General Info/Mission Statement
The Camden Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to assisting its members by planning, coordinating and conducting activities that promote a growing economy, thereby fostering expansion of business and industry, enhancing quality of life and providing a positive community image.
Benefits of Being a Chamber Member
The Camden Area Chamber of Commerce, like most Chambers nationwide, is supported mainly by membership dues. Other areas of funding are constantly being sought, as well as ongoing fund raising activities. Since the source of income is tied to membership, maintaining and increasing membership is vital to the success and effectiveness of the organization, which can only be accomplished through volunteer efforts.
Below is an outline of various programs which the Chamber is either completely responsible for, or strategically partners with other organizations to assure that our community is productive and proactive. These projects are as varied as the businesses or individuals requesting the assistance from the staff. They range from locating a site for a potential business; statistics regarding labor and demographics; and, tourism and historical data that can all be obtained in one location – the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce.
Through its programs, the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce strives to ensure the continued growth of our community and economy.
The Chamber often conducts specialized research for prospects in many areas including labor issues and availability, sites, demographic issues, financing, incentives, infrastructure, available contractors, and transportation issues.
Golden Triangle Economic Development Council
The Golden Triangle Economic Development Council’s mission is to address all areas of economic and community development through regional cooperation. The Council also hosts candidate forums which allows those seeking office to express their platform and hear from local business leaders about relevant issues. The director of the Chamber is a member of the board.
The Chamber is a prominent supporter of Interstate 69 and is actively involved with assuring the location of the corridor to benefit the Camden area. Lobbying of the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Commission, as well as legislators, is ongoing.
Board of Directors
The current Board of Directors is a diverse group of business and industry consisting of:
Beth Osteen, Executive Director
Peggy Abbott, Ouachita County Medical Center
Ryan Adams, Lockheed Martin
Billy Atkins, Buddy’s Wrecker
Lyndsey Bachuss, South Arkansas Regional Health Center
Misti Bounds, Bounds Tire Service
Greg Bradshaw, Sherwin Williams
Mike Cash, Centerpoint Energy
Jim Coleman, Camden Housing Authority
Blake Fain, Farmers Bank & Trust
Tiffanie Hildreth, Ouachita Electric Co-Op
Keith Johnson, General Dynamics
Casey Launius, Woodfield Trucking
Mary Ann McBride, Generations Bank
Robbie McAdoo, Ouachita County Judge
Joe McFadden, BancorpSouth
Lauren Mitchell, Gilchrist Manufacturing
Dr. Jason Morrison, SAU Tech
Kyle Mosley, Proctor Funeral Home
Wendi Nix, Nix’s Airport Liquor
Becky Powell, The Perfects
Sheila Primm, Aerojet/Rocketdyne
James Lee Silliman, Ouachita Partnership
Nick Tuberville, Camden Drug/M&S Pharmacy
Rick Walker, The Shine Shop