April 2015

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Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace seeks input from small businesses

The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace encourages representatives of small businesses to take a minute to support Arkansas’s business community, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, and their own business by completing a survey to help build a successful small business health insurance exchange.

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The people have spoken

If you didn’t notice, Faulkner County was a focal point in this most recent election. For more than a year, airwaves, mailboxes and inboxes were overflowing with info and innuendo.

Now the people have had their day to speak. What did they say? It depends who you ask. About 60% of Faulkner County voters preferred republican candidates. Almost 40% of Faulkner County voters wanted democratic candidates. The rest just couldn’t resist voting for a guy named Elvis (or other, perhaps more credentialed, third party candidates).

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Chamber Membership Maximizer Scheduled for January

Employees of Chamber-member businesses are invited to attend a Membership Maximizer on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.

During a Membership Maximizer, a Chamber representative provides an overview of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s history and mission as well as an explanation of member benefits. The informal setting gives attendees an opportunity to network and ask questions over a catered lunch.

Aaron Throneberry, director of sales, said the luncheon is ideal for employees of businesses new to Chamber and new employees who work for current Chamber-member businesses.

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Top Residential Home Sales, November

PRICE ADDRESS BED/BATH SUBDIVISION SQFT $/SQ FT BUILT

$380,000 505 W Ridge Drive 4/5.5 West Ridge Subdivision 4250 $91.74 1990

$357,000 1950 Royal  Drive 4/3.5 Royal Oaks 3814 $99.13 1994

$302,500 5125 Quarry 4/3 Fieldstone 2920 $106.76 2006

$280,000 4830 Canal Place 4/2.5 Westin Park 2863 $100.94 2006

$265,900 525 Fieldstone 4/2.5 Fieldstone 2550 $104.27 2005

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Earlier this year

Earlier this year, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce launched a citywide initiative called “Be Vocal Buy Local” to encourage residents to do business in Conway.

The campaign outlines three reasons why it is important to buy locally. First, sales taxes from purchases made in Conway support city services, such as police and fire departments; parks; and streets. Second, patronizing local businesses keeps them in operation and retains jobs. Finally, local, independent shops are what make Conway distinct and vibrant.

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Conway Economy At a Glance

Unemployment Rate

September

Seasonally Adjusted

US 5.9%

Arkansas 6.2%

Not Seasonally Adjusted

US 5.7%

Arkansas 5.7%

Faulkner County 5.1%

Conway 4.9%

Sales Tax Collections

Conway*

August

2014 $1,972,633

2013 $1,914,161

Percent Change 3.1%

Year to Date (August)

2014 $15,139,478

2013 $15,250,628

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Conway Economy At a Glance

Unemployment Rate

October

Seasonally Adjusted

US 5.8%

Arkansas 6.0%

Not Seasonally Adjusted

US 5.5%

Arkansas 5.1%

Faulkner County 4.7%

Conway 4.6%

Sales Tax Collections

Conway* September

2014 $2,033,168

2013 $1,883,448

Percent Change 7.9%

Year to Date (September)

2014 $17,172,646

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Chamber Resource Guide Available Online

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 community profile and resource guide is now available at ConwayChamber.org. Conway+ is the theme of the 2015 quality-of-life and local reference publication. It will be available in print in the coming weeks.

The Chamber sends the guide by direct mail to prospective residents and companies that contact the Chamber about relocating to Conway, households of a qualifying income relocating within Conway’s traditional trade area, and high-income households in Conway and surrounding communities.

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Free women's self-defense class offered Dec. 20

With a goal to make the community safer one woman at a time, Grandmaster Han’s Martial Arts is offering free self-defense classes to women who work for or represent businesses and organizations that are members of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

Master Tom Mullaney of Grandmaster Han’s Martial Arts will lead the self-defense class on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. until noon. The class will take place at Grandmaster Han’s Martial Arts Academy, located at 1216 Harkrider Street in Conway.

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Faulkner County businesses eligible for "digital economy" assessments

Connect Arkansas, a project of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, recently announced an exciting initiative to assist businesses in Vilonia and Mayflower – communities affected by the April tornadoes – with special assistance to help its businesses better compete.