The following is a list of networking events in Northwest Arkansas that will be happening in 2020. Events are added and updated weekly as new information becomes available, so check back often! (For a list of B2B networking groups that meet regularly in and around Northwest Arkansas visit our B2B Networking Groups page. And if we've missed any events (or you spot one that needs a correction), shoot us an email via our contact form!

 


Networking en Espanol

Wednesday, February 19th @ 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

Few events in our area cater to Spanish speaking networkers, but Conexión de Negocios Latinos is looking to change that! The purpose of this event is to make new connections and meet new people, even if English is your second language. All are invited to attend, however, this is event is geared toward Latino business networkers. The entire event will be bilingual so everyone should feel welcome!

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Nuestro propósito es hacer nuevas conexiones y conocer nuevas personas. ¡Todos están invitados! Esto es para propietarios o empleados de empresas latinas, organizaciones sin fines de lucro son bienvenidas, agentes de bienes raíces, realmente cualquier tipo de negocio es bienvenido. La reunión será bilingue para que todos sean bienvenidos a estar con nosotros.

Goodwill Store, Donation Center and Career Center
5252 W Sunset Ave, Springdale, AR 72762

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Springfield Creatives Speaker Series: Brethren Design Company (Springfield)

Wednesday, February 19th @ 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The brothers of Brethren have blown up in the design scene since their founding in 2018, and have created exciting and engaging work for clients like JE11, HoboJack Clothing, and Slice Beer Company. They'll be speaking about their experiences in working together as brothers in two separate cities, building an extensive client list from using social media, and working with clients who are looking for their signature style.

The guys from Brethren will have a bit of swag and we'll also have beer, wine, water and soda for refreshments. This is sure to be a loud one, so get ready to get excited and inspired! 

Highwater
338 N Boonville Ave, Springfield, MO

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Agritourism Meeting and Conference (Little Rock)

Wednesday, February 19th @ 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

AR Agritourism Assoc. Members: $25 | Non-Members: $50

Conference highlights include: 

• Keynote Speaker - Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture, Wes Ward
• Farm Safety Workshop - National Farm Medicine Center's Agricultural Youth Safety Specialist, Marsha Salzwedel 
• Arkansas Agritourism Association Annual Meeting

UA Cooperative Extension Service
2301 S University Ave, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204

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1 Million Cups (Bentonville)

Wednesday, February 19th @ 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Cost: Free

Avg. Attendance 15 - 25

This event is geared towards the startup community, so it brings in a much different crowd than most 'morning coffee' events. Each week, one or two startup founders come by The Exchange in Bentonville and give a brief presentation of their business (and how the community can help 'em out), and then a wide-ranging conversation ensues covering everything from overcoming obstacles to hiring considerations to finance, and more. 1 Million Cups is a great spot to learn about what's 'next' in the Northwest Arkansas business community while making some great connections at the same time. This week's presenter is 4C Collective.

The Exchange
409 SW A Street Bentonville, Arkansas

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Game Changers with Greg Lasker (Conway)

Thursday, February 20th @ 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Join the Conductor for Game Changers with Greg Lasker.

Lasker is a former football defensive back in the NFL after a successful college career as a Razorback at the University of Arkansas. While Lasker was playing for the Giants, he also co-owned a medical-billing service in Conway. He later worked with his family construction business, helping revenues increase from $450,000 a year to $14.5 million during his tenure. He now owns his own construction company, Lifestyle Homes by Greg Lasker, based out of Arkansas.

Agenda:

• 5:30 p.m. - Doors Open + Food + Networking
• 6:00 p.m. - Chat with Greg Lasker
• 7:00 p.m. - Networking

UCA Welcome Center
250 Donaghey Ave, Conway, Arkansas 72034

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Build Bentonville: Arts & Culture

Thursday, February 20th @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Members: $30 | Non-Members: $40

21c Museum Hotel – Main Gallery
200 NE A St, Bentonville, AR

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Hustle in Heels: Managing Your Inner Critic (Rogers Chamber)

Thursday, February 20th @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $25

Hustle in Heels Members Only

Hustle in Heels - LADIES LEAD NWA is an initiative of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce dedicated to empowering, educating, and connecting women with a modern approach to professional and business development. Light appetizers will be provided and a cash bar is located on site.

Come to this presentation to learn about what research studies show makes people great at networking, the many varied types of professional/business and casual networking opportunities available in Northwest Arkansas, and specific tips from Martha Londagin - a seasoned networking pro - about how to build your personal networking plan. Martha’s own “Three B’s of Networking” are simple tips to learn in order to grow your skills in community networking.

NWACC Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies
1000 SE Eagle Way Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

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The Summit: Alvin Rohrs

Thursday, February 20th @ 11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Cost: $10.00

Avg. Attendance 100 - 150

This unique, Christ-centered event brings together (literally) hundreds of professionals from all over Northwest Arkansas (and beyond) for 'connection, equipping, and fellowship'. The Summit also brings in some pretty impressive business and civic leaders from around the country to share insights you just can't get anywhere else. Plus, lunch is top class, and the door prizes are probably the best in the area! The speaker for this event will be Alvin Rohrs, Author, Chief Accelerator, "Become an Accelerator Leader", Former President and CEO of Enactus.

Cross Church (Pinnacle Hills)
2448 Pinnacle Hills Pkwy, Rogers, AR

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Business After Hours (Rogers Chamber)

Thursday, February 20th @ 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Business After Hours business-building networking event keeps growing in popularity, with close to 100 business networkers attending on average at each event. One of the main reasons is that you get to mix and mingle with other Northwest Arkansas business professionals and find out what other businesses have to offer. It's a fun way to make new contacts, generate business leads, and find new vendors!

 

United Federal Credit Union
2000 Promenade Blvd, #103 Rogers, AR 72758

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Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest (Russellville)

Thursday, February 20th @ 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Conductor are hosting an entrepreneurial pitch contest for a prize package.

Arkansas Tech University Small Business and Technology Development Center
106 W O St, Russellville, AR 72801

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Doing Business with the State of Arkansas

Thursday, February 20th @ 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Cost: Free

Registration Required

The Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Startup Junkie, and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee present this “Doing Business with the State of Arkansas” workshop. The State of Arkansas, local cities, school districts, and counties offer excellent contracting opportunities for goods and services which are available for Arkansas businesses of all sizes. Come let Max Franks of the Bentonville, Arkansas PTAC office explain which agencies are best suited for your type of business to target, how to market your business to them, how to register for the bidding process, and the various steps of each bidding process associated with each agency. You can also make an appointment to meet with him for further assistance at his office at the NWACC campus afterward, always free of charge for all Arkansas business owners.

Startup Junkie Consulting
1 E Center St, #270, Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Wins & War Stories (Springfield)

Friday, February 21st @ 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

$10

The efactory is excited to host a special morning edition of their Speaker Series featuring Ed Frindt, Partner at KCRise Fund in Kansas City. Ed will share his wins and war stories from the venture capital and private equity space. Ed will share insights into what firms are looking for, why there’s hope for startups in flyover country, what life looks like after receiving investment, and more.

Ed is a Partner at KCRise Fund in Kansas City and has over twelve years of experience in the venture capital, private equity and alternative investment space. Prior to joining KCRise, Ed was Director of Finance at OCA Ventures in Chicago, where he was responsible for researching and analyzing investment valuations, conducting financial due diligence and assisting OCA’s portfolio companies in navigating operational processes.

The efactory
405 N Jefferson Ave, Springfield MO 65806

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Equipping Entrepreneurs to Shoot for the Moon (Little Rock)

Friday, February 21st @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Ever wondered how to get your startup...started? Haley Allgood from Startup Junkies and Stan Zylowski from Movista will talk shooting for the moon, and entrepreneurship’s infinite possibilities.

The Venture Center
417 Main St, Little Rock AR 72201

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SingularityU: Future Shock

Friday, February 21st @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

An important part of adapting readily to exponential change is the ability to see those changes developing before they arrive. Foresight is the discipline to see the contours of change before they get here. We will briefly celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alvin Toffler's influential book, Future Shock, which inspired a generation of visionaries with a lucid picture of changes that were coming.

We will then spend the balance of our time playing Thing from the Future, a fun board game that helps us imagine forward creatively what "artifacts" or objects in a range of potential futures might look like. Come join us for a free light lunch, presentation, and discussion. All are welcome!

Exchange
409 Southwest A Street, Bentonville, Arkansas

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State of the Chamber and Awards Lunch (Bentonville Chamber)

Monday, February 24th @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Members: $45 | Non-Members: $55

Registration Required

Chamber President/CEO Graham Cobb will be reviewing the year and discussing the new things on the horizon for 2020. Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce members will also be recognized at the lunch for leadership and community service.

Bentonville High School Tiger Athletic Complex
1801 SE J St, Bentonville AR 72712

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1 Million Cups (Bentonville)

Wednesday, February 26th @ 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Cost: Free

Avg. Attendance 15 - 25

This event is geared towards the startup community, so it brings in a much different crowd than most 'morning coffee' events. Each week, one or two startup founders come by The Exchange in Bentonville and give a brief presentation of their business (and how the community can help 'em out), and then a wide-ranging conversation ensues covering everything from overcoming obstacles to hiring considerations to finance, and more. 1 Million Cups is a great spot to learn about what's 'next' in the Northwest Arkansas business community while making some great connections at the same time. This week's presenter is Etavonni Media.

The Exchange
409 SW A Street Bentonville, Arkansas

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IdeaFame Pitch Contest

Wednesday, February 26th @ 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Do you have an idea for a new product or service? Are you ready to pitch that idea for a chance at $1,000? Do you want to pitch that idea in one of the finest college basketball facilities in the country? Here’s your chance.

Startup Junkie and the University of Arkansas Men’s Basketball team are joining forces to host the first-ever IdeaFame pitch competition in the University of Arkansas Basketball Performance Center. The event will take place just before the Arkansas-Tennessee men’s basketball game. Participants will have 60 seconds to pitch their idea before the scoreboard buzzer alerts them that time is up! The best pitches will be selected by judges from the athletic department and the audience.

Those interested in pitching or attending the competition must register below. You must register to attend in order to be granted exclusive access to the Razorback Basketball facility. IdeaFamers interested in attending the basketball game can purchase a $10 Startup Junkie section ticket here. All attendees must purchase a ticket in order to enter Bud Walton Arena, where the checks will be presented to the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice pitch winners following the competition.

A ticket will be provided to the first 30 who sign up to participate in the IdeaFame pitch competition – no purchase necessary. Attendees who wish to attend the game must purchase a ticket. Tickets purchased via our special Startup Junkie linkwill be seated in the same section.

Basketball Performance Center
1201 Leroy Pond Drive, Fayetteville AR 72701

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BikeNWA DRAFT

Thursday, February 27th @ 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

DRAFT is a nationwide meetup series that taps into people who love bikes, biz and beer. These events bring communities together to celebrate the latest bike industry innovations. Speeches, announcements and conversations allow business leaders, product developers, tech innovators, advocates, artists and more to share big ideas—all while enjoying delicious craft beer.

Modus Studio
15 N Church Ave, #102, Fayetteville AR 72701

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Biz 417's Excellence in Technology Awards (Springfield)

Thursday, February 27th @ 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

$75

Technology is the backbone of business. That’s why we’re honoring the standouts and the innovators in 417-land’s technology and business communities at Biz 417’s fourth annual Excellence in Technology Awards, presented by Total Highspeed Internet Solutions.

The Old Glass Place
521 E Saint Louis St, Springfield MO 65806

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The Summit: XNA Panel

Thursday, February 27th @ 11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Cost: $10.00

Avg. Attendance 100 - 150

This unique, Christ-centered event brings together (literally) hundreds of professionals from all over Northwest Arkansas (and beyond) for 'connection, equipping, and fellowship'. The Summit also brings in some pretty impressive business and civic leaders from around the country to share insights you just can't get anywhere else. Plus, lunch is top class, and the door prizes are probably the best in the area! The speakers for this event will be a panel from XNA.

Cross Church (Pinnacle Hills)
2448 Pinnacle Hills Pkwy, Rogers, AR

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Junior League of NWA Happy Hour Recruitment Social

Thursday, February 27th @ 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas invites you to attend a recruitment informational social to meet and socialize with current League members and learn more about the JLNWA. Members will be available to answer questions and appetizers will be provided. Attendees will be responsible for the purchase of their own beverages.

Pressroom
100 NW 2nd St, #100, Bentonville AR 72712

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Run a Successful Business as a Creative Scatterbrain (Little Rock)

Tuesday, March 3rd @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

No matter how unconventional or creative your business is, there are a few conventions all business owners should understand if you want to turn your passion into a real paycheck. And when you're more "right-brained" than business trained, sometimes you need someone who speaks your language to go through those core conventions in a way that makes practical sense to you and the type of business you're in. Enter Liz London, certified business coach & author of The Business Bible for the Unconventional Entrepreneur. Whether you own a tattoo shop, a pet business, a pole dance fitness studio, or a unicorn-themed cannabis bakery, Liz serves up serious business advice in a not-so-serious manner.

The Venture Center
417 Main St, Little Rock AR 72201

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Method Conference 2020 (Springfield)

Thursday, March 5th @ 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

$100

Method Conference is an immersive one-day conference with 6 sessions, workshops and keynote with an intense focus on digital development, design, UX, content, code, and more.

The Diamond Room
2340 Grand St, Springfield, MO 65802

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The Summit: Jeff Henderson

Thursday, March 5th @ 11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Cost: $10.00

Avg. Attendance 100 - 150

This unique, Christ-centered event brings together (literally) hundreds of professionals from all over Northwest Arkansas (and beyond) for 'connection, equipping, and fellowship'. The Summit also brings in some pretty impressive business and civic leaders from around the country to share insights you just can't get anywhere else. Plus, lunch is top class, and the door prizes are probably the best in the area! The speaker for this event will be Jeff Henderson, Author, "Know What You're FOR", and Lead Pastor, Gwinnett Church/North Point Ministries.

Cross Church (Pinnacle Hills)
2448 Pinnacle Hills Pkwy, Rogers, AR

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Startup Stories: DeTASO (Conway)

Wednesday, March 11th @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Join the Conductor, young professionals and the startup community for Startup Stories, an event celebrating the startup community through storytelling. Entrepreneurs share their story in 10-15 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q &A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they found their start. This month we will hear from David Tapp with deTASO. Get the chance to hear Tapp's startup story and business advice!

UCA Makerspace
250 Donaghey Ave #130, Conway AR 72034

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The Summit: Sam Pittman

Thursday, March 12th @ 11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Cost: $10.00

Avg. Attendance 100 - 150

This unique, Christ-centered event brings together (literally) hundreds of professionals from all over Northwest Arkansas (and beyond) for 'connection, equipping, and fellowship'. The Summit also brings in some pretty impressive business and civic leaders from around the country to share insights you just can't get anywhere else. Plus, lunch is top class, and the door prizes are probably the best in the area! The speaker for this event will be Sam Pittman, Head Football Coach, University of Arkansas.

Cross Church (Pinnacle Hills)
2448 Pinnacle Hills Pkwy, Rogers, AR

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Professionals Night Out (Fayetteville Chamber)

Thursday, March 12th @ 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Free with Chamber Membership

Chamber Membership Required

Complimentary snacks and drinks, door prizes, and networking with other members of the Fayetteville Chamber.

Underwood's Fine Jewelry
611 West Dickson Street Fayetteville, AR 72702

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Bold Networking

Thursday, March 12th @ 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Typically don't have presenters or give 60-second commercials. We do build and grow relationships of trust and support local businesses. Remember to bring your business cards to share with someone you'd like to have a connect meeting with and possibly enter in to win one of our awesome door prizes!

Apple Blossom Brewing Company
1550 E Zion Rd, Suite #1, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Blockchain Conference: The Internet of Value

Friday, March 13th @ 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

$165.00

The Blockchain Center of Excellence at the Sam M. Walton College of Business is hosting technology, industry and academic experts to share on Blockchain and related topics at the 2020 Blockchain for Business Conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from world-class leaders who are creating the internet of value. Together, we will explore how decentralized information and value exchange online is transforming real businesses today.

The 2020 keynotes, panelists, and industry breakout sessions will address open frameworks and tools, enterprise mindshifts, evolving regulation, ecosystem building and much more. Conference participants will be exposed to different forms of blockchain, including public, private, permissioned, and hybrid solutions.

UA Reynolds Center
145 N Buchanan Ave, Fayetteville AR 72701

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Women in Agriculture Conference (Little Rock)

March 17th - March 18th

$50 - $130

The Arkansas Women in Agriculture Conference is an excellent networking event for Arkansas women involved in agriculture. The annual conference gives participants a chance to learn more about hot agriculture topics, resources for their farm, issues in production agriculture and today's family concerns. This year we're offering three tracks again, with one specifically tailored for college students with a workshop focuses on careers in agriculture.

Holiday Inn Express Little Rock-Airport
3121 Bankhead Dr, Little Rock, Arkansas 72206

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Her Entrepreneur Journey: The Woman’s Entrepreneur’s Road Map to Getting Your Business Idea Off the Ground

Wednesday, March 18th @ 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: No information provided

Registration Required

In celebration of  Women’s History Month, the Fayetteville Public Library is partnering with the Startup Junkie Foundation, a local community group that empowers entrepreneurs and innovators, to present this program. In this session Startup Junkie's Executive Consultant Martha Londagin will review the Lean Canvas design for starting any small business be it a "side hustle" started while still employed, a small sole-proprietorship d/b/a model, or an official LLC startup entity.

Basic topics such as owner experience and passion for the industry chosen, business structure, first steps to take as a road map, funding ideas, low or no-cost marketing ideas, personal testing of the consumer or client market base will be discussed. Networking opportunity available before and afterward. 

Fayetteville Public Library
401 W Mountain, Fayetteville AR 72701

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Game Changers with Christina Lecuyer (Conway)

Thursday, March 19th @ 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Join the Conductor for Game Changers with Christina Lecuyer, a former professional golfer, three-time reality television competitor, confidence and mindset coach, motivational speaker, and founder of Women with C.L.A.S.S. Mastermind as well as “Decide It’s Your Turn: Women’s Weekend”. Christina helps women to know they are #worthyaf to live a confident, purposeful, abundant life. Don't miss a chance to hear about Christina's life and business advice, and network over food! This event is free and open to the public!

Agenda:

• 5:30 p.m. - Doors Open + Food + Networking
• 6:00 p.m. - Chat with Christina Lecuyer
• 7:00 p.m. - Networking

Donaghey Hall
240 Donaghey Ave, Conway AR 72034

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How Jessica Hester Built Verdant Studio As A Solopreneur

Tuesday, March 24th @ 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $45.00

FOUNDER 2 FOUNDER (F2F) is a dine-around series where we hear from founders who have achieved major milestones in the life of their startup. The event will begin with networking, followed by a meal, and will conclude with a guided discussion of how our guest founder navigated their startup through major milestones like buying, selling, and merging. 

The speaker for this event is Jessica Hester, RA. Jessica is the owner of Verdant Studio, a nationally recognized architectural firm based in Northwest Arkansas. Jessica's amazing career started in Oklahoma and she's been trailblazing in the architectural world ever since. Jessica has many passions, but one thing we love about Jessica is she recently expanded her business by purchasing a larger architectural firm. Her bold approach to scale and business is matched only by her passion for community and inclusive housing solutions.

Ticket price includes a fixed-menu of Mediterranean cuisine which includes two alcoholic drink tickets in the beautifully designed Fox Trail Distillery.

Fox Trail Distillery
2121 S Bellview Rd, Rogers AR

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Northwest Arkansas Home Show

March 27th - March 29th

Cost: $5 - $10

Come out to the 30th Annual Home Show and explore over 100 vendors. See the industries newest trends for remodeling and building the home of your dreams!

Northwest Arkansas Convention Center
1420 South 48th Street, Springdale, Arkansas

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Techstars Startup Weekend Northwest Arkansas

April 3rd - April 5th

$0 - $99

Techstars Startup Weekends are 48-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub
123 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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SCALE Challenge Investor Forum

April 3rd - April 4th

Orchestrated by the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) and supported by the Walton Family Foundation, SCALE - Supply Chain and Logistics Enterprises - is a global startup challenge to disrupt supply chain, logistics and transportation across industries (e.g. food, fashion, pharma, retail, entertainment) using high tech.

20 SCALE Challenge winners will pitch a room of investors in an exclusive, invite-only event at the Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Momentary is a new contemporary art space satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opening in downtown Bentonville and will be a cultural hub where inspiration brings together musicians, visual artists and the entire community.

The Momentary
507 SE E St, Bentonville AR 72712

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Arkansas Public Health Association Annual Meeting (Little Rock)

April 7th - April 9th

Cost: $50.00 - $125.00

The APHA annual meeting is a place where public health professionals come together to learn, network and engage with public health leaders and organizations to discuss the latest in research and best practices in public health. We expect more than 300 conference participants and will offer learning opportunities ranging from plenary sessions with public health leaders to hands-on workshops led by local program experts.

Crowne Plaza Little Rock
201 S Shackleford Rd, Little Rock AR 72211

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Startup Stories: Hounds Hideaway (Conway)

Wednesday, April 8th @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Join the Conductor, young professionals and the startup community for Startup Stories, an event celebrating the startup community through storytelling. Entrepreneurs share their story in 10-15 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q&A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they found their start. This month we will hear from Lacey Vance with Hounds Hideaway. Get the chance to hear Vance's startup story and business advice! Lacey Vance is a recruiter and marketer-turned-entrepreneur mixed with Crazy Dog Lady. As the founder and Head Human at Hounds Hideaway, she handles everything from marketing and furry customer service to mopping floors. Lacey is a Jonesboro native with a BS in Marketing from ASU, and has called Conway home since 2011. She currently serves on the Board of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and serves as Director of Beagle Basecamp, a local nonprofit rescue group that sends beagles to forever homes through Colorado Beagle Rescue.

UCA Makerspace
250 Donaghey Ave #130, Conway AR 72034

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Caffeinate (Bentonville Chamber)

Thursday, April 9th @ 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Free with Chamber Membership

Chamber Membership Required

Caffeinate is a monthly networking event for members and guests. You can count on making some valuable connections, delicious food, great coffee, and door prizes.

Hilton Garden Inn
2204 SE Walton Blvd, Bentonville AR

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Bentonville Bayou Bash (Bentonville Chamber)

Friday, April 17th @ 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Members: $25 | Non-Members $35

A true experience of Louisiana right here in Northwest Arkansas! The event will feature:

• An authentic Crawfish Boil with all the fixins' 
• Live Music 
• Craft beer & other tasty bites
• Lip Sync Battle 
• Honarary Guest; To be announced soon

Meteor Guitar Gallery
128 W Central Ave, Bentonville AR 72712

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Women in the Workforce Conference

Wednesday, April 22nd @ 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This one-day, interactive conference provides professionals with an opportunity to enhance relevant workplace skills. Hear from industry veterans on topics that align with this year’s theme.

The Walmart Museum
105 N Main St, Bentonville AR 72712

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Northwest Arkansas TechFest

April 23rd - April 24th @ 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $100.00

NWA TechFest is a for-geeks-by-geeks technology conference held each Spring in NWA. Its goal is to bring the tech community together to learn, interact, and network, as well as promote diversity in STEM, sharing of best practices, and promotion of transferable skills. Proceeds from each conference go to assist STEM-related initiatives in the Northwest Arkansas community.

Day one is the NWA TechFest you know and love. It will enrich those currently working in our technology community with insightful presentations on a variety of technical and communication-oriented topics. Day two will empower students and attendees with knowledge of their local community, including how to further educational, employment, and charitable opportunities in NWA. The focus will be on what it's like to work in STEM careers and hands-on activities.

The Jones Center
922 E Emma Ave, Springdale, Arkansas

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Rise of the Rest 9.0: Pitch Contest

Thursday, April 23rd @ Time TBD

Cost: No information provided

Save the date for this Pitch Contest – more details to come!

Location TBD

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Techstars Startup Weekend (Springfield)

April 24th - April 26th

$0 - $99

Techstars Startup Weekends are 48-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

The efactory
405 N Jefferson Ave, Springfield MO 65806

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Startup Stories: Healthcare Transformed (Conway)

Wednesday, May 13th @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Join the Conductor, young professionals and the startup community for Startup Stories, an event celebrating the startup community through storytelling. Entrepreneurs share their story in 10-15 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q &A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they found their start. This month we will hear from Christi Baker with Healthcare Transformed. Get the chance to hear Baker's startup story and business advice! Christi Baker is the CEO/President of Healthcare Marketing Associates and the Founder of Healthcare Transformed.

UCA Makerspace
250 Donaghey Ave #130, Conway AR 72034

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Good Morning Fayetteville (Fayetteville Chamber)

Wednesday, May 13th @ 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

Avg. Attendance 30

Fayetteville Chamber Membership Required

Complimentary breakfast, door prizes, and networking with members of the Fayetteville Chamber.

Signature Bank of Arkansas
3878 N Crossover Rd #20, Fayetteville AR 72703

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Spring Classic Golf Tournament (Fayetteville Chamber)

Monday, May 18th @ 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $175 Single | $600 Team of Four

The Spring Classic four person scramble is themed after the "Masters" but in Fayetteville, so that means golfers compete for their very own Purple Jacket! This tournament boasts great prizes, great awards, delicious food, 19th hole networking event, and prizes for all! Lunch at noon, and a 1:00 pm shotgun start.

Fayetteville Country Club
3335 S Country Club Drive Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Golf Tournament (Rogers Chamber)

Monday, May 18th @ 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Team - $700.00

Registration Required

This four-person scramble with shotgun start times of 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at beautiful Shadow Valley Country Club in Rogers. The tournament is a fun day for Chamber members to come together, compete for prizes and network with other players. It's a great way to treat yourself, reward company employees and say thank you to special clients on the golf course.

Players can test their skills in the hole-in-one, longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and putting contests. Prizes will be awarded for top finishing team and individual contest winners. Each golfer will receive two complimentary adult beverage tickets, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Breakfast will be served for the morning golfers. Lunch will be served to every golfer.

Shadow Valley Country Club
7001 Shadow Valley Rd, Rogers AR

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Professionals Night Out (Fayetteville Chamber)

Thursday, June 11th @ 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Free with Chamber Membership

Chamber Membership Required

Complimentary snacks and drinks, door prizes, and networking with other members of the Fayetteville Chamber.

Fayetteville Public Library
401 W Mountain, Fayetteville AR 72701

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Professionals Night Out (Fayetteville Chamber)

Thursday, July 9th @ 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Free with Chamber Membership

Chamber Membership Required

Complimentary snacks and drinks, door prizes, and networking with other members of the Fayetteville Chamber.

Encompass Health
153 E Monte Painter Dr, Fayetteville AR 72703

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Off the Clock (Bentonville Chamber)

Thursday, September 3rd @ 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Free with Chamber Membership

This informal event being put on by the Bentonville Chamber will allow you to showcase your company, meet with other members of the business community and network in a casual atmosphere. Refreshments and food will be provided.

Courtyard by Marriott Bentonville
1001 McClain Rd, Bentonville AR 72712

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Excellence in Business Awards (Fayetteville Chamber)

Wednesday, September 9th @ 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Members: $40 | Non-Members: $50

Experience TheatreSquared and get a sneak peak at upcoming events and programs. Each award category will highlight three of the top nominees using professionally produced videos, and will show why every business involved is a staple and deserves accolades, recognition, and community support.

TheatreSquared
477 W Spring St, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

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Professionals Night Out (Fayetteville Chamber)

Thursday, September 10th @ 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Free with Fayetteville Chamber Membership

Fayetteville Chamber Membership Required

Complimentary snacks and drinks, door prizes, and networking with other members of the Fayetteville Chamber.

Grand Village at Clear Creek
1998 W Grand Blvd, Fayetteville AR 72704

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Caffeinate (Bentonville Chamber)

Thursday, September 10th @ 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Free with Chamber Membership

Chamber Membership Required

Caffeinate is a monthly networking event for members and guests. You can count on making some valuable connections, delicious food, great coffee, and door prizes.

Trike Theatre
902 SW 2nd St, #F, Bentonville, AR

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WalStreet Bike & Brew (Bentonville Chamber)

Friday, September 11th @ 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WalStreet Members: $0 | MainStreet Members: $25 | Non-Members: $50

The WalStreet Member Bike & Brew is a high energy, next-gen social event for everyone from bike borrower to the aspiring adventureprenuer wishing to make new friends, engage in our community and increase their professional network while enjoying the world-class outdoor amenities NWA has to offer. The event is powered by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce WalStreet Program and is open to all. This is less a ride atmosphere than it is a post-ride atmosphere.

The bike route will take our riders around town to 5 featured stops to be announced soon. The check in will start at 1:00 pm location will be announced soon. The ride will start at 2:00 - the charity poker ride, which covers roughly 8 miles over 2 hours with stops along the way to demonstrate the ease of cycling and engagement with local merchants. After the ride cyclists will ease over to the post-ride party, that will feature food, craft beer, music, and a bicycle stunt show by Chris Clark.

Riders can purchase an optional "Poker Score Card" to make your ride a "Poker Ride" and to support our non-profit partner. Turn in your score cards at the post-ride party. Winning poker hand will be announce and will win a great prize to be announced soon. 

Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce
702 SE 5th St, Suite 40, Bentonville, AR 72712

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NWA Hispanic Heritage Festival

Sunday, September 27th @ 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Celebrating the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in Northwest Arkansas. We are looking for the best attendance ever as we expand our lineup of activities and promotions, including a soccer skills contests for all ages; Dance contests; Parade of Nations; Music and entertainment; Giveaways and drawings and much, much more.

Fayetteville Square
21 W Mountain Street, Fayetteville, AR

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SCORE E3 Women's Conference (Springfield)

Thursday, October 1st @ 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This second annual all-day women's conference will include business and business organization exhibitors, educational breakout sessions, networking, and keynote addresses from business experts and successful women entrepreneurs who will present their success stories in doing business, advice on mentorship and a look at their battles along the way.

DoubleTree by Hilton
2431 N Glenstone Ave, Springfield MO 65803

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Chamber Challenge Golf Scramble (Bentonville Chamber)

Monday, October 5th @ 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Team Cost: $350 Members | $450 Non-Members

Registration Required

This is a fun opportunity to engage with others in the community, promote your business and encourage economic development of the area through networking. This event is open to both Main Street, WalStreet and non Chamber members. In addition to golf, there are also various sponsorship packages available offering you the opportunity to promote exposure for your brand in a relaxed environment.

Bella Vista Country Club
98 Clubhouse Drive, Bella Vista AR 72715

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Professionals Night Out (Fayetteville Chamber)

Thursday, October 8th @ 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Free with Fayetteville Chamber Membership

Fayetteville Chamber Membership Required

Complimentary snacks and drinks, door prizes, and networking with other members of the Fayetteville Chamber.

Graduate Fayetteville
70 N East Ave, Fayetteville AR 72701

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Caffeinate (Bentonville Chamber)

Thursday, October 8th @ 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Free with Chamber Membership

Chamber Membership Required

Caffeinate is a monthly networking event for members and guests. You can count on making some valuable connections, delicious food, great coffee, and door prizes.

La Quinta Inn
1001 Southeast Walton, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

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Good Morning Fayetteville (Fayetteville Chamber)

Wednesday, November 11th @ 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

Avg. Attendance 30

Fayetteville Chamber Membership Required

Complimentary breakfast, door prizes, and networking with members of the Fayetteville Chamber.

Razorback Foundation
1295 S Razorback Rd #A, Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Joint Business After Hours (Rogers + Bentonville Chambers)

Thursday, November 19th @ 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

This informal event being put on by both the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber and the Bentonville Chamber to allow you to showcase your company, meet with other members of the business community, and network in a casual atmosphere. Refreshments and food will be provided.

Colliers International
4204 S Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Suite 102, Rogers AR

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Caffeinate (Bentonville Chamber)

Thursday, December 10th @ 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Free with Chamber Membership

Chamber Membership Required

Caffeinate is a monthly networking event for members and guests. You can count on making some valuable connections, delicious food, great coffee, and door prizes.

Courtyard by Marriott Bentonville
1001 McClain Road, Bentonville AR

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