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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Startup Grind with U.S. Congressman French Hill
Dec
20
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with U.S. Congressman French Hill

Join the Conductor for U.S. Congressman French Hill, the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's Second District.

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 Congressman Hill'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 Congressman Hill

7:00 p.m. - Networking

About French Hill:

A ninth generation Arkansan, French Hill has served central Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives since January 3, 2015. He is the Majority Whip on the Committee on Financial Services.
For the two decades prior to his congressional service, Mr. Hill was actively engaged in the Arkansas business community as a commercial banker and investment manager, including as founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Delta Trust & Banking Corp.
Prior to his community banking work in Arkansas, Mr. Hill served as a senior official in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. From 1989 until 1991, Mr. Hill served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Corporate Finance, where one of his key assignments was representing the United States as
a negotiator in the historic bilateral talks with Japan known as the Structural Impediments Initiative (SII).
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Hill led the design of U.S. technical assistance to the emerging economies of eastern and central Europe in the areas of banking and securities. In 1991, at the age of 34, President Bush appointed Mr. Hill to be Executive Secretary to the President’s Economic Policy Council (EPC), where he
coordinated all White House economic policy. Prior to his Executive Branch Service, from 1982 until 1984, Mr. Hill served on the staff of then-U.S. Senator John Tower (R-TX) as well as on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hill has been active in civic affairs. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Little Rock and served as the 2013 chairman of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.
He has received numerous awards and recognition for his long-time support of the Boy Scouts of America, the arts and humanities, tourism, and historic preservation in Arkansas.
Mr. Hill is a magna cum laude graduate in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
He is married to the former Martha McKenzie of Dallas, Texas, and they have a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth McKenzie Hill, and a son, William Payne Hill. The Hill family resides in Little Rock.

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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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How to Create a Successful FB Ad
Nov
13
10:00 AM10:00
GEW

How to Create a Successful FB Ad

*YOU MUST RSVP FOR THIS EVENT*

Facebook Ads for business can be overwhelming. This free workshop is dedicated to helping you create Facebook ads you can actually pull off! Come ready to learn how to make Facebook work for you and your business.

Speaker - Rock City Digital Chief Creative Geek Clay Mosley
Presented in Partnership with Conductor

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Scaling Your Small Business or Startup
Nov
12
5:30 PM17:30
GEW

Scaling Your Small Business or Startup

Join the Conductor for this one hour workshop to learn the in's and out's of scaling your small business or startup. The session is led by our 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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Youth Maker Training
Nov
12
4:00 PM16:00

Youth Maker Training

Calling all young makers! We will be holding a Youth Maker Training Workshop for youth makers from ages 8-15! In the workshop, you will meet the Maker Ambassadors, tour the space, learn the rules and regulations of the space and learn how to safely use the equipment.

Spots are limited. RSVP to reserve your spot to become a youth maker now!

Who can attend: Youth - Ages 8-15

What to bring: Notebook and pen

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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High School Startup Day 2018
Nov
12
9:00 AM09:00
GEW

High School Startup Day 2018

About

The impetus behind High School Startup Day is to give students a platform to identify and analyze real-world problems, and collaborate with their peers to conceptualize tangible solutions.

How

High School Startup Day guides students through an intensive, one-day workshop in which they learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship (financial literacy, market research, customer discovery, identifying key stakeholders, etc.), work in teams to solve problems, build their social networks with other high schoolers from around the state, and formulate and present final presentations to a panel of judges.

Where

McCastlain Hall at the University of Central Arkansas

The Problem

It is integral to the students’ adoption of the workshop that they have a vested interest in the problem they are trying to solve. The prompt for the day-long workshop is to work in teams to attempt to solve a problem you face in high school education. The workshop will force students to think critically about the problems they face: who are the key stakeholders involved? Do other people identify with this problem? How can you test the market to validate this problem?

Who Can Come:

Any high school is invited to participate in High School Startup Day. There is room for 16 teams to participate, and spots are first-come, first-served. Each school may bring a max of 2 teams with a max of 6 students on each team.

Judges:

The presentation portion of the event is open to the public, and will be judged by industry experts and college faculty.

Details:

High School Startup Day is Monday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the University of Central Arkansas. To register, go to ARConductor.org/highschoolstartupday.

Prizes

High School Startup Day ends with an open pitch portion from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., where student groups present their ideas to a panel of judges.

High School Startup Day is presented by the Conductor, the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting.

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Youth Maker Class: Rig Up a Marble Machine
Nov
5
3:30 PM15:30

Youth Maker Class: Rig Up a Marble Machine

Youth Maker Class: Rig Up a Marble Machine

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!

Come to this class to build a marble machine. Almost like a chain reaction, we'll be able to watch the marble roll throughout our created project. Feel free to bring spare parts you think could be used in the machine.

RSVP now!

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Adult Maker Class: Moldmaking
Oct
22
5:00 PM17:00

Adult Maker Class: Moldmaking

Adult Maker Class: Moldmaking

This class is a great opportunity to make your own project with our Expert Sculptor and Mold Maker, Sylvia. Each class involves learning specific software tailored towards a unique project. Sylvia 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 silicone mold making.

Who can attend: Adult - Ages 16 & up.

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Pumpkin Carving at UCA's Makerspace
Oct
19
4:00 PM16:00

Pumpkin Carving at UCA's Makerspace

RSVP BY WEDNESDAY OCT. 17 TO ATTEND THIS PUMPKIN CARVING WORKSHOP.

With the month of October comes the turning of leaves and saying goodbye to the hot Arkansas summer. The fall season is one of our favorites here at UCA's Makerspace, and we want to celebrate with you and the whole family! On Friday, October 19th, the Conductor wants to carve pumpkins with you.

We will have our state-of-art equipment available to help make your pumpkin the best looking one in the neighborhood. In addition to the wood-cutters, there will be paint and other arts and crafts available to bring out your creative side. Kids ages 4 and above are welcome, and you do not have to go to a Maker Training to attend.

This is an event you won’t want to miss with the whole family this fall. We can’t wait to see you there!

Takeaway: Each person will get to take their newly carved pumpkin home with them!

Cost: Free (pumpkins will be provided)

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

Duration: 2 hours - You are not required to arrive at 5:00 p.m. Swing by anytime to carve your pumpkin.

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Startup Grind with Daniel Tyler
Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Daniel Tyler

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Daniel Tyler, Founder and Lead Visionary of Deliver Hope.

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 Daniel Tyler'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 Daniel Tyler

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Daniel Tyler:

While serving as pastor for the past 12 years, God birthed a vision in Daniel to create a organization specifically for young people caught in the emotional and relational chaos, dangerous choices, and emptiness that once marked Daniel’s life.

The vision came together in the form of Deliver Hope. Deliver Hope is one of the leading community organizations working towards restorative justice for at-risk youth in Central Arkansas. Since Deliver Hope has partnered with the Faulkner County Juvenile court, there’s been a 48% reduction in the number of young people going into the Faulkner County juvenile detention center.

Daniel lives dedicated to inspiring people to dream beyond their circumstances, excel despite their disadvantages, and reach their fullest God-given potential.

Daniel also serves as a teaching pastor at City Church in Conway. He has been married to his bride for 9 years and together they have 3 children. 

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Youth Maker Class: Mark Making Machines
Oct
15
3:30 PM15:30

Youth Maker Class: Mark Making Machines

Youth Maker Class: Mark Making Machines

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!

Come to this class to build a motor and create a circuit to incorporate it with a machine that houses your marker or pen in order to create an interesting machine drawn design.

RSVP now!

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Round Mountain Coffee
Oct
10
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Round Mountain Coffee

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Round Mountain Coffee

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 Round Mountain Coffee partners, Kyle and Scott.

Kyle and Scott have been working in the coffee industry for over 11 years, and they have known each other since high school days. After time away from pursuing collegiate careers and the rest of life, Kyle and Scott reconnected at a local coffee shop. Both of them had dreamed of being entrepreneurs, and particularly about opening a coffee shop one day.

Scott started his coffee journey at Starbucks in 2010, and in 2013 he made his way to the bustling city of Washington DC for 5 months. There he worked at 5 different Starbucks stores and was quickly losing his passion for his craft. In the last 3 months of living in DC, Scott got a job at a local coffee shop called Pound The Hill, and this reignited his passion and gave him the drive to create his own shop.

Kyle got his degree in Health Sciences with the intent of pursuing a career in physical therapy. After deciding ultimately to not pursue that career, he went back to working in coffee, which had become a love for him. He had always had the desire to become an entrepreneur, so owning a coffee shop was a natural marriage of the two passions.

In 2016, Kyle and Scott were granted the opportunity to open Round Mountain Coffee with the help of Scott’s father Steve Forbush, who helped gather funds and helped put together the business plan for RMC. Steve, Kyle, and Scott picked out the best location available in west Conway for RMC and together they created the culture and craft of Round Mountain Coffee, which focuses on locally sourced ingredients, coffee that is roasted in-house, and partnering with local nonprofits for the betterment of our community. Round Mountain Coffee opened their doors on October 24th, 2016 and have been supporting coffee habits since, with the drive to pursue coffee with excellence, love our craft, and love our community.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome.

Agenda:

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

11:30 a.m. - Presentation begins.

11:45 a.m. - Q & A with Kyle and Scott.

12:30 p.m. - Networking.

October 10 | UCA's Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave #130) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

 

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Master Maker Class: Inkscape
Oct
9
5:00 PM17:00

Master Maker Class: Inkscape

Master Maker Class: Inkscape

Please bring your own laptop if able.

Master Maker Classes allow you to create specific projects and learn new skills from one of our Certified Maker Mentors. Our Certified Maker Mentors are pulled from the network of makers in Conway and Central Arkansas. Each of them holds a unique specialty skill in making and will take you through a class tailored to their specialty. Join the Conductor and our Certified Maker Mentors for an awesome evening of learning unique ways to make.
In this class, Sylvia will teach us how to use Inkscape, the main program used for our laser and CNC machines, to create vector drawings. 

Please bring a laptop if at all possible, to keep from having to share a computer with another attendee.

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Pitch Night with the Conductor
Oct
4
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 October 4. 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.

More on the companies presenting (Words to Grown On, Facilities and Building Management Software Commission, and StoryWise):
Words To Grow On, LLC is a new social enterprise innovating ways to empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge and skills they need to develop young children’s potential and begin to interrupt the cycle of low literacy and educational inequality in the U.S. Presenting is Founder and CEO, Dr. Peggy A. Sissel.
FBMSC is is a commissioning firm that test and designs networks to secure new or previously installed Building Automated System's to protect against cyber attacks. Presenting is Managing Director, James Houston II.
StoryWise is is an innovative, digital platform to help you remember and capture meaningful life stories anywhere, anytime. Presenting is CEO and Co-founder, Teddy Skokos.

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

Please complete these feedback forms during/after the event for each presenting company.

Facilities and Building Management Software Commission: https://goo.gl/forms/d7vTX5daVzNh7McF2

StoryWise: https://goo.gl/forms/YvTVnPLH4svk8o7V2

Words to Grow On: https://goo.gl/forms/aY9hclGKioSSCNVh2

 

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Youth Maker Class: Wind Tunnels
Oct
1
3:30 PM15:30

Youth Maker Class: Wind Tunnels

Youth Maker Monday: Wind Tunnels

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!

Come to this class to build wind tunnels with other youth makers. Let's create a small masterpiece while learning hands-on building techniques.

RSVP to reserve your spot now!

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Adult Maker Class: Creating a Chain Reaction Machine
Sep
24
5:00 PM17:00

Adult Maker Class: Creating a Chain Reaction Machine

Adult Maker Class: Creating a Chain Reaction Machine

Adult Maker Mondays are 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!

Have you even seem the chain reaction dominos or a marble machine? This class involves the experience of circuitry and soldering. Create a chain reaction machine by molding together different parts of anything to make a track of chain reactions. Feel free to bring in your own materials!

Who can attend: Adult - Ages 16 & up.

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Startup Grind with Bunny Adcock
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Bunny Adcock

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Bunny Adcock, Vice Chairman for Centennial Bank.

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 Bunny Adcock'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 Bunny Adcock

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Bunny Adcock:

Bunny Adcock has been heavily involved with government and banking throughout his career. His extensive experience includes:

  • European Office of State of Ark. (1976-1979)
  • Asst to Gov. White of Ark. (1980-1982)
  • Reagan White House (1982-1983)
  • First National Bank of Conway (1983-1996)
  • President, Ark Development Finance Authority (1996-1997)
  • Helped Organize First State Bank of Conway
  • Helped Organize Twin City Bank North Little Rock
  • Board of Dir. First State and Twin City Bank
  • Board member, Home BancShares
  • Golf Coach, University of Central Arkansas (1999-2002)
  • V P of Development, Univ. of Central Ark. (2003)
  • Bank Commissioner, State of Ark (2003-2007)
  • V P of Finance, University of Central Ark 2009
  • University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees (2013-present)
  • Vice Chairman for Centennial Bank
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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Rob Bell
Sep
19
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Rob Bell

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Rob Bell

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 Eric Rob & Isaac's, Rob Bell.

Rob Bell is a founding partner of Eric Rob & Isaac (ERI) – a full-service brand development, advertising, marketing, public relations, social media and digital services firm based in downtown Little Rock. Now in its 14th year, ERI has grown to serve nearly 40 prominent businesses and nonprofits throughout Arkansas and the region, including such treasured brands as First Security Bank, Arkansas BlueCross and BlueShield, Yarnell's Ice Cream, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Heart Hospital, Conway Corp, CARTI, Sam's Club and the University of Central Arkansas, among others. Throughout his nearly 20 years in the marketing business, Rob has planned and executed successful award-winning campaigns for clients on both a local and national level and has managed accounts with budgets that range from four to seven figures. An Arkansas Business “40 Under 40” honoree, Rob lends a considerable amount of his time to various community involvement and pro bono marketing services, including serving on the statewide board of Economics Arkansas and in various roles at New Life Church. Rob lives in Conway with his wife, Kara, and their two children, Allie and Connelly. Find more information on Rob and Eric Rob & Isaac at https://ericrobisaac.com/.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome.

Agenda:

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

11:30 a.m. - Presentation begins.

11:45 a.m. - Q & A with Rob.

12:30 p.m. - Networking.

September 19 | The Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

 

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Youth Maker Class: Cardboard City
Sep
17
to Sep 18

Youth Maker Class: Cardboard City

Youth Maker Class: Cardboard City

Bring your own old cardboard boxes! What we don't use, we will recycle.

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!

Come to this class to build a cardboard city with other youth makers using old cardboard boxes. Let's create a masterpiece by using our hands. Please note this class will cover two subsequent days (Monday and Tuesday) from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This will allow time for certain glued pieces of the city to dry and set before we follow up with finishing touches on Tuesday!

RSVP to reserve your spot now!

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