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 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. Check out the agenda below for the topics to be covered during the boot camp.

Why Attend?


"Chamber Bootcamp was an exceptional program and well worth my time attending! It was an excellent showcase of the Chambers in our state and all the ways they make a difference in each of their communities. It fueled my passion to be innovative and ever-evolving in my own community."  - Allison Hestand, Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce

"Boot Camp is a MUST DO for anyone new to the Chamber profession! AEDCE and all the Boot Camp presenters are top-notch! The Boot Camp course provided me with just the right amount of ideas, information, and tools to kick-start my Chamber career."  - Heather Tygart, Charleston Chamber of Commerce

"This is great training for both paid and voluntary Chamber leaders." - Bob Sowell, Trumann Area Chamber of Commerce

"Great learning experience and worth the time." - Arthur Hulbert, Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce

Download the agenda


  • Oct 27, 2021

  • Oct 28, 2021

10:30 AM - 11 AM
Welcome & Introductions
11 AM - 12 PM
Chamber Operations
• Role of the Chamber
• IRS/State Requirements
• Governing Documents
• Bylaws
• Policies
• Time Management
12 PM - 1 PM
Lunch - Sponsored by Crafton Tull
1 PM - 2 PM
Managing the Board of Directors
• Board Selection
• Board Training & Orientation
• Board Responsibilities
• Board/Staff Roles
• Board Committees
• Board Utilization
2 PM - 2:15 PM
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Chamber Programs & Events
• What events to hold/keep/get rid of?
• Event Management & Software
• Volunteer Management
• Leadership Programs
• Innovative Ideas
• Community/Economic Development
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Advocacy and the AR State Chamber
4:30 PM - 5 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Network Building Reception
Dust Bowl Lanes
315 E Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72202


Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA

1200 W Capitol Ave.
Little RockArkansas

If you have any questions please contact Shelley Short

Contact Organizer

+1 5012104206

Show on map


Room Block

A room block has been provided at the Little Rock Marriott at a rate of $137/night plus tax.

Hotel Information:

Little Rock Marriott

3 Statehouse Plaza

Little Rock, AR 72201


Room Block Name: AEDCE

Cut-Off Date: October 10, 2021

Book online




New Chamber Professional Boot Camp Agenda.pdfdownload


AEDCE Member Registration
Member Price $100
Non-member Registration
Standard Price $175