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Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

According to the Small Business Administration, 99.3% of businesses in Arkansas are considered “small business”. Their value and the role they play in our economy is sometimes underestimated because, they are in fact, small. But the truth is there’s nothing small about the impact they have on our economy.

Economists theorize that small businesses and startups are some of the most important influencers for economic growth. Here at the Chamber, we think that should be recognized. We plan on doing so by celebrating and honoring the numerous and wonderful small businesses that have grown and continue to support our local economy.

 

Small Business Bingo Kickoff – April 5

Let’s kick this celebration off right by having a party! You’re invited to join Arvest Bank & The Greater Bentonville Area Chamber for a night of music, games, local food trucks & beverages. Come pick up your free bingo card, learn more about BingoFest and have a few brews with happy hour prices. Hosted at Bike Rack Brewing at 8th Street Market on April 5 from 5:00-8:00pm.

Find out more information here.

Not able to make the kickoff? Pick up your bingo cards after April 5-26 at one of these locations:

 

Small Business BingoFest – April 26

This is a community wide bingo competition! (WHAT?!) You can pick up your bingo cards starting Thursday, April 5 and work on getting BINGO until BingoFest. Once you have BINGO, turn in your card for an immediate prize and register to win one of the larger prizes. Participants must be present to win! Winners will be announced for the prizes at 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm- the Grand Prize being the last to be announced.

BingoFest will be held at Record on Thursday, April 26 from 5:00-8:00pm. Entry will be free for anyone 21 and up. There will be special brews, local food, music, networking and a VIP area.

Find out more information here.

BingoFest VIP Tickets: $15

  • Complimentary food from Bentonville Butcher & Pint
  • Exclusive access to VIP area at BingoFest, sponsored by Arvest & Black Hills Energy
  • Complimentary VIP Screen Printed Gift
  • Complimentary BingoFest Cup

Purchase your BingoFest VIP Tickets here.

Bentonville Small Business Celebration VIP All Access Pass: $100

Purchase your Small Business Celebration VIP All Access Pass here.

 

Small Business Breakthrough: Start, Grow & Reaching Beyond Bentonville- May 1-3

These are two hour sessions aimed at helping potential entrepreneurs and small business owners breakthrough to the next stage in their business. Each session will be led by experts in their field. Entrepreneurs and small business owners will be given a chance to network, ask questions and win prizes.

Tickets: $10 (member) $15 (non-member)

Bentonville Small Business Celebration VIP All Access Pass: $100

Purchase your Small Business Celebration VIP All Access Pass here.

 

Small Business Awards Celebration- May 9

This event offers well-deserved recognition to small businesses for their achievements and contributions to our community by offering the opportunity to showcase their company, share their story and be rewarded for their efforts.

This year the Awards Celebration will be held at Ballroom on I Street on May 9, 2018 from 11:30am-1:00pm.

Individual Ticket: $45

Corporate Table: $400

Get your tickets here: Small Business Awards Celebration

Bentonville Small Business Celebration VIP All Access Pass: $100

Purchase your Small Business Celebration VIP All Access Pass here.

For questions regarding tickets, sponsorships or other types of involvement, please contact Calli Turner at the Chamber- 479-273-2841 or cturner@greaterbentonville.com