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The Osceola/South Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce is proud to conduct or promote a variety of initiatives, events, and programs that enrich the business community and area.

 

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Leadership Academy

2016 REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

The Osceola/South Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce is excited to continue a program that will enrich the local workforce and professional community.  The Leadership Academy of Osceola and South Mississippi County is relaunched in 2015 year after a nine year hiatus with much success. The goal of the academy is to help identify and strengthen those that have community leadership potential, as well as help local businesses and industries cultivate potential leaders and increase opportunities to promote from within.

The Academy will take place in one day-long meeting per month from September through December, and culminate with a day trip to Little Rock in early 2017. Each session will be interactive, hands-on, and designed to equip participants with the tools that will better prepare them for leadership opportunities within the community as well as their organization or company. In a new twist to the program, sessions will be held at various locations in communities throughout South Mississippi County to help make participants more aware of the people, places, and resources in our area.

Click here to download the 2016 information packet

Click here to download the 2016 application for enrollment

Click here to download the 2016 scholarship application

Click here to download the 2016 sponsorship commitment form

 

Biggest Loser Community Challenge

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The Osceola/SMC Chamber of Commerce has joined up to be a community Wellness Leader for the Biggest Loser Community Challenge, and we encourage you to participate! The Challenge is designed to get America moving more, eating better and having fun! It is not a weight loss challenge. This online wellness competition helps individuals reach their health goals by focusing on motivation, activity and nutrition (however, side effects may include weight loss!).

Click here to learn full details.

 

Educator of the Quarter/Year Awards

Starting in the 2015-2016 academic year, the Osceola/SMC Chamber will recognize three Educators of the Quarter: one each from Osceola School District, Rivercrest School District, and Arkansas Northeastern College. From those that will accumulate over four quarters, an Educator of the Year will be selected. In addition to the recognition, recipients will also receive monetary awards.

The nomination process will be conducted online, and is open to anyone that wishes to recommend an individual for consideration. Anyone that is employed at either of the three institutions is eligible for nomination, regardless of title, accolades, length of employment, or level of education. "It is an educator award, not exclusive to teachers or instructors, as all school employees have a direct impact on student success," says Chamber Director Ammi Tucker. "It may be a school bus driver that keeps a student encouraged to continue school, or a cafeteria staff member that holds conversations to keep them academically accountable. Every school employee matters."

Click here if you wish to make a nomination

 

Arkansas Scholars

Arkansas Scholars™ is a program that gives students good reasons to do well in high school. Students are asked to meet a set of criteria that will prepare them for both the workplace and additional education after high school. The program is centered on academic achievement for a broad range of students.

 

Educator Incentives

Perfect Attendance Bonuses: Monetary bonuses will be awarded each semester for educator perfect attendance.

OML&P Utility Deposit Waiver: We want our local educators close to home, and thanks to the support of the City of Osceola, all employees of the three local educational institutions are eligible for waived utility deposits for new connections with Osceola Municipal Light and Power. All that is needed is proof of employment, proof of residence (lease or purchase agreement), and fill out a small form at the cashier counter.

 

Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon

A relaxing lunch with fun, laughs, and prizes for the adminstrative professionals of local businesses.

Click here for 2016 Registration Form

 

Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament

An invitation-only free tournament for local industries as a thank you for their support and commitment to our local communities.

 

Member Lunches

Informational meetings held quarterly with programs that are of interest to local business and the area. For 2016, lunches will be held the last Wednesday of February, May, and August.

 

Annual Meeting & Banquet

Year-end gathering of Chamber members to celebrate the year's successes and look forward to the coming possibilities. Incoming Board of Directors members are presented. Awards are also given to Outstanding Large Business, Outstanding Small Business, and Volunteer of the Year. Held mid-November.

 

Biannual Legislative Reception

Day trip to the Arkansas State Capital Building and reception lunch open to all state legislators and their staff.

 

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