FORT SMITH – Jobs and career growth will be the focus of the upcoming Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce First Friday Breakfast, as the event will coincide with the upcoming Business and Career Expo. The event will be held Friday May 3rd in Hall A of the Fort Smith Convention Center.

“This is really going to be exciting and a complete change from what we’ve done in the past,” said Tim Allen, President and CEO of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Fort Smith has never seen anything like this event before.” 

The breakfast will feature keynote speaker Jeremy Bout, TV Host, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker and President of Edge Factor, one of the country’s leading creative businesses, coupling advanced manufacturing and interactive resources. To build the workforce pipeline, Edge Factor tells real life stories of makers who are using technology to change lives and pushing back the edge of what’s possible. They create in-depth, dynamic interactive resources that equip educators and business leaders with tools to break the negative reputation of manufacturing, raise awareness of the incredible careers in manufacturing and make STEAM (science, technology engineering, art, and math) relevant. Edge Factor empowers communities across North America with story-driven tools to tackle workforce development, inspire students, reach parents, and build relationships between local schools and companies. 

The Fort Smith Chamber has focused on the expanding effort to build a regional infrastructure to develop the talent for a variety of career pathways, including advanced manufacturing, healthcare and information technology jobs.

“Jeremy is a mixed brew of caffeine, ideas that defy convention and passion that drives creativity,” continued Allen. “His presentation is going to change the way Fort Smith thinks about our workforce. We’ve also got a surprise that is really going to make businesses take notice. Do not miss this event.”

The event starts at 7:30 AM. Tickets are $18.00 for Chamber members, and $20.00 for non-members.


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