that it’s highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., sits on the chamber board), consumers are 12 percent more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.
  • When a consumer thinks that a company’s products stack up better against the competition because the company is highly involved in its local chamber of commerce, it is because he or she infers that the company is trustworthy, involved in the community and is an industry leader.
  • When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 40 percent more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.
  • When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 43 percent more likely to consider buying insurance from it.

How does all that sound? If your business is a restaurant or an insurance company, isn’t it fantastic to hear the news that consumers are more likely to choose your business over a competing, non-member business because you’re a member of your local chamber of commerce? Are you convinced yet that you should join your local chamber if you aren’t a member already?

If not, read this top 10 list of reasons why you should join your local chamber of commerce supplied by 10 local chambers across the United States.

  1. Membership brings credibility to your business. You can increase positive perception among consumers and business owners when you’re identified as a member of a chamber of commerce.
    Dearborn Chamber of Commerce in Michigan
  2. Increase your visibility in the community. As a new member of the chamber of commerce, you will be listed in the chamber newsletter, e-newsletter, on Facebook and have the opportunity to be highlighted in other chamber publications. You also can grow your business by advertising with the chamber and sponsoring events. The chamber may also promote your grand opening/ ribbon-cutting ceremony and assist with any public relations efforts.
    Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce in Texas
  3. Create networking opportunities. Chambers have numerous committees and serving on one of them provides numerous networking opportunities as well as professional leadership development. You can build your business while promoting developments of keen interest to local businesses and the community at large.
    – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in Georgia
  4. Gain a voice in government. The local chamber takes on the tough issues and opposes new regulations, taxes, fees, assessments and costs directed at small businesses. It also helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aids businesses in being treated fairly.
    – Yuma Chamber of Commerce in California
  5. Make business contacts. The chamber’s most fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for the community. The chamber initiates more business-to-business commerce and more opportunities for networking and connecting local professionals than is available through most other local organizations.
    – Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina
  6. Receive chamber newsletters. Newsletters provide new member information, interesting information about operating a local business, articles about the local community, a community calendar and details about up-and-coming chamber events, among other things.
    – Teton Valley Chamber Of Commerce in Idaho
  7. Acquire customer referrals. Every day, your local chamber receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for potential vendors, and chamber members typically recommend chamber members.
    – Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce in Tennessee
  8. Chamber events and programs. Chamber events and programs provide members with great opportunities to get to know new people and expand their prospect base. Chamber events are innovative and fun ways to help members meet potential customers, clients and vendors— and generate new business leads.
    – Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce in California
  9. Promotion and publicity. With a chamber membership, you can reach potential clients through member exclusive advertising and opportunities for business-to-business advertising and publicity.
    – Pike County Chamber of Commerce in Illinois
  10. Access to members-only discounts and services. These differ from chamber to chamber. For example, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce in Oregon has a member-tomember discount program where a chamber member will receive $10 off any phone or accessory purchased from the local Verizon Wireless retailer in Sandy, which is a member of the chamber.
    – Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce in Oregon

Small businesses represent the largest segment by number of most local chamber membership rolls. Results in the research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street indicate the impact of local chamber membership on small businesses is very powerful. If a consumer knows a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys a 44 percent increase in its consumer favorability rating, a 51 percent increase in consumer awareness, a 57 percent increase in its local reputation and a 63 percent increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future.

The table shows the impacts among key demographic and geographic subgroups.

Research indicates that chamber membership stimulates business-to-business commerce in the local community. Other businesses in town are more likely to do business with you and your company if you are a member of the local chamber. Because a major part of a small business typically comes from business-to-business services, it is essential to maintain a positive standing within the local business community.

But it takes time for a business to establish its image and reputation in the community, says Dr. Craig Shoemaker, a marketing professor and the chair of the marketing department at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He says people like doing business with companies they like and trust, but that trust must be earned.

“The more a firm is networked with its community, the quicker and easier it is to establish a trust bond with customers,” says Dr. Shoemaker.

Prior to his time at St. Ambrose, Dr. Shoemaker owned and operated a marketing services business in Phoenix, Arizona, which was a member of the local chamber of commerce. He says chamber membership was very beneficial to him and his marketing business.

“The chamber was a great place to network and meet people who shared a common interest in serving their community and their customers,” he says.

Dr. Shoemaker says all companies face common opportunities and problems. He found the chamber-sponsored “president’s roundtable” to be quite valuable.

“In these forums, you could discuss your challenges and problems to a group of people who understood and had faced many of the same issues,” he says. “There was a comfort in knowing that your situation was not unique.”

Ready to join your local chamber, if you aren’t already? Keep in mind, however, that you can’t just be a member of the local chamber to reap the benefits of chamber membership. Paying your annual dues just isn’t enough. You must also make an investment of time and effort in chamber activities and become involved. Simply put, what you get out of chamber membership is directly relative to what you put in.

“If a firm is to gain maximum value from membership, it must be an active participant in chamber-sponsored events,” Dr. Shoemaker says. “Chambers plan events so that its members benefit. Only by participation, can a firm get maximum benefit.”

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October 2016

Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Business Expo

By |2016-10-15T15:16:06+00:00October 15th, 2016|General|

Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce (SRACC) will sponsor the 4th  Annual Business Expo at the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland, Saturday, Oct. 13. Local business owners and vendors may set up in the upper level to sell or showcase their businesses.  Hundreds of local people come through the expo will be eligible to win prizes and learn more about local businesses.