February 2013

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Chamber recognized for commitment to education

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s commitment to pre-K education has earned it the Business Pacesetter award from the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

The organization, which is dedicated to increasing the number of children who read proficiently by the end of third grade, presented the Chamber with the award at the statewide AR-GLR Action Summit. The Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading is a collaborative effort of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

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Local conferences promote, celebrate entrepreneurs

Conway will soon host two events dedicated to building a stronger entrepreneurial community in Arkansas: BarCamp Conway and ThinkBig Arkansas.

BarCamp Conway
BarCamp Conway gives area technology professionals the opportunity to learn about and teach a variety of topics. The fourth annual event will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at the University of Central Arkansas’ College of Business building.

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Chamber program connects businesses, community

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program called “13 in 13” that gives individuals an inside look into 13 businesses that have had a significant role in developing Conway’s economy.

At each visit, 13 attendees will gain insight into the history and operations of some of Conway’s largest employers.

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Inuvo locates HQ in Conway, plans to add new jobs

Inuvo Inc. (NYSE MKT: INUV) announced last week that it would move its corporate headquarters from New York to Conway, Ark.

The Internet marketing and technology company anticipates the creation of 50 highly-skilled jobs within the state over the next four years. Senior leaders in the company have committed personally to the move.

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Worksite Wellness Programs Benefit Employers, Employees

With the rising costs of medical care and health insurance, many employers have implemented wellness programs that are mutually beneficial to both the company and its employees.

As part of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Lunch and Learn series, the Arkansas Department of Health will discuss the advantages worksite wellness programs can have on an organization’s employees and its bottom line.
The session will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Chamber building, located at 900 Oak Street.

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The Arvest Difference: Arkansas’ largest bank has a small, family atmosphere


After nearly a decade of growth and commitment to Conway, Arvest Bank knew it was time to expand its local capabilities to better serve the needs of its customers and the community.

In doing so, four long-term bankers joined Arvest in 2012. All have the same thing to say about their new employer: “It’s different here.”

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Few seats remain at Annual Meeting

Although the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting is more than a month away, most of the 900 seats available have been sold. Bart Shaw, vice president at the Chamber, said that he expects Annual Meeting to sell out completely as it has in previous years.

“Annual Meeting is Conway’s largest business event and draws attendees from across the state,” Shaw said. “Seating is limited, and we expect a sell-out event soon. We encourage any businesses or individuals that want to attend to get their tickets now.”

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Restaurants: Conway’s Latest Growth Industry

By Roger Lewis

Time was, if you wanted to go out in Conway to eat at a nice restaurant with a white tablecloth there was just one place to go: the Bachelor Hotel on Front Street. That time was about 1950. And what if you wanted pizza or Chinese food? Answer: head to Little Rock. These days you have many choices, whether you want white tablecloths, pizza, Chinese or some other specialty. Today, you have about 150 restaurants to choose from.