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Strategic Partners

See the El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce’s strategic partners below and learn about the resources available through all of the partnerships.

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The mission of the Advertising & Promotion Commission is to increase occupancy, revenues and visitation in area hotels, meeting facilities and attractions; provide superior customer service to all customers; enhance the cultural, recreational and economic environment of the community; stimulate the creation of more tourism-related jobs; and promote and advertise a positive image for El Dorado as an active, inclusive, friendly and prosperous city.

The commission meets the 1st Monday of every other month starting in January in the council chambers of city hall.

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A&P Commission
P.O. Box 2170
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: (870) 863-6113

The mission of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission is to lead statewide economic development, create targeted strategies which produce better paying jobs, promote communities, and support the training and growth of a 21st century skilled workforce.

Arkansas Economic Development Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock AR 72201
Phone: (800) ARKANSAS or (501) 682-1121
Fax: (501) 682-7499

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services is dedicated to being Arkansas’ preferred provider of workforce services and solutions. Their goal is to enable the Arkansas workforce to compete in the global economy by linking a comprehensive array of services for employers and job seekers.

The Department of Workforce Services maintains records on unemployment insurance, employment service, workforce investment activities, and labor market information.

Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
#2 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201

Union County Office
Street Address: 523 East Sixth St.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2038
El Dorado, AR 71731
Phone: (870) 862-6456
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday — 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is a university-based economic development program that assists entrepreneurs, both new and seasoned. We help with every aspect of business creation, management, and operation. As the state’s premier business assistance provider, the ASBTDC is dedicated to helping small businesses achieve success and to promoting economic development throughout the state.

The Southern Arkansas University SBTDC, located in Magnolia, operates as a regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, a statewide network of seven regional offices located on university campuses throughout the state. Any new venture or existing business may receive assistance from the center. The SAU SBTDC serves the following counties: Calhoun, Columbia, Hempstead, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Ouachita and Union.

Southern Arkansas University SBTDC
P.O. Box 9192
Magnolia, AR 71754
Phone: (870) 235-4007
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The Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) is committed to providing technical assistance, training and access to capital services tailored to meet the needs of women business owners. The center is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, a network of more than 100 centers located through the nation.

The AWBC through Winrock offers a services and a team of professional consultants provide the following technical and financial assistance to women entrepreneurs: Assess interested companies to ensure disadvantaged entrepreneurs receive support; assess current client capabilities; provide opportunities to participate in training activities; provide business plan development support; develop market feasibility studies; provide mentoring assistance; enhance links to capital investments; and locate federal, state, and local funding assistance. Computers are available for clients to prepare business documents, access online information, and participate in online training activities. In addition, space at the Center is set aside to serve as a business accelerator.

Arkansas Women’s Business Center
South Arkansas Community College
305 W. Cedar St.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: (870) 864-8430

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas are private, non-profit corporations that are totally funded by dues from its members. Each organization has its own officers and its own directors, but both share headquarters and professional staff in Little Rock.

The State Chamber/AIA offers its members – businesses both large and small – an effective means to improve the business climate in Arkansas. They are a network of companies working together for a lower cost of doing business, fairer taxes, fairer regulations and less regulatory paperwork. Because of this, Arkansas businesses can be sure that the elected officials are listening to what they need to survive and thrive.

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas
1200 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201-3008 USA
Phone: (501) 372-2222

The Arkansas Workforce Center of Southwest Arkansas is a state agency committed to providing employees in Southwest Arkansas with the most up-to-date information available on job openings, training and education programs and labor market statistics.

Arkansas Workforce Center of Southwest Arkansas
523 East 6th
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: (866) 433-1274
Fax: (870) 863-0218

The EDC is a private non-profit 501(c)6 organization operating under the umbrella of the El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce. Its board of directors consists of 11 individuals from business/industries.

The core mission is to market the community and be prepared to assist existing industry growth and help prospective companies looking to locate or relocate to El Dorado.

They will provide: timely and valuable answers to questions; help in identifying potential buildings and/or sites; help in coordinating visits and arranging itineraries; provide creative financing options.

The EDC works hand-in-hand with additional economic development partners to offer professional guidance and expertise to those who seek it.

Contact: Kaitlyn Rigdon
PO Box 10836
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: (870) 863-6113

El Dorado Board of Realtors
Contact: Nancy Murphy
4214 Haynesville Hwy.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: (870) 863-3578

El Dorado Festivals & Events, Inc. is a private non-profit group founded to create The Festival City of the South! Harboring the spirit of southern arts, culture, and themes, EFEI is creating a festival calendar of events to share in the amazing talents of those who call the South their home. Through a greater engagement with the arts, we will increase the quality of life through enhancement of aesthetic beauty, cultural social offerings, and increased openness with the citizens of our great city.

Society is measured by the merit of its culture, and here in the South our cup runneth over. We are celebrating who we are, where we have been, and where we are going through a broad and diverse spectrum of events and festivals that will educate our young, inspire our community, and foster economic growth and development.

El Dorado, It’s Showtime!

El Dorado Festivals & Events, Inc.
Contact: Pam Griffin, President
217 S. Jefferson
El Dorado, AR. 71730
Phone: (870) 863-4547

The El Dorado Works Board

Contact: Greg Downum
204 North West Avenue El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: (870) 862-7911

50 for the Future exists to promote city and county government for El Dorado and Union County, assist in voter education and promote the design, acceptance and implementation of a master city plan for El Dorado.

214 N. Washington, Suite 307
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: (870) 862-0400

The Golden Triangle Economic Development Council (GTEDC) is a 170 member, non-profit organization that combines the area’s resources and talents to attract new business and industry to the Golden Triangle area. The Golden Triangle area encompasses four counties (Columbia, Calhoun, Ouachita and Union) and five Arkansas Community of Excellence (ACE) communities (Camden, El Dorado, Magnolia, Hampton and Smackover).

The Golden Triangle’s vision is to promote the growth, vitality, and development of south Arkansas and apply the knowledge, creativity, and leadership of its members to regional challenges.

Golden Triangle Economic Development Council
PO Box 9135
Magnolia, AR 71753
Phone: (870) 235-4924
Fax: (870) 235-5110

Main Street El Dorado is a program committed to continued downtown revitalization. It is a program that builds on the downtown’s total image; therefore, the approach is an incremental one that utilizes four elements: organization/membership, design, promotion and economic restructuring.

Contact: Beth Brumley, Executive Director
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: (870) 862-4747

The Center for Workforce Development at South Arkansas College serves as a link between the college and area businesses, industries and government agencies. Customized training is developed in response to a specific demand by local business and industry. The center is able to deliver training whenever and wherever it best meets the client’s needs.

3698 East Main Road
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: (870) 864-8451

The SWPDD is a regional multi-county development and planning agency which, under the guidance of a public policy board of directors, provides expertise and services to counties and cities, business and industry and to residents.

P O Box 767
Magnolia, Arkansas 71754-0767
Phone: (870) 234-4030

Entergy Business & Economic Development is the economic development office of Entergy Arkansas, Inc., the state’s largest electric utility. As one of the largest private sector economic development initiatives in the country, they offer professional proactive and resourceful expertise to companies searching for a new business location, an abundant workforce, innovative incentives, natural resources and an unsurpassed quality of life.

Together with other economic development organizations and communities, they help build a brighter future for Arkansas.

Entergy Business & Economic Development
P.O. Box 551
Little Rock, AR 72203
Phone: (501) 377-4434 or (888) 301-5861

The UCIB is a public facilities board, with five members appointed by the Union County Judge. The board works together with other regional economic development partners to assist in the economic development process.

The UCIB, along with the Chamber’s other economic development partners, work together to offer local incentives to prospective businesses considering expansion within our community or relocation to our community.

Contact: Kaitlyn Rigdon
PO Box 10836
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: (870) 863-6113