August 2022


By |2022-09-22T15:31:42+00:00August 30th, 2022|Chamber News, Happenings|

Applications are now available for the 2022 Business Expo on Oct. 8.

Our members can set up free and non-members will be charged a $25 vendor fee (great time to join the chamber if not a member!).

This event is not only free to the public to attend, but they can win all kinds of great prizes from the vendors…AND if they visit all the vendors they will be eligible for a $250 cash prize!


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March 2022

2022 Scholarship Application

By |2022-03-15T19:24:50+00:00March 15th, 2022|Chamber News, Education|

The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Scholarship Application is now available for graduating high school students living in the quad cities of Ash Flat, Cherokee Village, Hardy, Highland or immediate unincorporated surrounding communities. Applicants must be a senior at either Highland High School or be homeschooled to apply. Additionally the applicant must be planning on attending a community college, 4-year college or technical or specialized training school.

At least two (2) $500 scholarships will be awarded.

The application may be requested by email ( or picked up at the Highland High School from Kelly Mahaffey.

You may also download the application here:

2022 Scholarship Application

Deadline to submit the application is April 5, 2022. It may be emailed or mailed to:


PO Box 1015

Hardy, AR 72542


dropped off at 119 E. Main St. in Hardy (Inside the Ruby’s on Main store).

For more information call 870-856-3210.

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July 2021


By |2021-07-29T20:35:07+00:00July 27th, 2021|Chamber News|


The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce is offering (2)  $500 Small Business Grants

The purpose of these grants is to support small business start ups that provide goods or services that are not currently offered or there are too few to meet the needs in the Spring River area, (which includes the cities of Ash Flat, Cherokee Village, Hardy and Highland.)  In addition to the funds, the Grantee will receive a one-year membership to the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce. If already a member, then they will receive a free year renewal.

To qualify for this grant, the recipient must comply with all of the following stipulations: the business or proposed business must offer services or goods that are not already available in, or close to, Highland, Hardy, Ash Flat or Cherokee Village. The business cannot be a chain or franchise and must have been newly opened since June 2020 or opening soon.  A business does not have to have a physical address but it is preferred over a home business. Grant funds will be rendered as a form of reimbursement for services already paid for such as advertising, business licenses, cost of goods, etc. or other start up costs. Receipts will be required to be reimbursed.

Additionally, upon approval, the Grantee must confer with the Small Business Technology & Development Center in Jonesboro to create a Business Plan, Marketing Plan, and Viability studies within 60 days or the grant will be revoked and given to another candidate.

The deadline for applying for the SRACC Small Business Grant is September 15, 2021.  Grant Applications may be downloaded from the SRACC website (  ) , picked up at the office located at 119. E. Main St. in Hardy, or they will be emailed upon request. Call 870-856-3210 or email to receive a grant application or ask questions.

DOWNLOAD GRANT APPLICATION HERE:  2021 Small Business Application


February 2021

Guest Article: Affordable Post-Pandemic Marketing Strategies

By |2021-02-03T16:44:36+00:00February 3rd, 2021|Business Spotlight, Chamber News, Education, Guest Articles|

By Guest Columnist Naomi Johnson <>

The past year has thrown unprecedented challenges at small business owners across the country. Although many businesses are finally able to reopen, the fight isn’t over just yet! Convincing customers to shop at your business may be tough, given that many people are still grappling with financial uncertainty and concerns about contracting COVID-19.  (see attached for rest of the article.


Reopening Your Business_ Affordable Post-Pandemic Marketing Strategies 2.3.21
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November 2020

E. Wilson Green & Future Leader Award Nominations Open

By |2021-11-30T18:38:25+00:00November 19th, 2020|Chamber News, Education|



DEADLINE:  December 15, 2021


To:  All S.R.A.C.C. Members,


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 which will be presented at our annual banquet on Tuesday evening, February 22, 2022 (2.22.22), which will be held at the Elks Lodge.


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 exceptional volunteer for 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. Since this is basically a lifetime achievement award, previous candidates that have not won may be nominated again.
  2. No previous E.Wilson Green Award winner may be nominated or receive the award again.
  3. Candidate must live in the Spring River Area, which includes: Ash Flat, Hardy, Highland, Cherokee Village or surrounding unincorporated areas.
  4. 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.
  5. Must be present to receive award during the banquet (if held) and, hopefully, be able to present the award to the following year’s recipient.



  1. Must be 18 or under and has not graduated High School yet. (They may be homeschooled)
  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 local community (Ash Flat, Hardy, Highland, Cherokee Village or surrounding unincorporated areas.)
  4. Must be present to receive award during the banquet (if held) 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 unincorporated areas
  7. A committee will be selecting the winner of the Future Leader Award.


We appreciate your cooperation in submitting nominees as soon as possible.

They may be emailed to: Or, mailed to:  SRACC, PO Box 1015, Hardy, AR 72542

2021 E.WILSON GREEN Nomination forms

2021 FUTURE LEADER AWARD Nomination form


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September 2020


By |2020-09-26T20:23:33+00:00September 26th, 2020|Chamber News|



In lieu of the annual Business Expo, the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce an alternative virtual promotion to showcase our members this year with weekly promotions from October 5 through December 12.

Each week 8 to 10 participating SRACC members will be highlighted through newspaper, radio and Facebook promotions.  Live videos will be conducted at each participant’s location and posted on the SRACC Facebook page. In addition to advertising and highlighting member business, the public can win prize drawings throughout the promotion and there will be a grand prize of $250.

In addition to paid and donated advertising of the participants each week, the Villager Journal, all three Hometown Radio stations and KKIK 106.5 will be co-sponsoring offering special advertising packages for the participants at discounted prices to enhance their visibility.

To encourage the community to participate in the promotion and support their local businesses, there will drawings for prizes supplied by the participants throughout the promotion.

People can qualify for prize drawings by:

1) liking, sharing and commenting on the SRACC’s weekly Business Showcase Facebook posts and live videos

2) visiting the participating featured members and enter a drawing at their location, and/or

3) purchasing something at a featured member’s business and emailing a photo of the receipt to the SRACC.


All of those entries will be included in the   $250 grand prize at the end of the promotion.


For more information about the contest please call 870-856-3210.







March 2020

2020 Annual Awards Banquet Winners

By |2020-03-10T16:42:53+00:00March 10th, 2020|Chamber News|

Lauren Siebert, Areawide News reporter, was honored at the 2019 Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards & Recognition Banquet on February 4, 2020 with several top awards, including the E.Wilson Green Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award. 

When Lauren was presented with the award from  Susan Jett , who was one of the recipients last year, her attention was directed at the side of the room where her parents were standing. “Here I was at 30 years old being honored with an award you get once in a lifetime,” Lauren Siebert mused, “ and when I saw my parents, whom I was not expecting as they were supposed to be out of town, I almost lost my mind! Here I was surrounded by my parents, grandmother, friends and people I highly respect sharing this highlight of  my life with me!”

Previously, SRACC President Ethan Barnes had presented her with his Volunteer of the Year Award, whom is chosen by the president to the volunteer that has supported the chamber the most.  “It is a difficult decision because there are so many hard working board members that donated their time throughout the year, but Lauren is always the first to step up when needed without being asked, and she has brought in more new chamber members in the last two years than any other volunteer. She highly deserved this recognition.”

Ty Rowland, son of Pam and Jeremy Rowland, won the Future Leader Award which was started last year to honor a young person who has provided excellent service to the community.  State Representative Fran Cavenaugh sponsored the Future Leader Award and presented each of the nominees a coin from the House of Representatives. This is the second year this award was given.

Member of the Year Awards were presented to Ozark Classic Crafts Mall (Bronze); Mike Watson State Farm Insurance – Highland and Melbourne offices (Silver); First Community Bank (Gold); Ozarka College (Platinum); Mission of Hope (Nonprofit), and Kasey Carter (Individual).

The 2019 Photo Contest had two winners, the 2020 Annual Guide Cover Award was won by Chuck Averwater, and the People’s Choice Award was won by Leigh LaCaze.

The 2020 Banquet was held at the BPOE Highland Elks Lodge and was the highest attended banquet with over 270 tickets sold.  The Chicken Florentine dinner was catered by Artisan Grill.  Guest speaker Dr. Shane Hunt, professor in sales leadership and marketing at Arkansas State University, gave a fabulous presentation about brand building, which really starts with how others perceive you or your company.

SRACC President Barnes emceed the event that also included a summary of the chamber’s 2019 accomplishments and goals for 2020.  Executive Director Kari Hollis announced the chamber has literally doubled in size in the last couple of years and is offering members more and more benefits in advertising, promotion, shop local events, member-to-member discount program, and Blue Ribbon Welcomes.

The SRACC is thankful for thier sponsors, which included the WRMC Medical Complex as the Awards Sponsor, and the following Table Sponsors:  Art Center of North Arkansas; Centennial Bank; City of Cherokee Village; Coldwell Bankers Ozark Real Estate Co.; State Representative Fran Cavenaugh/Future Leader nominees; Highland Assembly; King-Rhodes & Associates Real Estate; Mike Watson State Farm Insurance – Highland & Melbourne offices; North Arkansas Electric Cooperative; Ozark Classic Crafts Mall; Ozark Gateway Realty, OGWLLC; Ozarka College; Triple R Pawn and Bail Bonds; Spring River Draft House; St. Bernards First Care – Highland; Tri-County Farm & Ranch Supply, and WRMC Medical Complex.

The SRACC 2020 Board of Directors was installed and include:  Ethan Barnes, President; Lauren Siebert, 1st Vice President; Kasey Carter, Secretary; Laura Clute, Treasurer; Eddie Ishmael, Past President; and directors Debra Ball, Joey Cooper, Nathan Criss, Marc Herring, Fred Holzhauer, Susan Jett, Angela Phipps, Rhonda Messer, Jody Smotherman and Clint Wiles.

The silent auction was a huge success that raised over $1,800 with items donated by Ozark Gateway Realty Ozarka College, B&B Supply, Platinum Rive, r Hardy Village Antiques, Ozark Classic Crafts Mall, Progressive Eye Center, Spring River Draft House, Biggers Bed & Breakfast, Centennial Bank, Arts Center of North Arkansas, The Master’s Bouquet & Christian Book Store; Twomey PC Repair; Leaves & Beans; Triple D Package Store; Frontier Lanes; The Tanning Bed, FNBC, and  Rox Outfitters. Also , Dr. Shane Hunt donated a signed book. And the 50/50 raffle netted $296 for the Scholarship Fund.

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2019 Photo Contest Winners

By |2020-03-10T16:00:31+00:00March 10th, 2020|Chamber News|

Congratulations to Chuck Averwater for winning the 2019 SRACC Photo Contest with this beautiful entry:

and Leigh LaCaze for winning the 2019 People’s Choice Photo Contest with this entry:

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June 2019

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

By |2022-03-15T19:41:07+00:00June 19th, 2019|Chamber News, Happenings|

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 rev 3.15.22
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