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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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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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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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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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Startup Grind with UCA President Houston Davis
Aug
22
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with UCA President Houston Davis

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with President Houston Davis, president of the University of Central Arkansas.

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 President Davis'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 President Davis

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About President Davis:

Prior to becoming President of UCA, Houston Davis was interim President of Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Davis also served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the University System of Georgia from 2012 to 2017. Before his role in Georgia, Davis served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education from 2007 to 2012. He has also served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents, on faculty and in academic leadership for Austin Peay State University, in fiscal and academic affairs for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and as a regional counselor for the University of Memphis. 

He is involved in research projects and writing in the areas of higher education governance, economic development, and accountability issues in higher education and serves on several national advisory groups on higher education policy, degree completion, academic preparation, and accountability.  He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University with other degrees from the University of Memphis and Tennessee State University.  He and his wife, Jenny, have three children – Polly (20), Whitney (17), and Joshua (14).

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Startup Grind with Hugh McDonald
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Hugh McDonald

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Hugh McDonald, retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy Arkansas, Inc

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 Hugh McDonald's life and business advice, and network over dinner! 

This is free and open to the public.

Location: UCA Downtown

Agenda:

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

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Hugh McDonald

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Hugh McDonald:

Hugh T. McDonald was named president and chief executive officer of Entergy Arkansas, Inc. on June 1, 2000 and retired May 1, 2016. 

Hugh joined Entergy in 1982 as an engineer at Waterford 3 nuclear generating plant in Louisiana.  Since then he has held various management positions in the distribution, transmission, customer service, retail marketing and regulatory business functions in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas. 

Prior to working for Entergy, Hugh was employed by Black and Veatch Consulting Engineers in Overland Park, Kansas.

Hugh is a past Board member of the United States Chamber of Commerce and past Board Chair of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fifty for the Future and the Arkansas Research Alliance.  He also served as a member of the Sam Walton College of Business Advisory Board and the UALR College of Business Advisory Council.

Hugh currently serves as Chairman of the Arkansas Career Education and Workforce Development Board and Vice Chair of The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas.  He and his wife also are reading tutors for 3rd graders at Stephens Elementary in Little Rock through the ARKids Read, grade-level reading program.

Hugh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from North Dakota State University, 1980; and earned his MBA degree from the University of New Orleans in 1987. 

Hugh and his wife, Michelle, have 3 children.

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Startup Grind with Charisse Childers
Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Charisse Childers

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Charisse Childers, Director for Arkansas Career Education.

 

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 Charisse Childers'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 Charisse Childers

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Charisse Childers:

Having spent all of her life in Arkansas, raised in Blytheville and now living in Little Rock, Dr. Charisse Childers is always working to make a difference in the lives of others. Her experiences, knowledge, and unwavering enthusiasm are demonstrated in everything that she does. With 30 years of years of work and personal experience in business, education, law enforcement, non-profits and economic development, she has built friendships and has contacts in all parts of the state.

After graduating from Blytheville High School, Dr. Childers worked her way through college at Arkansas State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1988. Realizing that she wanted to continue her education and that additional education and training would open up greater opportunities, she later earned master’s and specialist’s degrees from Arkansas State University. Then at the age of 42, she graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Policy.

Dr. Childers’ career began in secondary and post-secondary education – giving her an opportunity to work with students and demonstrate the importance of an education. In addition to serving on a national education board and being recognized for her exemplary work in post-secondary education, she has written and administered federal, state, and local grants and has been a federal grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education.

She served from 2006–2014 as the executive director of Accelerate Arkansas, an 80-member statewide group of business and education leaders dedicated to knowledge-based economic development in the state of Arkansas. She was appointed director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education in January 2015 where she continues working with leaders around the state on education and economic development policy and career and educational services that prepare our youth and adults for jobs while meeting the needs of our businesses in Arkansas. 

Most recently, Dr.Childers was recognized by her peers as the 2016 ‘Rising Star’ by Advance CTE – an association of state directors of career and technical education.  Previously, she was recognized by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation as one of 40 non-profit leaders in the state-based on her accomplishments and strong leadership traits that exemplify the legacy of Governor Rockefeller and who are contributing to moving the needle in Arkansas.

Dr. Childers served on the Arkansas State Police Commission for seven years and currently is a member of the Arkansas State Police Foundation. She serves on the board of the Arkansas State Alumni Association and  Advance CTE.

  

 

 

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Startup Grind with Greg Bledsoe
May
23
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Greg Bledsoe

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Greg Bledsoe, Surgeon General for the State of Arkansas

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 Greg Bledsoe's life and business advice, and network over food! 

This is free and open to the public. Join us at Old Chicago for food and drinks.

Agenda:

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

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Greg Bledsoe

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Greg Bledsoe:

Dr. Gregory H. Bledsoe is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician and the current Surgeon General for the state of Arkansas.

After completing medical school and residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Bledsoe spent five years on faculty in the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine completing a two-year fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2005, he received the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Bledsoe has extensive experience in international travel having visited over 50 countries. His international medical experience includes serving as a field physician in Honduras, teaching disaster preparedness in Tanzania, leading a nutritional survey among the Beja tribe in northeast Sudan, working as a medical consultant in Beijing, China, and acting as the medical officer for ships in both Antarctica and the Arctic. He is the chief editor of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, a 700 page medical text published by Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2008.

In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Bledsoe has been an instructor and medical consultant for the United States Secret Service. He was the personal physician to former President Bill Clinton during Clinton’s tour of Africa in September 2002, and served in Uganda and Senegal on the advance team of President George W. Bush when the President visited the African continent in July of 2003.

Dr. Bledsoe’s research has been published in many prestigious medical journals. He is a frequent public speaker regarding health issues, and also is a private pilot, a scuba diver, an Eagle Scout, a student in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and a member of The Explorers Club. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife and three daughters.

Specialties: expedition medicine, medical education, entrepreneurship

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Startup Grind with Jerry Jones
Mar
26
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Jerry Jones

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Jerry Jones, Acxiom’s Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President.

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 Jerry Jones' life and business advice, and network over Old Chicago food & drink.

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

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

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Jerry Jones

7:00 p.m. - Networking

About Jerry Jones:

Jerry C. Jones is the Company’s Chief Ethics and Legal Officer and Executive Vice President. He joined Acxiom in 1999 and oversees legal and data ethics matters. He also assists in the strategy and execution of mergers and alliances and the Company’s strategic initiatives. Previously, he was employed for 19 years as an attorney with the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, representing a broad range of business interests. He is a member of the board of directors of Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGYS), a leading developer and marketer of proprietary enterprise software, services and solutions to the hospitality and retail industries, where he serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of Heifer International and on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Board of Visitors, and is a co-founder of uHire U.S. He is a Special Advisor to the Club de Madrid, an organization composed of over 100 former Presidents and Prime Ministers from more than 60 democratic countries. He was a member of the board of directors of Entrust, Inc. until it was purchased by private investors in 2009 and is former chairman of the board of the Arkansas Virtual Academy. Mr. Jones holds a juris doctorate degree and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas.

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Startup Grind with Rush Harding
Jul
20
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Rush Harding

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

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Startup Grind with Christina Madsen
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Christina Madsen

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

The Conductor will host Startup Grind on Thursday, June 28 at the Cave (242 S. Donaghey Ave) with Christina Madsen as the featured guest.

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Startup Grind with Rhea Lana Riner
Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Rhea Lana Riner

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

About Rhea Lana Riner

In 1997, Rhea Lana Riner began her small business as a young mom with three small children after her husband changed careers, taking her family from a corporate salary to a ministry salary. Like so many people, she had a passion for fashion, but on a limited budget, she could not afford to dress her children as she hoped.  Knowing many other moms who experienced the same challenge, she came up with an idea that would help them all: she invited a few friends to a small event in her living room to buy and sell their children’s used clothing. The positive feedback from the first event was overwhelming, and she quickly realized that there was an eager market among families of all kinds for gently used children’s clothing.  

 From this humble beginning, Rhea Lana’s was born and grew. Now twenty years later Rhea Lana’s Franchise Systems supports 90 franchises operating in 23 states and has received numerous awards.  Entrepreneur Magazine has ranked Rhea Lana’s one of their Top 500 Franchises in 2017Franchising Gator’s Top 100 fastest growing franchises in 2017 and named Rhea Lana’s among the Top 200 fastest growing franchises in 2016. The organization has been recognized as a Top 50 Franchise for franchisee satisfaction in 2017 by Franchise Business Review.   Rhea Lana and her business have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes and Bloomberg Business. She has also been featured on numerous television and radio broadcasts and in the International Franchise Association’s publication. Additional awards include Top 200 Fastest Growing Franchises in 2016, Top Retailer, Top 50 Franchise Business, Silver Stevie Business Award for Maverick of the Year, the Silver Stevie Award for Woman of the Year, and the Bronze Stevie Award for Company of the Year. 

As a champion in her industry Rhea Lana Riner has appeared in Washington DC before the Senate HELP committee to discuss Women in the Workforce and before the House subcommittee for Workforce Protections.  She is frequently a speaker on entrepreneurship, women in business, social media in business and the franchising model.  Rhea Lana lives in Conway, Arkansas with her husband Dave.  They enjoy visiting their grown children in Oklahoma and Texas.

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Startup Grind with Roby Brock
Mar
30
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Roby Brock

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

The Conductor will host Startup Grind on March 30 with Roby Brock as the featured speaker. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the fireside chat will start at 6 p.m.

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Startup Grind with Jamie Fugitt
Feb
23
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Jamie Fugitt

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

The Conductor will host Startup Grind on Feb. 23 with Jamie Fugitt as the featured speaker. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the fireside chat will start at 6 p.m.

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