The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2017 Business & Career Expo on May 5 at the Fort Smith Convention Center.

The event, which is on a Friday, is free and open to the public. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We could not be any more pleased with the resources and presenters that will be available both to job seekers and area businesses,” Tim Allen, president and CEO of the regional chamber said in a news release. “This year’s Business & Career Expo is about pairing up skilled, talented individuals who want to advance their career and local businesses who want to expand their market by showcasing their product lines and services.”

The chamber’s monthly First Friday Breakfast event will also be held at the convention center that day instead of its regular meeting place at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. The breakfast event starts at 7:30 a.m. and requires a reservation. Tickets to the breakfast are $18 for members and $20 for nonmembers. It will include a discussion moderated by Talk Business & Politics with a keynote address by Ted Abernathy centered on the 21st century workforce.

Abernathy regularly speaks on economic development and is a policy adviser to the Southern Governors Association. He is also the managing partner of Economic Leadership LLC, a consultancy that works in more than a dozen states to develop economic strategies.

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