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Business and Industry

A diverse array of businesses and industries can be found in Van Buren. A pro-business climate, matched with a well trained and dedicated workforce create an area that draws business and industry. Add to that the low cost of living and excellent schools and universities, and you have a great place to live and work. Van Buren is home to many manufacturers, financial institutions, large scale commercial printing, food processors, industry specialties, transportation companies, and a large customer contact center. Among the largest employers are Allens, Inc.; Bekaert Corporation; Oxane Materials; Tyson Foods; Experian Consumer Direct; and USATruck.

Agriculture and its related industries are important to Crawford County's economic vitality, with leading products such as soybeans, beef, cattle, poultry, and various fruits and vegetables leading the way in production. With the University of Arkansas' Agricultural Research Station in Crawford County just a few miles away, the area is positioned for additional advanced food processing. Additionally, with its scenic location and abundance of recreational opportunities, tourism continues to grow in prominence.

The Chamber works diligently to develop and prepare Van Buren for economic growth. Investment in membership is a proven value to businesses which utilize opportunities for networking, a listing in the online and print Membership Directory, referral services, access to pertinent information regarding Van Buren and much more.


The Van Buren Chamber is a leading member of the Fort Smith Regional Alliance. Formed in 2010, the Regional Alliance, made up of 14 participating cities, works to develop a collaborative approach to regional economic development. By harnessing the rich resources of the 50-mile radius that makes up the Fort Smith Regional MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area), we are able to compete for important economic development opportunities that are available with a population of over 350,000. With a variety of higher educational institutions and a skilled, productive regional workforce, we are prepared to develop and produce world-class products.

The University of Arkansas also provides support to the business community. The Center for Business and Professional Development offers open enrollment, professional development courses and consulting to help the employees that build a business. The Family Enterprise Center provides families in business with programs and resources that will help make family involvement in the business a strategic strength. The university also has a Center for Business Research and Economic Development, which provides information to help regional stakeholders better understand and respond to the factors that affect the health and prosperity of the region.

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