Event Details

Finance. Engagement. Advocacy. Communication.

Relevancy. Boards. Volunteers. Members.

Now, more than ever, being a chamber professional can 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 1.5 day crash course on all things chamber of commerce.

The program is ideal for anyone that works at a chamber of commerce in any capacity including chamber volunteer leaders like the board president/chair and volunteer leaders.

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 CEOs/Presidents 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.


  • Dec 2, 2020

  • Dec 3, 2020

10 AM - 10:30 AM
Welcome & Introductions
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Chamber Operations
• Role of the Chamber
• IRS/State Requirements
• Governing Documents
• Bylaws
• Policies
• Time Management
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lunch (provided)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Managing the Board of Directors
• Board Selection
• Board Training & Orientation
• Board Responsibilities
• Board/Staff Roles
• Board Committees
• Board Utilization
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Managing the Finances of the Organization
• Accounting
• Budget
• Billing
• Internal Controls
• Software
• CPAs/Audits
• Bonus: Hiring & Firing
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Raising Revenue
• Sponsorships
• Dues/Investment Structure
• Non-dues Revenue
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Q&A from Today
6 PM - 8 PM
Small Group Network Building Dinners
*Dutch treat networking dinners with other classmates


A room block is available at the host hotel at a rate of $91/night plus tax.

Four Points by Sheraton Midtown

925 S. University Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72201


Click here to book a room or contact the hotel directly and mention AEDCE when booking.  

The room block will close at 5PM on November 24th.



New Chamber Professional Boot Camp Agenda.pdfdownload