August 2013

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Conway Area Chamber named 2013 Chamber of the Year

The American Chamber of Commerce Executives, an association of professionals who manage chambers of commerce, has named the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce the 2013 Chamber of the Year.

The Chamber of the Year award is the nation’s only award recognizing the dual role chambers have in creating both leading businesses and communities. The award recognizes excellence in operations, member services and community leadership. Contenders underwent a multi-step process that included the ACCE Operations Survey, an application and portfolio, and an in-person interview.

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Grimes earns IOM recognition


Laura Grimes, chief financial officer at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, received the IOM recognition from Institute for Organization Management, a four-year professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. As a graduate of Institute, Grimes has completed 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.

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Southern Bancorp CEO, Hendrix alum to speak at gala


Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Enterprise Development awards gala. The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in McCastlain Hall on the UCA campus.

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Sponsorships, booth space available for Business Expo, Taste of Conway

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce invites area businesses to participate in the 2013 Business Expo. The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds. Southwestern Energy is the presenting sponsor.

Business Expo includes a breakfast, a business-to-business trade show and Taste of Conway. Mary Margaret Satterfield, director of events at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, said that this setup provides businesses with varied opportunities to network with other professionals and exhibit their products and services to a diverse and captive audience.

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CVB launches back-to-school shopping campaign


As the back-to-school season officially kicks off this month, tens of thousands of central Arkansas residents may experience an unexplained urge to shop in Conway. “We want to deliver the message multiple times in a variety of formats.” said Conway Chamber Director of Destination Marketing Rachel Earls. The chamber is executing a marketing campaign on behalf of the Conway Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Where do Faulkner County residents work?

By Roger Lewis

While driving to Little Rock in morning rush hour traffic, you might wonder just how many people from Conway work in the Little Rock area. This number can be estimated from several sources. The Arkansas Department of Work Force Services notes that during 2012 an average of 54,700 Faulkner County residents were employed. Of those, 40,607 were employed by 2,760 firms in Faulkner County (based on 2012 employment and earnings data). Thus, at least 14,000 workers are employed outside the county. Some of them must be driving with you during that morning rush hour.