• In 2025, the Conway Area Chamber and the Conway Development Corporation are active advocates for the natural gas industry.  They identify ways to leverage and maximize the economic impact of the Fayetteville Shale play. They work to increase natural gas’s position in the marketplace (CNG vehicles, power plants, etc.).
      The Chamber has been an advocate for the natural gas industry in a number of settings, including the legislature and voter education. The Chamber promotes the use of CNG fuel with their fleet vehicle and by celebrating the construction of CNG fuel stops in Conway.

 

  • In 2025, downtown Conway is home to a thriving incubator for knowledge-based companies and small business. It offers affordable rent and business resources.  The incubator is operated through partnerships between the CDC and our higher education institutions. It offers business plan assistance and serves as a clearinghouse for business startups.
      Downtown has seen a number of startup companies locate in the last 4 years. However, there hasn’t been a formalized effort to create space as an incubator. The Conway startup community should be surveyed to see if this is still a priority for our community.

 

  • In 2025, entrepreneurs are able to reference a local guide to doing business in Conway. This guide is available online.

 

  • In 2025, there is a staff person dedicated to minority affairs (business, education, etc.) working in Conway. They maintain an accurate “census” of active minority business and organizations.

 

  • In 2025, entrepreneurs and small business owners are contacted regularly about obstacles and opportunities related to small business.  The small business community is regularly surveyed about the local business environment.

 

  • In 2025, Conway’s small business community networks regionally to share best practices, trend recognition and promote legislation.

 

  • In 2025, all of the unique shopping districts in Conway are branded and marketed. Potential business owners have access to hyperlocal demographic information that helps them make sound business decisions.
      The “midtown” district has met and is currently in the final stages of logo design. The Chamber offers high-quality traffic, demographic and consumer data to all of its members.

 

  • In 2025, Conway businesses have local access to state and national agencies dedicated to the small business sector.

 

  • In 2025, Conway has a thriving business mentor program for small business owners.   There are regular seminars and continuing education opportunities for small business owners.

 

⇒  Accomplished

⇒  Some progress, but still requires action

⇒  No measurable action taken

  • chamberbrad

    Look for some interesting news to help promote CNG from the Chamber in the near future.

    • Cotton Rohrscheib

      I would like to see Conway become the hub for Compressed Natural Gas technology. Can’t wait.

  • Hawgfan

    Hopefully will focus on attracting more than just more Wal Marts, fast food, & hotels.

    • http://www.cottonrohrscheib.com Cotton Rohrscheib

      I would personally like to see Conway attract some knowledge-based companies and tech startups. If you think about it, we have all of the ingredients locally to support a startup like the next Twitter or Facebook. A group of us are wanting to have a tech conference here in the very near future and feature some key speakers from within the tech industry. The goal is to attract attendees from not only around the state but around the country. Hopefully in the process we can introduce some of these startups to Conway. You can find out more about what we are thinking here: http://www.cottonrohrscheib.com/blog/2011/03/14/large-tech-conference-in-conway/

  • http://twitter.com/chamberbrad Brad Lacy

    Today marked the first step toward promoting CNG as a fuel source. An innovative partnership between Southwestern Energy and Crain Buick GMC gives the Chamber an “official” company vehicle. The 2011 Yukon was given by Crain and SWN chipped in with a CNG conversion kit. The vehicle will help us work toward one of our 2025 goals to promote the Fayetteville Shale. The vehicle will be very visible around town and I believe that over time we can help others make the connection between CNG, energy independence and economic development. This is good business for Conway and Faulkner County.

  • http://www.cottonrohrscheib.com Cotton Rohrscheib

    http://www.areadevelopment.com/newsItems/8-1-2012/privacystar-headquarters-expansion-conway-arkansas-16116611.shtml

    This was a pretty big announcement for Jobs coming to Conway!! Kudos PrivacyStar!!!