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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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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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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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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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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Glenn Crockett
Aug
29
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Glenn Crockett

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Glenn Crockett

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 local entrepreneur and Dave Creek Media co-founder and CEO, Glenn Crockett.

Glenn is co-founder and CEO of Dave Creek Media. He has spent the last 25 years with Acxiom Corporation in a variety of leadership roles most recently as Director of Sales within the Audience Solutions Division. He has six children and a wife who is his biggest fan. When not working on startups or helping businesses succeed, he enjoys anything outdoors like backpacking, kayaking and fly fishing. See more on Dave Creek Media at www.davecreekmedia.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 Glenn.

12:30 p.m. - Networking.

August 29 | The Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

 

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Zeteo Coffee
May
16
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Zeteo Coffee

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Zeteo Coffee

Join the Conductor, young professionals and 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 got their start.

This month we will hear from local entrepreneur and Zeteo Coffee co-founder, Jon Mitchell.

Zeteo Coffee is a local coffee shop that is passionate about crafting excellent coffee and supporting the community that surrounds it.

Come hear the story of Zeteo Coffee from co-founder Jon Mitchell.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome.

Agenda:

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

11:30 a.m. - Presentations will begin.

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

12:30 p.m. - Networking.

May 16 | The Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

 

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Drew Spurgers
Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Drew Spurgers

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Drew Spurgers

Join the Conductor, young professionals and 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 got their start.

This month we will hear from local entrepreneur Drew Spurgers.

Drew Spurgers is a Marketing & HR professional. Owner of Kangabloo Creative & SHADE Sunless Spa, Drew spends his days working primarily in communication and leading teams to success. Drew has a passion for helping local businesses succeed, as well as a keen ability to see the big picture. In his free time, Drew volunteers with animal rescue organizations.

Kangabloo Creative is a small business marketing firm that helps companies tell their story and reach their target demographic. Kangabloo focuses on strategy, branding, design, and development.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome.

Agenda:

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

11:30 a.m. - Presentations will begin.

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

12:30 p.m. - Networking.

Apr. 18 | The Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

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