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Provided by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce & the Conductor

Entrepreneur & Small Business Resources

Starting a Business Can Be Challenging.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners face a variety of challenges and struggles on a daily basis, including financial insecurity, marketing & customer acquisition, time management, and complex laws & regulations.

However, one of the biggest challenges is often a lack of resources and support available to small businesses, making it difficult to compete with larger, more established companies.

Small business owners often need help standing out in a crowded market, attracting a loyal customer base, juggling multiple responsibilities at once, and constantly staying up to date on changing laws and regulations.

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is here to help you as a small business owner or entrepreneur find solutions to these problems and grow your business.

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A barista behind the counter at Zeteo Coffee in downtown Conway.

Providing Resources for Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Conductor to support and provide resources for current and aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Conway area.

What is the Conductor?

The Conductor is a public-private partnership between the University of Central Arkansas & Startup Junkie that empowers entrepreneurs and innovators. The Conductor supports small businesses through:

One-on-One Consultations

The Conductor’s expert team offers free one-on-one consulting on a wide variety of subjects that would interest current and aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. To meet the Conductor team and see their areas of expertise, click the button below.

Events & Workshops

The Conductor hosts a variety of networking events where entrepreneurs and small business owners connect with other existing businesses and successful entrepreneurs in the community. They also offer workshops and educational events where business executives offer advice and teach many subjects that help grow businesses.

Kiva Loans

The Conductor has partnered with Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) & the Kiva small business lending program to provide 1:1 matched, 0% interest loans to rural entrepreneurs.

10x Growth Accelerator

The 10X Growth Accelerator is a 14-week program that delivers targeted, intensive assistance to established high-potential tech and tech-enabled ventures that are based in Arkansas.

Healthcare Innovation Sprint

The Conductor, Arkansas INBRE, and BioVentures host  the Healthcare Innovation Sprint, a camp for undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students around the state. The Sprint will guide students through an immersive, four-day training program in which they learn about healthcare innovation as well as how to identify potential problems, talk to key stakeholders and customers to gather information, and develop a solution. The sprint creates entrepreneurial and interactive learning opportunities for students and guides them through the entrepreneurial processes of starting a venture with their peers.

Arkansas Entrepreneurship Policy Framework

Conductor created the Arkansas Entrepreneurship Policy Framework to advocate for policy that supports talent creation, an entrepreneurial culture, community engagement, and access to capital. With a more entrepreneur-friendly policy, Arkansans will be better equipped to start and grow companies that will positively impact the economic landscape of our state.

Conductor Blog

The Conductor posts regular blogs that include expertise from their team, interviews with successful entrepreneurs, and more.

Additional Resources

The Conductor records several webinars from speakers with plenty of business experience in a variety of categories, from community to customer development, maker space, starting a business, and more.

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Learn More About the Conductor

To learn more about the Conductor and all of the incredible resources and services they have to offer business professionals in the Conway area, visit their website.

Take Advantage of a Chamber Membership

Along with the incredible resources that the Conductor has to offer, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce members also enjoy additional networking events, pipeline groups, and so much more. Become a member and get access to resources that will grow your business!