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Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce Announces

Maumelle Chamber - Friday, April 15, 2016

Maumelle, AR - Each year the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates our outstanding Chamber members during our Annual Banquet.  The banquet was held on Thursday, April 14th at the Maumelle Country Club.  During the program, we honored Chamber Members who have gone above and beyond during the year. 

 This year the award for Large Business of the Year was presented to Arvest Bank.  With more than 270 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, they serve customers in 120 communities. In 2015, Arvest Bank associates logged 30,000 volunteer hours. In central Arkansas alone, associates volunteered over 3,000 hours with local charities and schools. On a local level Arvest Bank currently has an employee who holds a seat on the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and on the Chamber’s Educational Committee.  Arvest Bank is the annual presenting sponsor for the Maumelle Business Expo held in March at the Jess Odom Community Center. In addition, they were instrumental in the success of the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce Educational Program by sponsoring the Run Like You've Been Stung Maumelle 5K and Academic Signing Day for Maumelle High School Seniors and Academics Plus Charter School Seniors.  The results of their dedication to education and the City of Maumelle have helped to fund the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce's scholarship program.

Receiving the Small Business of the year award was Maumelle Eye Care.  Dr. Long has been a vital component of Maumelle for over 11 years and opened his practice in Maumelle Corners in 2004.  Since that time he moved into Town Center, and now has built his own building on the Boulevard.  Dr. Long is a member of the Arkansas Optometric Association where he was awarded the Special Service Award last year for donating his professional services, eyeglasses and contact lenses to the victims of the Mayflower and Vilonia tornados.  He was voted best optometrist in Central Arkansas twice in recent years by the readers of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.  Dr. Long was also an instrumental part of recruiting UAMS to the Maumelle area. 

Ambassadors are highly visible, prestigious volunteers who serve as the Chamber’s primary liaison to  Chamber members. Considered the goodwill arm of the Chamber, the Ambassador committee plays an  essential role in member communication and retention. Receiving the Award for Ambassador of the year for his exceptional service was Mike Chastain, of Iriana & Associates, Inc.                                                  

The "Person" of the year award was presented to a group of five Maumelle Middle School Students and their teacher sponsor.  Adley Barham(7th Grade), Zoe Mc Clain(8th Grade) , Kaitlyn Anderson(8th Grade), Lindsey Byrum(8th Grade), Rachel Huey(8th Grade), and Mr. Craig Tyson are part of the National Junior Honor Society at Maumelle Middle School. The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students.    In October of 2015 these five young women, with the help of their sponsor Mr. Tyson, planned, organized and successfully executed the  Run Like You've Been Stung  Maumelle 5K.   In partnership with the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce Educational Committee, this 5K  was more than just a race.  Groups of business leaders mentor to the young trailblazers on the importance of marketing, sales, business and teamwork to create this fun run event designed to promote community wellness and pride. 

For more information, please contact Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Alicia Gillen at 501-851-9700 or email


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