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Business Newsletter August 2010 In This Issue

Please plan to attend!

Chili King Cook-off

Next General Meeting Tuesday, August 31, 5:30p.m. Petit Jean Electric Sponsored by CASA

1 Our Chamber Mission is to promote a positive business climate in Clinton, serving as the primary advocate for business growth and a constructive partner working with government and education.

New Members & Mark your Calendar


Special Recognition


Press Release Pete Giovannini


Hello Chamber Members,

August Calendar


The Chamber is starting to work on our Chili King Cook-off. The Chili Cook-off will be at Archey Fork Park this year, so start getting your teams together and help us make this year’s event a success!

Chili King Cook-off Saturday, October 2nd at Archey Fork Park

Entry Fee to have a team is $200.00, and a team consists of up to 3 people. Each additional team member will be charged for a $5 armband. Applications should be submitted by September 24th, 2010, If you are unable to participate, but would like to sponsor our event, donation are greatly appreciated, and tax deductable Please make checks payable to: Clinton Chamber of Commerce. During the Chili Cook-off we will also be having a Craft Fair and a Geocaching Event. The Craft Fair will be held south of McDonald’s on 65N, from 9am til 6pm. If you or someone you know has Crafts or goods to sell, please plan to have a booth!!! Entry Fee to have a booth at the craft fair is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for non members Applications are available at the Clinton Area Chamber at 214 Griggs St. and will soon be available on our website at: or Contact the Chamber Office at 501-745-6500


Welcome New Members July and August TEA Coalition,

Don Richardson, Better Business Bureau Clinton 1st General Baptist Church Formosa Baptist Church  The Chamber Calendar will be included in the newsletter. Several have asked the Chamber for a Community Calendar. We will be glad to provide this service to our members; however, we need your help to make it a success. If you know of meetings, games, events and/or happenings in Van Buren County please-mail the date, time, location and contact information to

Mark Your Calendar! August 17



Ribbon Cutting Hope Medical Clinic

12 Noon 145 Shake Rag Rd. Hope to see you there!

August 19th


School Starts

August 19th


Dexter Pearson with the US Senate Agriculture Committee will speak

5:30p.m. Petit Jean Electric

August 28th


Rotary Club Bull Ride Spectacular

8:00p.m. Rotary Arena behind Clinton Middle School

August 29th


VB County Community Band

3:00p.m. Clinton High School Auditorium

September 3th-5th

Friday thru Sunday

Chuck Wagon Race

1:00p.m. Fri. Sat. & Sun. West on Shakerag Rd. at Western Sizzlin, go 2 ½ miles. Horses and bottom campers take Hwy. 95 to West Gate

September 13-18th

Monday thru Saturday

Van Buren County Fair

Van Buren County Fairgrounds

October 2nd


Chili King Cook Off with Geocaching Event and Craft Fair

2:30p.m. Archey Fork Park 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.Craft Fair (south of McDonald’s on Hwy. 65N)


Special Recognition July Davis Lumber“50” years

Pack Salvage “30” years

Thriftway Foods 1st year


Press Release from Pete Giovannini, Executive Director Van Buren County Economic Development Corp. Van Buren County Economic Development Corporation Begins Branding and Marketing Initiative The Van Buren County Economic Development Corporation has retained Ridge Group, a branding, media and web solutions consultancy in Conway, Arkansas to create a web portal and brand for use in marketing Van Buren County to prospective businesses, residents and tourists. Clinton, Arkansas August 2, 2010 – The Van Buren County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors met recently to consider proposals for a project aimed at creating the tools necessary to establish Van Buren County on the world wide web. The Board voted unanimously to accept the proposal from Ridge Group to develop a web portal for use in marketing Van Buren County to prospective businesses, residents and tourists and to create a brand that will identify Van Buren County. Ridge Group team members will make several visits to Van Buren County. “In today’s marketplace, a community without web visibility is at a severe disadvantage when it comes to attracting businesses and tourists. I expect the people from Ridge Group to come here and meet with members of the Quorum Court, the City Councils of the municipalities in the county and business representatives in order to identify what makes Van Buren County unique and attractive” said Pete Giovannini, Executive Director of the Van Buren County Economic Development Corporation. Meetings will be held beginning August 12, 2010 in a variety of locations throughout the county. Mr. Ancil Lea and Mr. Jon Love of Ridge Group will be on hand for the meetings. They will be talking with and surveying those who wish to get involved about their thoughts, feelings and ideas for and about Van Buren County to create a template for the design of the web portal and brand and the content needed for the web presence. About Van Buren County Economic Development Corporation: The Van Buren County Economic Development Corporation is a public-private partnership founded by business and elected leaders from the county to further Van Buren County‘s interests, wants and needs. The main focus is on helping local residents start businesses, helping local businesses expand and prosper and attracting businesses and tourist from outside the county to relocate and vacation here. Contact: Pete Giovannini, Executive Director Van Buren County Economic Development Corporation 501-745-5800


AUGUST 2010 Sunday





Wednesday Thursday 3







11 Rotary








Rotary Western Sizzlin 12 Noon




10 Chamber Board Meeting 5:30p.m. 17

16 A&P School Commission Board 11:30




Western Sizzlin 12 Noon

18 Rotary Western Sizzlin 12 Noon

25 Rotary

City Council 7:00 19 First Day of School US Senate Agriculture Committee Presentation 5:30 p.m. Quorum Court 7:00


Western Sizzlin 12 Noon

29 VBCC Band Concert 3:00p.m.


Rotary Bull Ride Spectacular 8:00p.m.

31 Chamber General Meeting 5:30p.m. Next Chamber Meeting August 31st


5:30 p.m. at Petit Jean Electric


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