September 2014

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Chamber now accepting nominations for upcoming Women in Business awards

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Women in Business Awards will take place Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds. The awards luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.

The Women in Business Awards honor individuals in the Conway area who have excelled in leadership and community service and who have inspired others on both a personal and professional level. The Chamber is accepting nominations for the awards now through Tuesday, Sept. 30.

A panel of Chamber executives outside the state of Arkansas will select the award recipients.

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Chamber, Acxiom to provide consumer data to small businesses

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce recently formed a partnership with Acxiom (NYSE MKT:ACXM) to provide small-to-medium size businesses consumer data designed to generate sales and digital traffic. “This is another example of how our organization and members benefit from having a global marketing leader in our own backyard,” said Jamie Gates, senior vice president of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. “This partnership will let us deliver FORTUNE 500 level insight to businesses of any size.”

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New speaker booked for awards gala

Sericia Cole, executive director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 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. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom on the University of Central Arkansas campus.

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Lacy joins Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives board

Alexandria, Va. — The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) announces that Brad Lacy, CCE, IOM, president and CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, was recently elected to the association’s board of directors. Lacy, who will serve as chair of the association’s Chamber of the Year award program, was officially welcomed to the board during ACCE’s annual convention in Cincinnati, Aug. 12-15.

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Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock to host celebration in Conway

The Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock will host a performance at the University of Central Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 13, to commemorate the 204th anniversary of Mexico’s Independence. The celebration is open to the public and will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall.

This year’s event is titled “Wonders of Mexico” and will highlight through music and dance the country’s culture, traditions and the historic relevance of the battle that led to Mexico’s independence.

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Annual guide targets new movers, select households

Production is underway for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s community profile and resource guide, an annual quality-of-life and local reference publication. The guide will be available in print and online and is scheduled to be released in November.

“This publication is the most comprehensive guide to the Conway area economy and lifestyle,” said senior vice president Jamie Gates. “The useful, locally written content combined with our distribution strategy makes it a great source for Conway residents, both new and established.”

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Business Journal feature: 'A People Business'

In the wake of the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008, the banking industry – large financial institutions in particular – suffered a loss of public trust. Many customers left the nation’s largest banks and moved their assets to smaller community banks.

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Date set for airport grand opening

After decades of studies and several years of construction, the new Conway airport will celebrate an official opening Friday, Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. The event will begin with a ceremonial “first landing” that will deliver the program speakers to the event.

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Business Journal editorial: Bond rededication next step in Conway's success

WARNING: If you don’t like the growth the city has experienced and the overall direction it has taken for the last 15 years, then you won’t like the next five minutes either. Maybe it’s because football season is officially here, but we’re in pre-game pep talk mode.

Bigger isn’t always better. But today’s Conway is bigger and better than any time in history: more people, more jobs, more amenities and higher standards of private development and public investment. What’s amazing is the most exciting days are still in front of us.