Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Call for Participants: 2016 Leadership Academy

Due to its overwhelming positive response and success last year, the Osceola/South Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the continuation of a
program that will enrich the local workforce and professional community.

The Leadership Academy of Osceola and South Mississippi County is relaunched last year after a nine year hiatus. "We had a lot of new people in leadership positions or on their way there, so the time was right to bring it back," said Chamber Director Ammi Tucker. The goal of the academy is to help identify and strengthen those that have community leadership potential, as well as help local businesses and industries cultivate potential leaders and increase opportunities to promote from within.

The Academy will take place in one day-long meeting per month from September through December, and culminate with a day trip to Little Rock in early 2017. Each session will be interactive, hands-on, and designed to equip participants with the tools that will better prepare them for leadership opportunities within the community as well as their organization or company. In a new twist to the program, sessions will be held at various locations in communities throughout South Mississippi County to help make participants more aware of the people, places, and resources in our area.
The 2015 Leadership Academy Class recognized for completion.

The Chamber is striving to keep the Leadership Academy rich in content yet still accessible. The tuition fee is $350 per participant and includes meals and snacks, program materials, transportation & meal during the Little Rock visit planned for early 2017. A discounted tuition per participant is available if any company wishes to enroll three or more employees. Also, a limited number of scholarships may be awarded to businesses or nonprofit organizations with 10 or fewer employees.

Sessions begin Wednesday, September 7, and the deadline for applications is Friday, September 2, 2016.  For more information about the Leadership Academy, or to inquire about sponsor and partnership opportunities, contact Ammi Tucker at 870-563-2281 or

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Local Business Owner Receives National Recognition

Garden City, NY – The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Linda Moore as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 700,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I am pleased to welcome Linda into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPS President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”

Almost two decades ago, Linda Moore moved from New Jersey to Blytheville. In search of employment, Linda applied for a payroll clerk position, but was hired as a Front Office Clerk at a staffing service. After working with this service for one year, she was promoted to Office Manager. Three years later, she was offered the opportunity to start Dawson Employment Service with a silent partner. She has been there for the past 18 years.

After eventually buying out her partner, Linda became the sole Owner, President, and Director of Operations. Between two locations, her position entails in-house bookkeeping, inside and outside sales, letter correspondence, advertising, marketing, recruitment of staff, and visits to client work sites, professional memberships, and meetings.

Throughout her 21 years in the staffing industry, from entry level to ownership, Linda gained the ability to communicate effectively with people. Her other areas of expertise include customer service, computer data processing, payroll processing, and accounting.

“I use these skills to help make a difference in my community by changing lives through quality job placements,” she said.

Learning quickly that in Mississippi County, it’s not just what you know but who you know when it comes to advancement, job placements, and growth of business, Linda admits the most challenging obstacle is trying to gather and maintain the loyalty of businesses that use staffing services. Day-by-day, she is rewarded by helping people and refers often to her company’s slogan: “Together We Can Change Lives One Job At A Time…”

Dawson Employment Service has offices in both Blytheville and Osceola, and is a proud member of the Osceola/SMC Chamber of Commerce.

About NAPW
NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect, and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools, and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge, and empower each other.


Attorney General to hold FOIA Roadshow in West Memphis 3/9/16

The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office will be in West Memphis for a Freedom of Information Act Roadshow on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. This meeting is free and open to the public
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Roadshow, held in partnership with the Arkansas Press Association, will include FOIA Made Simple presentations by the Attorney General's office detailing responsibilities and rights covered under the act related to public meetings and documents. The program has been approved for 2.0 hours of general Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.

Meeting Details:
Arkansas State University Mid-South Campus
Marion Berry Renewable Energy Center | Room 136
West Memphis, AR

To register:
To find out more information, contact or (501) 682-2007


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Educator of the Year Award

Osceola/SMC Chamber To Recognize Educator of the Year

The Osceola/South Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce proudly supports our area schools, and we are taking strides to show our appreciation and reward local educators for their excellent work in our local schools. The Chamber’s education committee is taking strides to help show appreciation and reward local educators for their excellent work in our local schools.

Launched this academic year, the Osceola/SMC Chamber will recognize an Educator of the Year that, in addition to the recognition, will also receive monetary awards. The nomination process is conducted online, and is open to anyone that wishes to recommend an individual for consideration. Nominations can be made for employees of Osceola and Rivercrest school districts, the Delta School, and Arkansas Northeastern College.

The unique thing to this award is it’s not exclusive to teachers. Anyone that is employed at any of the local educational institutions is eligible for nomination, regardless of title, accolades, length of employment, or level of education. “It is an educator award, not exclusive to teachers or instructors, as all school employees have a direct impact on student success,” says Chamber Director Ammi Tucker. “It may be a school bus driver that keeps a student encouraged to continue school, or a cafeteria staff member that holds conversations to keep them academically accountable. Every school employee matters.”

A link to the online nomination is available on the Chamber website at under the Initiatives tab (direct link to nomination form). The winner will be declared at the Chamber’s annual Arkansas Scholars banquet. If you have questions on how to nominate or would like more information about the Chamber’s educator incentives, contact Ammi Tucker at 870-563-2281 or


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Urgent Team Cullom Clinic: New Hours, Meet The Staff

Quality Healthcare is Right Around the Corner

Urgent Team Cullom Clinic understands when it’s urgent to you, the healthcare solution needs to be compassionate, comprehensive and convenient. Understanding that sprains, illnesses, and ailments don’t happen on a schedule, Urgent Team is excited to announce they’re extending their hours to better accommodate your needs. Starting February 15, the Center will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, including during the lunch hour. The offices are located at 700 W Keiser Ave in Osceola next to First Commercial Bank (formerly SouthBank). 

Urgent Team provides a range of healthcare services including treatments for injuries and illnesses, and wellness care, such as vaccinations. They treat patients who have an injury or illness that requires immediate care, but is not serious enough to warrant a visit to an Emergency Department. Best of all, no appointment is ever needed, making it convenient for families.

They also provide quick, convenient care for occupational health needs. From pre-employment drug screens and DOT Physicals to workplace injuries, they develop individualized protocols for each company.

Their team of healthcare professionals is committed to providing immediate family care with exceptional service at affordable prices in a comfortable setting. At Urgent Team, you will be greeted with a smile when you walk through the door. In addition to Kenneth Holder, M.D. and Family Nurse Practitioner Lakisha McDaniel, our experienced team of health providers also includes a medical assistant, a lab technician, an X-ray technician and a nurse.

With no appointment needed and convenient hours, Urgent Team offers peace of mind for patients that comes with knowing they have access to quality medical care when their doctor’s office may not be open.

Urgent Team is proud to play a part in providing health services to the wonderful community of Osceola. 


Originally from Joiner, AR Nurse Practitoner Lakisha McDaniel graduated high school from
Rivercrest and earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She has more than nine years’ clinical experience in pediatrics, women’s health, nephrology, and internal medicine in treating acute and chronic illnesses. McDaniel most recently worked at Advance Health, a Leading provider in managed care in Northeastern Arkansas conducting in-home health assessments for plan members. Formerly, she worked at Well Child Inc., Newstart Family and Obstetrical Clinic, and Methodist University Hospital in Memphis
McDaniel is joined by Team Lead Amanda Nichols, MA & Lab Tech Krisha Archibald, and X-Ray Tech Jenna Gibson. 

For more information, call 870-563-6512 or visit

Source article submitted by:  
Candace Smith
Urgent Team Community Relations Manager 
Some modification by OSMCChamber