MEMBERS

Become a Member

The Chamber offers memberships to a vast number of different businesses, organizations, and individuals.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chamber, please click here and complete the membership application.  For questions concerning membership rates, contact the Chamber of Commerce

Contact

Beth Osteen, Executive Director
Phone: 870.836.6426
email: chamber@explorecamden.com

Open Membership Meeting

Twice a year the Chamber holds an open meeting for all Chamber members to attend.  The meeting focuses on information relevant to the business and economic climate in the area, as well as upcoming legislative issues which are of concern.  (Started in 1990’s)

Becoming a Member is Easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Download the Application
  2. Fill it out!
  3. Send It in!

Download the Chamber of Commerce Membership ApplicationDOWNLOAD THE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION


Membership Benefits

CAP Insurance Program

A program that allows small businesses (1-99 employees) an opportunity to reduce their health insurance cost to employees.

Workers Compensation Group Benefit Program

A program issued through a local Chamber member that can benefit members by offering 5% up-front savings on our workers’ compensation premium; an opportunity for dividend payments based on group’s loss history; convenient billing options; and free access to Accident Fund’s Loss Control Tool Box.


Chamber Newsletters

Each month the Chamber office produces a newsletter which covers the highlights of the upcoming month’s activities.  Included in the newsletter is information on community activities and upcoming events as well as information on throughout Ouachita and Calhoun Counties. (Started in 1940’s)

View & download the Chamber NewslettersView & Download Chamber Newsletters


Services

Advertising/Press

Promoting Business

Chamber member businesses who have a web site or an e-mail address are able to link to the Chamber home page at no charge.  Non-member businesses will be charged a yearly fee.

Advertising

Chamber member businesses will receive the opportunity to advertise in the various inserts from the Camden News which sponsors Chamber related events.  Only Chamber members are given the opportunity.

The Chamber advertises for the community and Chamber members in several publications each year including the Camden News Progress Edition, the Arkansas’ South Tourism publication and other special area publications.

Ribbon Cuttings

The Chamber offers ribbon cutting services to all member businesses for the following activities:  new store location, major renovation, ownership change, name change, expansion, or other major events.  The ribbon cuttings are covered by the Camden News and local radio stations and are attended by the Chamber members.

Networking

Business After Hours

Chamber members can host the Business After Hours program which is used to highlight businesses and organizations.  Each month a different business hosts a reception for an informal time of networking.  The event can be held at the business location or at another facility.

Chamber Coffee Club

An alternative to Business After Hours is the Chamber Coffee Club, where a member business can host an informal event at their place of business during normal business hours.

Annual Banquet

Each year the Chamber hosts an annual banquet which features a review of the year, introduction of the new board members and officers, entertainment and a motivational speaker.


Community Development

Welcoming Committee/Ambassadors

The Chamber Ambassadors serve as a welcoming committee for local events and ribbon cuttings upon request.  They greet people attending and thank them for visiting our area.  The Chamber also provides speakers at events to extend a welcome to guests on behalf of the area.

Grant Writing

The Chamber works with groups in the community to write grants which work towards community development goals.  The nature of assistance varies but can include research, writing and implementation depending on the type of grant sought.

Leadership Camden

In a nutshell, Leadership Camden Area is needed to develop leaders who can transform our community. This program can help transform our community by providing enlightened, educated, empowered and motivated community leaders. It has become clear that leaders of all constituencies within our community must work together competently to help our community meet the challenges of the future. People from across boundaries must talk and work together to solve problems and to steer our area toward its preferred future — its vision.

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP CAMDEN AREA’S ORGANIZATION?

It is a program of the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce and Southern Arkansas University Tech. A Board of Directors oversees the program and local civic leaders, educators and specialists in selected fields coordinate and guide such matters as curriculum, programs, speakers and potential participants. An anonymous selection committee appointed by the Board President selects the participants each year.

Leadership Camden Board of Directors

Reese Broadnas, Arkansas Workforce Center
Jamie Brown, Ouachita Electric
Cathy Cash, Ouachita Enrichment Centers
Gwen Edwards, South Arkansas Development Council
Jana Garcia, Highland Industrial Park
Justin Jeffress, Aerojet/Rocketdyne
April Jones, Farmers Bank & Trust
Kathy Langley, Silver Oaks Nursing & Rehab
Gene Morton, Retired
Beth Osteen, Camden Area Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer Parker, Woods Restaurant
Michael Shelton, Generations Bank
Chip Simmons, Lockheed Martin
Judy Smith, State of Arkansas
Eric Wheatley, Lockheed Martin
Connie Wilbur, General Dynamics
Steven Word, Farmers Bank & Trust
Valerie Wilson, SAU Tech
Vicki Vaughan, Ouachita Nursing & Rehab

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?

The program consists of a kick-off press conference, a two-day retreat in January, eight half-day sessions, one full-day session, one afternoon and evening session, and a graduation banquet. Included are programs on leadership skill development, understanding personalities, strategic planning, communication, history, business and economic development, law enforcement, cultural diversity, education, health and human services, local government, state government, and quality of life. Sessions are held at various locations suitable for the theme of a particular session’s topic. It is essential that the applicant be able to commit the time required to attend the sessions.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Anyone may apply if he/she is 18 years or older and has completed college, high school or the equivalent. However, a formal Leadership Camden Area application form must be used. The anonymous selection committee will choose a maximum of twenty (20) individuals from the applications to participate each year. Candidates not selected for the current year may be reconsidered for future classes.

Download the Chamber of Commerce Membership ApplicationDOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION


Small Business Development

Information & Resources

The Chamber works with local small business owners in conjunction with the Small Business Association to provide information on topics such as “How to Write Business Plans” and “Inventory Control”.  The office also has contacts and phone numbers of groups who can perform hands-on consulting at little or no cost.

Small Business Workshops

In conjunction with OPED, the Chamber offers workshops on issues that relate to small businesses.  The workshops are often free but occasionally require a minimal charge.