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!


8 AM

30 mins


8:30 AM

15 mins

Welcome & Opening Session
Intro to the Boot Camp
Attendee Instructions
Explanation of AR State Chamber & AEDCE

8:45 AM

45 mins

Chamber Operations
Overview of Chambers
Organizing Documents

9:30 AM

60 mins

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

10:30 AM

15 mins


10:45 AM

60 mins

Membership 101
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
Websites & Web Development
Social Media
Media Relations & Being the Spokesperson

1:45 PM

75 mins

Effectively Managing the Board of Directors
Board Roles & Responsibilities
Board/Staff Relationship
Board Structure & Committees
Board Training & Education
Strategic Planning

3 PM

15 mins


3:15 PM

45 mins

Chamber's Role in Advocacy
Why be involved?
Establishing a Government Affairs Program
Working with the State Chamber

4 PM

60 mins

Chamber Programs & Events

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.



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


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


AEDCE Member Registration
Future AEDCE Member Registration