" The people who played in the afternoon worked in the morning, " said Joy Heuer, the chamber's vice president of programs and services.
" We had representatives from our board of directors and a who's who team of people in the community, " Heuer
said." We had bankers and representatives from Tyson and Cargill
.It was kind of a mix of different small and large businesses."
The field was limited to chamber members, many of whom were unable to participate because of the event's full field.Increased interest in the tournament has created a waiting list, Heuer
" We do have a waiting list, " she
said." First come, first serve is the policy.The sooner they get signed up the better." Heuer
said the tournament was the chamber's last big event of the year.It will sponsor a city planning retreat next month where business leaders will plot a five-year strategy for the city.In November, the chamber will host a business after hours affair.
" This is the last real event, " Heuer
said." Then we'll start over in January with our annual meeting.It gets busy from there."
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals minor league baseball team was one of the tournament's sponsors.Heuer
said the team will invigorate the city's economy when it debuts in April of next year.
" It's going to be huge, " she
said." It's going to be a big tourism draw and put our name on the map."
The Springdale-based club doesn't bear the city's name, but Heuer
said the Naturals are Springdale's team.
" It will always be ours, " she
said." That's just what I think." Heuer
said the tournament and similar events help increase the chamber's membership, which has increased since last year.
" We like to offer our chamber members a variety, " she