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Chamber Chat 7.24.18


Can you believe how many events have been happening in our community this summer?  And, we still have several more to come.

 

Did you notice all of thebuses and out of town license plates a couple of weeks ago?  The people in those vehicles were here to watchthe Babe Ruth Southwest Regional Softball Tournament.

 

Immediately following the softball tournament was another big event for the area.  The 2018 U.S. Amateur Qualifying Golf Tournament was held at Big Creek Golf & Country Club.  This event brought dozens of the top golfers from eight states and two countries to our community.

 

Did you get a chance to visit the Regional Airport and enjoy the static display of antique and modern aircraft?

 

What about festivals?  My gosh the festivals!  There were 4th of July fireworks displays all over the area.  Cotter heldits annual Trout Festival and Gassville held their annual Gassville In the Park Festival.

 

What about the granddaddyof festivals, the Red, White and Blue Festival? Thousands of people gathered onthe campus of ASU Mountain Home to enjoy the food, music, fun and activities…not to mention what may very well the best fireworks display in the entire state.

 

Pretty exciting stuff, especially when you know summer isn’t over yet. We can’t wait to welcome back the Babe Ruth World Series.  That’s right. They will be back next month and will provide us with several day’s worth of some of the best baseball competition you will ever witness.

 

Don’t forget there is also Friday Night Block Party on the Square, the Global Leadership Summit, the EighthAnnual Pink for Peitz Rodeo, the 2018 Women’s Expo and The Gem Mineral andFossil Show, all around the corner as well.

 

I’m sure we have probably missed a few events but we think you get our point.  We are so very fortunate to live in such adynamic and active community.

 



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Chamber Chat 7.31.18


School is just a couple of weeks away but that doesn’t mean summer is over yet! We can’t wait to welcome back the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series which provides the Twin Lakes Area with some of the best baseball competition you will ever see. Teamsarrive Tuesday, August 7th. The parade is at 10:00 Wednesday, August8th and the opening ceremonies are also on the 8th beginning at 11:00 at McClain Park.

 

The Global Leadership Summit kicks off August 9th.It is a live, two-day telecast about Christian leadership and takes place at Christ Community Church in Mountain Home. The diverse Summit faculty delivers a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply. 

The Eighth Annual Pink for Peitz Rodeo is Friday, August 10th and Saturday, August 11th at the Saddle Club Arena in Mountain Home. Thisfamily friendly event is presented by Rand Rodeo Company and the Chicks-n-Spurs Drill Team to benefit the Peitz Cancer Support House.              

On Saturday, August 18th come shop with friends, bringyour family, and enjoy the many vendors from retail, commercial, service, home-based, and handcrafted businesses at the 2018 Women’s Expo. It is located at the Baxter County Fairgrounds. Admissionis free, and the Expo runs from 9:00 in the morning until 3:00 p.m. The Fashion Show begins at noon. 

 

The annual Gem Mineral and Fossil Show will also be held at the Baxter County Fairgrounds. It takes place on August 25th & 26th. The show will be from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Vendors will be selling beautiful gems, minerals, jewelry, fossils and much more.

 

For a complete list and details of all events visit enjoymountainhome.com.

 

We recently began our Membership Monday program and the response has been excellent.Members of the chamber can sign up to have their business highlighted with a short video that gets posted to social media. Our first business featured was Home Bound Medical. In just three days their video had over 1,000 views! It can be seen on our Facebook page or on YouTube. To sign your business up contact Erric Totty at erric@enjoymountainhome.com.

Last, but certainly not least, we would like to welcome our newest members: Arkansas Records Management, Precision Line Window Washing,Mtn. Home Burger Co., Delta Medical, Mountain Home Heat and Air and Four Bears Resort, LLC.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and thanks to all our Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce members for allowing us to represent you!

 

 

 

 

 



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Chamber Chat 8.8.18


We will have a busy town this week with guests from across the United States participating in the 13-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series baseball tournament. This is the second consecutive year Mountain Home has hosted the tournament and we are thrilled they chose our community again. If you are a business with a marquee, please welcome the teams. Today the Chamber of Commerce will be grilling hotdogs for the skills competition and we want to thank Harps, Sysco, Good Samaritan, Integrity First Bank and Supply Solutionsfor donating food, drinks and the grill.

The Chamber will also be greeting and handing out ourMountain Home Visitor and Relocation guides to the teams, families and otherguests when the tournament kicks off on Thursday morning. In 2017 teams traveled from California, New Jersey, Florida and North Dakota. Let’s all give them a warm Twin Lakes welcome!

It is not too late to join the 2018-2019 Leadership Mountain Home class. We have a couple of openings left. The Leadership program is available to all employees of current Chamber members. This is a unique program that engages participants with community leaders, businesses and organizations.If you have more questions about the program or would like to sign up, please contact Angela Broome at 425-5111 or angela@enjoymountainhome.com.

Make sure you follow the Chamber on Facebook and YouTube. Also check out our events calendar at www.enjoymountainhome.com to keep up on events in the Twin Lakes.

 



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Chamber Chat 7.11.18

Chamber Chat

We are ramping up production at the Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce and are excited to get the community involved!

Are you taking full advantage of the free benefits included with your Chamber membership? Did you know you can list job openings and share coupons on our website? Looking for a calendar of local events? Check out the calendar on our homepage, our members can post events and meetings. The Chamber website is a wonderful tool to find information on our members with direct links to their website, social media pages and contact information. You can search for members alphabetically or by category.

The Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce website averages over 8,000 unique visitors per month!

We would like to welcome our newest Chamber members:Legionnaire Barbershop, Letty’s Restaurant, Wagon Wheel Resort, Twin Lakes Home Inspections and the Mountain Home Pilots. If you or your business would like to join the Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce, contact Erric Totty at erric@enjoymountainhome.com.

It is time to sign up for the 2018-2019 Leadership Mountain Home class. Leadership Mountain Home is an exclusive program engaging participants with community leaders, businesses and organizations. The program cultivates effective leaders in our area by developing an awareness of business issues and challenges facing our community, discovering personal leadership strengths, and establishing valuable community relationships and resources. For more information or to join the 2018-2019 Leadership class, contact Angela Broome at angela@enjoymountainhome.com or 425-5111.

Thank you, Ozark Surgical Group, for hosting our First Friday Luncheon. Upcoming Chamber events include; Foodies ribbon cutting onJ uly 17th, Business After Hours hosted by Legionnaire Barbershop onJuly 19th and Wagon Wheel Resort ribbon cutting on July 24th.



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Chamber Chat 6.27.18


The last week of June is proving to be a busy one. Monday, June 25th the Chamber had a ribbon cutting for Solomon Hearing.Yesterday, June 26th Edward Jones, Luke Glasscock hosted an openhouse and ribbon cutting. Tomorrow, June 28th we will have a ribbon cutting for the grand reopening of McDonalds.

Thursday night kicks off the Red White & Blue festival.Schedule of events brochures can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce.  Volunteers are needed Saturday night from 5:30-8:30 at Red White & Blue, if you, your business, organization or club can help, please contact Angela at 425-5111 or angela@enjoymountainhome.com

We would like to welcome our newest Chamber members, we are excited to have them on board; Foodies, Jimmy Johns, Home Depot, Danny Porter of Century 21 LeMac, and The Roost. Be sure to stop by and show your support!

July 6th our First Friday Luncheon will be hostedby Ozark Surgical Group. First Friday is a Chamber networking event open to allmembers, their employees and/or guest. The luncheon is held at El Chico from12:00 – 1:00.

The Chamber of Commerce will be closed next Wednesday, July4th. 



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Chamber Chat 6.6.18


June is a busy month for the Chamber. We have several ribbon cuttings and three networking events. June 1st our First Friday  Luncheon was hosted by The Elder Law Practice of Cash and Whatley. They shared with the group that they have recently merged with the Drake Law Firm. The new office is located at, 313 Hwy 201 North, Ste 5.

June 5th we held a ribbon cutting for Vacco Insurance. Vacco Insurance is located at 351 E 9th St., Ste B. June7th will be our first Morning Brew and Ribbon Cutting for Crownover Company. Morning Brew is a Chamber networking event open to all members, their employees and/or guests. The event will be held at their new location,4520 Hwy 62 West at 7:15 a.m.

Thursday, June 14th will be a ribbon cutting for Warren’s Norfork Lake Grill, located at 4072 Hwy 101 in Gamaliel. Opening dayis this Saturday, June 9th. Lunch is from 11:00-2:00 and Dinner 5:00-9:00. For their regular hours you can reach them at 706-1146.

Tuesday, June 26th will be a ribbon cutting fo rEdward Jones- Luke Glasscock, Financial Advisor. The new office is located a t22 East 7th Street on the square.

June 28th will be the ribbon cutting for thegrand re-opening of McDonalds at 1019 Hwy 62 E in Mountain Home. Chambermembers who would like to attend must RSVP to Angela Broome at 425-5111 or angela@enjoymountainhome.com

Welcome to our new members in May, VET IQ Petcare, Vacco Insurance, Crawford RV Park, OneTrust Home Loans, Ozark Earth Science Club, Alley White American Legion Post 52, Solomon Hearing, Aspire Outdoors and Edward Jones - Luke Glasscock.

For more information on Chamber and community events, visit us at enjoymountainhome.com.



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Chamber Chat 6.12.18

Last week we took advantage of a unique opportunity to showcase our community to dozens of people throughout Arkansas during the Breakthrough Solutions Conference hosted by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. The conference was held in Little Rock and opened with a pre-conference workshop.  During the workshop the Chamber made a presentation covering the history of Mountain Home and Baxter County.  At the end of the presentation we highlighted that Baxter and Marion Counties have been in a population decline over the past seven or eight years. The attendees then broke into several groups to focus on finding solutions to the following five areas of economic development:Entrepreneurialism; Quality of Place; Tourism and Retiree Recruitment; Business Recruitment; and Business Retention and Expansion.  Numerous ideas were tossed around and we expect to have the results from these discussions soon.

The Chamber will utilize this information as we move forward on the development of a comprehens ivestrategic plan for economic development for the region.  Our end goal is to reverse the population decline we are now experiencing in Baxter and Marion Counties.

 We will be continually updating you on our progress through this space.



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Chamber Chat 5.15.18

It’s not too late to register for the Bare Necessities 5K Fun Run/Walk this Saturday. Registration forms can be picked up at the Chamber office. Check in begins at 7:00 a.m. at Cooper Park with an 8:00 a.m. starttime. Adult registration is $30.00 and kids 12 and under can register by donating an unopened package of kid’s underwear. Money raised from the run will be used to purchase socks and underwear for the clothes closets in the Mountain Home School District. The Bare Necessities 5K Fun Run/Walk is the project for the 2017-2018 Leadership Mountain Home class.

Leadership Mountain Home is a program put on by the Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce. This unique program engages participants with community leaders, businesses and organizations. Leadership Mountain Home is cultivating effective leaders in our area by developing an awareness of business issues and challenges facing our community, discovering personal leadership strengths and establishing valuable community relationships and resources.

The Leadership program begins in August with an overnight team building experience. Sessions include; Education, History/Tourism, Local Government, Community Involvement, Communications, Industry, Healthcare and Law Enforcement. The class also has an overnight trip to Little Rock to tour the State Capitol, meet the governor and our local representatives. The program ends in June with a graduation.

Each year the class must choose a project that will better our community. Past projects include: remodeling of Gamma House, Movies in the Park, Brick Mountain Home Signs located on the East and West end of town,Dollar Energy Fund and the Community Cupboard at Hickory Park.

Applications are now available for the 2018-2019 Leadership Class. For more information or to register please contact Angela Broome at425-5111 or angela@enjoymountainhome.com



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Chamber Chat 5.9.18

The Chamber is still accepting teams and sponsors for our 2018 Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament. The tournament will be FridayMay 18th at Big Creek Golf & Country Club. Registration will open at 7:00a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. Your registration fee includes green fee, lunch, refreshments, cartrental, range balls and prizes!  For more information, please contact Angela Broome at 425-5111 or info@enjoymountainhome.com

This year’s Leadership Mountain Home class project is the Bare Necessities 5K Fun Run/Walk.  The event will raise money to purchase socks and underwear to stock the closets in the Mountain Home School District. Registration forms can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce,Centennial Bank or First Community Bank. The 5K will be held on Saturday May 19th at 8:00 a.m. at Cooper Park.

We would like to welcome our new members VetIQ Petcare,Vacco Insurance and Crawford RV Park. The Chamber will be having a ribbon cutting for VetIQ Petcare tomorrow, May 10th at 12:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come out for the ribbon cutting on Thursday or join them Saturday May 12th for their Grand Opening.

Thank you SG360 for hosting our First Friday Luncheon last week.  Our next Chamber networking event will be Business After Hours hosted by Century 21 on Thursday May 24th at 5:15p.m. The Business After Hours will be held at 420 S Main St, Mountain Home.Chamber networking events are open to all chamber members, their employees and/or guests.

For other upcoming community events, visit our website at www.enjoymountainhome.com.



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Chamber Chat 5.1.18

Are you a golfer? Have you registered for the 2018 Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament? It is not too late. The tournament will beFriday May 18th at Big Creek Golf & Country Club. Registration will open at 7:00 and a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. Your registration fee includes green fee, lunch, refreshments, cart rental, range balls and prizes!

We want to give a big THANK YOU to our Event Sponsor, Baxte rRegional Medical Center. We also want thank our Putting Contest Sponsor,Lincoln Paden Medical Group and all of our Hole Sponsors to date, Firs tCommunity Bank, Integrity First Bank, XL7, Comfort Inn, Arvest Bank, Eaton, Consolidated Land Services and West Plains Bank & Trust. If you would like to sponsor, please contact Angela Broome at 425-5111.

Registration and sponsorship forms can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce, located at 1041 Highland Circle, Ste. 59, Big Creek ProShop or on our website at www.enjoymountainhome.com.

This Friday, May 4th, is our First Friday Luncheon held at El Chico from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. This month’s host is SG360. SG360 is a facility services company specializing in janitorial, facilities management, restoration services, and inventory management. First Friday Luncheon is anetworking event open to all Chamber members, their employees and guests.



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Chamber Chat 4.24.18

We apologize to our readers for missing last weeks Chamber Chat. We were out of the office attending the MAKO (Missouri Arkansas KansasOklahoma) Chamber meeting. We also apologize if you tried to call the office last week. When we returned to town we discovered that the storm took out our phones. After a week with very limited phone service, we are finally back up and running.

To wrap up April, the Chamber held a ribbon cutting last Saturday for Aspire Outdoors and this week we will have our Business AfterHours hosted by Serenity, 1015 Hwy 62 West, Thursday the 26th at 5:15p.m. Our Business After Hours are open to all Chamber members their employees and guests.

May will kick off with our First Friday Luncheon hosted by SG360 on May 4th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at El Chico. The Chamber’s annual golf tournament will be held Friday April 18th at Big Creek Golf & Country Club. We are still in need of sponsors and teams. The tournament is a two-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.Registration includes green fee, cart rental, lunch, on course refreshments, prizes and goody bag. If you would like to support the golf tournament, please contact the Chamber at 425-5111 or email info@enjoymountainhome.com.

As part of the Leadership Mountain Home program, the class must complete a project that positively impacts our community. This year’s class has chosen to do a 5K Fun Run/Walk to raise money for socks and underwear to replenish the school’s closets.  The Bare Necessities 5K will be held Saturday May 19th at Cooper Park. Registration forms can be picked up at the Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce,Centennial Bank, or 1st Community Bank.

We would like to welcome our newest Chamber members, Warren’s Norfork Lake Grill and VET IQ Petcare. Both will be opening in May.

 Visit us at www.enjoymountainhome.com forupcoming events.



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Chamber Chat 4.11.18

The Chamber would like to welcome our newest members, PJ’s White River Lodge, Brenda Allen, River Run Restaurant and Warren’s Norfork Lake Grill, which will be opening very soon.

We want to extend another thank you to Cloud 9 Ranch for hosting our First Friday Luncheon last week. We had a good crowd and Cloud 9 did an excellent job. Next month’s host is SG360. First Friday Luncheons are Chamber networking events that are open to all Chamber members, their employees and/or guest. We have a couple of months still available for 2018 if you are a Chamber member and would like to host a First Friday Luncheon or Business After Hours.

Did you know as aChamber member you can post jobs to our website? Our website, www.enjoymountainhome.com, averages 7,000+ unique visitors a month.As a member you can post your job openings at no cost. The event calendar isalso available for members to post their events.

Registration is open,and we still have sponsorship opportunities available for the 2018 Chamber GolfTournament that will be held Friday, May 18th at Big Creek Golf andCountry Club. Forms can be found on our website or stop by the Chamber office.If you have questions, please call Angela or Jeff at (870) 425-5111. See you onthe green!



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Chamber Chat 4.3.18


Are you looking for a new career? The Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce is a co-sponsor for the 2018 Community Career Expo April 4th, at the McClure Convention Center in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center. Job seekers can visit with representatives from many of our local businesses and industries from 11:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Last week we held a ribbon cutting for American Safeguard Insurance, Rob Coleman. The rain didn’t stop the crowd from coming out and enjoying BBQ and celebrating Rob’s opening. You can visit Rob and his staff at1004 Hwy 62E in Mountain Home. ASI is a full-service agency providing high quality Property & Casualty, Business, Health and Life Insurance, as well as Surety Bonds.

Arvest Bank was the host for our March Business After Hours.We had a great turn-out for the Chamber’s networking event. Sally Gilbert with Arvest and Jeff Quick with the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas shared about food insecurity in our community. Arvest has two upcoming campaigns to bring awareness to hunger in our community, Feed the Pack Day will be held on April 27th, look for volunteers at store fronts and intersections with green buckets collecting donations for the Food Bank. The second event will bethe 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign that will take place April 2nd-June nd. Arvest also presented a $500 check to the Food Bank of NorthCentral Arkansas to support the backpack program.

This Friday, April 6th is our monthly First Friday Luncheon held at El Chico from 12:00-1:00 p.m. hosted by Cloud 9 Ranch. First Friday Luncheons are Chamber networking events open to all members, their employees and/or guests.

Save the date for the Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held May 18th at Big Creek Golf & Country Club.  For more information on this event contact the Chamber at 425-5111. For other upcoming community events visit our event calendar at enjoymountainhome.com.



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Chamber Chat 3.28.18

We are often asked “how will I benefit by joining the Chamber of Commerce?” Although there are many member benefits, we wanted to share with you the top 5 reason for joining.

1. STANDING UP FOR BUSINESS: Your Chamber of Commerce, through its partnership with the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, works continuously to encourage state and federal legislators to support laws and policies that positively impact your bottom line, therefore giving you a voice at the State Capitol and in Washington, D.C.

2. COMMUNITY SUPPORT: The Chamber has a strong presence throughout our community. We work directly with ASUMH, the Mountain Home Advertising & Promotions Commission, the Lake Norfork Chamber of Commerce, the City of Mountain Home, Baxter County and numerous other entities and individuals to support our community and its progress.

3. ECONOMIC GROWTH: Through partnerships with key economicdevelopment agencies in our state we can assist both existing and prospective new companies with expansion and relocation projects bringing new jobs and investment to our communities.

4. BUSINESS NETWORKING: Programs like our First Friday Luncheons, Business After Hours, Annual Banquet and Small Business Seminars provide a great way for our members to not only meet potential new customers, but to learn first-hand ways to help improve their business success.

5. BUSINESS SERVICES: Your Chamber membership opens the door to numerous new customers and suppliers. Our lobby is full of our member’s brochures available to the thousands of visitors we see each year. You can also take advantage of our digital advertising opportunities and our publications such as the Visitors & Relocation Guide, which is provided to everyone who inquires about our region. We only promote those businesses who are members ofthe Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, March 29th Arvest Bank will be our host for Business After Hours. The event will be at the 2619 Hwy 62 East locationstarting at 5:15 p.m. Business After Hours is a networking event open to all Chamber members, their employees and/or guests.

Friday, April 6th will be our First Friday Luncheon hosted by Cloud 9 Ranch. First Friday Luncheon is a Chamber networking event open toall members, their employees and/or guests. Lunch is $10.50 (if you choose toeat) and there is always a 50/50 drawing. Held at El Chico from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

 Please visit us at enjoymountainhome.com to view other upcoming community events.



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Chamber Chat 3.21.18


It was a successful weekend at the Dallas Travel and Adventure Show! We handed out hundreds of our Visitor and Relocation Guides and shared with guests about our wonderful community. We visited with several travel agents who stated that they are seeing more people looking to vacation closer to home and showed great interest in our area. The two-day show had over 15,000 attendees. A special thank you to Denali Rods for donating a rod for our door prize.

 Thursday, March 29th Arvest Bank will be our host for Business After Hours.The event will be at the 2619 Hwy 62 East location starting at 5:15 p.m.Business After Hours is a networking event open to all Chamber members, theiremployees and/or guests.

 Friday,April 6th will be our First Friday Luncheon hosted by Cloud 9 Ranch.First Friday Luncheon is a Chamber networking event open to all members, their employees and/or guests. Lunch is $10.50 (if you choose to eat) and there isalways a 50/50 drawing. Held at El Chico from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

 Please visitus at enjoymountainhome.com to other upcoming community events.



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Chamber Chat 3.14.18

The heart of any community lies in strong volunteer spiritand the Mountain Home Area Chamber is no different. We are currently looking to grow our volunteer team. There are various roles and responsibilities, but the main qualifier is love of community and willingness to devote time to the Chamber and our members. As a Chamber volunteer you will meet new people, share your knowledge about our area and promote the growth of our community. Volunteerism has many proven benefits such as increased self-confidence, a sense of purpose and decreased risk of depression. If you are interested involunteering with the Chamber of Commerce, please contact Angela at 425-5111.

On March 9th our Leadership Mountain Home class learned about industry and economic development in our area. The day started with a tour of Baxter Healthcare, one of Mountain Home’s top employers. Baxter makes dialysis kits that millions of patients and healthcare professionals rely on. The next stop was at Eaton. The Eaton tour took us through the process of making a hose. Eaton in Mountain Home makes over 600 varieties of high pressure hoses. Over lunch the class visited with our very own Chamber President, Jeff Pipkin, to talk about economic development in our area. The final stop of theday was at Bass Cat Boats. We were able to see the boat building process from start to finish.

The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce will be represented at the Travel and Adventure Show in Dallas this weekend. Dallas is in our top three areas for website hits and we are excited to be promoting our beautiful Mountain Home to the Dallas area.

Upcoming Chamber events: March 27th Ribbon Cutting for American Safeguard Insurance, Rob Coleman.  March 29th Business after Hours hosted by Arvest Bank. Visit enjoymountainhome.com for a full listing of eventsin our area.



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Chamber Chat 2.28.18

Despite the rain last week, the Leadership Mountain Home group had a great trip to Little Rock for Arkansas Day. We arrived at the state capitol on Wednesday morning for a photo with Governor Asa Hutchinson. Governor Hutchinson invited us to his office to visit with the group and allow for questions. After a tour of the capitol, Senator Scott Flippo met us in the Senate Chamber. Representative Nelda Sparks joined our group at lunch. From the capitol we went to the Old State House Museum where we had a guided tour of our first capitol building and its history. The last stop of the day was at Heifer International, a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities. Day two of our trip we toured the USS Razorback at the Arkansas inland Maritime Museum. The final stop of our trip was to Central High School. Our tour guide shared the history of Central High and the role it played in the desegregation of public schools in the United States. Next month the Leadership class will focus on Industry and Economic Development. Applications for the 2018-2019 Leadership Mountain Home class are now available. For more information contact Angela at the Chamber office.

This Friday, March 2nd will be the Chamber of Commerce First Friday Luncheon and this month’s host is McDonalds. First Friday is a Chamber networking event. It is open to all members, their employees and/or guests.First Friday will be held at El Chico from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. If you are a Chamber member and would like to host a networking event email Angela at angela@enjoymountainhome.com.

 



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Chamber Chat 2.20.18

Did you know that tourism is big business in Baxter County? In 2012 travel expenditures were $191,079,852. In 2016 travel expenditures areu p to $260,545,463! According to our statistics, most of our visitors at www.enjoymountainhome.com come from the St. Louis and Dallas area, so on February 8th – 11ththe Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce attended the St. Louis Boat & Sport Show. A few of our Chamber members were there as well including Blue Lady Resort, Bull Shoals Boat Dock, Chit Chat Chaw Resort and Jordan Marina. Our area was well represented, and we had a lot of attendees stop by to tell us how much they love our area. We had even more say that they are interested invacationing here. We hope we have another successful trade show in March whenwe attend the Dallas Travel and Adventure Show.

We want to welcome our newest Chamber members: Hide A Way onthe White River, Children’s Home, Inc. and American Safeguard Insurance-RobColeman.  If you or your business is interested in joining the Chamber and taking advantage of all the member benefits, contact the office at 425-5111.

Next Friday, March 2nd will be the Chamber of Commerce First Friday Luncheon and this month’s host is McDonalds. First Fridayis a Chamber networking event. It is open to all members, their employees and/or guests. First Friday will be held at El Chico from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. If you are a Chamber member and would like to host a networking event email Angela at angela@enjoymountainhome.com.



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Bass Fishing..Bass Boats...BassMasters - We know BASS in Mountain Home

From bass fishing in Arkansas to bass boat manufacturing, in Mountain Home, fishing is just a part of the culture. Local residents enjoy their early mornings or evenings on the lake, and they know all the sweet spots where the fish are sure to bite. Between Bull Shoals fishing and Norfork fishing, bass anglers rarely leave without a catch. In fact, the bass here are so plentiful that three well-established leading fiberglass bass boat manufacturers are headquartered here, providing vessels sold across the globe.  Many boats, however, and built and sold right here in the region and end up in our local waters.  

 
Ranger boats are manufactured in Flippin, Arkansas, a mere 20 minutes from Mountain Home. Bass Cat and Legend Bass fishing boats are also handcrafted here, both made in Midway, Arkansas. Shawnee Supreme Boats, a specialists in fiberglass river boats, is also headquartered near Mountain Home.  So, if it's bass fishing that you love, and it's a boat that you need, Mountain Home is the perfect landing place!


The area has become famous for its fishing, and that didn't go unnoticed by a certain national fishing organization. Bassmaster pinpointed Mountain Home and Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes a few years ago to host their Elite Series Bassmaster Tournament.  After months of planning, organizing, and advertising, the Bassmaster Elite Tournament will be here THIS WEEK.  Thursday - Sunday, April 21-24, Mountain Home will host the most elite and well-known bass anglers in the world.  We are so proud to host this tournament, and this unique group of professional fishermen, and we are especially proud to be the first Bassmaster tournament held on two lakes!  They couldn't pick just one...Bull Shoals Lake and Norfork Lake...so they're fishing both! For more information on this year's Bassmaster event, including a complete schedule of events like weigh in times and live free concerts, visit http://EnjoyMountainHome.com/Main-Event/Bassmaster/.


And if fishing isn't your thing...

Between Bull Shoals Lake and Lake Norfork, you'll never run out of fun things to do on the lake. The breathtaking lakes are similar in landscape, with long, wide coves and channels and beautiful Ozark horizons in the distance.  Enjoy all those lake activities you love, like wakeboarding, water skiing, water tubing, swimming, scuba diving, and of course, fishing! There are plenty of marinas offering boat and equipment rental, and the Corps of Engineers campgrounds and boat launches are available for easy access. The lake level fluctuates based on rainfall, but is rarely inaccessible. Daily water levels are easily found on the Corps of engineers website.  

 
Camp out in your RV or a tent, take the boat out for sunset sightseeing cruise on the lake, or hike some of the trails along the Bull Shoals White River State Park trail system. There's always something to do or see on our lakes!
 
Whether you make it for the Bassmasters Tournament this week, or make plans to visit our lakes this summer or fall, we know you will love it here.  Our area is abundant with natural resources that entice tourists and locals of all ages and all interests during every season.  For more information on planning your bass fishing vacation or your next visit to Mountain Home, check out all we have to offer at EnjoyMountainHome.com.



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Check out our new Spring Digital Download on EnjoyMountainHome.com

Interested in visiting the Twin Lakes Area and Mountain Home this spring? Check out the latest Spring Seasonal Download on the EnjoyMountainHome.com website!

Whether you're interested in getting out on trails to hike or bike, exploring local caverns and waterfalls, or jumping in your car for a day trip to see the beautiful dogwoods in bloom, our digital download will entice you to visit this gorgeous area of the Ozarks during our prettiest months- March, April and May!

There is plenty happening in the community as well - from the Arkansas Symphony's String Quartet performing live for audiences at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus of Arkansas State University Mountain Home to the Bassmaster Elite Fishing Tournamenton Bull Shoals and Norfork Lake in late April. Bassmaster events, April 21-24, are free to community and will include the "Local Flavor" of the Twin Lakes with food vendors, art and craft vendors, family friendly activities and a barbecue cooking contest. Entertainment during the Bassmaster Expo includes recording artists Backroad Anthem, Liz Moriondo and more!

Hobbyists can be entertained as well. Spring festivals, expos and conventions are plentiful. Check out the Sow Bug Roundup, a fly tying expo that draws fly fishing enthusiasts from across the nation and the Cotter Trout Festival, a weekend event on the banks of the White River in Cotter. The Chamber's Event Calendar is updated daily with community events, activities and meetings that visitors can attend.

The redbuds, wildpears, daffodils and forsythia are in full bloom around every bend. Spring rains have filled the creeks and greened the grasses. Spring in Mountain Home is absolutely beautiful and we hope you'll drive in, fly in, or boat in to see us soon!

For more information about vacationing or retiring to the Mountain Home, Arkansas area, visit EnjoyMountainHome.com



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Chamber Chat 2.7.18


One of our visitors last week shared a story with us about how The Community Cupboard had exactly what she needed. She stops by on a regular basis to stock the cupboard to help others, but this day, the cupboard helped her. The Community Cupboard was the project of the 2016-2017 Leadership Mountain Home class through the Chamber. The class, comprised of area professionals, completed the ten-month program that ran from August to May.  The program is designed to give participants an in-depth education on the community where they live and work, as well as training in team work, communication and leadership skills. Each year the Leadership Mountain Home class is required to complete a project that will benefit our community. The Community Cupboard’s motto is “Take What You Need, Give What You Can.” Community members are encouraged to take advantage of this box as well as stock it with any non-perishable items including books, water, band-aids,and various other supplies that anyone might need while visiting Hickory Park.

The Chamber is excited to announce our new Visitor and Relocation Guides have arrived! The VR Guide has a brand-new look and will bedistributed at Visitor Centers across Arkansas, handed out at trade shows andsent out to those inquiring about visiting or relocating to the Mountain Homearea.

Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events at enjoymountainhome.comand Like us on Facebook for upcoming events.



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Chamber Chat 1.31.17


Last week’s Annual Chamber Banquet & Membership Meeting was a great success! Over 250 guest attended the banquet which was held at The Shied on January 25th. Thank you again to all of our wonderful sponsors and donors. During the banquet we gave a year in review for 2017 and recognized all of our outgoing and incoming board members as well as the 2017-2018 Leadership Mountain Home class.

The following awards were handed out: Outstanding Business/Industry nominees were: Auto Services, KTLO, RitterCommunications and XL7. The award went to KTLO. Outstanding Organization nominees were: Care Center Ministries, Gamma House, Good Samaritan Society,Mountain Home Education Foundation/Project Promise, Serenity, The PerformingArts Council at ASUMH and the Twin Lakes Community Foundation. The award went to Care Center Ministries. Educator of the Year nominees were: Jeff Kincaid(MHPS), Jennifer Veloria-Dunn (Library), Jill Czanstkowski (MHPS), Dr. JuliaGist (ASUMH), Martin Eggensperger (ASUMH) and Mindy Fulcher (ASUMH). The award went to Dr. Julia Gist. Young Entrepreneur nominees were: Ashley Havens (AshleyHavens State Farm), Brendan Shay (Shay’s Appliance), Greg Alexander & James Moore (Vision Amp), Russell Tucker (Rapps Barren) and Scott Estes (Denali Rods& Aspire Outdoors). The award went to Brendan Shay. Medical Professional of the Year nominees were: Amanda Thorton, ANP, Corrinne Hiser, CNP, Dr. Dan Swoyer, Dr. Gregory Elders, Dr. Jacob Dickinson, Dr. Jennifer Foster, Dr. JohnSpore, Dr. Louis Elkins, Dr. Mark Ungerank, Dr. Michael Adkins, Dr. Russ Raulsand Dr. Tom Knox. The award went to Dr. Tom Knox. Spirit Award nominees are Jewel Pendergrass, KTLO, Tommy Hagan, Tracy Myers and Wes Wood. The award went to Tommy Hagan. Jim Gaston Friend of Tourism nominees were Bob Knight, Gerald & Judy Oates, Steve Eastwold and Tobias Pugsley and the award went to the late Steve Eastwold. Volunteer of the Year nominees were Ashley Southard, Audrey Burns, Brandy Jordan, Deborah Knox, Judy Garner, Kelly Nosari, NancyTester, Patty Shay and Rick Garner. The award went to Rick Garner. Judy Garner was the Ambassador of the Year.

Rick Pierce, president of BassCat Boats, made an exciting announcement regarding an upcoming expansion project. We also announced the production of a new virtual reality video tohelp promote the Mountain Home Area.


This Friday is our monthly First Friday networking luncheon.This month’s host is E Communications (KKountry 95.1, The Gift AM 1290 & FM103.7, The Train 100.9, K-Love 107.1). First Friday is open to all Chamber members, their employees and/or guests and held at El Chico from 12:00 – 1:00.

Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events at www.enjoymountainhome.com!

 

 

 



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Chamber Chat 1.24.18

 We are looking forward to our Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Membership Meeting tomorrow night! It will be a great crowd and we have exciting news to share! We want to give a huge thanks to all of our banquet sponsors: ASUMH, Bass Cat, Baxter County, Baxter Healthcare, Black Hills Energy, Baxter Regional Medical Center, Centennial Bank, Century 21, Entergy, First Security Bank, Gastons, Integrity First Bank, KTLO, North Arkansas Electric Company, Ozark Surgical Group, Ultimate Auto Group and Walmart. We also wanted to say a special thank you to those who donated items for the silent auction: Bouquet Palace, Carters Jewel Chest, Clark Office Supply, Elmcroft, First Security Bank, Gastons, Integrity First Bank, Jordan Marina, Peglar Real Estate, Quarry Marina, Shay’s Appliance and Walmart. The banquet will also recognize outstanding businesses, organizations and community members.  It is not too late to get your ticket, if you are a member and would like to attend the Chamber Banquet and Annual Meeting, please contact Angela Broome at 425-5111 or angela@enjoymountainhome.com.

Did you know one of the benefits of Chamber Membership is you can post job openings on our website? Visit enjoymountainhome.com, select the RELOCATION tab and drop down to job postings. To post a job click the SUBMIT JOB button, or if you are a job seeker visit our listings! Another benefit for our members is the online calendar. On our homepage scroll down until you see the calendar. To add an event click the SUBMIT your EVENT button and fill in the information. Once it is approved, it will appear on the calendar. It is that easy! Make sure you come back regularly to see what’s happening!





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Chamber Chat 1.8.2018


Happy New Year from all of us at the Chamber of Commerce! Wehad an eventful first week of 2018 starting with a Ribbon Cutting for Fujiyama Japanese Steak House & Sushi on January 3rd. They have recently reopened with new owners and new menu. After the Ribbon Cutting Fujiyama treated the Chamber staff and our Ambassadors to a fun and delicious hibachi lunch, thanks again Fujiyama!

On Friday January 5th Home Instead Senior Carehosted our monthly First Friday Luncheon at El Chico. Dale Lunday, Human Resources Manager, shared Home Instead’s mission and services offered.

Looking ahead we have our annual Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Membership Meeting. Historically the banquet has been held inNovember, this year we made the decision to move it to January. The banquetwill be held on Thursday, January 25th at 6:00 p.m. at The Sheid.The Chamber will be recognizing Outstanding Business or Industry, OutstandingOrganization, Educator of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, MedicalProfessional of the Year, Spirit Award, Jim Gaston Friend of Tourism, Volunteerof the Year and Ambassador of the Year. Chamber members made the nominationsfor the awards and the Chamber’s Board of Directors will vote on the slateduring the January Board of Directors meeting. During the banquet we will alsorecognize our outgoing board members and welcome our new board members. Duringthe first hour, attendees will have to opportunity to place bids on some greatsilent auction items. You will also want to be present for at least one bigeconomic development announcement for 2018.

If you are a member and would like to attend the ChamberBanquet and Annual Meeting, please contact Angela Broome at 425-5111 or angela@enjoymountainhome.com fortickets and sponsorships.

This week demolition has begun on the old Chamber ofCommerce building located on Hwy 62. After demolition the lot will be listedfor sale. For now, we are in our temporary location at 1041 Highland Circle Ste.59 until we find our permanent home.

 



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Chamber Chat 12.4.17


It is another busy week at the Chamber of Commerce! We want to extend a warm Mountain Home welcome to the 2017 Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship fishermen.  Over 340 fisherman from all over the United States and Canada will kick the tournament off Wednesday morning at 6:45.  The winning team will take home a trophy anda Nitro Z20 boat powered by a Mercury 225 Pro XS with a Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance electronics, according to B.A.S.S.  The individual winner will receive an automatic entry in the 2018 Bassmasters Classic.

The Chamber would like to thank 101 Boat Dock in Gamaliel for accommodating the four-day tournament.  We also want to thank our volunteers, the City of Mountain Home, the Mountain Home A&P Commission, BASS Nation, and Nabatak, Inc.

Spectators are welcome at 101 Boat Dock for the launch at 6:45 a.m. and the weigh-ins at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Thank you to everyone in the community that came out to watch the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. All of our parade entries did a wonderful job with decorations and performances. Congratulations to our float winners:

 Commercial

 First Place - Ashley Havens State Farm

Second Place – Small Engine Specialist

Third Place – Open Arms Learning Center

Youth Group  

First Place – Kicks-n-Flips

Second Place – Rowden Family

Third Place – Santa Baby

Civic Organization

First Place – Mountain Home Christian Clinic

Second Place – WAFF North Arkansas Fly Fishers

Third Place – Good Samaritan Society

Religious

First Place – First United Methodist Church

Second Place – Harmony Freewill Baptist Church

Third Place – First Baptist Church




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Chamber Chat 12.20.17


As 2017 is coming to a close, we are looking forward to our AnnualChamber Banquet and Membership Meeting on January 25th at The Sheid.Historically the Chamber Banquet has been held in October, this year thedecision was made to move it to January, so that we can give a review of 2017. Tickets will go on sale January 2nd. We will be having a silent auction and will honor those who are an inspiration to the community and a credit to their profession with our annual awards. Chamber members are invited to nominate candidates for the categories listed below.  The Chamber's Board of Directors will vote during the January board meeting.  The candidates and the winning recipient will be announced at the banquet. Members can send all nominations to Angela Broome at angela@enjoymountainhome.com or call the Chamber office at (870)425-5111.  The last day to nominate will be on Monday, January 8th.

 Award Categories are:


 OUTSTANDING BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY

The Outstanding Business Award recognizes a local for-profit entity.  This award recognizes businesses that bring recognition to theTwin Lakes Area because of the commitment made to our citizens. The business ofthe year is a role model for other businesses and conducts its business in afair and ethical manner.

 

OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION

The Outstanding Organization Award recognizes a local not-for-profitorganization.  The recipient is selected for its commitment to serve those in the area.  The organization excels in putting service above self by serving others in ourcommunities.  This outstanding organization provides benefits that are an invaluable asset and serve as a model for other organizations.

 

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR (INCLUDES WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, ETC.)

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes a local individual. This person is dedicated but is also proactive in assuring that the educational needs of his/her students are met.

 

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (UP TO 40 YEARS OLD)

The recipient of this award has demonstrated success as measured bysales and profit; increased employment opportunities; developed and/or utilized innovative orcreative business method; innovativeness of product or service and contributes to community-oriented projects.

 

MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

The Medical Professional of the year honors a unique,respected individual who has given unselfishly of  his/ her self to promote the best possible healthcare to persons of the Twin Lakes area.

 

SPIRIT AWARD

The Spirit Award recognizes an individual or entity that acts as anAmbassador to the Twin Lakes Area, continuously promoting our community of "Three Rivers, Two Lakes,One Beautiful Life".  The recipient of this award captivates individuals, families, businesses and/or industry with the thrill of living/working in the Twin Lakes Area.

 

 

JIM GASTON FRIEND OF TOURISM AWARD

The recipient of this award promotes the Twin Lakes Area at eachoccasion and invests themselves in the area to make it a better place not only for visitors but for all of us. The Friend of Tourism not only participates in this industry, but his or her true goal is to share the natural beauty of our area, while teaching others to enjoy it and to treat it with respect.

 

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award is designed to honor an individual performing outstanding community service, largely without recognition.The recipient may volunteer  in the public and/or private sector with longevity of service playing a role in the selection.

 

The Chamber of Commerce will be closed from December 22nd to January 2nd. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe happy New Year!

 

Please see our Calendar of Events at enjoymountainhome.com for a fulllist of events from our members.



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Chamber Chat 12.12.17