The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Eagle Bank & Trust as the Large Business Partner of the Year, TruService Community Federal Credit Union as the Small Business Partner of the Year and Argenta Downtown Council as the Non-Profit Partner of the Year for 2017.


The winners will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at Verizon Arena.


The finalists included:


Large Business Partner of the Year Nominees


(25+ employees)


Bell & Company


Eagle Bank & Trust


Garver


Metro Disaster Specialists


Tyson Poultry, Inc.


Small Business Partner of the Year Nominees


(1-24 employees)


Diamond Bear Brewing Co.


Meineke of Central Arkansas


Sowell Management Services


TruService Community Federal Credit Union


Non-Profit Partner of the Year Nominees


Argenta Downtown Council


Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled


Junior League of North Little Rock


St. Joseph Center of Arkansas


University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College Foundation


Eagle Bank & Trust


Eagle Bank opened its doors as First State Bank of Sherwood in January 1967. The bank established additional locations in Sherwood, Gravel Ridge, North Little Rock, and Little Rock. In 1984, it formed a bank holding company, which purchased the majority interest of the Heber Springs State Bank later that same year. On January 1, 1988 the bank elected to change its names to Eagle Bank & Trust Company.


Eagle Bank joined the North Little Rock Chamber in 1984 and has been an active member from not only serving on numerous committees including the annual Golf Tournament and The Fashion Event, but to sponsoring events such as Business After Hours and the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame, participating in A Taste for Business and supporting Arkansas Scholars, the Community Profile and much more.


For more information on Eagle Bank, visit www.eaglebank.com.


TruService Community Federal Credit Union


TruService Community Federal Credit Union is proud to be the first and oldest credit union in Arkansas, chartered in 1930 by U.S. Postal employees. They are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). TruService owes its existence to the foresight and thrift of the Postal Workers in Arkansas. TruService members are not just customers. The credit union belongs to its members, who are equal owners. They have a voice in the operation through a volunteer board of directors voted upon by the members. They offer all banking services including checking, savings, investments, loans, credit cards, mortgage lending and financial advisory services. In 2004, they expanded their membership to serve Pulaski and Faulkner Counties providing credit union services to anyone who lives, works, attends school or church within these communities.


TruService joined the Chamber in 2003 and has been actively involved on the Chamber Board, Military Relations committee, Camp Robinson / Camp Pike Community Council, Education committee and A Taste for Business committee. They have sponsored events including A Night at the Rep, Leadership Renaissance, A Taste for Business, Family Fun Fest and participated in events including the Chamber monthly membership luncheons, The Fashion Event and Business After Hours.


For more information on TruService, visit www.truservice.net.


Argenta Downtown Council


The Argenta Downtown Council was formed in 2007 by local business and property owners to address the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown North Little Rock. The ADC is responsible for planting and maintaining flower beds and containers of flowers, provides safety ambassadors Mon- Saturday to assist visitors and local businesses, and provides marketing for the downtown businesses.


In 2010 it started the Argenta Arts Foundation to produce arts and cultural events, assist other art endeavors with financial and marketing support and along with the Council advocates for arts, education, and economic development.


The Argenta Downtown Council joined the Chamber in 2008 and supports the chamber as members, current Executive Director Donna Hardcastle served on the board and has been a past Chairman and executive committee member. The group has been a constant supporter of the Annual Meeting, FYI Luncheons, Business after Hours and has provided tents and other equipment as needed at no cost to the Chamber.


For more information on Argenta Downtown Council, visit www.argentadc.org.


For more information, visit www.nlrchamber.org or call 372-5959.