November 2014

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Business Journal: Dillard's to anchor Central Landing

The Central Landing retail development now underway in Conway, Arkansas, has added a well-established name as a key anchor for the development’s first phase. Will Wilson, President of Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC and the company’s partner, the Conway Development Corporation, announced the completion of a letter of intent with Dillard’s, Inc. (DDS: NYSE) to become part of the Central Landing development.

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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 2014 Business Expo. The daylong event will take place Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds. Southwestern Energy is the presenting sponsor.

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Business Journal editorial: A long time coming

The need for a new municipal airport in Conway was first identified in the 1975 Conway Municipal Airport Master Plan Study, which recognized that the existing Cantrell Field was adequate for most propeller aircraft but not for business jets or the larger, executive-type general aviation aircraft.

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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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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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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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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.