Bryant Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Staff, 2017

Left to right, first row: Cheryl Smith, Brooke Plack, Jeremiah Oltmans, David Hannah, Barbara Merrick, Kim Leech, Megan Caldwell; second row: Todd Rhoden, Suzanne Passmore, David Hendrix Jr, Tom Kimbrell; third row: Greg Thompson, Tim Blakley, Todd Sellers, Carlton Billingsley

The Bryant Chamber of Commerce, Inc. was incorporated on January 17, 1974. Over the years, the Chamber has been through a re-branding, a building renovation, new staff, plus changed its mission and vision statement. Our goal remains to support our member businesses in Bryant and the surrounding areas through this period of rapid community growth.

About The Chamber

The Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1974. Despite a new rebranding, forty-three years later our focus remains on engaging our community by advocating for our member organizations. 2017 is a monumental year for our community being that it is Bryant’s 125th Birthday and the 30th Anniversary of Fall Fest. There will be lots to celebrate and the future of Bryant is very bright. The mission of the Greater Bryant Chamber of Commerce is to lead our members and community through economic development, educational programs, and networking opportunities. Our vision is to be recognized as the voice of business for Central Arkansas encouraging our members and community to achieve greatness. We support our city officials, schools, first responders and member businesses for the betterment of our Community. We find it of importance to be up to date on the latest pressing legislative issues and any city planning that will affect our local businesses.

How do our members maximize the return on their membership investment?

The Greater Bryant Chamber of Commerce hosts numerous events throughout the year dedicated to connecting our members and future members with each other. The most popular are ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings, Highlight Bryant Luncheons, Network Nights, Breakfast & Businesses, Taste of Bryant, Fall Fest, and the Annual Winter Banquet. We as a Chamber understand the importance of recognizing the accomplishments of our members and do so at our Annual Winter Banquet. Categories include Organization of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, New Member of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. We do not want you to simply “join” our Chamber. We want you to be engaged. Every new member has the option of setting up a ribbon cutting for a formal welcome into our Chamber Community. All new members are encouraged to attend a New & Prospective Member Orientation. We highly recommend participating in a committee or starting a Leads Group. We also suggest sponsoring an event or investing in ad space to increase your brand awareness.

With over 450 member companies…and growing, we understand the importance of being a progressive hub for business advocacy.

Bryant was recently ranked the #1 Most Successful City in Arkansas by zippia.com based on its low unemployment rate (3.1%), median household income ($63,448), and minimal poverty level (4.6%). Bryant was awarded the second fastest growing city in Arkansas by the Gadberry Group. Bryant was recognized as one of the Top 100 Small Towns in America by CNN Money Magazine. Bryant was also named one of the most affordable suburbs in America by BusinessWeek. We thank each one of you who have offered us support over the years and encourage you to shop locally.

Bryant is currently ranked the #1 Healthiest Housing Market in Arkansas.