3 12, 2019

2019 E.Wilson Green and Future Leader Nomination Forms

By |2019-12-03T17:16:27+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Chamber News|0 Comments



DEADLINE:  December 6, 2019


Attached is a nomination form for the E. Wilson Green Award and the Future Leaders Award that will be presented by the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce at their annual banquet on Feb 4, 2020 (or Feb.11 if weather is bad).

The E. Wilson Green Award was first given in 1990 and is presented in memory of the late Chamber volunteer/leader, E. Wilson Green, who served as a board member and was an instrumental participant in the Chamber for many years.

The award is presented to a person or organization for outstanding contributions to the Chamber and/or this community.  This Nominee does not have to be a member of the S.R.A.C.C.   Please give proper and due consideration to a deserving person or organization for this outstanding award.


  1. The candidate should have distinguished himself/herself by love of and vigorous support for the community.
  2. The honoree must be present at the award presentation (Feb.4, 2020 or weather date Feb.11, 2019).
  3. No previous E.Wilson Green Award winner may be nominated or receive the award again.
  4. Candidate must live in the Spring River Area, which includes: Ash Flat, Hardy, Highland, Cherokee Village or surrounding areas.
  5. All nominations will be reviewed by the Executive Board of Directors. The Board will select the top three (3) nominees and these names will appear on the Ballot.  This ballot will be mailed to all members to be voted on.Each Chamber member will have only one (1) vote. These selected finalists must be present at the award presentation (Feb.4, 2020 or weather date Feb.11, 2019)


  1. Must be 18 or under and has not graduated High School yet.
  2. Must actively work to create a better community (This can be through volunteerism, supporting peers in a positive manner and being a productive member of society).
  3. Actions which qualify must have been to benefit the Spring River and/or surrounding areas.
  4. Must be present to receive award during the banquet and, hopefully, be able to present the award to the following year’s recipient..
  5. Candidate should have distinguished himself/herself by love of and vigorous support for the community.
  6. Candidate must live in the Spring River Area, which includes: Ash Flat, Hardy, Highland, Cherokee Village or surrounding areas
  7. A committee will be selecting the winner of the Future Leader Award.
  8. The finalists must be present at the award presentation (Feb.4, 2020 or weather date Feb.11, 2019).

We appreciate your cooperation in submitting nominees as soon as possible. They may be emailed to: [email protected]

15 11, 2019

Small Business Saturday Nov. 23

By |2019-11-15T20:00:55+00:00November 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments


The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Saturday, November 23, is officially Shop Small Business Day to encourage people to shop local before going out of town for Black Friday sales.

To encourage people to Shop Local, the following retail SRACC members are offering the following discounts on Shop Small Saturday:

BusinessHours of OperationSpecial/Promotion
Arts Center of North Arkansas9a-5pTo Be Determined
B&B Supply7a-5pBlack Friday Flyer with deals will be available
Far-Out & Funky Antiques & Collectables10a-4p20% off storewide
Forschler’s Home FurnishingsTo Be Determined
Hardy Village Antiques & Motors9a-5p15% discount
Honey Bee’s Flea Market9a-3p10% discount storewide
Jades’s Boutique10a-5p15% discount
Johnson’s Supply8a-4pTo Be Determined
Kozey’s Country Store11a-5p20% storewide discount(no bakery items included)
Memory Lane Antique Mall10a-5pSeveral booths will offer Holiday discounts
Midlake Marina9a-5pyear end clearance event sale will be going on
Mission of Hope9a-3pTo Be Determined
Ozark Classic Crafts Mall10a-5p25% off keepsake bats; 50% off coffee mugs;10-20% off select artist booth
Rox Outfitters10a-5pTo Be Determined
Russell Cellular9a-7p10% off purchase of 3 accessories; 15% off purchase of 5 accessories
Second Chance Thrift Store9a-4p15% off of 1 non sale item
Southern Elegance Home and gift10a-5p20% off storewide
The Master’s Bouquet9a-3pDrawing for a Christmas Table Centerpiece arrangement
Village Adventures11a-5pTo Be Determined
27 08, 2019

2019 Business Expo

By |2019-08-29T16:08:31+00:00August 27th, 2019|Business Spotlight, Chamber News, Happenings|0 Comments


OCTOBER 19, 2019

9am – 1pm



This year’s Business Expo is going to be bigger and better than ever. For just a few hours, you can interact with both the public and other businesses that may not even know you exist.  Be creative to get people to your booth and get leads by having a drawing for prizes or services.  Small inexpensive giveaways or candy is a great way to build goodwill or keep your name in front of your target customers year around.   You might even have special promotions for attendees.  If you do, let us know and we will promote it in advance.  We will also be having a special area for nonprofits to sign up potential volunteers, and a place to learn how to write an effective resume.


With our Passport, attendees will be required to visit every booth to be entered to win a $250 cash prize, so you will have an opportunity to speak with every attendee. You may sell products at your booth.  Also, we are having a “Happy Fall Ya’ll” Themed Booth Decorating Contest for the top two vendors to receive a $50 certificate to use at the participating vendor of your choice!


Vendor space is $25.  HOWEVER, SRACC MEMBERS WILL BE ALLOWED 1 FREE SPACE.  (A membership may be as low as $50 annually with many more promotional benefits and opportunities. Contact us if you would like to join or go to website at www.sracc.org and download Membership Application, or apply online and pay with PayPal.)

For a 2019 Business Expo Application download here:

19 06, 2019

List of Dining, Events, Places of Interest Available For Download and Copy

By |2019-08-27T17:28:31+00:00June 19th, 2019|Chamber News, Happenings|0 Comments

The SRACC has put together a list of dining options, local events, music and other places of interest to have available for tourists and guests.  Please download the attached pdf and copy, or send an email to the chamber requesting the form.


If any information is found to be inaccurate or you think we should add something, please let us know. Please note revision date at bottom to make sure you have the latest version.

SRACC Spring River Area Tourism Info
20 06, 2017

How The Chamber Can Help Grow Your Business

By |2017-06-20T20:11:32+00:00June 20th, 2017|SRACC Meetings|Comments Off on How The Chamber Can Help Grow Your Business

Those who attended the June 20th SRACC general meeting were introduced to the brand new interactive SRACC website! It was a very informative meeting with a wonderful turn out as well. Those in attendance were presented with the new features and simplicity for getting area member news and information to appear on the site.

Topics covered by Mashuga Marketing were:

  • Posting your company promotional ads to the #shoplocalspringriver  page
  • A walk-through on how to submit an article of interest to the website
  • Getting special promotional events posted to the website event calendar
  • Reviewing the enhanced business directory and detail page
  • Submitting job openings
  • Auto posting to our new facebook/twitter feed page

If you did not attend this meeting you can download the help flyer that highlights all these great new features here

15 01, 2017

Why Join Your Local Chamber of Commerce

By |2017-01-15T14:12:31+00:00January 15th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Why Join Your Local Chamber of Commerce

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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