The FFB Community Education Center hosted Chamber Members’ Business After Hours on Thursday evening, August 29, 2013. Celle Newsome chaired the meeting and introduced all the new chamber members to the group, allowing each one to expound on their business information as they wished. The new members introduced were: Luis Martinez of Nick’s at Fairfield Bay, Amy Huie of Blush Salon & Boutique, Nathan & Deb Bond of Bay Computers, Terry Gulley of Gulleys Tree Service, Judy Cox of Loco Ropes and Shelly Jones of Arkansas Hospice. Then, Celle turned the program over to Sherry Guess, Director of the Education Center.
First, Sherry gave a brief overview of the happenings at the Education Center this year, highlighting all the One Day classes held for the benefit of local citizenry but also enjoyed by the 165 guests, who visited Fairfield Bay for during the summer. Guests learned Ukrainian Egg Decorating, Oil Painting, Jewelry Making, Taking Better Photos, Internet Tips and Tricks, Relaxation Techniques and Basic Guitar and Piano for those renewing old hobbies or learning new ones. Then, Sherry explained the workings of the education center as a non-profit entity working for the good of the community at large and as part of the welcome team for time share or other vacation travelers, dependent upon the generosity of donors and the collection of an annual registration fee per student in the amount of $25. Rolling out a new type of business registration donation, any participating company can make a donation of $125, which will entitle all their employees or associates to participate in learning at the ed center with no annual registration fee due and only paying the course fee. When a business makes this donation, they will be recognized on our wall of honor and mentioned in advertising from time to time, creating additional value for the donating businesses. Any company not represented at the meeting is encouraged to contact Sherry at the education center to get further information or enroll in this special program.
Celle then turned the program over to Bob and Wilba Thompson for further updates on the conference center we are all so excited about. Anticipating the Grand Opening in October, Bob pointed out the areas where additional funds are still needed in order to fully furnish the Conference Center as an attractive, competitive Center to attract bookings that will insure its success for the city and the community at large into the future. Completing their updates, the meeting was adjourned in favor of a soup, salad and fresh bread meal served in buffet style in the center’s kitchen/art room, with dining tables and seating in two adjoining classrooms, demonstrating the usefulness of the Education Center for other small business and continuing educational purposes. Bob and
Wilba Thompson then led us over to the Conference Center to see for ourselves the tremendous progress that is being made toward achieving the goal of an inviting and fully functional conference and visitors center in Fairfield Bay once again. See Wilba Thompson at work in the Computer classroom at the Education center pictured on left.
All in all, this was a great meeting which highlights why we all belong to the Chamber of Commerce and how we network and support one another to achieve our common goals. This helps all of us to succeed. If you are not yet a member of the FFB Chamber of Commerce, contact the Chamber at 884-3324 to find out more about how you can participate in this worthwhile and important organization.