Catamaran Can: Family Challenge!
Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Catamaran Can: Family Challenge!

S.O.S. Can you keep cargo afloat on a boat made from recyclables? Families will engage in a science STEM challenge where they design, build and test the buoyancy of a self created catamaran all while staying within the restrictions of a supply budget. Participants will bring canned food (cargo) to use during the testing phase of their boat. The food will be donated to a local charity after the event.

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60 Second Pitch Competition
Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00

60 Second Pitch Competition

  • AllFam Bowling and Entertainment Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Do you have a great business idea? Want to win a cash prize? Join us for a pitch competition with $1,000 worth of prizes! The competition will be in Cabot's Allfam Bowling Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the competition will begin at 6:20 p.m. Come pitch your new business, product, service, or solution for a chance to win BIG!

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 $500 People’s Choice Prize).

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Cardboard Creations
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Cardboard Creations

Use your imagination, ingenuity, design and building skills to fashion almost anything out of cardboard from a wearable shark costume to a piece of furniture or even a mechanical arm. Families work together to learn how to use specialized cardboard tools to design,engineer and build a cardboard creation.

Supplies and instruction are supplied by the Conductor staff. For child safety, we ask that Parents remain responsible for any child under the age of 14 during the duration of the class.

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Conductor Gives Back
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Conductor Gives Back

Come join the Conductor in giving back to the communtiy! Bring your plastic grocery bags and learn to weave them into mats. The mats will be donated to local organizations that help serve the homeless. Mats are one of the most requested items and will be a great gift to those in need! Get in the holiday spirit and give back!

Supplies and instruction are supplied by the Conductor staff. For child safety, we ask that Parents remain responsible for any child under the age of 14 during the duration of the class.

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Brand Camp 2019 Pitch Day
Jul
11
11:00 AM11:00

Brand Camp 2019 Pitch Day

The 2019 Brand camp will host a four day summer camp giving campers a slice of the marketing world. The camp will culminate with a Pitch Day, during which the student in their teams will present their campaigns to real clients! Join the teams from Eric Rob & Isaac Advertising and the University of Central Arkansas' University Relations & Creative Services Department and the Conductor to create a campaign for the Arkansas Travelers and hear the students pitch and present their hard work!

Get your tickets!

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Startup Grind with Matt Troup
May
22
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Matt Troup

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Matt Troup, President and CEO of Conway Regional Health System.

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 Matt Troup'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 Matt Troup

7:00 p.m. - Networking

About Matt Troup:

Matt Troup began his role as President & CEO of Conway Regional Health System on August 17, 2015, as part of a five-year management agreement between Conway Regional and CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock where Troup had been serving as Vice President, Ancillary Services.

Prior to his leadership at CHI St. Vincent, Troup was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Site Administrator at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, FL. providing strategic and operations oversight for the hospital and trauma center.

His 20-year healthcare career includes serving as COO at Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, OK. He served in multiple roles at Texas Health Resources in Dallas; was President of Texas Health Presbyterian of Winnsboro; Vice President of Operations for Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas and Vice President for Methodist Health System, Dallas.

Troup has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. He completed a Master of Science, Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is a Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives and has a Six Sigma Green Belt. He and his wife Melissa have been married for 25 years and have four boys, the oldest attends Hendrix College.

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by RazorCity IT
May
8
11:30 AM11:30

Game Changers: Startup Stories by RazorCity IT

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 RazorCity IT! Get the chance to hear RazorCity's startup story and business advice! 

About RazorCity IT:

It All Began More Than Twenty-Seven Years Ago.
Our founder, Keith Jetton finished his time in the Air Force and asked the question, “What’s next?”
Next, was technology!
So Keith, armed with a vision of what could be, set out on the adventure of a lifetime. RazorCity IT is the culmination of that adventure. With decades of experience under his belt, including time at a company ranked in 2015 in the top 100 Managed Services Providers for SMB, and over twenty-nine certifications in Microsoft, Microsoft Training, HP, HP ASE, and Citrix, Keith Jetton now leads the vibrant tech team of RazorCity IT. RazorCity IT utilizes technology solutions once reserved only for enterprise-level corporations to benefit small to mid-size businesses like yours.

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

12:00 p.m. - Introduction

12:15 p.m. - Presentation begins

12:30 p.m. - Q & A


May 8 | UCA's Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave #130) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

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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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Mapping A Successful Startup
Apr
11
2:00 PM14:00

Mapping A Successful Startup

Every great business begins as an idea. We will show you how to transform an idea into action using a Startup Map. At the heart of our discussion will be the critical player in any successful business, the customer. By the end of the workshop, you'll have a tangible action plan for your venture. Speaker: Nicolas Mayerhoeffer, ASBTDC Business Consultant

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