August 2022


By |2022-08-04T21:16:28+00:00August 4th, 2022|Uncategorized|




The 4th  Spring River’s Got Talent show is back and will be held on September 17, 2022 , at the Hardy Civic Center where local musical performers will compete for a total of  $2,000 in prize money. Doors will open at 1pm and performances will begin at 2pm. The Hardy Civic Center is located at 301 East Main

This event was originated by Doug Driesel and first occurred in 2006 and 2007 to benefit the Spring River Performing Arts and was given to Fountain Place as a fundraiser in 2019.  When Fountain Place closed they bequeathed the event to be shared by the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Center of North Arkansas, who were planning to hold the event in 2020 but was canceled due to the Covid pandemic.

Tickets to the event are $15 for Adults, $10 for Students, and age 5 and under are free.  They will be sold at the Chamber office in Hardy, ACNA in Cherokee Village and other places to be announced. Snack foods will be available and a Silent Auction will be held during the event.

Musical performers may be solo, duets or bands and will be chosen through an audition process..There will be 5 performances chosen to compete in the youth category (ages 14 and under) to win trophies and $75, $100 and $125 prizes. There will be 10 performances chosen in the over 14 category and prizes will be $1000 for first place,  $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

Performers interested in auditioning need to send an audition video or website link via email of the song they are planning to perform  to and no later than noon, August 31. They will be notified by September 1st if they are selected to compete. The must live or work in the North Central Arkansas, including the counties of  Sharp, Fulton, Izard, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolf or Stone.  If chosen acts have submitted duplicate songs, the first one to submit will have the right to that song, and the others will have to choose another.  Other information that needs to accompany the audition includes: written song lyrics (songs must be family friendly and appropriate for children to hear), contact info, performer names, and band names. Songs may be no longer than 3 ½ minutes. Previous winners of this event may not compete again but may attend as guest and be introduced.

2022 SRGT proceeds will be used for ACNA’s Cherokee Village location’s operating costs to display and sell works by local artists and provide various art classes, such as painting, photography, music, jewelry making, sculpture, etc. ACNA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations and sponsorships may be tax deductible.  Sponsorships are still available at the $100 Friends of the Arts level – which includes 2 adult tickets and recognition, and the $250 Corporate Sponsor which includes recognition in marketing pieces, ability to sell event tickets, 4 premier seating tickets and 2 general admission tickets.

A special thank you to our sponsors to date, which include: Major Sponsors – First Community Bank, FNBC and Rebel Time Out; Corporate Sponsors – Cedar Glade Resort & Spa, Community Home Health, Ozark Gateway Realty OGWLLC, and  WRMC Medical Complex; and Friends of the Arts – All Pro Glass, CB Keith Flyfishing, Highland Window & Door, Kari Hollis, Marty Williams, Moss Antiques & Gifts, Nancy Gonzalez, Norman Cozart United Country Realty, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Ozark Classic Crafts Mall, Ozarka College, and Ruby’s on Main.

For more information about the event please contact the SRACC at: 870-856-3210 or 22 Fact Sheet & Audition Info


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December 2020

Resources for Adapting and Growing Your Business During the Pandemic

By |2020-12-30T15:11:44+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Resources for Adapting and Growing Your Business During the Pandemic

Submitted By Elena Stewart,

As a small business owner, you’ve probably been struggling with the effects of the pandemic since the beginning, and you’re likely always evaluating what will be the next best move. Below, the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce offers a few ways to help your employees, improve your store and adapt your business model to thrive in the new environment created by the pandemic.

Starting a New Business: When Necessity Knocks

Starting a new business requires time, patience, and planning. You may also need some freelancers to help you get your idea off the ground!

Helping Your Employees

If you have been fortunate enough to retain your employees throughout the crisis, there are still many ways to support your staff as you consider reopening. These are a few things to keep in mind.



Improving Your Business

If you’ve cut back on your store hours or are still waiting to fully reopen, there are lots of things you can do now to improve your business.



Switching Your Approach

Even once infections rates slow down, the pandemic will probably leave a lasting impact on the ways we interact with one another. These ideas can help you keep up with the times and stay relevant.


The pandemic has hit small business owners hard, but there’s hope. Things probably won’t ever fully return to the way they were before, but you can help keep your business going by supporting your employees, making your customers feel safe and always looking for fresh ways to do business.


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November 2020

How to Reboot Your Work-From-Home Career During the Pandemic

By |2020-11-10T17:09:32+00:00November 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

If you’ve spent the last several years building a work-from-home career only to suffer a job loss during the pandemic, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are trying to bounce back after a career setback. But you have an advantage many others don’t: You’re used to working from home. Now, you just have to get out there, find more work, and ensure that you’re set up for long-term success. Here are some practical tips to get you started:


Hit the Web

These days, it’s easier than ever to find jobs online.


  • Start with general interest job sites like Indeed, Monster, and Career Builder.
  • If you want sites more tailored to freelance and contract work, try Upwork, Fiverr, and Toptal Business.
  • Use Virtual Vocations, FlexJobs, and for finding remote-only work.
  • To find tech-related remote jobs, try GitHub Jobs, AngelList, and PowerToFly.


Make a Workspace

No matter what kind of work you do at home, you will need a proper workstation.


  • Make sure your workspace allows you to separate your work and home life.
  • Choose a location in your home that provides plenty of access to natural light.
  • Choose attractive and efficient lighting to use during the darker hours.
  • Don’t hesitate to put out a few house plants.
  • Paint the walls a color that motivates you and helps you stay productive.


Equip Yourself

Continuing to learn and investing in the right tools will go a long way in helping you succeed.


  • Find marketing and social networking opportunities when you join the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Consider pursuing an online degree to grow your business knowledge and skills.
  • Invest in a quality desk and ergonomic chair for your workspace.
  • Look into all of the communication and collaboration tools that can help you succeed as a remote worker.
  • And don’t forget about the wealth of productivity apps out there that can help you stay accountable and efficient on a daily basis.


Even though no one really knows how long the pandemic will last, it doesn’t have to stop you from having a great career now and in the future. Look on the right job sites for new work, make sure you have a sufficient workspace, and equip yourself for short-term and long-term success.


Article courtesy of Katie Conroy ,


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October 2020

2020 Business Showcase Promotion

By |2020-11-25T18:24:54+00:00October 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The 2020 Business Showcase is running from October 5 through Dec. 14.  Enter to win a $250 cash prize and other drawing prizes such as:

$25 Amazon Card
Wooden Hand-made Jewelry Box
(4) 16 Minute Go Kart Rides (1 PRIZE)
Frontier Lanes Bowl & Meal Package for 2
Free Month Gymnastics Lessons
(2) $25 Ruby’s on Main Gift Certificates
(5) $50 Gift Cards or cash
1 year Subscription for Villager News
Rechargeable Weed Eater
Custom Keepsake Mini Bat
(3) Gift Basket Prizes:
1 at $25 value
2 at $50 value (one with tools)
(3) Separate 1-Night Stays at Romantic Spa Rooms Prizes at:
Biggers B&B, Riverview Falls, or Cedar Glade Resort
Rare & Valuable Coin Set
Phone Protection Pro Wrap ($40)

*Drawing prizes are donated by participating SRACC Members






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September 2020

Arkansas Tourism Report 2019

By |2020-09-22T18:11:51+00:00September 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Whatever sort of adventure travelers are craving, Arkansas delivers. And although visitors may come to our state for different reasons, they all leave with a similar impression – that our state is welcoming, authentic and the perfect place to relax and recharge. Not only that, they want to come back for a return visit. And who can blame them?

Arkansas is home to experiences and attractions found nowhere else. Travelers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. They can tour one of only three purse museums in the world at ESSE Purse Museum in Little Rock. Or, they can ride some of the best mountain biking trails on the planet.

Arkansas’s communities large and small welcome guests of all ages, races and nationalities, offering local dining, historical attractions, outdoor recreation and so much more. Visitors also enjoy a multitude of inexpensive family activities across the state, including at our 52 state parks. Clearly, there’s a reason why we say The Natural State is a natural choice for travel.

Here is the 2019 Arkansas Tourism Economic Impact Report:

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August 2020

The Value of Chambers of Commerce for Businesses

By |2020-08-18T16:21:25+00:00August 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This guide explores the business value and ROI of joining a chamber of commerce. Small business owners and entrepreneurs often overlook chambers of commerce because they are unfamiliar with them. However, this guide provides a useful introduction to the benefits of joining a chapter, the fees and choices available to business owners, and how to become a chamber member.

What is a Chamber of Commerce?

Chamber of commerce is a broad term referring to a business network. This network is made of individuals who invest their time and money into the organization, generally with the goal of advancing their community’s economic well-being. Often, a chamber of commerce is made up of local business owners and entrepreneurs in a designated geographical area who advocate for local business.

Customers respond 63% more favorably to businesses that are members of a local chamber of commerce.

Each chamber of commerce is run as an individual organization, known as a chapter. A chapter represents a local, regional, state, or national interest. A chapter also represents many different initiatives and viewpoints within a specific community — typically with a pro-business and pro-free-enterprise viewpoint. While many people might associate the chamber of commerce with the government, it is not a government entity. A chamber will often lobby the government (whether local, state, or national) to ensure the chapter’s legislative agenda is represented. Chapters do not, however, receive any funding from the government.

The idea of a chamber of commerce has been around for hundreds of years. Today, you can find thousands of chapters across the country. For example, one of America’s largest chapters, the United States Chamber of Commerce, was founded in 1912. There are over 4,000 chapters in the U.S. advocating for a variety of issues, including tax policies, legal reform, and economic reform. While the guiding principles for each chapter are different, many of their goals center around economic development, prosperity, and employer community.

Benefits of Joining a Chamber of Commerce

Joining a chamber of commerce provides businesses with access to resources, discounts, and relationships that enable them to save money, market their products, and streamline their processes. Both employees internal to individual chapters and members of chapters bring their own benefits to the total body. Whether your business is looking for B2B partners and sales, help with customer acquisition, or guidance on HR processes, a chamber of commerce can help.


For more information go to the following link:

The Value of Chambers of Commerce for Businesses

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