Social Media Strategies for Small Business Seminar


See our official announcement for the Free Social Media Strategies for Small Business Seminar below.    You must register for this event to be held on Tuesday June 25th at the Searcy County Library, from 4-7 PM.   This will give you some great information about how to promote your business to help make it successful on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.   This event is co-sponsored by the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.

See the registration information below, and please email the chamber also at  if you plan to attend so we’ll have an idea on the numbers.   This Seminar will be limited to approximately 25-30 participants, and we’ve already had a lot of interest, so don’t delay.



5 Social Media Strategies for the Small Business
June 25
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Searcy County Library, Marshall AR
Cost: FREE

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents 5 Social Media Strategies for the Small Business. Not sure where to begin with social media or are you using social media to promote your small business but not sure how to integrate all the outlets you use? Do you know how to properly use your Facebook page analytics and insights to gauge success? Businesses of all sizes are using online tools like Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, and blogs to connect with customers. We’ll show you five low-cost ways social media can bolster your current marketing efforts, current trends and recent changes in Facebook and Pintrest, and you’ll leave with your own social media marketing or update plan to better locate your target customers online, and what it could mean for your business if you aren’t involved in social networking. The ASBTDC is able to present this seminar at no cost to Arkansas small business owners due to a joint partnership with Connect Arkansas, a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to increasing high-speed internet and adoption throughout Arkansas. Connect Arkansas is a project of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group (ACCG). Within the partnership, participant information may be shared with ACCG. Drinks and snacks will be provided. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED at or call 1 (479) 575-5148 to register by phone; event is free for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Event co-sponsor: Searcy County Arkansas Chamber of Commerce.



Historical Society Meeting – Essie Ward

Painter Essie Ward, “Grandma Moses of the Ozarks”, and former Searcy County Resident, will be the topic at the Searcy County Historical Society meeting on Friday, May 24th.

The meeting will be held at the Petit Jean building on Airport Road in Marshall at 7:00 P.M.

Every popular Susan young of Shiloh Museum in Springdale will be the presenter.   She has been involved in Essie Ward research for several years and has helped produce the award-winning video of Essie Ward’s life and painting.

People are encouraged to bring unique and one-of-a-kind Ward paintings to show at the meeting.

Refreshments will be served.

Essie Ward

New Member – Searcy County Rural Help Center


The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the Searcy County Rural Help Center as one of its newest members.

The Searcy County Rural Help Center’s mission is to improve the welfare of disadvantaged citizens, on a local scale, by acting as an outreach for Social and Human Services to rural areas of Searcy County.  Our services are designed to help eliminate extensive travel, and assist those who are in need of assistance in form completion, and access to information pertaining to Social and Human Services.

The Center houses a small Library, and Computer Lab that provides access to computer and internet  services, that lessens the physical barriers in communication, and provides access to Adult Education, and fundamental computer classes.  The Library provides an exchange book program, and offers the opportunity to check out books for adults and children.  Our future plans are to provide children’s programs that promote literacy and increase student achievement.

An element also included in the Center is the Thrift Store, where all funds are filtered back into the Center for enhanced programs.

You may contact the Searcy County Rural Help Center at their location, 260 North Church St. in St. Joe, Arkansas, 72675, by phone at 870-439-8300 or by Email.


New Member — Ozark Opportunities, Inc.










The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome Ozark Opportunities, Inc. as it’s newest Chamber Member.

Ozark Opportunities, Inc.(“OOI”) was incorporated as a private, non-profit corporation under IRS code 501 (c) (3) in 1969. We are identified as a “Community Action Agency,” and provide services in a six county area in Arkansas: Baxter, Boone, Marion, Newton, Searcy and Van Buren.

Our agency is governed by an 18-member board consisting of public officials and representatives of the private and low-income sectors. The mission of OOI is to partner with organizations, families, and individuals to provide services and empowerment opportunities for those with limited means to improve their quality of life.

Our Administrative office is located at 701 E. Prospect (P.O. Box 1400) in Harrison, Arkansas. We have an office in each county seat and 15 Head Start Centers (26 classes) throughout the six counties. The Weatherization Office is located in Marshall, Arkansas and affords the agency an equal distance to the furthest reaches of the service area. All of our programs require clients being certified as income-eligible. Guidelines vary from program to program.


Through the years, our agency has been involved or acted as the “Lead Agency” and/or secured funding for various projects and programs that were later spun off and/or operations assumed by other organizations. These include:


  • Creation of the Community Resource Group; Fayetteville, AR. to develop rural water & sewer systems in rural Arkansas counties in Northwest Arkansas. Now a multi-million dollar organization serving multiple states, their mission is “helping people build secure and sustainable futures by assisting small, rural communities in their work to solve water and wastewater problems, and by helping hardworking families realize the American dream of having a safe, secure place to call home.”
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Harrison Arkansas.
  • Doctor-on-Retainer Program (Lead Agency for State-6 delegate Agencies).
  • VISTA Volunteer Program.
  • Feeder Pig Program (Seed program-similar to Heifer, International).
  • Rural Production and Marketing of Ozark Crafts Program.
  • Elderly Nutritional Feeding Program, precursor to Meals on Wheels.
  • Elderly Transportation Program.
  • Day Care Centers (Harrison & Clinton).
  • Before and After School Programs (Marshall & Clinton).
  • Grants for building Community Centers in Diamond City, Leslie, Harrison (RSVP Center) and Clinton.


  • Grants for local Volunteer Fire Departments.
  • Heavy Equipment Training Class-NAC (North Arkansas College).
  • WIC Program.
  • Fiscal Agent for TEA Coalitions for Marion and Searcy Counties.
  • Housing Preservation Grant Program.
  • Self-Help Housing Program.
  • Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Preschool classrooms.
  • Operated Community Centers; two in each county.
  • Fan & Blanket Program for Elderly.
  • Holiday Food Baskets, Thanksgiving & Christmas.
  • Individual Development Account Program; matched savings accounts for education.
  • Emergency Medical, Vision, Dental Program(s).
  • Wear & Share; Clinton.
  • Garden Program.
  • Cannery available to the public.
  • Family Planning Program.
  • Emergency Food and Shelter (FEMA).


We currently operate the following programs:


  • Head Start Program (including the USDA-Child Care Food Program)
    • Backpack program
  • Weatherization Program (ARRA & DOE/LIHEAP & AWP)
  • Community Services(Community Service Block Grant Program-CSBG)
    • SUCCESS, Life Coaching
    • Information Seminars (Life skills)
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), USDA surplus foods (commodities)
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Volunteers in Action, volunteering opportunities for individuals 55 and older
  • Community Development, expanding and enriching communities thru new and/or expanded initiatives

Our current annual funding is approximately $6 million per year. Of this total; approximately 95% is Federal/State and 5% Local/Private. We have approximately 100 full time employees with an annual payroll of slightly over $2.5 million.  We have very dedicated staff all sharing a common goal of assisting low income people to improve their lives and the futures of their families and communities. Visit us on the web at:, or give them a call at 870-741-9406.    They have a downloadable and printable brochure which shows all that Ozark Opportunities has to offer that is located here.