BY LEANN DILBECK –
To grow, to connect and to help network the Chamber and the community are the goals that new Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce Secretary Paula Bailey has most on her mind since moving into her new post as of last week.
Bailey has extensive experience as an administrative assistant and plans to use that experience along with her enthusiasm and love for the local community to grow Chamber membership and thus the local economy.
Bailey has spent the last 30 years in Dallas and is new to Mena. She said she had concerns that not being local would hurt her in getting the job but said, “I think my interest and enthusiasm must have come through in the interview.” She said what impressed her most about the area was that it was clearly a family-based community that offered many opportunities of activities for her three children she and Steve share, Krista, Kylie, and Braxton. “This is where we want to raise our children,” she said and feels that her extensive work experience can be an asset to the community.
“I’m extremely excited to be involved and I want to get everyone else involved. I’m looking forward to meeting all of the members and getting to know their businesses so that we, at the Chamber, can do all we can to help them grow their business.”
In particular, she said she was very much looking forward to the downtown daylight trick or treat and the Christmas parade. “When you get the kids involved, you get the parents, grandparents and the rest of the family out.”
Bailey said “I’m ready to learn. I think I can really help the Board to stay organized and I want to help them shine as the business leaders in our community!”