Event Details

Finance. Engagement. Advocacy. Communication. Relevancy. Boards. Volunteers. Members.


It can all be a little overwhelming - especially if you are new to organization management and the chamber industry. That's why we've designed this New Chamber Professional Boot Camp! This is a ONE-day crash course on all things chamber of commerce. While the program has been developed for executives and staff who have been on the job two years or less, anyone is welcome to attend! Because we all need a little refresher

on occasion!


The program is also open to chamber volunteer leaders like the board president/chair and volunteer leaders from AEDCE member organizations are able to attend at the member rate.


During the course, you will be able to ask all of your questions and receive input from other professionals with proven ability in the field of chamber operations. Plus, all chamber executives will be matched with a seasoned chamber professional to help serve as a mentor for continued follow-up.


Check out the agenda below for the topics to be covered during the boot camp. There will also be an opportunity to socialize the night before the boot camp at Boot Camp Bowling (see section below) so make plans to be in Little Rock the night before for this fun event!

Agenda

8 AM

30 mins

Registration

8:30 AM

15 mins

Welcome & Opening Session
Randy Zook and Shelley Short
Intro to the Boot Camp
Attendee Instructions
Explanation of AR State Chamber & AEDCE

8:45 AM

45 mins

Chamber Operations
Jim Fram, CEcD, CCE, FM and Shelley Short
Overview of Chambers
Organizing Documents

9:30 AM

60 mins

Managing the Finances of the Organization
Perry Webb, CCE, IOM
Budgeting
Internal Controls
Financials - Cash vs. Accrual
Reporting to the Board
Avoiding Fraud & Embezzlement
Accounting Software & Best Practices

10:30 AM

15 mins

Break

10:45 AM

60 mins

Membership 101
Cari White, CCE and Mandy Cook, IOM
Recruitment, Retention, Engagement
Databases & Applications
Sponsorship Development
Software & Best Practices

11:45 AM

60 mins

Lunch (will be catered in house)

12:45 PM

60 mins

Chamber Communications
Julie Murray, PCED
Newsletters
Websites & Web Development
Social Media
Media Relations & Being the Spokesperson

1:45 PM

75 mins

Effectively Managing the Board of Directors
Crystal Johnson, PCED, IOM and Michael Malone, CCE
Board Roles & Responsibilities
Board/Staff Relationship
Board Structure & Committees
Board Training & Education
Strategic Planning

3 PM

15 mins

Break

3:15 PM

45 mins

Chamber's Role in Advocacy
Kenny Hall, Buckley O'Mell and Jon Moran
Why be involved?
Establishing a Government Affairs Program
Working with the State Chamber

4 PM

60 mins

Chamber Programs & Events
Gary James, Amy Williams and Julie Murray, PCED

5 PM

5:30 PM

Closing, Q&A
Open Forum

Boot Camp Bowling

Boot Camp Bowling!


Wednesday, November 28th

5PM - 7PM


Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge

315 E Capitol Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72202


Please make plans to come for all or part of Boot Camp Bowling. Awesome retro bowling alley just a few blocks from the host hotel. Light snacks & beverages will be served. Casual attire.

Speakers

  • Laura Campbell (Director of Membership, Media and Marketing at Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce)

    Laura Campbell

    Director of Membership, Media and Marketing at Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce

  • Mandy Cook, IOM (Membership Director of Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce)

    Mandy Cook, IOM

    Membership Director of Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Jim Fram, CEcD, CCE, FM (Principal & Founder of Community Growth Strategies, LLC)

    Jim Fram, CEcD, CCE, FM

    Principal & Founder of Community Growth Strategies, LLC

  • Kenny Hall (Executive Vice President at Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA)

    Kenny Hall

    Executive Vice President at Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA

  • Gary James (President/CEO of Benton Area Chamber of Commerce)

    Gary James

    President/CEO of Benton Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Crystal Johnson, PCED, IOM (President/CEO of Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce)

    Crystal Johnson, PCED, IOM

    President/CEO of Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Michael Malone, CCE (President/CEO of Texarkana Chamber of Commerce)

    Michael Malone, CCE

    President/CEO of Texarkana Chamber of Commerce

  • Jon Moran (SVP, Government Affairs at Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce)

    Jon Moran

    SVP, Government Affairs at Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Julie Murray, PCED (Executive Director of Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce)

    Julie Murray, PCED

    Executive Director of Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Buckley O

    Buckley O'Mell

    VP, Advocacy at Little Rock Regional Chamber

  • Shelley Short (Executive Director of Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives)

    Shelley Short

    Executive Director of Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives

  • Perry Webb, CCE, IOM (President/CEO of Springdale Chamber of Commerce)

    Perry Webb, CCE, IOM

    President/CEO of Springdale Chamber of Commerce

  • Cari White, CCE (Executive Vice President /Chief Operating Officer at Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce)

    Cari White, CCE

    Executive Vice President /Chief Operating Officer at Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Amy Williams (Executive Director of Cabot Chamber of Commerce)

    Amy Williams

    Executive Director of Cabot Chamber of Commerce

  • Randy Zook (President/CEO of AR State Chamber of Commerce/AIA)

    Randy Zook

    President/CEO of AR State Chamber of Commerce/AIA

Lodging

A group rate of $129 (plus tax) has been obtained for 11/28 & 11/29 at the Residence Inn by Marriott, Downtown Little Rock


The room block will be open through 11/9 so make your reservations early to ensure the group rate discount.



Residence Inn by Marriott, Downtown Little Rock

219 River Market Avenue

Little Rock, AR 72201

501-376-7200


To book a room, please CLICK HERE to be directed to the online portal. If phoning, please reference "Arkansas State Chamber."

Registration

AEDCE Member Registration
$25
Future AEDCE Member Registration
$100
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