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Friday, May 3, 2019

2019 First Friday Breakfast-EXPO May 3rd

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 7:30am to 9:00am
Location: Fort Smith Convention Center Hall A

First Friday Breakfast
At the Business EXPO & Career Fair

Tapping Into the Region’s Talent: Chamber Hosting Largest Career and Workforce Education Event in Area

“This is really going to be exciting and a complete change from what we’ve done in the past,” said Tim Allen, President and CEO of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Fort Smith has never seen anything like this event before.” 

The breakfast will feature keynote speaker Jeremy Bout, TV Host, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker and President of Edge Factor, one of the country’s leading creative businesses, coupling advanced manufacturing and interactive resources. To build the workforce pipeline, Edge Factor tells real life stories of makers who are using technology to change lives and pushing back the edge of what's possible. They create in-depth, dynamic interactive resources that equip educators and business leaders with tools to break the negative reputation of manufacturing, raise awareness of the incredible careers in manufacturing and make STEAM (science, technology engineering, art, and math) relevant. Edge Factor empowers communities across North America with story-driven tools to tackle workforce development, inspire students, reach parents, and build relationships between local schools and companies. 
The Fort Smith Chamber has focused on the expanding effort to build a regional infrastructure to develop the talent for a variety of career pathways, including advanced manufacturing, healthcare and information technology jobs.
“Jeremy is a mixed brew of caffeine, ideas that defy convention and passion that drives creativity,” continued Allen. “His presentation is going to change the way Fort Smith thinks about our workforce. We’ve also got a surprise that is really going to make businesses take notice. Do not miss this event.” 

Speaker Bio:

Jeremy Bout

Since the beginning of mankind and paintings on cave walls, stories have connected generations and united communities. As the Founder and Host of Edge Factor, award-winning storyteller Jeremy Bout empowers communities with story-driven tools to tackle workforce development, inspire students, reach parents, and build relationships between local schools and businesses. 

For more information on our Keynote Speaker:https://www.edgefactor.com/

For More Information on our 2019 Business Expo & Career Fair Click Here:

2019 Business EXPO & Career Fair - Friday, May 3

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Location: Fort Smith Convention Center


The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Business & Career Expo is an opportunity for our members and non-members to showcase their business, products, services and employment opportunities to the community.   Institutions, organizations, and companies participating in our Expo can promote and support growth within their industry, network with like-minded contributors, fill open positions and engage with the workforce of the future. 
Our annual high-energy, high traffic event attracts 600-800 attendees and 80-100 exhibitors in a dynamic business-to-business atmosphere.  We kick-off the day at 7:30 a.m. with a prominent and successful business speaker at our First Friday Breakfast which draws approximately 500 attendees. 
The Expo floor opens at the conclusion of breakfast, which is at approximately 9:00 a.m.   Exhibitors from around the Greater Fort Smith region and the state will represent their businesses and career opportunities.  The 188th Flight Simulator and Department of Workforce Services will be featured with their mobile units.

Exhibitors and Sponsors receive tickets to the First Friday Breakfast. If you wish to attend the breakfast, and need tickets, registration can be found here:


Join our list of Exhibitors!

188th Wing
1st Choice Pregnancy Medical Center
21 West End Catering
ACCESS/Project Search Arkansas:ACCESS Initiative
ArcBest Corporation
Area Agency on Aging
Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Health & Wellness Solutions
Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Arkansas Secretary of State
Arkansas Tech University Ozark Campus
Bank OZK
Baptist Health-Fort Smith
Becko Machine Works
Booneville Vending 
Bost, Inc.
Carco Rentals
Casino Nights
Choctaw Casino & Resort Pocola
Consolidated Printing
Cox Business
Crawford-Sebastion Community Development Council
Cyber Spyder Marketing Services
Department of Workforce Services
Direct Auto & Life Insurance
Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House
DOW Building Services
Drivers Select, Inc
Eagle Fundraising LLC
Employer's Advanced Cooperative on Healthcare
Express Employment Services
First Lutheran School
First National Bank
Firstar Bank
Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority
Fort Smith Convention Center/CVB
Georgia Pacific
Golden Corral/TB
Good Samaritan
iHeart Media of Fort Smith
Ingersoll Rand/Trane Custom Products
International Paper
J Pauley Toyota
Jenny Craig
Keller Williams Platinum Realty
McClure Professional Services
Methodist Village Senior Living
OK Foods, Inc.
Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company
Pafford Air Med
Penmac Staffing Services
Preferred Office Products, Inc.
Red Lobster
Regions Bank
Rheem Manufacturing
Sagely & Edwards Realtors, United Credit Service, Financial Education Service
Sam's Club
Simmons Prepared Foods
Sleep Number-Conway Store
Southwest Times Record
SSI:Design & Build Contractors
STEPS Family Resource
Sykes Enterprises
Tankersley Foodservice
TEC Staffing Services
Titantic Museum Attraction-Branson
Unifirst Corporation
United Federal Credit Union
United Way of Fort Smith Area, Inc.
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Vista College
Western Arkansas Counseling & Guidance Center
WorkSource, Inc.

To register for the Expo please call or email for the Registration Form.
Lindsey Trantham, Senior Events Coordinator