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Springdale, AR – Today Cox Communications announced customers who subscribe to its Cox High Speed Internet Ultimate or Premier packages will automatically benefit from even faster speeds. This latest surge in maximum download speeds, providing speeds up to 300 Mbps for the Ultimate package and up to 150 Mbps for the Premier package, are the most recent in a series of speed increases in Arkansas. Late last year the company also began rolling out gigabit speeds to customers. Cox's residential gigabit service delivers speeds 100 times faster than the average speed in the U.S. today.
Drone operators and experts came together and met at the U of A Global Campus in downtown Fayetteville to share knowledge and information on existing and developing capabilities of drones.
By next spring, the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm will be located on two acres of land at Gulley Park in Fayetteville. Local residents can tour the site Saturday during the third annual Evening at the Farm dinner. The fundraiser will feature cocktails and a five-course meal prepared by local chefs.
Apple Seeds is a local non-profit that develops and implements programs that educate and excite children about fruits and vegetables. Apple Seeds was founded in 2014 in Fayetteville.
The Northwest Arkansas Metro was recently featured prominently in the "2016 Best Places for Law School Graduates" report that was recently released by Goodcall.com.
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers was ranked as a great place for law school grads because of high lawyer salaries, affordable housing, plentiful job opportunities and amenities in the local area.
Follow the link for the full report: www.goodcall.com/data-center/2016s-best-places-law-school-graduates/
Rhonda Fincher started The Kendrick Fincher Memorial Foundation in memory of her 13-year old son, Kendrick, who died after suffering from a heat stroke at a sport practice. She also set up the Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation to promote proper hydration and prevention of heat illness through presentations to school children, athletes, coaches and parents. The Foundation distributes water bottles at its presentations and provides “cool huts” that are misting tents at various public events. It organizes fund raising events to raise awareness and to raise funds to help it carry out its mission.
I was pleased to volunteer to help set up for the 18th Annual Kendrick Fincher Youth Run this year. The Run took place at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. Volunteers showed up the day before the race to help set up. There were folks giving out race packets and swag bags to registered runners, putting out signs, and so on. I was tasked to help build a barricade around a designated area so the bikers could park their bikes safely. Since I had never put up a barricade before, it was a learning experience for me. After that was completed, we went around the Promenade looking for places to hang banners and signs. Since there were not specific places set up for us to hang them, we had to be resourceful to make it work. That was fun.
If you wish to volunteer for this worthy cause, please check out The Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation site at kendrickfincher.org or call 479-986-9960.
Written by Chamber Champion, Chung Tan
Last Tuesday, I had the chance to become certified in Mental Health First Aid. How many of us are certified in CPR and regular First Aid?? I am, but there was not a program out there to certify someone in Mental Health First Aid until 2001.
In any given year, approximately 18.5% of the population will suffer from a mental disorder. The Mental Health First Aid program was founded in Australia in 2001 by Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education, and mental health literacy professor named Tony Jorm. They recognized that a class was needed to help the public recognize mental health issues and wanted to create a way for their community to provide resources for those affected by mental health issues. The classes are not designed for lay people to diagnose or treat mental disorders, but to recognize the signs and symptoms of metal disorders and provide resources so that person can get the professional help they need. The program’s quick success has enabled it to quickly spread throughout the world and is now offered in over 20 countries.
I found out about the class through the Fayetteville Chamber’s healthcare committee, the Whole Body Project. Ozark Guidance is our local sponsor for the Mental Health First Aid classes, and they are one of scores of organizations charged with helping certify one million people in Mental Health Fist Aid in the United States. The “Be One in a Million” campaign is well underway, and there are classes available in Northwest Arkansas over the next several months.
I arrived at the 8 hour class at 8 am at the Washington County Health Unit in Fayetteville. David Duerr with Ozark Guidance was our instructor and has been teaching the course for several years. His hands-on approach made the day go by quickly. The course is broken into several topics, including Depression & Anxiety, Suicide Risk, Panic Attacks, Psychosis, and Substance Abuse. We interacted with each other through role playing, group activities, and personal stories. It was an emotionally charged day… but I would recommend it to anyone. I walked out of the class confident that I would be able to recognize a person in need of help with a mental health issue, and not walk away because I am no longer uninformed.
For more information, visit the Ozark Guidance by calling 479-750-2020 or visit their website at www.ozarkguidance.org/mhfa. To register for a class, email Nancy Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org. This summer’s upcoming classes will be held in Rogers, Siloam Springs, and Fayetteville.
Mental Health First Aid, Ozark Guidance, by Shana Kasparek, June 2016
The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce is proud to present our “Chamber Champions” series. In 2016, our Chamber team will be volunteering over 350 hours at local non-profits throughout Northwest Arkansas. We are proud to support our non-profits and hope our efforts will inspire our Chamber members to reach out in our community and volunteer.
BOST, Inc. was founded by a Fort Smith pediatrician, Dr. Roger Bost in 1959. He wanted to provide a way to empower children with disabilities, so they could grow up to live independent, fulfilling lives. Little did Dr. Bost know that his idea would now serve over 1,100 children, as well as adults, in 28 Arkansas counties!
When I found out that BOST was having an event in April to help fund their housing project in Rogers, I reached out to BOST Events Coordinator, Alexa Cueto so I could help. Our local Chambers of Commerce had just joined forces to help BOST break ground for the Rogers Housing Complex on April 14th. This complex will house 6 adults and will be completed in 2017. Now they needed to raise money and awareness for this housing complex, and the idea of the Inaugural Chef & Winemakers Dinner was born.
I arrived at the BOST offices in Lowell, AR on the morning of Wednesday, April 27th. My job was to help Alexa get ready for the dinner. We had a very busy but fun day, picking up gift baskets for the Chefs and Wine Expert and delivering them to 21C in Bentonville. We also picked up supplies, drinks, and silent auction items from all over Northwest Arkansas. Once all of the items were collected, we started setting up for the dinner at Coach Anderson’s house, Head Men’s Basketball Coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Coach’s wife, Marcheita, and their 3 children were there to greet us and made us feel right at home as we all set up for the next day’s event.
Not only did I get to help set up on Wednesday, I also attended the Chef & Winemaker’s Dinner the following night. Coach Anderson’s house looked beautiful, and was filled with BOST board and foundation members, as well as generous supporters from Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas. Chefs Kelly English from 21 C and Chef Matt McClure from Memphis served us a five course meal, as we bid on auction items and talked about the Rogers Housing Complex. The night was a great success! I was so proud to help BOST at this event, and am proud to say I am the now the newest member of the Northwest Arkansas Advisory Board for BOST.
If you would like to find out more about BOST, Inc., to volunteer or to donate to BOST, please contact Alexa Cueto at 501-350-1790, or visit their website at www.bost.org for more information.
By Samantha White
How often do you really listen to what your colleague or team member is saying to you? Faced with multiple deadlines and demands, it can be easy to hear what you expect to hear and seek to move on down your list of tasks, rather than taking the time to listen to what is actually being said.
By Sabine Vollmer
Email messages have become the primary communication tool in business settings. But writing an efficient work-related message is easier said than done.
Work email is a waste 17% of the time, according to a survey of about 2,200 CFOs in the US. Being copied on irrelevant messages (27%), receiving messages that could be better delivered another way (19%) and long, rambling messages (14%) are major culprits, according to the survey, which was conducted by financial staffing firm Robert Half.
Article written by Jan Cottingham of Arkansas Business Journal.
Two days before journalists reported that Wal-Mart planned to offer two-day delivery service — a retailing model pioneered by Amazon — Matt Waller addressed the importance of understanding retail logistics, e-commerce and the millennial shopper.
The effort has resulted in a robot bustling about on campus and plans for flying drones.
Fayetteville Chamber Team