Carrie Perrien Smith

Carrie Perrien Smith, MBA is a training, communication, and publishing industry veteran. Her corporate career spanned 15 years, split between Texas Instruments and Walmart Stores, Inc. She founded her Rogers, Arkansas-based company, Soar with Eagles, in 2003. She works internationally with business leaders, candidates, and growing companies who want to brand themselves as experts in their industry and build a speaking and consulting business. Also a speaker and coach, Carrie is the author of Currency: Striking Networking Gold in a Relationship Economy. She writes a blog for NWAMotherlode.com called Empty Nexter and has hosted an internet radio show called Business: Engaged! She devotes hundreds of hours each year to her community. Her volunteer leadership experience includes serving the NWA chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, Toastmasters International, Bryan College Advisory Board, SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business), Creative Referral Network, Benton County Republican Women, the Cancer Challenge, National Speakers Association’s Oklahoma chapter, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County, and The Joseph Project, an initiative for the unemployed in Northwest Arkansas. She most enjoys mentoring emerging leaders and business owners. A grateful woman of faith, Carrie uses her volunteer service to honor and serve God. Carrie was raised in a traditional family of small business owners in Sapulpa, OK. She spent seven years in Dallas before settling in Rogers in 1993. Her daughter Darcie grew up attending Rogers schools and works as a certified nursing assistant. Darcie lives in Fayetteville with her husband Kyle and has a son named Robert. Her husband Tom is a 32-year Walmart associate who bleeds Walmart blue. In their free time, they enjoy performing with their band. They also enjoy listening to live music, whether it is a local band at a local club or outdoor festival or a world-famous band playing at the Arkansas Music Pavilion. They purchased a house to renovate four years ago and are nearing completion. Carrie holds an MBA from John Brown University and lives in southeast Rogers with her husband, Tom. They are empty nesters who share her home with their rescued and now hopelessly spoiled fur children, Chloe Needletoes, Jazmin with Teeth, and Midgieboy.

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Election Day Voting Locations

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Benton County is moving to vote centers for election day voting. Like early voting, you can now go to any Benton County vote center on election day. You are no longer limited voting at your specific precinct location. Due to technology requirements of the new equipment, some of your familiar voting locations are no longer …

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Investing Strategically in Our City’s Green Space

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With about four thousand square feet of flowerbeds that I either maintain or am constructing at our house or our rental, I pay attention to decorative green space. A healthy, well-landscaped yard adds thousands of dollars to the value of a home. I walk around the local cities and look at the landscaping. I watch …

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Small Business Counseling for Free

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After I left my corporate job in 2001, I finally had the flexibility to volunteer in my community. The first organization I offered my time and expertise was SCORE. It is a non-profit funded by the Small Business Administration. It is mostly used as a resource for free small business counseling. It has to be one …

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Take a Fall Drive

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We are somewhere between almost peak color and empty trees. This is a great time of year to take a drive through the Ozarks. For five years, I worked on a charity motorcycle event called the Cancer Road Challenge. It was a motorcycle poker run and show. A key component of a poker run is …

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The Economic Impact of Campaign Donations

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How a candidate handles his or her campaign finances is public record — at least if they spend or raise over $500. In Arkansas, municipal candidates have to submit a pre-election financial report and a post-election report. I fall into that group that had to file. I wish campaigns could be run and won with …

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Testimonials and Endorsements Please

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Dear Friends Who Know Me, I have a special request. I need some testimonials or endorsements to use in my campaign marketing. If you would be willing to give your name, city (you don’t have to live in Rogers), and company name (if applicable) along with a few very specific words I could use, I’d be …

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What Does a City Communication Strategy Cost?

While a formal communication strategy might make plenty of sense for a medium to large city, it might be the most useful to the tiniest towns where the mayor presides over the city council one day and helps city workers dig a ditch the next. With a little planning, a small-town mayor can communicate needs …

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Benefits of a City Communication Strategy

As a communication professional for over 25 years, I’ve seen how important a communication strategy is to a company. A city can also tap into tremendous potential to truly engage their citizens with an internal and external communication strategy. I’ve been researching city communication strategies recently. I paid special attention to those cities that are two to …

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Rogers Greenway and Trail System Provides a Great Way to Get from Point A to Point B or Just Get Away

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One of my favorite amenities in Rogers is the trail system. Before we moved to Southwest Rogers, we lived in Whispering Timbers and had easy access to the Cambridge Trail. Over there, we were walking distance to banking, the movie theater, restaurants, and shopping. The Cambridge Trail gave me quick access to Sam’s Club and …

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Raising Our Next Generation of Citizens

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Most people probably think about raising children to be responsible adults. I’m willing to bet that many people don’t give much thought to the responsibility we have to raise the next generation of citizens. It’s a conscious decision we must make to guarantee the future of the quality of life we enjoy in Rogers today. …

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