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2010
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New Location, Programming and Sponsor IN STORE for Conway Business Expo

This October 26th and 27th Faulkner County’s business community will have an opportunity to “explore” the local economy like never before. Chamber VP of Operations Bart Shaw says that this year’s Business Expo and Taste of Conway will take on an “Explore” theme that complements the size of the event and the 2010 presenting sponsor, Chesapeake Energy.

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2010
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Conway Economy at a Glance

Unemployment Rate
July 2010
US 9.5%
Arkansas 7.4%
Faulkner County 7.5%
Conway 6.4%
Labor Force
July 2010
Conway
Employed 25,674
Unemployed 1,753
Total 27,427
Faulkner County*
Employed 51,525
Unemployed 4,150
Total 55,675
*Includes Conway
Sales Tax Collections
Conway*
June
2010 $1,829,278
2009 $1,753,505
Percent Change 4.3%
Total Year to Date
(June)
2010 $10,662,206
2009 $10,140,174
Percent Change: 5.2%
*Tax Rate 1.75%
Faulkner County*
June
2010 $668,612
2009 $689,479
Percent Change -3.0%
Total Year to Date (June)
2010 $3,731,769

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Oct
2010
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F’VILLE Shale Exploration Boosts Faulkner Economy

The gas exploration industry has an annual impact exceeding $115 million on Faulkner County’s economy in terms of employment, taxes, payments to vendors and royalties. It is a buffer that has helped keep Faulkner County from sliding into the national recession.

The estimated $115 million for 2010 consists of $70 million in wages, $12 million in purchases of goods and services, $7.7 million in Ad Valorem taxes, $428,000 in severance taxes and $25 million in royalties to mineral rights owners.

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AREA FAMILY DINING SPECIALS

MONDAYS

Denny’s Restaurant
815 East Oak Street
329-6638
Kids (10 and under)
eat free
*4-9 p.m.

Gusano’s Pizzeria
2915 Dave Ward Dr., Suite 7
329-1100
Kids get 8-inch pepperoni or cheese pizza, drink included for $1.99 with purchase of adult entrée

Mazzio’s Italian Eatery
2475 Washington Ave.
327-6703
2 FREE kids meals with purchase of a 2 or more topping large pizza from the regular menu.

4 FREE kids meals with purchase of two large pizzas with 2 or more toppings
*After 4 p.m.

Shorty Smalls
1475 Hogan Lane,
Suite 123
764-1845
Kids eat FREE

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Oct
2010
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LOCAL COMPANY is emerging as A MAJOR PLAYER IN THE ‘APP’ INDUSTRY

FCBJ had the opportunity to interview Jeff Stalnaker, CEO and President of First Orion. First Orion is a two-year-old technology company headquartered in Conway.

What kind of company is First Orion?
We are a privacy company dedicated to providing consumers with Privacy, Protection and Preference on all their phones. We started with the smartphone world but will soon be available on Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP).

When did First Orion open for business?

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Technology, politics, food and more

Welcome to the second issue of the Faulkner County Business Journal.

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Sep
2010
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The Faulkner County Business Journal

Welcome to the newest partnership between two of Conway’s oldest institutions. Since 1879 the Log Cabin Democrat has been covering the news in our city and county and since 1890 the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has worked to grow and represent the interests of the local business community. Today we combine those decades of experience to bring you the Faulkner County Business Journal.

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2010
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US Bank adds president, expands services

By almost any standard Faulkner County qualifies as a highly competitive banking market. Faulkner County has more than a dozen banks betting that its population and job growth will pay off financially. This month, one of those banks just “upped the ante.”

In August, US Bank announced Chad Rawls as president of the Conway market. Rawls, a Conway resident, was tapped for the position from US Banks Corporate lending team.

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Sep
2010
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A&P to rebrand, market as CVB

BY KATHY WYRICK
VP OF INVESTOR RELATIONS

In 2008, the Conway Advertising and Promotion Commission began branding Conway advertising with the green “C” logo. It was, and still is, extremely important to the commission and its partnering organizations to have a unified brand and marketing campaign for Conway.

Doing so has allowed us the opportunity to garner strength and trust in our brand. With that accomplished, we are ready for the next step of the process — launching the Conway Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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CBC plans for future growth

Over the next 10 years President Terry Kimbrow plans to more than double Central Baptist College enrollment. This fall CBC will host more than 700 students from over 15 states. By 2020, Kimbrow expects 1,500.

“We have seen steady growth for the last several years. As we add four year programs, they have all been successful,” Kimbrow said.

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