Small Business Expo Unites Services with Citizens


Downtown Texarkana was a scene of networking delight Thursday afternoon. Friendly conversation concerning commerce pierced the late-day heat. A cornucopia of local proprietorships greeted interested residents; Everything from motorcycles, fiber internet, higher education, and flavored popcorn were all on display for the public.

Executive director of Main Street Texarkana, Ian McDowell said, “We’re excited to be a part of this event and let people know what Main Street Texarkana can do to provide incentives for people interested in going into business in the downtown area.”

“We have some wonderful Assets in our downtown and we certainly want to preserve those as much as possible. Our mission is the promotion and revitalization of our Historic downtown through historic preservation, and so we provide various incentives like low interest revolving loans and grants and through Main Street Arkansas.” McDowell continued, “We also manage a website called and it lists all the available properties that are either for sale or lease in our downtown area.”

At every booth, community members were greeted with a smile, information, and promotional tchotchkes of every sort. The quality of services offered was only rivaled by competence of providers.

Event enthusiast Amy Masco said, “I’m out here because I believe in what the Chamber is doing with the downtown community, trying to grow small business in Texarkana. It’s all about shopping local, keeping it in town, and I’m all about that support.”

Your next opportunity to get involved with the Texarkana Chamber is next Thursday with the Cash Mob.

Cash Mobs are flash mobs, but instead of singing and dancing we spend money as a group! We target Chamber businesses that make this community special! We help businesses grow, we make people happy, and we have a great time!

The mob location will be announced at 4:00 PM on August 29. Attendees are asked to spend $10-$20 at the business.

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