Monday, December 6, 2010

2010 Rogers Christmas Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa will be arriving in style tonight at the annual Rogers Christmas parade. The show gets underway at 6:45 p.m. on Poplar St. The parade route is as follows: 5th & Poplar to 1st & Poplar, then north on 1st to Walnut, then west on Walnut to 7th St. Make sure to bundle up because it's going to be a cold one! If you can't make it out tonight, you can catch the parade on UHF Channel 48 & Cox cable Channel 21 at the following times:

Tues. Dec. 7
8 a.m.
5 p.m.
7 p.m.
9 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 8
1 p.m.
4 p.m.
8 p.m.

Thurs. Dec. 9
6 p.m.
8 p.m.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Small Business Saturday

The first ever Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, Nov. 27. It's squished in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and encourages shoppers to get out and support the small businesses that are getting our economy going again. By shopping small, you'll be helping the economy in a big way! To learn more about Small Business Saturday and how it can possible save you $25, check out the Small Business Saturday Facebook page here. Happy shopping!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Meet the New Director of the Rogers Convention & Visitors Bureau

Another new face has joined the Chamber team! We're excited to have Allyson Twiggs Dyer as the new director of the Rogers Convention & Visitors Bureau! Allyson is very familiar with the area, having lived here her entire life, and experienced in CVB work. Prior to joining the Rogers CVB, she was the director of the Fayetteville CVB for 8 years. During that time, she received certification as a Destination Management Executive which is the highest accreditation in the visitors bureau industry.

Some of you may recognize Allyson's name from her years as an Arkansas Razorback where she earned four letters in basketball. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. After college Allyson worked for Fox Sports as color commentator for Lady Razorback basketball games.

Allyson serves on the Board of Pagnozzi Charities, Razorback Foundation ‘A’ Club committee, and in 2007 Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Allyson is married to David Dyer and has an 12 year old son named Spencer. Allyson is excited to join the team at the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce. She says she'll continue to work hard bringing people to Rogers and looks forward to getting to know and help those across northwest Arkansas.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Welcome to Our New VP of Government Affairs!

The Chamber would like to welcome our new Vice President of Government Affairs, Michael Lindsey. Prior to joining the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, Michael was a public finance banker with Morgan Keegan where he provided financial advisory and bond underwriting services to municipal and non-profit clients throughout Arkansas and Missouri.

Here are some fast-facts about Michael to help you get to know him a little better:

* He serves on the city of Fayetteville's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and is a member of the board of directors for the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks.
* He is a published author. His book on the history of the Arkansas State Police was published in 2008.
* He has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's in history
* He's an avid runner and has completed seven half-marathons in the past four years
* Michael and his wife, Lara, live in Fayetteville with their two daughters, Bailey (11 years old) and Amelia (7 years old)

We are excited to have Michael join the Chamber team. He's looking forward to getting to know all of the members and work towards protecting your interests!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Twitter Feed - NWA Business Conference & Expo

Even though the Business Conference & Expo is behind us, it's interesting to go back and look at the day's events and speakers through the words of others. Below is the Twitter feed of the attendees using the hashtag #2010nwabiz throughout the day. The user's Twitter handle is highlighted in orange. A lot of great information was learned and shared. You might want to start at the bottom and scroll your way up so you can read about what's happening in chronological order. Happy reading.

RLACC View pictures from the 2010 NWA Business Conference & Expo here: #2010nwabiz

markcloud My first NWA Business Conference and I was impressed. All the speakers were informative and engaging and it was well presented #2010NWABiz

thebelfordgroup From a lead generation perspective, this was the best NWA Business Conference. Thanks @RLACC #2010nwabiz

RLACC @ARWTC thank you for being a great partner for the #2010nwabiz!

ARWTC @RLACC Thanks for the RT and great job today! #2010NWABiz Reply

LawsonHembree Thanks to everyone who came out to the #2010NWABiz Conference today (esp those that stopped by the @ARWTC booth!

aprilpantall Check out @uopx booth and say hello!RT @RLACC: Business Expo is open until 6:30. Free & open to the public. JQ Hammons Center #2010nwabiz Reply

markcloud I thought Bill Ransic had some great pts: be flexible, creative mktg via community service and the mentality of an entrepreneur..#2010nwabiz

jennhaile The Amaretto chocolate chip cookies at the Candy Bouquet booth are to die for. nom, nom, nom... #2010nwabiz

ARWTC Thanks to Wendy Soderquist-Togami and the @SoderquistCentr for participating in #2010NWABiz!

RLACC Footage shot today at the #2010nwabiz for the "Guiliana & Bill" show on Style Network will air in October. We'll let you know when to watch

jennhaile Bill Rancic and his reality tv show crew. #2010nwabiz #fb

RLACC Congrats to Hight-Jackson & Associates for being named the Small Business of the Year today! #2010nwabiz

ARWTC You join a company for what it stands for; you leave because of your supervisor. #2010NWABiz

ARWTC Wendy Soderquist-Togami of the @SoderquistCentr speaking in one of the breakout sessions at #2010NWABiz:

ARWTC Clarity at the organizational level promotes sustained execution at the individual level. #2010NWABiz

ARWTC The best leaders are clear communicators. #2010NWABiz

RLACC Bill Rancic and his reality tv show crew. #2010nwabiz

ARWTC Building a company based on values is a serious deal. #2010NWABiz Reply

ARWTC Company culture always happens; employee engagement and performance isn't as
guarenteed. #2010NWABiz

ARWTC Now attending the session led by Wendy Soderquist-Togami of the @SoderquistCentr on corporate culture. #2010NWABiz

Martine1 Officially met Bill Rancic. What a motivational, great guy #2010nwabiz

Martine1 Head out to the Expo. It opened at noon! And join us later for Business After Hours #2010nwabiz

thebelfordgroup Small businesses can use community service as an excellent marketing tool. #2010nwabiz

Martine1 How can you market your business in a down economy? Be involved in your community #2010nwabiz

thebelfordgroup Outstanding speakers at NWA Business Conference. Mike Thompson & Bill Rancic @Thompsonoc #2010nwabiz

Martine1 Where do you find your constant motivation? Enjoy and be passionate about what you're doing #2010nwabiz

LawsonHembree "Entrepreneurs must be proactive, not reactive." -Bill Rancic #2010NWABiz

Martine1 A good manager is like an Orchestra Conductor Conductor's not an expert but has the ability to harmonize the individual players #2010nwabiz

Martine1 Practical execution, agility and risk leads to success #2010nwabiz

ARWTC Entrepreneurs know that talk is cheap and that results are what is important. -Bill Rancic #2010NWABiz

Martine1 Rancic was actually an alternate on the first season of The Apprentice that he went on to win #2010nwabiz

thebelfordgroup Be ready to adjust when the rules of business change. #2010nwabiz

Martine1 "Dateless and Lonely during the Holidays" aired on Thanksgiving Day lead to success of his Cigar of the month club business #2010nwabiz

thebelfordgroup Take a good idea and make it better. #2010nwabiz

Martine1 Rancic- Recognizing an opportunity and seizing it!#2010nwabiz

ARWTC For entreprenuers, it's all about making the most of the time you are given. -Bill Rancic #2010NWABiz

angelabelford Make your time count as entrepreneur. Bill Rancic #2010nwabiz

aprilpantall There as well at @uopx booth! RT @danasargent: At the NWA Biz Conference & Expo.

Martine1 Rancic's business start was at his grandmas house serving pancakes #2010nwabiz

ARWTC The key to entrepreneurship is finding an oportunity & seizing it. #2010NWABiz

thebelfordgroup Entrepreneurial trait: recognize an opportunity, then seize it.#2010nwabiz

Martine1 Bill Rancic keynote speaker @RLACC Bus Conf #2010nwabiz

ARWTC Bill Rancic, winner of the first season of The Apprentice, speaking at the #2010NWABiz:

danasargent At the NWA Biz Conference & Expo. #2010nwabiz

thebelfordgroup Lunch with Bill Rancic #2010nwabiz.

ARWTC Thank you Nicole Bivens Collinson of @STRTrade for speaking at #2010NWABiz on behalf of the @ARWTC!

journaljeff It's not too late to make the NW Ark. Business Conf. & Expo today at the Hammons Center in Rogers. But you better hurry. #2010NWABIZ!

journaljeff Bill Rancic says he’s cautious on real estate, but not out of the market. Recently got some distressed property to develop. #2010NWABiz!

jennhaile Just wrapped up interviews w @billrancic. Getting ready for his keynote address now. #2010nwabiz

ARWTC Take advantage of trade associations, Free Trade Agreements, & organizations like the @ARWTC when getting into global trade. #2010NWABiz

markcloud Listening to Larry Yancey discuss VC concepts... This guy is good! #2010NWABiz

MurDog Champion Leaders are Enlightened, Connected, Change Makers, Opportunity Minded by Mike Thompson. #2010nwabiz (via @thebelfordgroup)

MurDog Listening to Mike Thompson, formally of Thompson Murray, open the conference.... I loved Monster Inc. too.. #2010NWABiz (via @markcloud)

angelabelford I love the natural ability of some people to quickly determine that you aren't a good prospect for them.#2010nwabiz

angelabelford RT @RLACC: Bill Rancic is in the building. Media interviews are underway. #2010nwabiz

ARWTC You are never too small to get involved in global trade. #2010NWABiz

ARWTC Arkansas has 1484 exporters (1148 are small and medium sized enterprises). #2010NWABiz

ARWTC Firms that export have 119% more employment. #2010NWABiz

ARWTC The way we buy tells companies what we want. If you buy imported goods, it signals a desire for imports. #2010NWABiz

ARWTC Arkansas exported $355 mil in maufactured goods in May 2010. #2010NWABiz

ARWTC 95% of the world's consumers are outside the US. #2010NWABiz

ARWTC Nicole Bivens Collinson, sponsored by the @ARWTC, speaking at #2010NWABiz on the importance of trade:

RLACC Don't forget the Expo opens at noon at the JQ Hammons Center. Free & open to the public. Bus. After Hours is from 5-6:30. #2010nwabiz

ARWTC Nicole Bivens Collinson will be speaking at 11. The title of her talk is "Trade is Not a Four Letter Word." #2010NWABiz

ARWTC The @ARWTC booth at #2010NWABiz. Stop by for a chance to win a door prize.

markcloud who's with me? #2010nwabiz

jennhaile Bill Rancic is in the building #2010nwabiz 1

markcloud I doubt I will be part of the 4% but I will take the organizational champion test.... I'm even willing to post the results...#2010nwabiz

thebelfordgroup Thanks @thompsonoc for a great session.#2010nwabiz

angelabelford Leadership words: Invest & inspire, action, agility, curious & courageous. #2010nwabiz

BrentLeas Take the challenge and go to #2010NWABiz

RLACC Business Conference is underwater! Mike Thompson is speaking now. Great advice! #2010NWABiz

thebelfordgroup for leadership assessment.#2010nwabiz

thebelfordgroup Champion Leaders are Enlightened, Connected, Change Makers, Opportunity Minded by Mike Thompson. #2010nwabiz

BrentLeas Good stuff from Mike Thompson; Great takeaways! #2010NWABiz

ARWTC For those of you participating in the NWA Business Conf. today, use the hashtag #2010NWABiz. See you there!

markcloud Listening to Mike Thompson, formally of Thompson Murray, open the conference.... I loved Monster Inc. too.. #2010NWABiz

angelabelford Ready to listen to Mike Thompson at NWA Biz Conference #2010nwabiz.

MurDog At the NWA Business Expo. Can't wait to hear the speakers. #2010nwabiz

hashtager # RT @RLACC: If you'll be at the NWA Bus Conf & Expo today, we're using the hashtag #2010NWABiz

TechTeacherGirl RT @RLACC: If you'll be at the NWA Bus Conf & Expo today, we're using the hashtag #2010NWABiz

RLACC If you'll be at the NWA Bus Conf & Expo today, we're using the hashtag #2010NWABiz

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tickets on Sale NOW!

Buy your tickets now to our second annual Northwest Arkansas Business Conference & Expo presented by Sam’s Club and sponsored by Cherokee Casino and Ziplocal.

The Arkansas World Trade Center and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal have partnered with the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce to help provide a solution for your business needs. The event will be held Aug. 5 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. It’s the area's only regional business conference and expo and drew more than 250 conference goers and more than 2,000 expo attendees last August. There are professional development seminar topics to help your business thrive, not just survive in this economy!

2010 NWA Business Conference seminar topcis include:

“Get Ready, Get Set, Go Close the Deal”

“Marketing or Technology”

“Health Care”

“Collection Strategies for Improving Your Company’s Bottom Line”

“Show Me the Money; Investors & Venture Capital”

“Trade is Not a Four Letter Word”

“Five Small Business Strategies for Social Media”

“Managing Company Culture & Leadership”

“Franchise is it for Me?”

Bill Rancic, best known as the first winner of Donald Trump's reality TV show The Apprentice, will be the keynote speaker. Rancic is a real estate developer and entrepreneur in Chicago and the author of "Beyond the Lemonade Stand," the follow-up to his New York Times best-seller "You're Hired: How To Succeed In Business And Life From The Winner Of The Apprentice." Rancic also produces and stars in the A&E series “We Mean Business,” and Style Network’s reality series “Giuliana and Bill.” Join Rancic as he discusses entrepreneurship, high-stakes pressure, marketing, and adapting to change to make a business more profitable. Attendees will be able to leave the conference with ideas you can use to impact your career and business.

If you’d like to be a more effective leader, then don’t miss author and northwest Arkansas resident Mike Thompson’s session. He’ll be sharing tips from his book, “The Organizational Champion.” Thompson is the CEO of SVI, a leading organizational development company whose mission is to create irresistible companies and extraordinary people. Thompson is one of the most forward thinkers in leadership and he coaches current and next generation CEOs at many of the world’s largest companies.

Click here for the event schedule and to purchase your ticket. You won't want to miss this event!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Business After Hours at Spa Botanica

Need to unwind from a long day at work? You won't want to miss our next Business After Hours July 15 from 5 - 6:30 at Spa Botanica, located in Embassy Suites in Rogers. The spa is celebrating its 3rd birthday, but at this party, you'll be the one being given special treatment! At the event, there will be mini spa services, food, spa tours and each guest will be able to pop a balloon for a chance to win spa products and services.

Business After Hours business-building networking continues to grow, with approximately 200 in attendance at each event. Mix and mingle with other NWA business professionals and find out what other businesses have to offer. Make new contacts, generate business leads and find new vendors.

Friday, June 4, 2010

10th Annual International Festival

Dora the Explorer is in the house! She flew into town yesterday to gear up for her big 10th birthday celebration Saturday, June 5 at the 10th annual International Festival in historic downtown Rogers. Dora's not the only one excited about the festival! Vilma, the Chamber's Diversity Coordinator, has been working around the clock to make sure this festival is a success! We are all looking forward to the festival tomorrow and all of the fun activites planned during the event. Make sure you come hungry, because there is going to be food from dozens of different countries there! Don't forget about all of the entertainment. There are international fashion shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., cultural exhibits and international dancing.

Shhh... don't tell the kids, but there's also a fun opportunity for them to LEARN about the more than 50 countries represented at the festival. How cute is this passport? Make sure your kids pick one up when they get there. Inside, kids are directed to find the booth with the flag represented on the page, then they can color the flag to look like that country's flag. Very cute (and educational!)

The festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Rogers. Don't miss it! While there, don't forget to register for our giveaway of TWOAmerican Airlines roundtrip tickets to anywhere in the contiguous 48 states, Canada & Mexico! Fore more information on the festival, visit

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Spring Job Fair

Check out our PSA for the 2010 Spring Job Fair presented by Northwest Arkansas Community College and WorkSource NTS.

To learn more about the Spring Job Fair or to reserve a booth, click here.

Find The Chamber Through These Social Media Tools!

FacebookThe Chamber Is Now On Facebook! - Be sure to join our group on Facebook to get the latest Chamber news, event details and pictures! You can leave feedback about events, programs and much more. It's a great way to personally interact with chamber staff!

LinkedIn - Connect and share news with other Chamber members our LinkedIn group page. You can start a discussion, share news about your company, and even post a job! All you have to do is sign up for a LinkedIn account and then join the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce group.

twitterThe Chamber Tweets! - You can follow the Chamber for job postings, event information and updates, random facts about the Chamber and much more! Just follow @RLACC.

Pictures from the 19th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament

Friday, May 7, 2010

Help a Chamber member win a Green Plus Award!

Brick Street Botanical in Rogers is a Green Plus Certified business and is in the running for a national People's Choice Award. You can help increase Brick Streets chances of winning by clicking this link and voting for them in the drop down menu. Green Plus Certification is available through the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce and is a way to help your business create a sustainability plan to save and make money. For more information, contact Jennifer Haile at or 619-3180.

Buddy Bass Weather Forecast

Thanks to our friends at 40/29, you can see what the weather will be like on the lake tomorrow morning while fishing in the 2010 Bradford Marine & RLACC Buddy Bass Tournament presented by Nitro Performance Bass Boats. To read more about the forecast, check out the 40/29 weather blog.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Chamber Is Now On Facebook!

The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce has one more way for you to stay in the know so you don't miss out on any of the fun things happening at the Chamber! You can now join our Chamber Facebook page to keep up with events, news, and other happenings at the Chamber. If you have news to share about your business, why not share it with other members through our Facebook page? More events, pictures, and news will be added in the coming weeks, so be sure to bookmark the page and check back often!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What All Parents Need To Know

Our friends at Drug Free Rogers-Lowell are bringing in an amazing speaker to northwest Arkansas to talk to parents about drug prevention and health education when it comes to their children.
Guest speaker, Isabel Burk, is the Director of The Health Network. Burk is a nationally known, award-winning expert on drug prevention, safety policies, and health education issues. Her professional achievements have been honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Northeast Center for Safe and Drug-Free Schools , and the New York State Department of Health. Isabel has written two books, more than 100 articles and has appeared on 20/20 , CBS This Morning , The View , Phil Donahue , Fox News, and others.

You will have two opportunities to attend the program “Challenges of the Millennial Generation: What Parents Need to Know”. The first training will be held Tuesday, April 27th from 6-7:30 at the Shewmaker Center on the NWACC campus and the second training will be held Wednesday, April 28th from 6-7:30 at Landmark Baptist Church in Siloam Springs.

RSVP’s are required by April 23, 2010 to Lauren Marquette at or (479) 619-3198.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Prizes for Buddy Bass Announced!

You don't have to come in first to win some great prizes at Buddy Bass! Check it out:

2010 Bradford Marine & RLACC Buddy Bass Tournament presented by Nitro Performance Bass Boats

1st -- Tracker 175 Boat with Mercury 75HP valued at $18,745 & 2 Collector BB Guns
2nd -- $2,400.00 & 2 Collector BB Guns
3rd -- $1,200.00 & 2 Collector BB Guns
4th -- $900.00 & 2 Collector BB Guns
5th -- $800.00 & 2 Collector BB Guns
6th -- $700.00
7th -- $600.00
8th -- $600.00
9th -- $500.00
10th -- $500.00
11th -- $400.00
12th -- $400.00
13th -- $400.00
14th -- $400.00
15th -- Prizes
16th -- Prizes
17th -- Prizes
18th -- Prizes
19th -- Prizes
20th -- Prizes
21st -- Prizes
22nd -- Prizes
23rd -- Prizes
24th -- Prizes
25th -- Prizes
50th -- $300
Big Bass -- $1,000.00 & Collector BB Gun

Monday, April 12, 2010

Benton County Judge Candidate Forum

Forum Featuring County Judge Candidates – Friday, April 16, 2010

Candidate Forum featuring Benton County Judge candidates, Bob Stephenson, Jr, Judge Dave Bisbee, Bob Clinard and Tim Henderson

April 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., lunch provided

Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, 317 W. Walnut St., Rogers

Open to the public, free of charge

Sponsored by Government Affairs Division of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

Offered as a service to Chamber members and the general public as an opportunity to meet the candidates and learn more about their positions.

The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Primary Election Candidate Forum on Friday, April 16. The forum, hosted by the Government Affairs Division of the chamber, allow candidates an opportunity to answer specific questions for voters. The forum will be held at the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, 317 W. Walnut St., Rogers.
Candidates for County Judge will be featured on April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch provided. The forum will include Bob Stephenson, Jr, Judge Dave Bisbee, Bob Clinard and Tim Henderson.

Candidate Forums are hosted and sponsored by the Government Affairs Division of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required, and may be made online for each forum at, or by calling the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce at 479-636-1240.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Registration Now Open for Buddy Bass!

It's that time of year. Trees are blooming, the grass is growing and the bass are biting! The Chamber staff, along with our many sponsors, have been busy finalizing plans for this year's Bradford Marine & RLACC Beaver Lake Buddy Bass Tournament presented by NITRO boats May 8. More than 700 fishermen are expected to participate. This year the winning fisherman will take home a brand new Tracker Bass Boat, motor, and trailer thanks to Bass Pro Shops and Bradford Marine. The 19th annual tournament will be held at Prairie Creek Pavilion on Beaver Lake in Rogers.

We'd also like you to join us for the “Spring Fishing Classic” event at Bradford Marine’s Springdale location on Saturday, May 1, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This event is held in conjunction with the 2010 Bradford Marine & Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce 19th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament presented by NITRO boats, and will feature a kids casting contest, refreshments, seminars and appearances by national fishing celebrities Jimmy Houston and Stacy King. Registration for the 19th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament will also be available. Register for the tournament at Bradford Marine and you are automatically entered in a drawing for a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card! Drawing will be held at the end of the tournament weigh-in and you must be present to win.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Be A Race for the Cure Volunteer!

The 2010 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is just over a month away and for the 2nd year in a row, it's being held at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. The race is growing larger each year, which means more volunteers are needed to make the race a success. Last year it took 500 volunteers to make the race possible. There are a multitude of opportunities on race day as well as ongoing and set up opportunities that will not affect participation in the race.

Here is a list of volunteer opportunities:

Ongoing Registration (Rogers location)

The Rogers registration office is located at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade. Registration volunteers with assist with light clerical duties and T-shirt folding as needed. There are shift blocks of 2-3 hours on the following dates: March 25 - April 3, April 8 - 9, and April 12 - 23. Volunteers will be shown how to assist prior to their 1st shift.

Friday April 23rd

Banner Hanging

This is on site at Pinnacle Hills Promenade. The ability to climb a ladder is required. This will start at 12pm and finish at 8pm, 4 hr shifts are also available from 12pm - 4pm and 4pm - 8pm.

Set Up

Volunteers will assist with setting up barricades, ropes, signs, tents and other items as needed along the course route as well as within the Promenade at various locations. This will start at 1 pm and finish at 5pm, with additional shift beginning at 5 pm and finishing at 11 pm. The ability to lift and move 50 pounds is required.

Race Day Saturday April 24th

All Race Day volunteers will be given a T-shirt and a light breakfast will be served. All times are estimates and will be finalized soon.

Course Volunteers

Volunteers will assist with final set up of the race course prior to the event and stay through the main event to cheer on the runners and assist with drink and recycling stations along the course. Large groups are encouraged for this opportunity. This will start at 6-6:30 am and will finish around 10:30pm.

Kids for the Cure

Volunteers will work with children and their parents at the Kids for the Cure course assisting with set up, running the child-focused event and giving out recognition to the participants. This will start at 6-6:30 am and will finish around 10:30am.

Police Assistance

Volunteers will assist the Rogers Police department with street blockades and directing race participants around the closed streets. Individuals with the ability to clearly communicate and project authority are preferred. This will start at 5-5:30am and finish around 10:30am.

Volunteer Assistance

Volunteers will assist with check in and T-shirt distribution at the volunteer check in location. This will begin 4:30-5:00 am and be finished by an estimated 10:30-12:00 am.

Registration Assistance

Volunteers will work with the Komen staff to distribute the racer numbers (bibs) to race participants. This will begin at 6:00 am and will be finished by an estimated 9:00 am.

Parking Assistance

Volunteers will help direct race participants and other volunteers from parking lots to the race and check-in locations. Groups are encouraged for this opportunity. This will start 5:30-6:00 am and be finished by an estimated 10:30 am.

Race Start Line

Volunteers will help organize racers for the official start of the race. Primary duties will include lining participants up for the race and coordinating with the Komen staff to ensure an exciting and organized start to the race. Groups are encouraged for this opportunity. This will begin at 6:30 am and finish about 10:30 am.

Race Finish Line

Volunteers will help cheer on racers at the finish line of the course and direct them to drink stations nearby as needed while ensuring racers have a rewarding and enthusiastic end to their race. Groups are encouraged for this opportunity. This will begin at 6:30 am and finish about 10:30 am.

Clean Up

Volunteers will assist with tear down and recycling and trash removal from the race course and Promenade venue following the main event. Large groups are encouraged for this opportunity. This will begin about 10:00-10:30 am and will be finished about 2 pm.

Please join us in making the 2010 Race for the Cure the biggest and best in Northwest Arkansas by contacting Karen Dineen at or by calling her at 479.619.7129 to volunteer or for any questions.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Staff Changes at the Chamber

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's been a while since our last blog post, but we are back and ready to go! I'll be taking over the reins for the Chamber blog. I'm learning my way around the office (I still get lost upstairs), but hope to be on a blogging schedule soon! I wanted to start by introducing myself. My name is Jennifer Haile and I am the newest team member of the Chamber. As the Director of Marketing and Communications, I will be in charge of the weekly email, newsletter and member communications. Before joining the Chamber, I worked for 40/29 News as Sunrise Anchor and Reporter for 6 years. I am so excited to be a part of the Chamber and look forward to getting to know all of you!

I also wanted to pass along some great news for a couple staff members. A big congratulations goes out to Dana Mather. Dana was promoted to Senior Vice President. She's been with the Chamber for 10 years and previously served as the Vice President of Community Development & Communication.

Megan Cuddy also received a promotion. She is expanding her role at the Chamber and is now the Vice President of Community Development. Megan has been with the Chamber for almost 5 years. She will continue to serve the community as the Director of Drug Free Rogers-Lowell as well.

Again, congrats to Dana and Megan!