Startup Grind ft. Charles Morgan
Mar
28
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind ft. Charles Morgan

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Charles Morgan, Chairman and CEO of First Orion. 

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear about Charles Morgan's life and business advice, and network over food!

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors Open + Networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside Chat with Charles Morgan

7:00 p.m. - Networking

About Charles Morgan:

Charles D. Morgan is the visionary former Chairman and CEO of Acxiom Corporation, world leaders in data
gathering and its accompanying technology, with 1500 separate pieces of information on some half a billion
people around the globe. Now Chairman and CEO of his latest tech venture, First Orion, Morgan reveals his post-retirement start-up success story in a new book, Now What? The Biography of a (Finally) Successful Startup. The work of First Orion was recently highlighted in Time, USA Today, CNET, Washington Post,
CBS News, Inc., Fortune, New York Post, and The London Daily Mail.

He also held various leadership positions with the direct marketing association (DMA). Morgan
currently serves on the board of trustees of Inuvo, Inc., and was recently bestowed the 2018
Lifetime Achievement Award from Marketing EDGE. His dedication to the future of data science
is steadfast; today he is leading the efforts of the Arkansas Center for Data Sciences, a public-
private partnership devoted to upgrading the real-world computer and data analytic skills of the
Arkansas workforce.

His first book, Matters of Life and Data: The Remarkable Journey of a Big Data Visionary
Whose Work Impacted Millions (Including You), was published by Morgan James Publishing in
2015, and was Number 1 on Amazon’s Kindle Store/Business & Money/Industries/Information
Management.

The book elicited rave reviews from many business and political leaders, including Harry
Gambill, former CEO of the credit bureau TransUnion (“The book is like reading Atlas Shrugged,
Peyton Place and the best of Car and Driver all rolled into one…Written by a true legend of the
Big Data movement.”) and General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander,
Europe, and erstwhile presidential candidate (“Charles Morgan tells how companies are built and
wealth is created. It’s a story as American as apple pie – and proof again that America is rich in
talent beyond her elite universities and privileged families.”).

A gadget geek from childhood, Morgan has raced motorcycles, flown jets, and built and driven his own racecars in a professional career that includes victories at both the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona, along with 17 other wins.

Charles D. Morgan lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with his wife, Susie. For more information,
please consult: https://thecharlesmorgan.com.

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Startup Grind ft. Mike Preston
Apr
24
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind ft. Mike Preston

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. 

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear about Mike Preston's life and business advice, and network over food!

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors Open + Networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside Chat with Mike Preston

7:00 p.m. - Networking

About Mike Preston:
Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed Michael “Mike” Preston executive director of the Arkansas Economic
Development Commission (AEDC) in March 2015. Preston is highly regarded as a leading advocate in
economic development. Since that time, Preston has made successful business recruitment trips to Japan, China, France, Germany, Israel, Cuba, Mexico, Italy, United Kingdom, New York City and Silicon Valley. The trips continue to play an important role in the state’s economic development efforts and have led to more than 300 companies signing agreements with AEDC to locate or expand in Arkansas. These companies are investing $8.06 billion and creating more than 16,000 new jobs.

Before joining AEDC, he served six and a half years as the Vice President of Government
Relations for Enterprise Florida, the state’s primary economic development organization.
During his tenure at Enterprise Florida, he was part of the team that helped create more than
147,000 jobs, paying an average wage of $56,437, and generating $10.07 billion in capital
investment.

In 2018, Preston was selected to join The Wall Street Journal’s prestigious CEO Council. It is an
invitation-only group that connects some of the world’s most ambitious and influential leaders
to discuss the issues shaping the future. The members lead companies that collectively employ
more than eight million people, generate $2.9 trillion in annual revenue and represent 20
countries in a wide cross-section of industries.

A 2005 graduate of the University of Florida, Mike and his wife Anne are proud to call Arkansas
home. They both volunteer in the community in a variety of ways, including the Children’s
Advocacy Centers of Arkansas, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Youth Maker Monday: Cardboard City
May
13
3:30 PM15:30

Youth Maker Monday: Cardboard City

Using only cardboard and the equipment/materials available in the UCA Makerspace, kids will work as a team to build a city, and then take their building creations home with them! This is a 2 day class, signing up for this class on the 13th will automatically sign you up for the class on the 14th.

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Game Changers: Startup Stories with Listing Village
Mar
13
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories with Listing Village

Join the Conductor, young professionals and the startup community for Game Changers, an event celebrating the startup community through networking and storytelling.

Entrepreneurs share their story in 5-10 minutes, followed by a 20-minute Q &A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they found their start.

This month we will hear from Matthew Young, President of Listing Village, and Daniel Schroeder, COO of Listing Village. Get the chance to hear Listing Village's startup story and business advice! 

About Listing Village: Listing Village is a real estate tech startup. We started out as a custom web development shop and Realtors kept telling us their Homebuyers weren't using their websites. They kept leaving and going to Zillow. That's why we built ListingVillage.com. Listing Village is a Realtor's personal alternative to Zillow.com. That's important because Zillow doesn't make money unless they steal a Realtor's Homebuyers and sell them off as a lead. Unless a Realtor has a safe place for their Homebuyers to search for homes, they're going to go to Zillow and Zillow is going to try to steal them. Listing Village is that safe place. Our Realtors get their own website, with their own better-than-Zillow map, and every listing prompts their Homebuyers to connect with them.

11:00 a.m. - Doors open. Networking. Lunch is served.

11:30 a.m. - Presentation begins.

12:00 p.m. - Q & A

12:30 p.m. - Networking


March 13 | UCA's Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave #130) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Makerspace Christmas Workshop
Dec
17
4:00 PM16:00

Makerspace Christmas Workshop

The Christmas season is upon us. Imagine having personally customized wood-cut ornaments for your Christmas tree. Imagine designing your own gift tag with laser engraved names and images. It's time you take your Christmas ornaments and gift tags to the next level. On Monday, December 17th, UCA's Makerspace will be hosting a workshop to create Christmas inspired trinkets.

From 4:00-6:30 p.m., come by the makerspace to customize and decorate something special.

This is an event you won’t want to miss! Bring your family or friends! Tickets are limited so RSVP now!

Cost: Free

Ages: All (kids under 15 must be accompanies with parent/legal guardian)

Duration: 2 1/2 hours

RSVP before we run out of spots!

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Youth Maker Class: Create a Stroboscope
Dec
10
3:30 PM15:30

Youth Maker Class: Create a Stroboscope

Youth Maker Class: Create a Stroboscope

Youth Maker Mondays are an opportunity for makers ages 8-15 to learn about UCA's Makerspace and complete challenging projects using our state-of-the-art equipment. Each unique maker class offers students the opportunity to practice math, design, and engineering skills in a fun and hands-on environment. UCA Makerspace staff will guide students through specific software for each project, and the students will take home their awesome creations. Don't miss out!

Create your own machine using a box, camera, and circuit motor to spin a wheel. Take shutter pictures of something moving and see the magic.

RSVP now!

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Pitch Night with the Conductor
Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with the Conductor

Pitch Night is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Conductor Mentor Network, an aggregation of the region's top influencers and experts.

Join us for Pitch Night on December 6. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served.

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Scott Coffey
Dec
5
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Scott Coffey

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Scott Coffey

Join the Conductor, young professionals and the startup community for Game Changers, an event celebrating the startup community through networking and storytelling.

Entrepreneurs share their story in 5-10 minutes, followed by a 20-minute Q &A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they found their start.

This month we will hear from Scott Coffey, President and CEO of Exchange Capital.

Exchange Capital Corporation was founded in 1991 by John Coffey, who recognized that businesses needed access to working capital when bank financing was not an option. The Company provides its clients with increased cash flow by making advances against their accounts receivable. This funding allows businesses to take advantage of growth opportunities, reduces the stress of covering payroll and other expenses, and enables owners to manage their business better. Exchange Capital serves clients throughout the state and region, in all types of industries, from its office in Conway.

Scott is responsible for the management, direction, and daily operations of the Company, as well as new business development. He joined the Company in 1992 after receiving an MBA degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas in 1990. While pursuing these degrees, Scott held research internships at J.C. Bradford & Company and Stephens Inc., investment banking firms located in Nashville, TN and Little Rock, AR, respectively. He was part of the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2007, has been active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and served on the Conway Christian School Foundation Board.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome.

Agenda:

11:00 a.m. - Doors open. Networking. Lunch is served.

11:30 a.m. - Presentation begins.

12:00 p.m. - Q & A with Scott.

12:30 p.m. - Networking.

December 5 | UCA's Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave #130) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Adult Maker Class: Glass Fusing
Nov
26
5:00 PM17:00

Adult Maker Class: Glass Fusing

Adult Maker Class: Glass Fusing

This class is a great opportunity to make your own project with our Master Maker, Jason. Each class involves learning specific software tailored towards a unique project. Jason will guide you through this process as you work alongside other makers in a challenging and collaborative environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new skills, use cool equipment, and make an awesome project!

This class involves the experience of how to fuse glass using art tiles.

Who can attend: Adult - Ages 16 & up.

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Financing Your Small Business or Startup
Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00
GEW

Financing Your Small Business or Startup

Join the Conductor for this workshop covering how to obtain financing for your small business or startup.The session is led by our own Chief Catalyst, Jeff Standridge.

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. GEW is held November 12-18, 2018.

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Creating an Inclusive Company
Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00
GEW

Creating an Inclusive Company

Join the Conductor for this workshop on how to build and foster inclusivity in a company. The session is led by Candice Parker.

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. GEW is held November 12-18, 2018.

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Intellectual Property and Law Workshop
Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00
GEW

Intellectual Property and Law Workshop

Join the Conductor for this one hour workshop covering intellectual property rights and law within the entrepreneurial landscape. The session is led by Meredith Lowry, attorney Wright Lindsey Jennings

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. GEW is held November 12-18, 2018.

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Repair/Recycle Day at UCA's Makerspace
Nov
15
8:30 AM08:30

Repair/Recycle Day at UCA's Makerspace

Come by UCA’s Makerspace on November 15 to repair your (currently) unusable goods. Jason, and our Makerspace staff will be on site to help you troubleshoot your repair. If we can’t help you fix it, you can leave it with us and it will be recycled. November 15 is National Recycling Day. Millions of people across the United States take part in Recycling Day, a day which was created to raise awareness about recycling and the purchasing of recycled products. Let’s make an impact together this November 15 for National Recycling Day.

Walk-in’s welcome. The Makerspace will be open for repair and recycling from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. This is presented as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Las Delicias
Nov
14
11:30 AM11:30

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Las Delicias

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Las Delicias

Join the Conductor, young professionals and the startup community for Game Changers, an event celebrating the startup community through networking and storytelling.

Entrepreneurs share their story in 5-10 minutes, followed by a 20-minute Q &A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they found their start.

This month we will hear from Las Delicias co-founder, Francisco Yanez, Ed.D.

In September of 2016, Francisco and Samuel Ramirez opened Las Delicias Ice Cream Shop. The dream was created by the idea of bringing a new concept to the city of Conway. Las Delicias makes gourmet homemade ice cream and paletas using fresh fruit and fresh ingredients. Las Delicias is proud to have a variety of ice cream and paletas, and savories: tamales, tortas, tostadas, dori-nachos and many more. Las Delicias is also very involved with cultural events in the community, by bringing events to showcase the Mexican Heritage and tradition. Las Delicias has recently opened its second location as of August 2018 in Downtown Conway.

Francisco moved to Conway in 2016, opening two businesses: FYI Accounting and Tax Services (which was established in Illinois in 2008) and Las Delicias Ice Cream Shop. Educationally, Francisco received his Bachelor's in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago, his Master's in Education and Accounting from Chicago, and his Doctorate in Education Leadership from Argosy University. Before moving to Conway, Arkansas, he served as an Elementary Assistant Principal for 14 years in Chicago. Francisco is a CALI Member, Rotary Member, and received the 2017 Outstanding Minority Business of the Year on behalf of Las Delicias.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome. This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Agenda:

11:30 a.m. - Doors open. Networking. Lunch is served.

12:00 p.m. - Presentation begins.

12:20 p.m. - Q & A with Francisco.

1:00 p.m. - Networking.

November 14 | UCA's Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave #130) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

 

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Government Contracting Workshop
Nov
14
10:00 AM10:00
GEW

Government Contracting Workshop

Join the Conductor for this one hour workshop to learn more about government contracting and the best ways for you to benefit from it. The session is led by members of the APAC (Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center) and SBA (Small Business Administration).

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. GEW is held November 12-18, 2018.

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Startup Grind with Brad Lacy
Nov
13
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Brad Lacy

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Brad Lacy, President & CEO at Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Brad Lacy's life and business advice, and network over food! 

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Brad Lacy

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Brad Lacy

Brad Lacy is a native of Ida, Arkansas and began his economic development career in 1997 with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission as a community development consultant and later as a project manager, where he worked to recruit companies to the state.

Brad has served as the President/CEO of the Conway Development Corporation (CDC), the city of Conway’s nonprofit economic development entity, since 2000. During his tenure, the CDC has acquired a 700-acre site for a new airport and developed a 180-acre office and technology park called The Meadows. In 2009, the park became home to a new Hewlett Packard facility creating over 1,400 jobs, with the Corporation acting as developer on the $36 million, LEED- certified office building. Since 2006, the CDC has recruited over 2,700 new jobs to the area representing over $100 million in new payroll. Most recently, the CDC has formed a joint venture to redevelop the city’s current airport property into Central Landing, a 200 acre mixed use development featuring over 800,000 sf of high end retail. It will be the largest project in the history of the city. In December 2006, Brad became President/CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. It marked the first time in nearly two decades that the Chamber and CDC have been under the leadership of the same person. The combined management of both organizations brings the city a larger staff to focus on economic development activities. With over 1,300 members and a budget exceeding $3,000,000 annually, the Chamber is the third largest in Arkansas. In 2013, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Central Arkansas, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. He is a graduate of the Community Development Institute at UCA, and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, and the U.S. Chamber  of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management. Brad is also a graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute Class of 1999 and the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class of 2004. In 2011, Brad received his Certified Chamber Executive credentials through the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

He is a member of Conway’s Second Baptist Church. He is a past chairman of the City of Conway’s Historic District Commission, a past president of the University of Central Arkansas Foundation Board, and a past president of Arkansas Economic Developers. In 2012, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe appointed Lacy to a seven year term on the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees.

 

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IdeaFame Live!
Nov
13
1:30 PM13:30

IdeaFame Live!

IdeaFame Live!

Do you have a great business idea? Want to win a cash prize? Join us for a pitch competition with $2,000 worth of prizes! IdeaFame Live! will be at UCA's Makerspace on November 13th from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (X period for students). Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and pitches will begin at 1:40 p.m. Come pitch your new business, product, service, or solution for a chance to win BIG!

Contestants: Open to entrepreneurs, innovators, and dreamers who want to share any business idea for a chance to win $1,000! Rules - You have 60 seconds to pitch your idea, no more. No slides. No notes. Only one contestant can speak per pitch. Only one pitch per contestant. Deadline to register as a contestant is Monday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m.

There will be two winners. The audience will select the People’s Choice. The Judges will select the Judges’ Choice. Each winner will receive a $1,000 check.

Yes, that’s right. We’re giving away a total of $2,000.

Attendees: Open to anyone! Bring your co-founders, friends, family, fiancé – Anyone! Just have them sign up as an audience member! (Attendees vote for the $1000 People’s Choice Prize).

UCA's Makerspace // November 13 // Cash Prizes

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